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6:30 AM ET, November 1, 2011

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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Incoming: A Native Gmail iPhone App.  Finally.  —  Ever since I bought the original iPhone in 2007, there's been one app above all others that I've been sorely missing: Gmail.  Of course, back then, there were no native third-party apps.  But a year later, when those came, Gmail was still nowhere to be found.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Despite new CPU options, Apple reportedly questioning future of Mac Pro  —  Despite the coming availability of a new generation of Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs suitable for advancing Apple's Mac Pro line, the company has reportedly been evaluating whether to continue to invest in furthering …
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Chris Rawson / TUAW:
On the Mac Pro's future  —  The Mac Pro is a strange outlier among Apple's products.  It's insanely powerful, but it's priced out of the reach of most mortals.  It's by far Apple's most “traditional” computer; the Mac Pro is a tower you can crack open and customize quite easily …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Revealed: Why Techmeme links to them instead of you!  —  Over time, nearly every major tech news publisher has asked us a variant of “Why do you always post them and not us?” or “Why did you pick them over us for that story when we posted first?”  So it's probably time to address this issue in a general way.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Welcome to The Verge  —  We couldn't be more pleased to share what we've been cranking away on for the last several months.  —  Although much of the editorial team here has been publishing content and covering events on This Is My Next, our true work has been preparing The Verge for this moment.
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Noah Davis / Business Insider:   The New Site From The Engadget Crew And SB Nation Is About To Take The Tech World By Storm
Alan Green / Official Google Reader Blog:
New in Reader: a fresh design, and Google+ sharing  —  Today we're rolling out the new Reader design, and the Google+ features that we mentioned just over a week ago.  Before the day's over, all Reader users will be able to enjoy the following improvements:  — A new look and feel that's cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at.
Phil McKinney:
Goodbye HP  —  Earlier today, I announced that I will be retiring from HP.  —  This is not the traditional retirement.  I'm not planning on spending my days playing golf or sitting around the house driving my wife crazy.  I have far too much passion, energy and ideas to sit on the sidelines.
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
INSIDE GROUPON: The Truth About The World's Most Controversial Company  —  It's August 2011, and Andrew Mason is agitated.  —  He's at his desk in the middle of Groupon's wide open, call center-style office in Chicago.  His headphones are on.  His brow is furrowed.
Oonagh Reidy / Smart Office:
Samsung: Show Us The Source Code, Apple  —  Samsung are demanding the source code for iPhone 4S firmware as well as Apple's agreements with all major Aussie telco's as it looks to ban iPhone 4S here.The demand came today as Samsung faced yet another legal showdown with foe Apple …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
SimpleGeo To Be Acquired By Urban Airship  —  SimpleGeo, the once promising location startup, has been acquired, I've heard.  The buyer is Urban Airship.  —  This is an all stock acquisition apparently, totaling around $3.5 million in value.  Since SimpleGeo has raised nearly $10 million …
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Scott Kveton / Urban Airship:
Urban Airship Acquires SimpleGeo
Andy Meek / The Daily:
Remarkable tale of how Apple boss hired unknown musician for iTunes  —  With the release of his authorized biography, many details from the notoriously private life of Steve Jobs have been made public for the first time.  —  Anecdotes paint the portrait of a brilliant but exacting individual …
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Hulu Plus app is ready for Apple TV, decision to update is “political not technical”  —  We've gotten word that inside Apple there are Apple TVs running the Hulu Plus app natively.  The app is feature complete and ready to roll out to Apple TV users on current builds.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
How Android swallowed the UK smartphone market in just 18 months  —  Figures from Kantar ComTech show how dramatically Android has risen to prominence - but what does that mean for rival contenders such as Nokia, Apple and RIM?  —  In just 18 months, Android has come from nowhere to become …
Soledad O'Brien / CNNMoney.com:
Michael Arrington is right (about one thing)  —  Michael Arrington thinks there should be more effort made to improve diversity in Silicon Valley.  I agree.  But that important message is being drowned out by a heated online debate.
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Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
Increasing transparency and choice with ads on search and Gmail  —  Our advertising system is designed to show the right ad to the right person at the right time.  Because ads should be just as useful as any other information on the web, we try to make them as relevant as possible for you.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Appcelerator raises $15M, now largest third-party app publisher on iOS, Android  —  Skipping past the obvious “acceleration” puns, things are looking good for Appcelerator, maker of a cross-platform app development platform.  —  The company announced today that it has raised $15 million …
Caleb Garling / Wired Enterprise:
Motorola Banks $228 Million from Unnamed Patent Holder  —  Motorola Mobility — the smartphone manufacturer recently snatched up by Google — has received a total of $228 million in cash and licensing fees from an unnamed company, and all signs point to Blackberry maker Research in Motion as the outfit in question.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee gets more porn with FyreTV app  —  Boxee users can soon watch more X-rated content, thanks to a new app from adult over-the-top distributor FyreTV (link not safe for work).  The app will offer access to some 15,000 movies from more than 100 adult studios, according to FyreTV …
Discussion: Business Insider
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's iPhone to make up more than half of Q4 smartphone sales across top-3 U.S. carriers  —  In the third quarter of 2011, Apple offered just two smartphones: the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.  The latter was sold by just one carrier in the United States while the former was sold by two of the four major wireless carriers.
Matt McLernon / YouTube Blog:
Life in a Day now available on YouTube  —  On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world recorded videos of their lives to take part in Life in a Day, a cinematic experiment to document a single day on earth.  From more than 4,500 hours of footage recorded and uploaded to YouTube …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
And The Disrupt Beijing Winner Is... OrderWithMe!  —  After many months of planning and countless flights to the other side of the world, our first ever international TechCrunch Disrupt event has come to a close. 15 companies have launched new products to the world for the very first time in …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
These Facts About The Chinese Startup Scene Will Blow Your Mind  —  Entrepreneur Bowei Gai sold his last company, a mobile business-card reading app called CardMunch, to LinkedIn earlier this year.  Since then, he's been able to pursue some of his other interests.  —  Like the Chinese startup scene.
Adobe:
Adobe Acquires Auditude to Capitalize on Exploding Video Advertising Opportunity  —  For immediate release  —  Auditude Platform Empowers Publishers and Media Companies to Maximize Value of Video Content  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired …
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