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6:35 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.
Dan Gillmor / Salon:
Facebook's über-communications platform  —  The social networking giant wants all of your conversations to happen on its site.  You should think twice  —  Facebook wants you to live, online, in Facebook.com, and it wants to be the main repository for your online identity.
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.
Kannan Muthukkaruppan / Facebook:
The Underlying Technology of Messages  —  We're launching a new version of Messages today that combines chat, SMS, email, and Messages into a real-time conversation.  The product team spent the last year building out a robust, scalable infrastructure.  As we launch the product, we wanted to share some details about the technology.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook: 350M People Using Messaging; More Than 4B Messages Sent Daily
Discussion: BBC, Mashable! and Hitwise Intelligence
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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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Hints of ‘iTunes Live Stream’ Service Found in iTunes 10.1  —  Speculation and rumors regarding tomorrow's iTunes-related announcement are continuing to come in from all directions, and the latest bit of speculation relies on some bits of information pulled out of the iTunes 10.1 release …
Antony Bruno / Billboard:
Best Bet: Apple To Announce Addition of Beatles Catalog to iTunes  —  Rock and Pop  —  The smart money on tomorrow's mysterious iTunes announcement is that Apple will finally be adding the Beatles catalog to the digital music store.  —  That's not fully confirmed, but after a day of phone calls …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
“Exciting Announcement from iTunes” Coming Tomorrow, What Is It?
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 …
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.
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Matt Galligan / SimpleGeo · Blog:
An Important and Exciting Update
Discussion: Erictric and Mashable!
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.
Discussion: Computerworld
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Google's Schmidt: Android Gingerbread to have near-field-communication support  —  At the Web 2.0 Summit just now, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that Android Gingerbread 2.3 will support near-field-communications to read RFID tags.  —  Schmidt said that the NFC support, “will be in the new operating system …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Eric Schmidt shows off a Nexus S at the Web 2.0 summit
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Ex-Yahoos-Plus Chief Yahoo Jerry Yang-in New Morado Ventures Fund (That's Spanish for Purple, Natch)  —  A new $10 million micro-venture fund, led by former Yahoo top engineering exec Ash Patel-called Morado Ventures and funded by a group largely made up of ex-Yahoos-is about to launch …
Discussion: Pulse2
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.
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.
Eric Barry / All Facebook:
11% Have Had Sex with Someone They Met on Facebook  —  Thinking of poking that special friend?  You're not alone.  —  A new study conducted for the revamped British airing of “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew” shows that 11% of Britons have engaged in sexual intercourse with someone they met through Facebook.
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.
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
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola MOTOPAD to usher in Android 3.0  —  Just as Motorola helped Google usher in Android 2.0 with the DROID, the reborn gadgeteer is now seemingly charged with a similar task for Android 3.0.  Details for the time being are remarkably slim, but Mobile-Review.com — home …
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
WebOS Evangelist Rahul Sood Leaves HP … Well, this is unfortunate.  Rahul Sood, Hewlett-Packard's CTO of Global Gaming and its de facto webOS evangelist, is leaving the company.  —  “It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to resign from my position as the CTO of Global Gaming for Hewlett-Packard …
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Path: the social system that will piss social mavens off  —  I didn't read any of Path's hype before trying it myself.  I wasn't part of the beta.  I don't owe Dave Morin lunch (he's the founder of this new thing called Path that's getting a deep amount of hype tonight.  The photo is of him at the TED conference).
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Microsoft exec caught in privacy snafu, says Kinect might tailor ads to you
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: MarketWatch, IntoMobile and BGR
Ben Edelman:
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Bob Boorstin / Google Public Policy Blog:
Promoting Free Trade for the Internet Economy
Discussion: Reuters
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
RIM shuts out red-hot mobile chat application Kik — without explanation
Discussion: IntoMobile
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Ebooks Winners & Losers
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Financial Times:
Apple to bring iPhone ads to Europe
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
More Kinect Craziness: Mind-Blowing 3D Video Effect