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2:00 AM ET, October 30, 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 …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
iPhone 4S battery life problems: bug in location services suspected  —  User tests suggest that bug in iOS 5 may be polling mobile mast data too frequently and running down battery  —  A flaw in Apple's location services system in its new iOS 5 software is increasingly suspected of being the cause …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Siri Hacked to Run on an iPod Touch and iPhone 4  —  Apple's new Siri voice recognition system is only officially available to new iPhone 4S users.  Predictably, over the past few weeks, there have been various attempts to port Siri to previous generation hardware.
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 …
Glyn Moody / ComputerworldUK:
Mozilla's Brendan Eich on JavaScript - and Microsoft Buying Netscape  —  It seems so long ago now, but for those of us lucky enough (and old enough) to have been there, the launch of Netscape's 0.9 version of its Netscape Navigator browser in October 1994 was clearly the beginning of a new era.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Business Insider
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.
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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 Guardian
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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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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Marshall Kirkpatrick's Blog:
Why Klout is Really and Truly Valuable  —  Social media scoring system Klout did a big refresh tonight and it is clearly broken because it said I am less influential than it said I was before.  But is it worthless?  Is this a meaningless arbitrary number that deserves nothing but mockery?  No.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Nobody Gives A Damn About Your Klout Score
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialcam: Further Proof That You Folks Really Like Your Filters  —  Since last spring we've been tracking the progress of Socialcam, the ‘Instagram for Video’ that spun off from Justin.tv.  The app, which is available for iOS and Android, hit the 2 million download milestone at the beginning of the month …
Discussion: Socialcam
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds Subscribe Button to Comments Box Plugin to Increase Civility, Subscribers  —  Facebook is giving users another way to add Subscribers to their public updates by introducing a Subscribe button beside commenter names in its Comments Box social plugin.
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
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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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 …
 
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