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2:35 PM ET, November 1, 2011

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Jason Cornwell / Gmail Blog:
Gmail's new look  —  Back in July we showed you a preview of Gmail's new look, and we've been working this summer to make even more updates and improvements.  Today, we're giving you an in-depth look at the new design.  If you like what you see, over the next few days you'll be able to switch …
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.
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Josh Smith / GottaBeMobile:
Gmail for iPhone Bringing Priority Inbox & Push Notifications Soon
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Jay Greene / CNET News:
The inside story of how Microsoft killed its Courier tablet  —  Steve Ballmer had a dilemma.  He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers.  —  One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen.
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
Apple:
iPhone 4S Arrives in Hong Kong & South Korea on November 11  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, will be available in Hong Kong, South Korea and 13 additional countries on Friday, November 11.  Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone 4S beginning on Friday, November 4.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Misses iTunes Match Launch Target as iTunes 10.5.1 Developer Beta Expires  —  At its “Let's Talk iPhone” media event early last month, Apple announced that it would be launching its iTunes Match service in the United States at the “end of October”.  That launch date was itself apparently …
PR Newswire:
The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of interCLICK, Inc. in Connection with the Sale of the Company to Yahoo Inc.  —  The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Yahoo buys Interclick for $270 million, aims to bolster targeting  —  Summary: Interclick employees will join Yahoo and get an interesting ride to say the least.  —  Yahoo has acquired Interclick, which makes advertising targeting and optimization software, in a deal valued at $270 million.
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 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Amazon Cloud Music Player Deleted from iTunes due to ‘Legal Issues’  —  A Google search still brings up a page for aMusic on iTunes, although the page no longer exists.  —  Earlier this month, we posted about how to play the music stored in your Music Beta by Google account on your iPhone using an app called gMusic.
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.
Discussion: Betabeat, Gizmodo and @fromedome
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:   Groupon Founders Will Control Majority Stake Even After IPO
Zeljka Zorz / Help Net Security:
Nearly 50 chemical, defense companies hit with cyber espionage attacks  —  Nearly 50 (and quite possibly more) companies in the chemical, defense, and other sectors have been hit with a spear phishing campaign carrying a backdoor Trojan with the ultimate goal of exfiltrating R&D and manufacturing information …
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Dee Gill / paidContent:
Why Is Reed Hastings Selling So Much Netflix Stock?  —  As the bloodbath for Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) (NFLX) investors carries on, perhaps the CEO could boost a little confidence in the company if he would stop selling his own shares.  —  CEO Reed Hastings has exercised buy options …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Creates “GoMo” Portal To Help You Mobilize  —  Over the weekend Fusible.com surfaced several domain registrations from Google that suggested Google was creating a mobile site builder or portal.  Then yesterday several outlets picked up on the Fusible post.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Apple releases GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Apple on Tuesday announced the release of GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch.  —  Previously available for the iPad, GarageBand allows musicians to plug in their guitar to Apple's devices and create songs on-the-go.
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 …
BBC:
Free wi-fi in central London courtesy of Nokia  —  Most of the free hotspots are in and around London's Oxford Street  —  Nokia has switched on a trial of a free wi-fi service in central London.  —  From today until the end of 2011, the public will be able to use the high-speed service …
Zephoria / danah boyd:
Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule  —  Announcing new journal article: “Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook About Age: Unintended Consequences of the 'Children's Online Privacy Protection Act'” by danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey, First Monday.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Second Life Founder Launches Coffee & Power, A Jeff Bezos-Backed Marketplace For Skill-Based Jobs  —  Philip Rosedale, the founder of Second Life and Linden Lab, is debuting his new venture today— Coffee & Power, a marketplace for skill-based jobs.  The San Francisco-based startup …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Republic Wireless to launch $19 unlimited voice, SMS & data service  —  Updated with more details: Republic Wireless, a division of Cary, N.C.-based VoIP and bandwidth provider Bandwidth.com will launch a hybrid cellular voice and VoIP service on November 8, 2011.
Bloomberg:
China Mobile Bypasses Apple's Approval to Add 5 Million IPhone Users: Tech  —  China Mobile Ltd. (941) failed to get Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s cooperation to make iPhones for its proprietary 3G network.  That didn't stop the carrier from signing up almost 5 million users of the smartphone in four months.
Discussion: paidContent
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Net Applications: iOS Web share hit record 61.6% in Oct.  —  StatCounter's number is lower, but shows Apple's mobile share surging 33.6% since July  —  Sources: Net Applications, StatCounter.  Chart: PED  —  The presence of Apple's (AAPL) mobile devices on the Web surged this summer …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
‘Completely new Google+ app’ for Android live on Market  —  Along with updates to the Google Reader UI and the roll out of the GoogleTV 2.0 update, an update to the Google+ app for Android is live on the market today.  The update brings so many changes, Lead Product Manager of Google+ Games …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
David Kenny: I Am Not a Candidate for Yahoo CEO  —  Timing of His Departure from Akamai a ‘Coincidence,’ He Says  —  We can scratch David Kenny off the list for next Yahoo CEO, despite reports he's campaigning for the job and a speculation-inspiring career move.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, AllThingsD and GigaOM, Thanks:kunur
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple retail chief Ron Johnson officially departs with no replacement  —  As was previously announced, Apple's head of retail operations, Ron Johnson, departed the company on Tuesday, though Apple has not yet named a successor.  —  Johnson's name and picture were completely removed …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Asana Launches to Public — Finally Moving Out of Private Beta  —  Asana, the high-profile group collaboration start-up founded by former Facebook execs, is moving out of private beta after a year and will launch to the general public.  —  Currently in use by thousands of users at by hundreds …
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Rdio, Spotify Race To Launch In LatAm, Germany, Asia
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Germany To Put Special Monitoring Software On School Computers To Search For Infringement
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Two New High Profile Multi-Touch Related Patents
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
CapLinked hits $10 billion in listed deals, opens to pro investors
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and socalTECH.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Knewton Strikes A Deal To Power Pearson's Digital Education Courses
Discussion: Fortune, Mashable!, Tradigital and Betabeat
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's iPhone to make up more than half of Q4 smartphone sales across top-3 U.S. carriers
Discussion: CNET News
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Caleb Garling / Wired Enterprise:
Motorola Banks $228 Million from Unnamed Patent Holder
Discussion: Inquirer and SlashGear
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee gets more porn with FyreTV app
Discussion: TechCrunch and SlashGear
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Hulu Plus app is ready for Apple TV, decision to update is “political not technical”
Discussion: Softpedia News, SlashGear and TiPb
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