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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 Neowin.net
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 …
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.
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: The Register
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 …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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 …
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
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
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.
Thanks:oxenford
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
MOG's Facebook users grow by 246% after its social integration  —  On-demand streaming music service MOG has seen startlingly high user growth through Facebook since its integration with the popular social site in mid-September, the company announced today.  —  Music streaming companies like MOG …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Leaked Verizon roadmap suggests big Galaxy Nexus push after Black Friday  —  We still don't have a set release date for Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, but it looks like Verizon's planning a major marketing push for the phone from Black Friday weekend through at least December 19th — likely until 2012.
Doug Madory / Renesys Blog:
Cyber Attack in Palestine?  —  We can confirm reports of significant but sporadic Internet outages in the Palestinian Territories today.  As many as half of the routed networks of the Palestinian Territories were unreachable (withdrawn from the global routing table), possibly as a result of reported cyber attacks.
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.
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: Datamation.com
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 …
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteWeb:
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
 
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
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Anna Leach / The Register:
Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
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