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4:05 PM ET, October 18, 2011

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Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech's Hottest Startup  —  Here's that rare Steve Jobs story, one that's never been told, about the company that got away.  Jobs had been tracking a young software developer named Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple's radar screen when he reverse-engineered …
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
After Rejecting An Acquisition Offer From Steve Jobs, Dropbox Raises $250 Million To Defend Itself Against iCloud  —  It's officially official.  —  After months of press leaks, Dropbox announced it raised $250 million at a $4 billion valuation.  —  Even though the company says its profitable …
Discussion: Business Wire and silicontap.com
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Verizon unveils DROID RAZR by Motorola, pre-orders begin October 27th for $299.99  —  Verizon Wireless announced the DROID RAZR by Motorola on Tuesday, a brand new Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) smartphone that will take advantage of the carrier's 4G LTE network.
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon announced, just 7.1mm thick  —  The phone known alternately as the Spyder, the Droid RAZR, and the Droid HD prior to its release is now official — and Motorola has decided to go with the Droid RAZR name.  As expected, it's got LTE for Verizon …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Motorola Droid RAZR hands-on (video)  —  To everyone who rocked a Motorola RAZR in the '00s, it's time to get excited again.  The line — or at least the name — has been reborn, and not without good reason.  This is a thin device — extremely thin.  The Droid RAZR by Motorola is 7.1mm thin …
Discussion: SlashGear and Geek.com
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM Co-CEO unveils next-gen BBX platform  —  Research in Motion Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis pulled back the curtain on a new name for its next-generation operating system, BBX.  BBX combines the best qualities of RIM's older BlackBerry operating system and its QNX platform, which powers the PlayBook tablet …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google To Begin Encrypting Searches & Outbound Clicks By Default With SSL Search  —  Google will now begin encrypting searches that people do by default, if they are logged into Google.com already through a secure connection.  The change to SSL search also means that sites people visit …
Jon Pielak / Vectorform Labs:
The impact of Apple's Siri release: From the former lead iPhone developer of Siri  —  OCT, WED 12TH, 2011 POSTED IN : Technical, User Experience BY : Jon Pielak Comments  —  The Siri application released with the iPhone 4s has the potential to radically impact how we interact with technology.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
The Missed Red Flags on Groupon  —  This summer, Lloyd Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, flew to Chicago to personally pitch his firm to underwrite what was supposed to be the hottest initial public offering of the year: Groupon, the fledgling online coupon company that was being valued at around $30 billion.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Michael Dell: HP's confusion presents opportunity for Dell  —  Summary: HP has potentially handed competitor Dell a huge opportunity to get ahead in enterprise computing solutions and services.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard's uncertainty and confustion is unquestionably an advantage …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Docs Presentations Get Real-Time Collaboration, Transitions and Animations  —  Just about a year and a half ago, most of Google's productivity apps in the Google Docs suite received major overhauls that brought real-time collaboration and a number of other new features to Google's online document, spreadsheet and drawing tools.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Nexus Prime pic, specifications outed by NTT DoCoMo?  —  Samsung's official press event in Hong Kong to debut the Nexus Prime smartphone isn't until Wednesday morning, but a Japanese carrier appears to have shared details of the phone on Tuesday.  NTT DoCoMo has reportedly shown a picture of the phone …
Daniel Ruby / Localytics:
iOS 5 Already Powering 1 in 3 Eligible Devices  —  The latest and greatest Apple mobile operating system, iOS 5, has been available to the public for less than a week, and yet it's already been downloaded enough to power 33% of all eligible iOS devices.  If you remove the newly-launched iPhone 4S …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Khosla, Founders Fund, and Eric Schmidt Put $10 Million Into BillGuard  —  The other day, I mentioned in passing that Khosla Ventures invested in BillGuard, a TC Disrupt finalist from last May.  Here are more details.  It turns out that Khosla led the round, a $10 million series B …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Oracle Buys Enterprise Search And Data Management Company Endeca  —  Oracle has acquired Endeca, a company that powers enterprise search for large companies.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Endeca has raised a total of $65 million from Bessemer, Venrock, Intel, SAP …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Viacom, Google, Restart YouTube Copyright Case  —  They're back!  —  Viacom and Google, who have been tangling over copyright violations at YouTube since 2007, will be at it again today at a federal courthouse in New York.  The two sides will start oral arguments for Viacom's appeal of the case …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lookout Finally Brings Intelligent Smartphone Security And Tracking Application To iOS  —  Lookout, a company that offers security services for a number of smartphone platforms has long catered to the mobile security need of Android, Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry users but has not offered an iOS app.
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Gogobot releases its first iOS travel app, with discovery tools and photo filters  —  BREAK THE NEWS! … In March of this year, I wrote a post titled, “Why Gogobot makes Google and TripAdvisor look like folding car maps.”  The service is fast-becoming a much-loved, travel savvy community.
Discussion: Tnooz, TechCrunch and MacNN
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Navigation And Traffic App Waze Raises $30M From Kleiner Perkins And Li Ka-shing  —  Social mapping and navigation company Waze has raised $30 million in new funding from Horizons Ventures Hong Kong (the fund that manages the private venture investments of Facebook investor Li Ka-shing) …
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
EMC's quarter tops expectations  —  Storage giant EMC reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and said it is on track to hit its 2011 targets.  —  EMC reported today quarterly earnings of $606 million, or 27 cents a share, on revenue of $4.98 billion, up 18 percent from a year ago.
Dominic Mazzoni / Chromium Blog:
New Text-to-Speech API for Chrome extensions  —  Interested in making your Chrome Extension (or packaged app) talk using synthesized speech?  Chrome now includes a Text-to-Speech (TTS) API that's simple to use, powerful, and flexible for users.  —  Let's start with the “simple to use” part.
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Apple to Close Some Retail Stores Wednesday During Jobs Memorial  —  Apple plans to close some of its retail stores for at least an hour Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the matter, a gesture that coincides with the company's planned celebration of co-founder Steve Jobs's life at its headquarters.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, CNET News, Reuters and Fox Business
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Samsung accused of lifting iPhone screenshot for Galaxy Player promo  —  Consumer electronics maker Samsung appears to have used a nearly three-year-old screen capture of the Maps application on the iPhone to promote its own Galaxy Player 50 portable media player.
Matt Kelly / Facebook Developers:
Introducing HTML5 Resource Center  —  Many developers are now using HTML5 to build apps.  It is easy to develop for and it works across a number of different platforms, with minimal or no code change.  You can code in something as simple as Notepad, and instantly see it come to life in the browser on your desktop, phone, or tablet.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
HP TouchPad gets webOS 3.0.4 update, now able to answer calls from non-webOS phones  —  It may not have resulted in much of a numerical bump, but the just-released webOS 3.0.4 software update for the HP TouchPad is a fairly significant one.  The big new addition is the ability to pair non-webOS phones …
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
[Exclusive] Ice Cream Sandwich Will Finally Bring Native Screenshot Capabilities To Android  —  In what will probably be the last melting drop of the Ice Cream Sandwich leaks (oh the puns), we wanted to highlight one highly desired little feature ICS is finally going to bring to Android …
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
From a single hashtag, a protest circled the world  —  (Reuters) - It all started innocuously enough with a July 13 blog post urging people to #OccupyWallStreet, as though such a thing (Twitter hashtag and all) were possible.  —  It turns out, with enough momentum and a keen sense of how to use social media, it actually is.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz, CrunchFund, Tencent Back Intelligent Social Address Book Everyme  —  Everyme, a startup that plans to disrupt the address book, has announced $1.5 million in funding from an impressive group of backers including Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, Michael Arrington's CrunchFund …
 
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
DHS issues warning that Anonymous may attack infrastructure
Discussion: Threat Level and Softpedia News
Jonathan Browning / Bloomberg:
RIM CEO Considers Operator Compensation to Restore Trust
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HTC to acquire children's apps developer Inquisitive Minds for $13 million
Steven Russolillo / Wall Street Journal:
‘Dark Pool’ Looks to Bring Pre-IPO Firms to Institutions
Discussion: Financial Times
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP aims for bigger chunk of cloud transformation pie
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England riots: Court rejects Facebook sentence appeals
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UK-U.S. extradition review deals blow to hacker
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Greylock Builds Talent Team
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Katie Linsell / Bloomberg:
Losing $13.5 Billion to Piracy Spurs Microsoft-Led Europe Legal Push: Tech
Discussion: WinRumors and Neowin.net
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Another View of Patents From James Dyson
David W. Martin / Cult of Mac:
Preliminary Reports Surface About iPhone 4S Screen Quality Issues
Discussion: TG Daily, Inquirer, PC Magazine and T3 News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is At 250 Million Tweets Per Day, iOS 5 Integration Made Signups Increase 3x
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