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12:55 PM ET, November 17, 2010

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Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Hulu Plus Launches Out of Preview for $7.99/month  —  Since we released the Hulu Plus™ subscription service as a preview in July, the Hulu team has been hard at work extending the device footprint, refining existing applications, and adding to the content lineup, all while listening …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Plus Cuts Its Price, After All-By $2
Discussion: GigaOM and SAI, more at Mediagazer »
Munjal Shah / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Boutiques: a new way to shop for fashion online  —  The way we shop for fashion is different from how we buy cameras—especially online.  With fashion, reviews and specs are less important; fashion shopping is about discovering something that fits your taste and feels right.
Andrew Grieve / Google Mobile Blog:
Editing your Google Docs on the go  —  Cross posted on the Official Google Blog, Google Enterprise Blog and the Google Docs Blog  —  With Google Docs, we're always trying to make you more productive—and part of that means making it possible for you to get things done from anywhere, at anytime.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Now You Can Create and Edit Google Docs on iPad, iPhone and Android
Discussion: Fortune and SAI, Thanks:krissy314
Mark Boslet / PE Hub Blog:
Doerr vs. Wilson: The Internet Bubble Is Real.  That's Where The Agreement Ends  —  If there is one thing Fred Wilson and John Doerr can agree on it is this: The Internet bubble is real and valuations are frothier than a Starbucks latte.  —  Unfortunately, that's where the merging of the minds ends.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google investor John Doerr: Zynga is our best company ever  —  John Doerr, the legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist, gave high praise to Zynga, the leading social game company, saying it was one of the best investments his firm had ever made.  —  Doerr's firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg: Your Map Is Missing ‘Uncharted Territory’  —  The final speaker during the second day of the Web 2.0 Summit was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was joined on stage by John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly.  The scope of the interview was broad — Zuckerberg answered questions …
Apple:
Ronald D. Sugar Joins Apple's Board of Directors  —  Apple® today announced that Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Northrop Grumman Corporation, was appointed to Apple's Board of Directors.  Dr. Sugar will serve as the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Leland Rechis / Twitter Blog:
Instant Notifications  —  When you're out and about, your phone probably isn't always in front of you.  It might be in your pocket or purse or on a table - perhaps with the screen off.  We want to make sure you see important Tweets even when you're not looking at Twitter at the moment.
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Going all-in: Ars interviews Microsoft's Steve Ballmer  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is something of a polarizing figure.  His loud, bombastic style on stage stands in stark contrast to the generally more reserved demeanours of other CEOs, and his tendency to gloss over what he sees …
Discussion: TechFlash, WPCentral.com and MacStories, Thanks:rawmeet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Raising New Venture Round at $3 Billion Valuation  —  Twitter is mulling over raising a new round of financing, we've heard from multiple sources, and a variety of venture firms are frothing at the mouth to lead the round.  The valuation is likely to be in the $3 billion range …
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia's Go-It-Alone Strategy  —  DUBLIN—Stephen Elop's first major decision as Nokia Corp.'s new chief executive could prove the most critical to the cellphone giant's future: to continue with a go-it-alone strategy for operating systems rather than adopt Google Inc.'s Android.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook first hands-on! (video)  —  RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie actually declined to show off the his company's tablet today on the Web 2.0 Summit stage, but in private he was more than kind, treating us to a nice long glimpse at the BlackBerry PlayBook in a quaint hotel hallway.
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com as movie mogul?  Retailer starts own online studio  —  E-commerce giant Amazon.com is taking on the movie business.  The company is inviting aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters to submit their works to a new website called Amazon Studios.  The winners will get cash prizes …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google No Longer Claims Facebook Will “Trap” Users.  Or Do They?  —  There's a new twist to the Facebook-Google contact data export brouhaha.  It looks like the warning Google issued last week to Facebook users who tried to export their Gmail contact to the network has been removed.
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Don't Blow It!  New York Tech's Top Investors Have Bubble Trouble on the Brain  —  Is the tech industry in a bubble?  Influential and well-informed leaders in the field have started to worry, and are speaking out unequivocally about reckless investors, rising valuations and the misuse …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Travel Search Engine Kayak Files For $50 Million IPO  —  Travel search engine Kayak just filed an S-1 statement with the SEC for a proposed initial public offering worth $50 Million.  —  Here are some interesting stats included in the filing.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2010 …
Discussion: NetworkEffect, GigaOM and SAI
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
A Day in the Life of a Deal  —  How EMI's New CEO Helped Beatles Clear iTunes Hurdles  —  After years of litigation and ill will, it took two men just a couple of hours to hammer out the basic terms that would finally bring the Beatles' music to the iTunes Store.
Discussion: DealBook, TechFlash, Fortune and MediaMemo
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Chief: By Birthright, Palm Should Have Owned the Smartphone Market  —  What Palm chief Jon Rubinstein's appearance at Web 2.0 Summit today lacked in news, it made up for somewhat in perspective-on the mobile space, Palm's smartphone birthright, its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard and its future under HP.
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
‘Harry Potter’ Leak Seems More Like Publicity Than Piracy  —  The first 36 minutes of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” suddenly popped up on Bittorrent sites Tuesday, just a few days before its global premiere.  If Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) didn't intentionally leak the footage, well, maybe they should have, dammit!
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Struggling Six Apart Begged for $2M Loan  —  When blogging pioneer Six Apart announced in September that it was being purchased by ad network VideoEgg and being folded into a new company, Say Media, the deal confirmed what many had been saying for some time: the once-hot startup had been left …
John Letzing / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Russian Investor Hints At Twitter Interest  —  Yuri Milner, the chief executive of Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, indicated Tuesday that Twitter Inc. is on his radar.  —  Milner, whose firm has already invested in closely-held Internet firms including Facebook Inc. …
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Disqus Launching Major New Update And Paid Pro Add-On Features  —  Disqus, the blog comments service, is rolling out a major new update on Thursday, version 4.  —  Disqus now reaches an impressive 200 million people per month, and is part of more than 500,000 websites and communities.
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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Tom Warren / Winrumors:
Microsoft's new simple yet clever Windows 7 + Windows Live advert
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