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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
New Apple Store app launches Thursday; here's how it will change Apple's retail operations  —  While information about Apple's new iOS app and retail plans have leaked out in various forms over the past few weeks, we now have the whole story thanks to a trusted source.
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 …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
New Gmail is officially here! Brings HD themes, better density, search and navigation
Discussion: iClarified and Neowin.net
CIO.com:
Video: The Steve Jobs '95 Interview, Unabridged  —  Computerworld — In 1995, Steve Jobs was on the cusp of middle age — 40 years old — when he sat down for an extensive and revealing one-on-one interview by the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation as part of an oral history project.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Siri, how much data do you gobble up in a month?”  Ars investigates  —  Apple's new iPhone 4S has been in users' grubby little hands for a bit over two weeks now.  One of the main features of the 4S is the virtual “personal assistant” Siri, a technology that Apple acquired in 2010 …
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Julian Assange loses extradition appeal  —  High court judges rule the WikiLeaks founder should face accusations of rape in Sweden  —  The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has lost his high court appeal against extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations.
Brian Shih / >*:
Reader redesign: Terrible decision, or worst decision?  —  Full disclosure: I am an ex-PM on Google Reader, and I worked on comments and the last round of sharing changes.  I also left Google in July.  —  Google released the previously announced set of changes around G+ integration and UI updates today, and boy is it a disaster.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
ST-Ericsson's NovaThor to power Nokia's Windows Phone devices, loosens Qualcomm's grip  —  Earlier this year, as you may recall, we learned that at least some of Nokia's Windows Phone devices would be powered by a dual-core chip from ST-Ericsson.  At the time, this report came as something of a surprise …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Type of Companies That Publish Future Concept Videos  —  Joey deVilla, defending Microsoft's “Future Visions” concept video: … DeVilla isn't the only one who accused me of Apple-biased hypocrisy regarding my stance on Microsoft's “Future Visions” vs. Apple's “Knowledge Navigator”.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Beats Estimates, Posts Another Sales Ad Increase  —  Here's a first look at AOL Q3 earnings: Revenue of $532 million an earnings loss of $0.02 per share; Wall Street estimates for the company tend to be all over the map but Yahoo Finance thinks the consensus was $524 million and a loss of $0.06 per share.
Carl Franzen / Talking Points Memo:
Anonymous Cancels Operation Cartel as Los Zetas Track Hacktivists  —  Members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous who threatened to post identifying information online about the civilian associates of Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most powerful and violent drug cartels, have backed down just days …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon Roadmap: Galaxy Nexus Appears Headed for Release Just After Black Friday (Updated)  —  We just received word from multiple sources that Verizon is targeting the week of or just after Black Friday for the launch of the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
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Ross Miller / The Verge:   Leaked Verizon roadmap suggests big Galaxy Nexus push after Black Friday
Twitter Blog:
Introducing Twitter Stories  —  Stories.twitter.com  —  Today we're launching the first in a series of Twitter stories.  Read about a single Tweet that helped save a bookstore from going out of business; an athlete who took a hundred of his followers out to a crab dinner; and …
Bloomberg:
Sony Forecasts $1.2B Full-Year Loss  —  Sony Corp. (6758), Japan's largest consumer- electronics exporter, forecast a 90 billion-yen ($1.2 billion) annual loss after slashing television sales targets and the yen reached a postwar high.  —  The company scrapped its prediction …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Researchers Flood Facebook With Bots, Collect 250GB Of User Data  —  In an experiment that reveals as much about the people on Facebook as it does about Facebook itself, researchers from the Unversity of British Columbia Vancouver infiltrated the social network with bots and made off with information from thousands of users.
Discussion: AllThingsD and The Register
Steve Blank:
Steel In Their Eyes - Why VC's Should Be Startup CEO's  —  A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.  —  Mark Twain  —  Venture Capitalists who are serious about turning their firms into more than one-fund wonders may want to have their associates actually start and run a company for a year.
Discussion: A VC and Venture Capital Dispatch
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
New Android Market leaks, adds auto-download options  —  Version 3.3.11 of the Android Market has leaked out and assuming this version is close to what will be officially distributed, it will be adding a few much-needed features.  The first and most-important is that Google …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Lenovo delivers strong second quarter; ‘Optimistic’ about PC industry  —  Summary: The company reported a second quarter profit of $145 million on revenue of $7.78 billion, up 35.2 percent from a year ago.  Lenovo's PC shipments were up 35.8 percent from a year ago.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom 2 officially priced at 400 Euros, coming this Christmas to Carphone Warehouse  —  For those unaware, Carphone Warehouse is a warehouse that sells carphones in Europe, Jupiter and other locales in the known galaxy.  It also sells smartphones and tablets.
Wall Street Journal:
Big Brands Like Facebook, But They Don't Like to Pay  —  Everybody wants to be liked.  The question for Facebook Inc. is how much advertisers are willing to pay for the opportunity.  —  The centerpiece of Ford Motor Co.'s online campaign for the 2012 Focus was a free Facebook page hosted …
Discussion: Digits
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
GameStop's Android gaming tablets get official at 200 stores in soft launch  —  Android slates gussied up with pre-installed video games?  We must be talking Sony here, right?  Wrong.  Turns out, this is what GameStop's prexy had in mind when he spilled the beans about the company's plans for a certified gaming tab.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Posting negative comments on social media sites will get you fired at Apple  —  Apple likes to maintain tight control over its image and that extends to any outwardly-facing public social network, especially Facebook.  —  Sure, the Cupertino firm maintains its own Facebook pages and Twitter channels …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Could Google TV get its Kindle Fire moment?  —  Google has started to distribute version 2.0 of its Google TV software this weekend.  One feature of the new version hasn't gotten much press yet, even though it could be key for the future of both Google TV and the connected TV space in general …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
PayPal softens its stance on NFC as it pitches retailers  —  PayPal has been pretty down on near field communication (NFC) for payments, saying that while it's a promising technology, it was avoiding NFC because it needs at least three to five years to get traction and requires a big investment in hardware by merchants.
Alex Williams / ServicesANGLE:
Is Flipboard Building an HTML5 App?  —  Robert Scoble posted on Google Plus today that Flipboard has hired well-known Web innovator Filipe Fortes, fueling speculation that Flipboard is building an HTML5 app, a Web version that could work on Android devices.  —  Fortes is known for the Flipboard-style HTML5 app he built.
Discussion: Robert Scoble, Thanks:klintron
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Kill Switch  —  The so-called PROTECT IP act, sequel to the much-criticized COICA, is under fire again as it enters the process of becoming law.  We've talked about it on this blog before and no doubt the discussion will continue after it passes or is rejected, but it's important …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows XP usage dips but it's still top OS  —  Windows XP continues to shed market share but still won't give up its crown as the most used operating system.  —  Eyeing the OS market in October, Net Applications pegged the total share for XP at 48 percent, the first time the 10-year-old OS …
Discussion: BGR, Softpedia News and Datamation.com
 
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile on privacy policies
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and dailywireless.org
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
MOG's Facebook users grow by 246% after its social integration
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sheryl Sandberg And Gina Bianchini Invest In Levo League, A Site To Help Gen Y Women Rise Professionally
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteWeb:
GitHub Launches Enterprise: Can it Avoid SourceForge's Mistakes?
Discussion: The GitHub Blog
Anna Leach / The Register:
Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law
Durba Ghosh / Reuters:
Toshiba-Hitachi-Sony LCD alliance to buy Panasonic plant: report
Discussion: Electronista
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Yahoo spinoff shakes up Hadoop market with new distro
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