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2:45 PM 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 …
Fred / A VC:
Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs  —  My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs.  We talked to dozens of our elected officials about an issue that is very concerning to us, protecting the safe harbors of the DMCA.
Discussion: Business Insider and
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rep. Blackburn, Co-Sponsor Of E-PARASITE, Explains Why Regulating The Internet Is Terrible  —  This one is really quite incredible.  Among the sponsors of the absolutely dreadful E-PARASITE Act, which imposes massive regulations across the entire internet sector, is Rep. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee.
New York Times:
Luck Is Just the Spark for Business Giants  —  BETTER to be lucky than good, the adage goes.  —  And maybe that's true — if you just want to be merely good, not much better than average.  But what if you want to build or do something great?  And what if you want to do so in today's unstable and unpredictable world?
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 …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
ATTENTION APPLE FANS: Samsung Blowing Past Apple To Become The Biggest Smartphone Vendor Is Not Good News  —  For the past couple of years, Apple fans have responded to the Android threat with an evolving series of arguments about why Android isn't a threat:
Mona Simpson / New York Times:
A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs  —  I grew up as an only child, with a single mother.  Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif.  I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Zuckerberg: If I Were Starting A Company Now, I Would Have Stayed In Boston  —  Yesterday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Y Combinator's Startup School in a candid interview with Y Combinator Partner Jessica Livingston.
Discussion: Social Markets, Thanks:leenarao
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
More than just sexy phones: how Nokia will help sell Windows Phone 7  —  Unlike, oh, to pick a random example, Apple, Microsoft has only a very limited retail presence.  The company has opened a handful of (high-quality and actually rather pleasant) Microsoft stores in the US, but has little direct consumer reach beyond that.
Discussion: The Next Web
Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering  —  While Skype has now expanded their Linux API support to allow other applications to take advantage of Skype video calls and other features, a few months ago the Skype protocol began to be reverse-engineered by an independent researcher.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
All prospects for an internal HP webOS largely destroyed
Discussion: AllThingsD and eWeek
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Glyn Moody / ComputerworldUK:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialcam: Further Proof That You Folks Really Like Your Filters
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