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And like that (pause), he’s gone — Apple has removed Mark Papermaster’s biography from its website. The recent hire to replace the departing iPod chief Tony Fadell was ordered to stop working by a court after IBM claimed it’s in his contract that he cannot work for a rival for a year after leaving. CNET has more.

Dude, you’re getting an Apple (and maybe a Dell) — Holiday shopping season is nearly upon us and a new report on consumer buying paints a bleak picture. Two bright spots: Apple laptops and Dell desktops. Apple 2.0 has more.

Dude, where’s Dell’s music player? — But it’s not all good news for Dell, The Wall Street Journal notes the computer maker is lacking in new products and has decided against launching a digital music player it had been planning. I’m going to go ahead and guess that they would have touted it as an “iPod killer.”

Quercus Trust loves greentech investments — The Southern California firm has 34 companies in its portfolio, more than anyone in greentech besides Khosla Ventureas. Greentech Media has more.

New hardware for Cisco — Its next generation of hardware will hopefully help communications carriers who are overwhelmed by demand. The Wall Street Journal has more.

Flat-panel TVs sales flattening — The devices have been hot for a while, but the financial crisis is hitting luxury spending — and a 47-inch, 1080p HD, 4-inch thick LED set might be considered a luxury. Crave has more.

An iPhone for 99 euros? — French mobile carrier Orange appears ready to cut the cost of the iPhone 3G from 149 euros to 99 euros in time for the holidays. That’s just $126! AppleInsider has more.

Jawbone ordered up high-end office furniture for the employees it was laying off not to sit in — The Sequoia-backed headset maker apparently spent $500,000 at the same time it was laying off employees. PEHub has more.

Agency.com and iCrossing in an Apple/IBM type scuffle — Agency.com claims iCrossing poached some of its top executives — and also its clients. The Wall Street Journal has more on the suit.

3i Group will close its Menlo Park, Calif. office — This will happen at the end of the year, according to VentureWire.

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