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11:30 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 …
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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 Computerworld
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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Courier and infighting in the name of innovation
Discussion: Redmond and Business Insider
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 …
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.
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.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Introducing the 5-watt server that runs on cell phone chips  —  Can ARM wrestle its way into the server market?  Calxeda and Hewlett-Packard think so.  On Tuesday Calxeda launched its EnergyCore ARM server-on-a-chip (SoC), which it says consumes as little as 1.5 watts (and idles at half a watt).
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP's Project Moonshot Aims to Recreate Servers, Again
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: 9to5Google and Android Police
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Tim Cook Putting His Stamp on Apple  —  The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Tim Cook's first two months officially in the role of Apple CEO, noting some of the differences between his management style and that of Steve Jobs. … The report also points to Apple's new charitable matching program …
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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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Yahoo spinoff shakes up Hadoop market with new distro  —  Hortonworks, the Hadoop company that spun out from Yahoo in June , is getting into the software space after all with today's release of the open source Hortonworks Data Platform.  This is a smart business move by Hortonworks …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Zero-day Windows kernel bug used in Duqu infections  —  Countries with reported Duqu infections.  Red represents confirmed infections, orange represents unconfirmed reports.  —  Researchers have figured out one way the Stuxnet-like Duqu Trojan is infecting computers—via a Word document …
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John E Dunn / InfoWorld:
Duqu not created by authors of Stuxnet worm, says security company
Discussion: SC Magazine US
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple Investor Summit features Woz, Isaacson, Dalrymple, Dediu and more, March 15-16th in LA  —  The speakers for the Apple Investor Summit have been announced and it looks to be a great bunch.  Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, Horace Dediu of Asymco represent the blogging contingent …
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.
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sheryl Sandberg And Gina Bianchini Invest In Levo League, A Site To Help Gen Y Women Rise Professionally  —  Exclusive: We don't hear about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg making many angel investments but we've learned that the executive has backed new startup called Levo League along with co-founder and former CEO of Ning Gina Bianchini.
Anna Leach / The Register:
Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law  —  It's the law, innit... bitch  —  The icy location is a big advantage for the new data centre that Facebook is planning in the northern Swedish town of Lulea.  But while the frigid Arctic winds will fan the servers, it's the legal climate that could get hot.
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.
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteCloud:
GitHub Launches Enterprise: Can it Avoid SourceForge's Mistakes?  —  Today GitHub rolled out GitHub Enterprise, a self-hosted GitHub instance that companies can deploy internally.  If you've heard this song before, another company that specialized in catering to developers went “enterprise” and never quite managed to get any traction.
Discussion: The GitHub Blog and LAUNCH
 
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Ross Miller / The Verge:
Leaked Verizon roadmap suggests big Galaxy Nexus push after Black Friday
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
VeriFone Acquires Company That Helps Retailers Swap Registers for iPads
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
SecondMarket Gets Its Own Funding
Discussion: TechCrunch
Durba Ghosh / Reuters:
Toshiba-Hitachi-Sony LCD alliance to buy Panasonic plant: report
Discussion: Electronista
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A new way to get information about real-world places
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
White House: don't blame us for software patents
Discussion: Techdirt
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Founders Will Control Majority Stake Even After IPO
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Why Is Reed Hastings Selling So Much Netflix Stock?
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch
 

 
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