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8:05 AM ET, November 12, 2010

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Gmail Killer, Project Titan, Is Coming On Monday  —  Back in February we wrote about Facebook's secret Project Titan — a web-based email client that we hear is unofficially referred to internally as its “Gmail killer”.  Now we've heard from sources that this is indeed what's coming …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Facebook's new e-mail to feature Office Web Apps integration  —  As part of my job as a full-time Microsoft watcher, I get a lot of tips about Microsoft from customers, competitors, partners and even Softies themselves.  However, ever since I worked for PCWeek …
Discussion: Go Rumors, CNET News and All Facebook
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:   Would e-mail transform Facebook, or vice versa?
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.
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
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Apple-Twitter Partnership a Win-Win: Why Didn't Facebook Take the Deal?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple-Owned ‘iTun.es’ Domain Could Be Used as iTunes Link Shortener
Discussion: TUAW
Nick Bilton / Bits:
For Sale: A $160,000 Apple Computer  —  True computer nerds, do I have a deal for you!  —  Christie's, the tony auctioneer, is hawking a snazzy computer that it hopes will sell for between $159,800 and $239,700.  You're probably wondering what kind of computer is worth close to a quarter million dollars?
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 …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe Flash For Samsung's Google Tab Is An Embarrassing Disaster  —  Adobe's Flash plugin for Google Android is supposed to give Android-based tablets, like Samsung's new Galaxy Tab, a leg up on Apple's iPad, which does not support Flash.  —  The argument is that Flash support gives people fuller access …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“Flash Is Great.” — Anonymous Flash Developer
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 …
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PPCGeeks.com:
Q4 Road Map Leaked from Verizon!
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iOS 4.2 Delayed Due to iPad WiFi Issues, New GM Build Coming [Updated]  —  Two days ago we reported Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 were set to come out on Wednesday, with iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to follow on Friday Nov. 12th — tomorrow.  Mac OS X 10.6.5 indeed came out …
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Google launches official Chrome extensions for Calendar, Docs, YouTube  —  Google today has launched official Chrome extensions for Google Calendar, Docs and YouTube.  Though there are already over 8,000 extensions in the Chrome Extensions Gallery, a lot of the real value of Chrome comes …
Groklaw:
Google Files Sizzling Answer to Oracle's Amended Complaint and its Opposition to Motion to Dismiss  —  Action in the OraGoogle mess, as I like to call that litigation.  Google has filed its answer to Oracle's amended complaint and its memorandum opposing Oracle's Motion to Dismiss.
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
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:   Unconfirmed: First Leaked Nexus S Pics
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: App Advice and TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nvidia CEO: Next-gen Android tablets will be ‘magical’  —  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang acknowledged that Google and his company are behind in the tablet race against Apple's iPad, but was wildly bullish about designs in the pipeline.  —  How bullish?  We'll let Huang do the talking.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google vs. Facebook: Who's Right & Who's Wrong?  —  A week ago, Google made changes to its Terms of Service that effectively blocked Facebook from importing a user's data from Google without offering reciprocity.  Ever since, the two companies have duked it out in public, with public statements …
Discussion: Mashable! and Elias Bizannes
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: SAI, VentureBeat, Pulse2 and paidContent
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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”
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's iAd Helping Rivals
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacNN
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Watchdog Planned for Online Privacy
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Start-Ups Follow Twitter, and Become Neighbors
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Americans Now Stream As Much Music As They Download
Discussion: Technologizer
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Google: New Android Market features on the way
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Management shuffle for Facebook Places
Discussion: ClickZ
Josie Garthwaite / GigaOM:
Bram Cohen on the Future of BitTorrent
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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How Baidu Won China
Discussion: SAI
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Adds Editors to Break News Faster