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2:15 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.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Is iPad's First Real Rival  —  After seven months of unchallenged prominence, Apple's hot-selling iPad now has its first credible competitor in the nascent market for multitouch consumer tablet computers: the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  —  [ See post to watch video ]
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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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
It's a Tablet.  It's Gorgeous.  It's Costly.  —  Every time there's some new hot, heavily hyped gadget from Apple, it takes only a few months for the copycats to crop up.  IPod?  Zune!  IPhone?  Android!  —  The iPad?  Well, it came out in March, and the iPad alternatives are just landing in stores now.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Why Did Amazon Just Pull A Top-Selling Book?  Oh, That's Right, It's A Pedophilia How-To  —  Less than an hour after it hit the Amazon Bestsellers list and the controversial topic of its existence made the Dr. Phil show as well as other mainstream media, it looks like Amazon has taken down the infamous pedofile how-to book.
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Erik Sherman / BNET:
Amazon Kills One Pedophilia Book — but Keeps Another
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
Chris / cdixon.org:
The interoperability of social networks  —  Google recently added a caustic warning message when users attempt to export their Google Contacts to Facebook: … Facebook allows users to download their personal information (photos, profile info, etc) but has been fiercely protective of the social graph (you can't download friends, etc).
Discussion: SAI and MediaPost
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Is My Email Address My Identity?
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.
Annie Chang / The Daily Northwestern:
Tech spec: The other side of the Facebook Frenzy  —  It's a little bit ironic that Northwestern graduate student Divya Narendra has a Facebook.  —  That's because the 28-year-old Harvard grad is co-founder of ConnectU, the social networking website that is said to be Facebook's predecessor and prototype.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Judge Orders ConnectU To Pay Its Former Lawyers $13 Million In Facebook Case
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.
Andrew Kippen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Box by D-Link launches, good news re Netflix and Hulu  —  The Boxee Box by D-Link is launching today in 33 countries with a brand new version of the software.  You can order yours here.  —  If you have been spending more and more time watching videos on your computer and would like to be able …
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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.
Mozilla Labs:
Mozilla Labs: F1  —  So many buttons just to share!  —  Have you noticed how more and more pages on the web have 3, 6, or sometimes 12 little icons on a page encouraging you to share the link to that page with your friends?  Why is that?  Publishers want to make it easy for their readers …
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla's New F1 Add-on Aims to Streamline Share into a Single Button
Discussion: PC Magazine and Newlaunches.com
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
One Third of Top-Grossing iPhone Apps Are Free  —  When Apple began allowing free apps to include in-app purchases a little over a year ago, it opened the door for freemium models to flourish.  And they are doing just that, with about a third of the top-grossing iPhone apps using a freemium model.
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.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Is There A Secret Reason That Apple TV Is Being Kept Off Of Amazon's Best-Selling Gadgets List?  —  How's Apple TV selling?  Apple hasn't said since announcing 250,000 units sold in mid-October.  And our old technique — looking at Amazon's sales rankings for clues — isn't working for some strange reason.
Discussion: Fortune, GigaOM, 9 to 5 Mac and Electronista
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Photo Sharing on the Go Is the Latest Hot Investment Niche in Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In Silicon Valley, the three words on the tips of everyone's tongues are mobile, social and local.  —  Add a fourth word and venture capitalists get excited: photos.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone 7 updates: can carriers block them?  —  Throughout Windows Phone 7's development process, Microsoft was clear about how updates would work.  Microsoft would deliver them according to Microsoft's own timetable, with a mix of small updates, delivered over-the-air …
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.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
HP pays millions to settle school bribery charges  —  Hewlett Packard has agreed to fork over $16.25 million to settle charges that the computer maker “lavished” gifts on two Texas school districts in order to win government contracts to provide computer equipment.
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 …
Discussion: Digg Blog and The Next Web
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: SAI
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Holding Yet Another Event Next Monday In San Francisco.  Inbox Related?  —  After a Summer spent in “Lockdown”, Facebook apparently got quite a bit of work done.  They've already had a number of events just in the past few weeks.  And now they're having another one.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Founders Check-In To Gap's Holiday “Want” Ads
Discussion: SAI
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple now selling iBooks Gift Cards
Discussion: MacRumors, App Advice and MacStories
Galen Moore / Mass High Tech:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fuze Meeting Bets On Android Tablets For Web Conferencing Software
Discussion: eWeek
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Patent lawsuit: “majority” of Seagate, WD drives infringing
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Venkat / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Twitter Clarifies Usage Rules, but AFP Still Claims Unbridled Right …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
When Good News Is Bad News: Google Reportedly Fires Raise Leaker
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
LimeWire Disavows New ‘Pirate Edition’
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Motorola Strikes Back, Sues Microsoft For Infringement Of 16 Patents
Tyler Cunningham / GTVHub.com:
Fox.com now blocking Google TV devices