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The Official Google TV Blog:
An Update on Google TV  —  In the 1970s, there were just a few networks on TV.  Cable changed things by adding hundreds of new channels like HBO, ESPN, and MTV.  The Internet marks a new chapter for television.  This chapter is not about replacing broadcast or cable TV; it's not about replicating what's on TV to the Web.
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Jon Phillips / Gadget Lab:
Google TV, Take 2: Android Apps Join the Smart TV Party  —  The new version of Google TV includes direct access to Android Market.  A select group of 30 apps, directly optimized for Google TV, will appear in the Featured For TV section shown above.  Hundreds more — Google TV-compatible …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Apple engineers contacting iPhone 4S owners to solve battery life puzzle  —  Short battery life may be affected by corrupted contact details or background services - but solutions vary widely, and Siri apparently not to blame  —  Apple engineers are contacting some iPhone 4S owners to try …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Dear Apple, Please Make My iPhone 4S Battery Life Suck Less  —  I think I figured out what the “S” stands for in the iPhone 4S.  Now, to be clear, I love my new iPhone 4S.  I talk to it even when there isn't a human on the other end of the line.  Sometimes it talks back.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
The bulls**t Samsung smartphone numbers  —  The Internet is buzzing this morning with news that Samsung has overtaken Apple as the worlds leading smartphone vendor.  The problem is, there are no numbers to actually back up the claim.  —  Here's an example of how it's being reported.  From GigaOM:
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Samsung Overtakes Apple as World's Biggest Smartphone Seller
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
HP to hold on to PC division - but sources say it will finally kill webOS  —  Internal review decides not to spin off world's largest PC maker, but operating system developed for short-lived TouchPad to be closed along with 500 jobs  —  Hewlett-Packard is to keep its PC division rather than selling it off …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
After Big Layoffs, BuyWithMe Being Acquired By Gilt Groupe, Slashes More Staff  —  These sale prices are nuts!  —  Betabeat has learned that Gilt Groupe is in the final stages of acquiring the troubled daily deal site BuyWithMe, which laid off more than half its staff last week to sweeten the deal for potential buyers.
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Peter D'Amato / TechCrunch:   LaidOffWithMe: The Day The Axe Fell At BuyWithMe
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Spooking Flipboard: Yahoo's Livestand and Google's Propeller Set to Launch Next Week  —  Memo to Flipboard, as well as Pulse, CNN's Zite and AOL's Editions: You might want to make some room in the already-crowded news and social reader space, because you're about to get some bigfoot company.
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
600,000+ compromised account logins every day on Facebook, official figures reveal  —  If you've an unauthorised party has logged into your Facebook account, then you're far from alone.  —  New official statistics revealed by the social networking giant reveal that .06% of the more than billion logins …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Bye, bye $99 TouchPad: HP says tablet officially out of stock  —  Hewlett-Packard sent out notices today that it is officially out of TouchPads, meaning there will be no more shipments of those popular $99 tablets.  —  The notice says, “As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad …
Discussion: Engadget
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Ian Sample / Guardian:
Kindle makes for heavy reading  —  It has been revealed that the Amazon e-book reader weighs more when it is fully loaded.  How come?  —  One of the original selling points of Amazon's Kindle was that the device weighed no more than the average paperback.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Hulu Signs Five-Year, In-Season Content Streaming Deal With The CW  —  After Netflix signed a deal with The CW Television Network, Hulu is the next online movie platform to announce an agreement with the network.  Hulu has just announced a five-year licensing agreement with the CW Network …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS, Warner Bros. Sell “Gossip Girl” Again — This Time to Hulu
Jay Alabaster / PC World:
Samsung to Sell Phones With Flexible Screens Next Year  —  Samsung Electronics said Friday that it is aiming to launch mobile phones with flexible displays next year, with tablets and other portable devices to have these displays soon after.  —  The company said it was aiming to follow …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apps Are the New Channels  —  I got an email yesterday from an up-and-coming young blogger named Jason Kottke, with a screenshot of two consecutive DF entries posted earlier in the day — “Condé Nast Subscriptions Up 268 Percent Since Newsstand Launch” and “Bloomberg TV+ for iPad”.
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Firm Acknowledges Syria Uses Its Gear to Block Web  —  A U.S. company that makes Internet-blocking gear acknowledges that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devices to censor Web activity there—an admission that comes as the Syrian government cracks down on its citizens and silences their online activities.
Discussion: Digits and Slashdot
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
GameStop Steps into Tablet PC Sales  —  Videogame retailer GameStop Corp. plans to begin selling tablet-style computers as part of an effort to expand its gaming device offerings.  —  The company plans to begin selling tablets based on Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system during …
Discussion: TechCrunch, SlashGear and PhoneArena
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Dolphin HD browser snared in security breach  —  Tapping the designated corner in the Dolphin HD browser will let you control many browser functions with gestures.  —  The makers of a popular mobile browser called Dolphin HD confirmed that their software leaks the addresses of all Web sites a user visits …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Supplanted By Facebook Messenger, Beluga Will Stop Swimming On November 11  —  Beluga, the slick group messaging app that Facebook acquired back in March, is shutting down.  In a post on Beluga's blog, the company's original team of three writes that, beginning November 11 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
RIM gets desperate to move BlackBerry Playbooks  —  Research In Motion has a bit of a problem on its hands.  It's got a bunch of PlayBook tablets sitting on shelves and little reason for people to buy them, especially now that some needed software improvements won't come until next year.
Reuters:
Steve Martin turns tweets into book  —  (Reuters) - Veteran actor and comedian Steve Martin is writing a book based on his Twitter posts, with all profits going to charity, the book's publishers said on Friday.  —  Martin announced the book via Twitter in a tweet that said “Due to absolutely no demand …
Discussion: The Next Web
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Eye-Tracking Study Finds iPhone, iPad Draw More Attention Than Android Devices  —  There is plenty of financial evidence of the iPhone and iPad's popularity in Apple's earnings and those of its carrier partners.  Now there is biometric proof of the Apple devices' allure, as well.
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Consider Raising IPO Price Range  —  Groupon Inc. may increase the price range in its initial public offering because of higher-than- expected demand for the shares from investors, three people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  An updated filing with a higher range …
Discussion: Business Insider
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Facebook Shrugs off Alleged Attachment Vulnerability  —  Facebook downplayed an alleged vulnerability in its social-networking site that could allow a hacker to send a potentially malicious file to anyone on Facebook.  —  The issue concerns a Facebook feature that allows a user to send another user …
 
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Bloomberg:
Yahoo Said to Lean Toward Dividend, Buyback Instead of Sale
Discussion: Business Insider
Zach Epstein / BGR:
4G now counted among ‘ideal phone features’ by 75% of consumers, survey finds
Associated Press:
Intel asks Del. judge to dismiss claims in antitrust suit filed by NY attorney general
Discussion: thinq_, Inquirer and TechEye
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
It Looks Like The Nook Color 2 Launches On November 7
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Expedia Questions the Lifetime Value of the Groupon Customer
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Wait, Fab Launched In June And It's Already HOW Big?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Informal e-reader library comparison
Discussion: TiPb
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
San Francisco cellphone warning law fails science, says judge
Discussion: CNET News, CNET News and TechCrunch
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple board member Andrea Jung facing scrutiny at Avon
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Judge Dismisses Class Action Lawsuit Over Facebook's Friend Finder Feature
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The next disruptive iPhone feature? High definition audio calls
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Surprise: You Can't Make Apps on an iPad
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: First Pictures of the DROID4 by Motorola
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Here's why Apple's TV needs to be an actual television, and not just a cheap add-on box
Discussion: asymco
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Gates to students: Don't try to be a billionaire, it's overrated
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