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6:41 PM ET, November 11, 2010

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Kevin Thau / Twitter Blog:
Twitter + Ping = Discovering More Music  —  Every day, millions of people use Twitter to follow and share what they care about.  Twitter users now send over 95 million Tweets a day, many of which are about the music they're listening to.  —  Starting today Ping, iTunes' new social network for music …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Plus iTunes Ping is a Non-Starter  —  Twitter announced a partnership with Apple this morning that amounts to this: you can now post links to song previews on Twitter from inside iTunes Ping.  —  Most of Twitter's other partnerships are very interesting.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoos Freaking Out Over 20% Layoff Rumors (Update: Yahoo Denies)  —  Yahoo is preparing to lay off 20% of total staff, we've heard from two independent sources, and managers have been asked to begin to make the tough decisions on who stays and who goes.  This news comes just days …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Geek.com
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Adding Insult to Injury: Yahoo Is Prepping Layoffs, But Limited to Product Group and More Like 10 Percent  —  Yahoo is indeed preparing to lay off employees, in a reduction in force that will be done in December.  —  But the layoffs, first reported in TechCrunch at 20 percent …
Discussion: AdAge, SAI and paidContent
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
[Update] Best Buy: The Nexus S is Real, Would've Been Headed for T-Mobile First  —  Say what you want about the swing and miss regarding recent rumors of Samsung and Google bringing out a “Nexus S” to trump the current Nexus, but we've heard a lot of stories from a lot of sources suggesting it's real.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google Nexus S is the Samsung GT-i9020?  —  We've already established that the Nexus S is almost certainly a Samsung — but what else do we know about it?  Well, a quick search for pictures taken with a Nexus S on Flickr and Picasa produced results, believe it or not, and some of those users' albums …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Isn't Hedging its Bets with Picplz and Instagram; It Has Picked Picplz  —  It's a strict rule in the venture business that you don't fund two direct competitors, for obvious reasons.  There's a massive difference between the valuation of the number one player in the market …
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent and Pulse2
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Gossip explodes over photo app Instagram  —  There's a lot of chatter right now about Instagram, an iPhone app for adding artsy filters to photos and sharing them across various social-media networks, which has taken the early-adopter crowd by storm and courted heavy investor interest in the mobile photo-sharing niche.
Discussion: SAI
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
JACK IS BACK: Twitter Inventor Jack Dorsey Is Working For Twitter Again  —  Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey is back working at the company on a once-a-week-or-so basis, three industry sources tell us.  —  Dorsey was Twitter CEO until the company's chairman and top investor, Ev Williams …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Adds Editors to Break News Faster  —  One of the issues Digg has always struggled with is that it can take quite a while before a breaking news story hits the front page.  Waiting for enough users to vote a story up can sometimes take a few hours and in this age of real-time breaking news …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Digg's ‘Breaking News’ Feature Is Another Win For Human Editors
Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Seattle iPad developer gets a call from Steve Jobs  —  Frustrated by Apple's rejection of his iPad app, Seattle developer Ram Arumugam e-mailed Chief Executive Steve Jobs.  Two hours later, he picked up a phone call and heard: “Ram, this is Steve.”  Jobs was on the other end.
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Amazon Kills One Pedophilia Book — but Keeps Another  —  Amazon (AMZN) has been caught up in another hurricane of consumer outrage.  This time the reason was a Kindle book on how to make pedophilia safer for both child victims and pedophiles.  But Amazon's protestations that it supports absolute freedom …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Why Did Amazon Just Pull A Top-Selling Book? …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Galaxy Tab hitting AT&T on November 21st for a $649 premium?  —  It's not official but that image above sure as hell looks like an official AT&T training document.  AT&T already announced that it would carry the Samsung Galaxy Tab but has been coy with details about launch date, pricing, and custom apps.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Is iPad's First Real Rival
New York Times:
Wal-Mart Says ‘Try This On’: Free Shipping  —  By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and CLAIRE CAIN MILLER  —  For years, Wal-Mart has used its clout as the nation's largest retailer to squeeze competitors with rock-bottom prices in its stores.  Now it is trying to throw a holiday knockout punch online.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Judge Orders ConnectU To Pay Its Former Lawyers $13 Million In Facebook Case  —  A New York state judge has upheld law firm Quinn Emanuel's $13 million payout for representing ConnectU in intellectual property litigation against Facebook, denying the former client's attempts to stay the award …
Discussion: Buleyean String
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Annie Chang / The Daily Northwestern:   Tech spec: The other side of the Facebook Frenzy
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Xbox used for games only 60 percent of the time  —  Microsoft's Xbox 360 is very clearly a gaming device, but as it turns out, a growing chunk of users are spending time using it for other things.  —  Speaking to attendees of BMO Capital Markets Digital Entertainment Conference in New York …
Jorge Cino / All Facebook:
Teens Find Innovative Ways to Control Their Facebook Presence  —  Ever heard of “Super-logoff” or “whitewalling”?  They are ways to designate what some teens have been doing in order to have total control over who posts what (and when) on their Facebook page.
Discussion: danah boyd and MediaPost
Wall Street Journal:
Valuing Facebook's Ads  —  The Site Commands 24% of Online Display Ads, but the Dollars Don't Match  —  Facebook Inc. is attracting more advertising, but marketers are still trying to figure out the value of those ads.  —  New data from comScore Inc. show that in September 24% …
Discussion: MediaPost and SAI
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Joojoo, we hardly knew ye; Fusion Garage's tablet is discontinued  —  First it was called the CrunchPad, then it was called joojoo... now it's just called dead.  Fusion Garage founder Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan confirmed to e27 on Thursday that the company's virgin tablet offering has been discontinued.
Business Week:
How Baidu Won China  —  Robin Li beat Google and made his search engine No. 1 in China.  Now he wants to go global, but it will take some work to get the world to trust Baidu  —  Many CEOs have admirers.  Robin Li—the 41-year-old, American-educated chief executive officer of the Chinese search engine Baidu—has a fan club.
Discussion: SAI
Andy Chu / Bing:
Bing for Mobile now available on all major US mobile operators  —  It's been an exciting week for us here at Bing.  —  On Monday, Windows Phone 7 hit US store shelves giving people access to Bing for Mobile out of the box.  And for you Verizon Wireless customers, with the release …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Open Kinect Contest: $2000 in prizes  —  I'm starting a contest for people that do cool things with a Kinect.  See the details below.  —  Before I joined Google, I was a grad student interested in topics like computer vision, motion self-tracking, laser scanners-basically any neat or unusual sensing device.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Dell responds to complaints of a Venue Pro Wi-Fi bug  —  Earlier this week, BGR exclusively broke news concerning a bug plaguing several owners of the new Dell Venue Pro smartphone.  Users reported an inability to connect their devices to secured Wi-Fi networks.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Plans North Carolina Data Center  —  An image of the planned Facebook data center in Rutherford County, North Carolina.  —  Facebook will invest $450 million in a large new data center facility in North Carolina, the company said today.  The data center near Forest City …
Jenn K. Lee / Streak Smart:
Rumor: Dell Opus One is next-gen Dell Streak with dual-core CPU  —  You didn't think more Streak colors were the only thing that came out of Dell's private presentation, did you?  —  According to someone who was at that presentation, Dell has plans to release a second-gen Streak in May 2011.
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Product Ads Available To All Advertisers
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Movie rentals, purchases come to Japanese iTunes Store
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Foursquare Founders Check-In To Gap's Holiday “Want” Ads
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
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