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5:15 PM ET, October 29, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple acquired mind-blowing 3D mapping company C3 Technologies, looking to take iOS Maps to the next level  —  A 3D model of Las Vegas Strip created by Apple purchased C3  —  Since the original iPhone's debut in 2007, Apple's iOS devices have made use of an Apple-built Google Maps application …
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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Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
The World Is Surprisingly Angry About the End of Google Reader  —  The demise of Google Reader's share features is affecting everyone from RSS-junkies to Iranian freedom fighters, and many of them are very displeased.  Google Reader itself is very much alive and well, and in fact …
Dane Schiller / Houston Chronicle:
Online hackers threaten to expose cartel secrets  —  An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the syndicate's associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers …
Discussion: The Next Web and Slashdot, Thanks:dsilverman
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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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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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
HP: It's An ‘Unfounded Rumor’ That We're Going To Shut Down WebOS  —  HP's PC boss Todd Bradley appeared on Bloomberg West last night to talk about the company's decision to keep the PC business.  —  Of note, he said yesterday's rumor in the Guardian that HP will shut down its WebOS division is completely false.
Discussion: Bloomberg and GottaBeMobile
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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: AllThingsD, eWeek and mocoNews
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 …
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 …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Hybrid News Feed May Be Helping Big Brands, Hurting Local Businesses  —  Initial analysis of the Facebook's move from a two-tab news feed to a single hybrid news feed showed Page posts receiving fewer impressions but more Likes and comments — overall a positive change.
Discussion: All Facebook and EdgeRank Checker
Pav Jordan / Reuters:
Sterling's Mosaid deal includes Nokia-Microsoft patents  —  (Reuters) - An agreement by a private equity firm to buy Mosaid Technologies for C$590 million ($594 million) includes core wireless patents controlled by the Ottawa-based target company as part of a recent deal with Nokia and Microsoft.
 
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