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5:25 AM ET, October 25, 2011

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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple TV Effort Said to Be Led By ITunes Creator  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is turning to the software engineer who built iTunes to help lead its development of a television set, according to three people with knowledge of the project.  —  Jeff Robbin, who helped create the iPod in addition …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Here's how Apple could finally put the “TV” in Apple TV  —  After reinventing the mobile phone (iPhone) and personal computer (iPad), it makes sense for Apple to eventually apply its magic to the living room.  The company has been clear to distance itself a bit from the existing Apple TV box by calling it a “hobby.”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Piper Jaffray: Apple is already building prototype TV sets
Steven Levy / Wired.com:
Brave New Thermostat: How the iPod's Creator Is Making Home Heating Sexy  —  “You're going to built a what?”  —  That's what Tony Fadell's wife, Dani, said to him in 2009 when he told her his idea for a new company.  Fadell is one of the most sought-after talents in the world of gadgetry …
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Tony Fadell Demos His New Nest Learning Thermostat (TCTV)
Discussion: msnbc.com and Ubergizmo
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Go-Go Growth Days Screech to a Halt at Netflix  —  A first look at Netflix's Q3: Revenue of $822 million and earnings $1.16 a share.  The Street was expecting around $811 million and about $0.94 a share (bear in mind that “consensus” actually varies depending on whom you ask).
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in third quarter
Discussion: IBD Click and Pulse2
Felix Salmon:
Netflix and the economics of nonrival goods
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and GMSV
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
It's Crunch Time for Nokia  —  Fast Rollout Crucial for Firm's Windows Smartphone, Expected to Debut This Week  —  When Nokia Corp. Chief Executive Stephen Elop takes the stage Wednesday at the big cellphone maker's annual conference in London, all eyes will be on the device in his hand.
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Nokia Windows Phone Likely to Miss Holidays in U.S.  —  Struggling Handset Maker Pursues Europe-First Strategy on Windows Phone Launch  —  The leading smartphone manufacturers have already unveiled their holiday wares — Apple's iPhone 4S, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and Motorola's Droid RAZR.
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Hi, Tumblr.  —  It's nice to meet you.  —  There are lots of reasons we're excited to be launching the Obama 2012 campaign's new Tumblr today.  But mostly it's because we're looking at this as an opportunity to create something that's not just ours, but yours, too.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Obama Campaign Experiments With Tumblr for '12
Discussion: New York Times
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Jobs Warned Cook Not to Try to Copy Him  —  Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) — When Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook took the microphone at a memorial tribute to Steve Jobs at the company's campus last week, he shared a piece of advice Jobs gave him before his death on Oct. 5.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Fortune:
When Steve Met Bill: ‘It was a kind of weird seduction visit’
Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
How Much the iPhone Camera Has Improved  —  When the first iPhone came out, the camera was an afterthought, only tossed in to feature match its competitors.  Fast forward four years and it's an entirely different story, Apple has made it a point of emphasis and the camera in the iPhone 4S sh-sh-sh-shines.
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Meg Whitman joins Zaarly's board of directors, company gets $14M from Kleiner Perkins  —  Mobile marketplace Zaarly announced today that Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman is joining its board of directors, and that it's getting a $14 million investment led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
CNET In Talks To Acquire gdgt As Early As This Week  —  Back in 2009, TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington wrote that CNET (and parent company CBS) were sniffing around gdgt, the then-brand-new community/review site/blog of Peter Rojas and Ryan Block.  While CNET was considering an investment at the time …
Discussion: @ryan and @peterrojas
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Engadget Hooks Up With gdgt To Power Its Product Modules
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
The Dark Side Of Biometrics: 9 Million Israelis' Hacked Info Hits The Web  —  Biometrics are the next big thing in government and homeland security.  But the recent theft of the personal information of 9 million Israelis living and dead—including the birth parents of adoptees …
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Using Credit Cards to Target Web Ads  —  The two largest credit-card networks, Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., are pushing into a new business: using what they know about people's credit-card purchases for targeting them with ads online.  —  Their plans, if implemented …
Discussion: AllThingsD, Digits and Digits
Reuters:
Zynga's IPO due week before Thanksgiving: sources  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc is currently planning to price its initial public offering and have its shares begin trading the week before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on November 24, two sources briefed on the offering said on Monday.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Android Blows Past Apple To Take The Lead In Market Share For App Downloads  —  According to fresh data from ABI Research, more Android apps were downloaded in Q2 2011 than iOS apps.  —  Makes sense since Android is a bigger platform, but we think this is a first for the rival mobile platforms.
Iain Thomson / The Register:
Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died  —  Early computing pioneer undergoes final upload  —  Stanford University has confirmed that John McCarthy, the inventor of the LISP programming language and one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI), has died at the age of 84.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Electronista
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Removes The + Search Command  —  Google has quietly removed one of the older search operators, the + search operator.  Now if you try adding a + sign in your query, Google will ignore it.  —  Why did Google remove the old search operator?  Kelly from Google said in a forum thread …
 
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Michael Jones / Fortune:
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
JP Morgan: Kindle Fire expected to sell 5 million in Q4
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Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Pre-IPO Jive Software To List On Nasdaq As JIVE; Sequoia, Kleiner Invest $40M More
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Senior Media Liaison Karen Wickre leaves Google for Twitter
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