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7:40 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 …
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!
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
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
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.
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iOS 4.2 Delayed Due to iPad WiFi Issues, New GM Build Coming [Updated]
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Google Chrome Blog and Go Rumors
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
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.
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 and VentureBeat
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Gossip explodes over photo app Instagram
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Start-Ups Follow Twitter, and Become Neighbors  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Joe Fernandez, a tech entrepreneur, moved his start-up here last spring, a big goal, he said, was “to be best friends with the Twitter guys.”  His theory was that by hanging around with executives at one of the hottest …
 
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Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
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JR Raphael / Computerworld:
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Sharon Pian Chan / Seattle Times:
Seattle iPad developer gets a call from Steve Jobs