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11:55 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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple-Owned ‘iTun.es’ Domain Could Be Used as iTunes Link Shortener
Discussion: TUAW
Austin Carr / Fast Company:   Apple-Twitter Partnership a Win-Win: Why Didn't Facebook Take the Deal?
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 …
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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, TechCrunch, paidContent and SAI
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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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Unconfirmed: First Leaked Nexus S Pics … 02:40 PM  —  2,867  —  21  —  By Jesus Diaz
Discussion: Engadget, IntoMobile and I4U News
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Google Looks to Play it Safe With Nexus S
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Staff Engineer $3.5 Million To Turn Down Facebook Offer  —  In September I wrote about Google's “extraordinary” efforts to stop employees, particularly engineers, from resigning to join pre-IPO startups like LinkedIn, Twitter and especially Facebook.
Discussion: Seattle Times and Gawker
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 …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:   Square PR on Jack Dorsey rumors: “Nothing has changed”
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 …
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John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
Google's Inevitable Ruin Begins  —  Google imagine search and page preview mode are omens to the beginning of the end, trust me.  —  You can see the beginnings of Google's ruin already, which was inevitable.  Nobody can ever leave things alone even though they are working just fine.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Rumor: iOS 4.2 delayed ‘at least a week’  —  MacStories reports that the iOS 4.2 update scheduled for tomorrow has now been delayed due to a significant bug found in the gold master build.  The bug involves WiFi connection issues found by developers currently running iOS 4.2 GM on the iPad.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and App Advice
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
“Hulu for Magazines” Launching Early 2011-But Only for Android  —  Next Issue Media, the “Hulu for Magazines” joint venture, plans to have its digital storefront open early next year.  But you won't be able to shop there if you've got an iPad.  —  Next Issue's initial incarnation will only work …
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 and MediaPost
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 USB tethering uncovered on Samsung phones  —  If you're the proud owner of a Samsung Focus or Omnia 7, you can scratch a pretty major item off the list of basic features missing from WP7: USB tethering.  A couple of sites have come upon a quick and relatively easy hack …
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Google: New Android Market features on the way  —  Remember those Android Market upgrades we were talking about a few days back?  Google's just dropped another hint that more changes are on the way.  —  In a blog posted at Google's official Android Developers Blog late Thursday …
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.
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Confirmed: Kin One and Two are returning to Verizon. Wait, what?
Discussion: Electronista and The Next Web
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Computerworld and Daring Fireball
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Americans Now Stream As Much Music As They Download
Discussion: PC World
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Management shuffle for Facebook Places
Josie Garthwaite / GigaOM:
Bram Cohen on the Future of BitTorrent
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Product Listing Ads Available To All Advertisers
Discussion: Inside AdWords, AdAge and Bits
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jimmy Fallon, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Twitter History 101
Discussion: The Next Web
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple now selling iBooks Gift Cards
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Galaxy Tab hitting AT&T on November 21st for a $649 premium?