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1:00 AM ET, November 12, 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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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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Google Looks to Play it Safe With Nexus S  —  The Nexus One had such ambitious goals: It was going to push the state of Android hardware and it was going to establish a direct-to-consumer model for unlocked phones.  Now Google seems to be trading its ground-breaking approach for something more familiar …
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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.
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:   Unconfirmed: First Leaked Nexus S Pics
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google Nexus S is the Samsung GT-i9020? (update)
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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Confirmed: Kin One and Two are returning to Verizon.  Wait, what?  —  Unbelievably, against all odds and better judgment, we are able to independently confirm that Microsoft's short-lived Kin One and Kin Two are coming back for an encore performance on Verizon, possibly as soon as this quarter …
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”
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
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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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“Flash Is Great.”  — Anonymous Flash Developer  —  I used to think that Android fanboys worked themselves into the biggest tizzy when you suggest their favorite device of the week may not be the absolute bee's knees.  I was wrong.  Flash fanboys are much worse.
Discussion: Computerworld and Daring Fireball
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 …
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
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.
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: App Advice and 9 to 5 Mac
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
Derek Sivers / Sivers.org:
The day Steve Jobs dissed me in a keynote  —  In May 2003, Apple invited me to their headquarters to discuss getting CD Baby's catalog into the iTunes Music Store.  —  iTunes had just launched two weeks before, with only some music from the major labels.  Many of us in the music biz were not sure this idea was going to work.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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: AdExchanger.com, SAI and MediaPost
Josie Garthwaite / GigaOM:
Bram Cohen on the Future of BitTorrent  —  What's next for BitTorrent, a company that initially tried to establish a peer-to-peer-based download store for mainstream Hollywood, then aimed to help publishers distribute bits more effectively?  BitTorrent co-founder and chief scientist Bram Cohen explained today …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
 
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Americans Now Stream As Much Music As They Download
Discussion: PC World
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Google: New Android Market features on the way
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Management shuffle for Facebook Places
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Google Product Listing Ads Available To All Advertisers
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Jimmy Fallon, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Twitter History 101
Discussion: The Next Web
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple now selling iBooks Gift Cards