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3:45 PM ET, November 15, 2010

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Joel Seligstein / Facebook Blog:
See the Messages that Matter  —  Imagine the kind of family you might see in a modern American sitcom: loving parents trying to maintain a family unit with a teenager engrossed in text messaging, a college-aged child who is always chatting online, and various wacky relatives who spend their days sending “funny” emails to the family.
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Takeshi Numoto / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Office + Facebook = Easily share your ideas and documents with friends  —  Starting today, from Facebook you can view Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents via Office Web Apps with just one click.  Visit the Facebook blog for full details.  —  It goes without saying that social networks …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Modern Messaging System: Seamless, History, And A Social Inbox  —  We're here today at the St. Regis in San Francisco where Facebook is unveiling what CEO Mark Zuckerberg is calling a “modern messaging system”.  —  Zuckerberg recalled talking to high schoolers recently and asking them how they communicate with one another.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Facebook Sets Email Service; Facebook.com Addresses For Users  —  Facebook today expanded its email service, jumping into a crowded market that already includes Google (GOOG) Gmail, Microsoft (MSFT) Hotmail and Yahoo (YHOO) Mail.  The company will offer a facebook.com email address to users, based on their Facebook user names.
Dan Hsiao / Facebook Developer Blog:
Delivering Read APIs for the New Messages
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook: 350M People Using Messaging; More Than 4B Messages Sent Daily
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Don't Count on Music Subscriptions or Streaming From Apple Tomorrow  —  What's Apple planning at its iTunes announcement tomorrow?  Good question!  —  But I'll be very surprised if it is music related-like a new music subscription service, or even one that lets you stream music you already own to multiple devices.
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
“Exciting Announcement from iTunes” Coming Tomorrow, What Is It?  —  Oh, look what we have here.  Apple just updated its homepage on apple.com to include this banner, which states an “exciting announcement” from iTunes is coming tomorrow at 7 AM PST.  “Tomorrow is just another day.
Jason Calacanis / Calacanis.com:
Why I'm suing Mike Arrington  —  Note: I just sent this to the JasonNation.com email list (which you can sign up for on the top right of this blog, or at www.jasonnation.com.  I'm reposting it here since I'm getting a lot of press calls.  If anyone wants to interview me on this issue …
Discussion: The Next Web
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Passes EBay in Value, Becoming No. 3 U.S. Web Company  —  Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.'s estimated worth is now bigger than EBay Inc.'s valuation, making it the third- largest U.S. Internet business and underscoring the growing allure of social media for investors.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Worth $41 Billion (Report)
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches New Casual Games Hub  —  The company today rolled out the Microsoft Game Hub, which helps fans of casual games like Bejeweled play and interact socially across MSN Games, Bing Games and Windows Live Messenger.  —  Solitaire doesn't have to be so solitary anymore.
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Dave Morin / Path:
Introducing The Personal Network  —  Today we are proud to launch The Personal Network.  Practically all of us carry a camera phone, and our photos tell the stories of our lives.  Starting today, we hope that Path is the place you will always feel comfortable being yourself and sharing …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Path: The Social App That's Not Viral (By Design)
Sameer Samat / The Official Google Blog:
Improvements to Product Search for this holiday season  —  Every year retailers start the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier—and still I procrastinate until late December before getting started.  This year I've already made my list and I'm ready to go.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SimpleGeo Hires Former Digg CEO Jay Adelson  —  Jay Adelson, the CEO of Digg until April 2010, just landed in a new position.  He's taking over as CEO of location services startup SimpleGeo, and will join the company's board of directors.  Founding CEO Matt Galligan will become the company's Chief Strategy Officer.
Henrik Ståhl / Henrik on Java:
Moving Java Forward: Open Response from Oracle to Apache  —  I would like to share with you the official response from Oracle to Apache on the JCP: Oracle nominated Apache for a seat on the Executive Committee in recognition of Apache's continued participation and valued contribution to the community.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft vs. McAfee: How free antivirus outperformed paid  —  How effective is free antivirus software?  I had a chance to see a real, in-the-wild example just this month, and the results were, to put it mildly, unexpected.  The bottom line?  Microsoft's free antivirus solution found …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog, Thanks:edbott
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
Attacker That Sharpened Facebook's Defenses  —  A friend on Facebook suggests that you watch an amazing or funny or sexy video.  The link may seem innocuous enough.  But with a few simple clicks, you could end up infecting your PC with the Koobface worm.  —  Koobface, whose name is an anagram …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Facebook for iPhone updated with account and privacy settings access  —  Facebook has updated its popular iPhone app to version 3.3.2.  The update includes bug fixes, but it also adds the long requested ability to access your account and privacy settings directly from the iPhone app without having to log into Facebook.com.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Let a Zillion Users Blab: Yahoo Debuts “Contributor Network”  —  Yahoo is debuting a new offering for its hundreds of million of users, which takes the Demand Media model and notches up the volume by presumably allowing a thousand flowers to bloom.  —  Or, more to the point, blab.
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Google Taking On eBay With Boutiques.com Site Launch  —  Fashion bloggers are squealing that Google's going into the fashion business, following an invitation for a swanky NYC launch event this Wednesday, where “high tech fuses with high fashion.”  Supposedly, they'll …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Microsoft exec caught in privacy snafu, says Kinect might tailor ads to you  —  Microsoft's Dennis Durkin voiced an interesting idea at an investment summit last week — the idea that the company's Kinect camera might pass data to advertisers about the way you look, play and speak.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
More Kinect Craziness: Mind-Blowing 3D Video Effect  —  The Kinect may be divisive as a gaming peripheral, but I think we can all agree that a $150 off-the-shelf depth-aware camera system is a good thing.  And just in the week since the device launched, people have already come up with some crazy applications for it.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Pulse, Popular App, Moves to Attract More Users  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Publishers' offices at print newspapers and magazines are tension-filled places these days, as executives watch readers and advertisers flock to the Web and cellphone screens.  —  Contrast that to the atmosphere …
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Topguest Checks In With $2 Million Series A Round (and Peter Thiel as Advisor)
Discussion: GigaOM and Pulse2
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
AMD will contribute ‘engineering expertise’ to MeeGo development project
Discussion: Pulse2, IntoMobile, BGR and Softpedia News
Ben Edelman:
Hard-Coding Bias in Google “Algorithmic” Search Results
Bob Boorstin / Google Public Policy Blog:
Promoting Free Trade for the Internet Economy
Discussion: beyondbrics, Reuters and Ars Technica
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
RIM shuts out red-hot mobile chat application Kik — without explanation
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Peter Pae / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
The future of writing on tablets: A Q&A with Information Architects
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Mark Papermaster should be happier at Cisco than he was at Apple
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Ebooks Winners & Losers
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Smartphone Sales Taking Toll on G.P.S. Devices
Discussion: Ars Technica
Financial Times:
Apple to bring iPhone ads to Europe