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12:45 PM 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.
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Josh Smith / GottaBeMobile:
Gmail for iPhone Bringing Priority Inbox & Push Notifications Soon  —  Gmail has been a core part of the Android experience, and one of the biggest reasons it has been hard for me to make the switch to the iPhone 4S.  —  For everything the iPhone does better than Android, Gmail is not on the list.
Thanks:josh_smith
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Engadget and The Next Web
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: BGR and GigaOM
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: mocoNews
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
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.
Thanks:jdalrymple
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: CNET News and Fast Company
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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
CapLinked hits $10 billion in listed deals, opens to pro investors  —  CapLinked, an online platform that brings together companies and private individual investors, said it has eclipsed $10 billion in private deals listed on the platform since it launched a little over a year ago.
Discussion: socalTECH.com and PE Hub Blog
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.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek expected to ship 1.8 million tablet PCs in 2011, says CEO  —  Asustek Computer expects its tablet PC shipments will reach its goal of 1.8 million units in 2011 as the company launches its second-generation quad-core Transformer Prime on November 9 and the company is set to launch …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 coming to AT&T November 6th, Curve 9360 inbound November 20th  —  It's been a few months in the works, but the BlackBerry 9900 and Torch 9860 have finally received AT&T's stamp of approval and will be available this coming Sunday.
 
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Two New High Profile Multi-Touch Related Patents
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Amar Toor / Engadget:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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John Ebbert / AdExchanger.com:
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
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Hulu Plus app is ready for Apple TV, decision to update is “political not technical”
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