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Nick Bilton / Bits:
What's Really Next for Apple in Television  —  “I've finally cracked it!”  Steven P. Jobs, co-founder of Apple, told his biographer, Walter Isaacson.  —  Although Mr. Jobs was referring to Apple's plans to build a full-fledged television, he was not actually referring to the TV set …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
NYT: Apple expected to release Siri-powered television by 2013
Discussion: GigaOM
David Coursey / Forbes:   Will Siri Drive New Big Screen Apple TV?
HP:
HP to Keep PC Division  —  Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value  —  HP today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Breaking: HP Will Keep PC Division  —  The decision has just been made public.  Hewlett-Packard is staying in the PC business.  —  Here's the announcement courtesy of HP.  I'll be adding more as I go through the details.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:   Whitman: HP will be in the tablet business with Windows 8, long term decision about webOS coming
Ronald Ho / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google+ is now available with Google Apps  —  Google Apps fans, today we're ready to add you to our circles.  Google+ makes sharing on the web more like sharing in the real world, and now Google+ is available to people who use Google Apps at college, at work or at home.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google+ now available to Google Apps customers, migration coming soon
Discussion: The Next Web
Michael Degusta / the understatement:
Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support  —  The announcement that Nexus One users won't be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google's support of their devices.  I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky.
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
Android fragmentation gets visualized [infographic]
Discussion: CNET News
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: Popular posts, eye-catching analytics, photo fun and...  We think Google+ should get better every time you use it.  It's not enough to obsess over community feedback (which we do); we also need to surprise and delight you with constant improvements (which we also try and do).
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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google+ adds a boatload of new toys for the visually oriented
Discussion: Mashable!
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Yikes!  Motorola Shipped Just 100,000 Xoom Tablets Last Quarter  —  Motorola Mobility just announced its Q3 earnings, where it gave shipment numbers for its mobile devices.  —  Most notably, it only shipped 100,000 Xoom tablets during the quarter.  (That's shipped not sold.)
Discussion: AllThingsD and @asymco
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Bloomberg:
Chinese Military Suspected in Hacker Attacks on U.S. Satellites  —  Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Computer hackers, possibly from the Chinese military, interfered with two U.S. government satellites four times in 2007 and 2008 through a ground station in Norway, according to a congressional commission.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
The future is amazing, and Microsoft has video to prove it  —  This might be as close as we're going to get to a time machine.  Unless they're working on that, too.  —  Microsoft this morning is premiering a new video that shows how the company believes technology is poised to evolve …
David Heath / iTWire:
The truth about Steve Jobs' number plate  —  The stories about the complete lack of a number plate on Steve Job's car are many and varied.  But we can finally reveal the truth.  —  iTWire had the good fortune this morning to spend an hour with Jon Callas, CTO of Entrust …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Windows Phone Apollo coming ‘middle of next year,’ says Nokia VP  —  A top Nokia exec just confirmed the much-rumored schedule for the next Windows Phone update, codenamed Apollo.  Michael Halbherr, Executive VP for Location and Commerce, told us that it'll launch in mid-2012 and be a …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flex it, baby!  Nokia's new interface is seriously twisted  —  The Nokia kinetic device scrolls through photos and music playlists when its edges are twisted.  —  LONDON—Multitouch revolutionized user interfaces, and if Nokia researchers get their way, a mobile device that's sensitive …
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Bryce Roberts / BRYCE DOT VC:
A Perfect Storm for Acqihires  —  Back in 2005 PG wrote a prophetic (or obvious) essay titled Hiring is Obsolete.  The name says it all, but the theme revolves around the following quote: … Google pulled back the covers on their 2011 deal activity yesterday and, given PG's piece, it should come as no surprise what we saw.
Discussion: MediaFile, DealBook and Feld Thoughts
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Logitech Revue on sale promising ‘new & improved’ Google TV with Android 3.1, Market  —  Well, well, what do we have here?  These Logitech Revue boxes just hit the sales floor of a major electronics retailer, prominently sporting “New & Improved: Google TV with Android 3.1 and Android Market” stickers.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Hell freezes over: Forrester urges IT to support the Mac  —  The voice of Windows in the enterprise discovers that Mac users are more productive  —  Click to enlarge.  —  That 41% of enterprises won't let Apple (AAPL) PCs anywhere near their computing services — not even e-mail or the Internet …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
I Wouldn't Touch Groupon's Stock At The IPO Price With A 50-Foot Pole  —  Groupon management is out on its IPO roadshow, meeting privately with dozens of big institutional investors.  —  In a couple of weeks, at the end of the roadshow, Groupon's underwriters will take orders for the stock.
Discussion: Felix Salmon and ITworld.com
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Presents a New iPad Gesturing-Based Video Editing Toolbar  —  On October 25, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their intentions of providing a future version of the iPad with an advanced gesturing-based video editing toolbar.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Seedy, Spammy Past of Airbnb's Co-Founder  —  The hot vacation rental service Airbnb has been insisting its recent scandals have all been innocent mistakes: The time it spammed Craigslist, its dearth of safety protections, the cover-up it attempted.  For penance, the company built safety systems …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Sprint: Adding iPhones Actually Lightens Our Load  —  Is the iPhone more data efficient than its Android rivals?  Sprint CEO Dan Hesse says it is.  —  During an earnings call Wednesday, Hesse claimed iPhones use about half the network resources required by Android handsets …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
What Netflix effect?  Redbox will raise rates instead  —  Redbox was expected to be one of the big beneficiaries of Netflix's most recent price change.  But the effect of that change wasn't entirely apparent in Redbox's numbers, as parent Coinstar reported revenues Thursday just slightly above Wall Street consensus.
Discussion: The Tech Trade, Engadget and Mashable!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Redfin Raises Another $14.8 Million To Reinvent The Real Estate Market  —  Real estate is a market that's full of inefficiencies, headaches, and price gouging.  Thankfully, there are a handful of startups looking to fix it, one of which is Seattle-based Redfin.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Developers: Your Google Maps API Free Riding Days Are Over  —  Months after warning developers it would happen, the Google Developer team announced tonight that the era of unlimited Google Maps usage for free is officially over.  Developers whose apps load more than 25,000 basic maps …
 
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
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Amazon reveals its patent lawsuits are on the rise
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
FCC votes unanimously to revamp rural phone fund as broadband subsidy
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Paul Sandle / Reuters:
ARM unveils 64-bit architecture suited to servers
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