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11:20 AM ET, October 29, 2011

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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Google's Big Video Push Is Here: YouTube Getting More Than 100 New Channels  —  Google is launching more than 100 new YouTube channels with exclusive video content commissioned from media companies and celebrities.  —  Providers with their own channels will include Thomson Reuters …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube and Hollywood Finally Link Up: Here Come the Channels  —  YouTube and Hollywood, which have been circling each other for years, are finally getting together.  —  But instead of moving movies and TV shows to the world's biggest Web site, they're trying something different …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Oh S**t, I'm A Racist  —  “I don't think Mike Arrington is a racist” - Angela Benton  —  It's never a good day when people you don't know are having a raging Internet debate about whether or not you're a racist.  But that's exactly what's happening, thanks to CNN.
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Arrington, Race, and Silicon Valley  —  I spent this summer in Silicon Valley as part of the NewMe Accelerator.  NewMe is the first Accelerator program focused on African-Americans.  I had an absolute blast in California connecting to incredible mentors like Mitch Kapor, Ben Horowitz …
Discussion: Black Web 2.0
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Nobody Gives A Damn About Your Klout Score  —  Remember that time that astrologers decided that they had gotten all the zodiac signs off by one, and everyone was so bewildered because all of a sudden you were NO LONGER AN ARIES BUT A PISCES and it seemed like everything you had believed for so long was untrue.
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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
Discussion: TUAW, iDownloadBlog.com and OS X Daily
AppleInsider:
Adobe Photoshop CS6 to adopt Aperture-like theme, new 3D functionality  —  Early betas of Photoshop CS6, an update to Adobe's flagship digital imaging software due next year as part of Creative Suite 6.0 (CS6), show off a darker interface theme, new 3D capabilities, autosave …
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Steve Ballmer Torched This Ex-Microsoft Employee's Chance To Work On iCloud For Apple  —  In April news broke that Apple had poached Microsoft employee Kevin Timmons to help build out its cloud-computing services.  —  Then in October, it turned out Timmons wasn't at Apple.
John Markoff / New York Times:
In Surprise, China Unveils Supercomputer Based on Its Own Chips  —  China has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, an advance that surprised high-performance computing specialists in the United States.  —  The announcement was made this week at a technical meeting held …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Launches in 22 New Countries with 1-2 Week Estimates for Online Orders  —  Apple today officially launched the iPhone 4S in 22 new countries, marking the second round of launches for the device.  The company began taking pre-orders last week ahead of the launch scheduled …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
All prospects for an internal HP webOS largely destroyed  —  HP announced yesterday that it would retain its PC business while deflecting questions about the future of webOS for at least another month, but insiders note that HP has already destroyed the viability of the project moving forward internally …
Discussion: VentureBeat and mocoNews
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.
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
Report: RIM operating surveillance facility in India  —  Remember when India was threatening to shut down BlackBerry service unless it could tap user's communications?  Reports have RIM operating a wiretapping facility in Mumbai to help with that.  —  Back in 2010, the Indian government …
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: Slashdot, CNET News and Digits
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
$150 HP TouchPads coming to Best Buy... with purchase of a PC  —  Best Buy will begin selling dirt cheap HP TouchPad tablets again on Tuesday, November 1st.  You'll be able to pick up a 32GB model for $149.99.  —  That's the good news.  —  The bad news is that in order to get that price you'll need …
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Bye, bye $99 TouchPad: HP says tablet officially out of stock
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
Discussion: Business Insider
 
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Xbox Companion app for WP7 shown off at Nokia World, leaks Vudu integration (video)
Christopher Zinsli / Wall Street Journal:
After Spurning Groupon's Offer, China's LaShou Files For IPO
Discussion: DigiCha
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Said to Lean Toward Dividend, Buyback Instead of Sale
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Groupon Said to Consider Raising IPO Price Range
Discussion: Business Insider
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
GameStop Steps into Tablet PC Sales
Discussion: PC Magazine, SlashGear and TechCrunch
Zach Epstein / BGR:
4G now counted among ‘ideal phone features’ by 75% of consumers, survey finds
Discussion: Examiner and PhoneArena
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
It Looks Like The Nook Color 2 Launches On November 7
Reuters:
Steve Martin turns tweets into book
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apps Are the New Channels  —  I got an email yesterday …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Informal e-reader library comparison
Discussion: TiPb
 

 
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