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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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
With Card Case, Square launches hands free payments on iPhone  —  Square is making its Card Case digital wallet app hands-free, enabling users to walk into a store and pay without ever pulling out their smartphone.  They just say their name and order.  —  With Card Case version 1.1 for iPhone …
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.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:   Exclusive: AOL's Tim Armstrong Says He Doesn't Want a Yahoo Deal (Video)
Jay Greene / CNET News:
How Microsoft decided to bet on Windows 8 for tablets  —  Microsoft's Michael Angiulo (left) and Steven Sinofsky show off Windows 8 at the company's Build conference in September.  —  Pitting product groups against one another is almost as much a part of Microsoft's culture as complaining …
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.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Could Google TV get its Kindle Fire moment?  —  Google started to distribute version 2.0 of its Google TV software this past 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 …
Discussion: 9to5Google
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.
Carolyn H. / Inside BlackBerry:
BBM Music is here for BlackBerry smartphones!  —  Inside BlackBerry® Blog readers!  We've got a new post for you from Sonia, announcing yet another great app for #TeamBlackBerry...read on for more!  - Ed.  —  The BBM™ Music app is finally here, and will be available …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Microsoft goes HTML5 with new Bing for Mobile Hybrid Apps  —  Microsoft is pushing out new Bing for Mobile apps this week that are built on HTML5 and blend the best of native apps with a robust mobile web experience.  Bing for Mobile Hybrid Apps will allow user to get a consistent experience across …
Discussion: WebProNews
Ouriel / Appsfire Blog:
Dear Apple, it's about time for a Game Store  —  Open the App store right now.  —  Take a look at the top 25 free apps right now.  Look carefully.  Yes, most of them are games.  —  In the screenshot below taken a couple of days ago 15 of the top 25 apps are games. 1 category for more than half of the hits.
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 …
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 …
Kelly Clay / LockerGnome:
You Can Now Delete Your Klout Profile  —  Last week, Klout announced a new algorithm that drastically impacted Klout scores for thousands of users.  It was also discovered that Klout collects user data from social media users on Facebook who never opted-in to Klout.
Discussion: @qthrul, Thanks:lockergnome
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg:
Facebook Claimant Says Zuckerberg Deleted E-Mails After Suit  —  Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) — Paul Ceglia, the New York man claiming half of Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg's holdings, asked a judge to sanction Zuckerberg for allegedly destroying e-mail messages related to their dispute.
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.
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 …
Aaron Swartz:
Revolutions on the Internet  —  I hate to wade into such a sterile debate as whether social media helps revolutions, but I made a point about it recently at a conference and people seemed to like it, so I thought I'd put it up here for posterity.  —  Jon Elster has a four-phase theory of revolutions:
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”.
Tom Loftus / Digits:
The Long Haul to Capitalizing on Web Trends  —  Web companies often upend industries.  But they can labor for years to fully make money on their revolutions.  —  Take Google Inc. When the Internet titan came onto the scene in the 1990s, the company first focused on building technologies …
Gina Chon / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Pitching Plan to Private Equity  —  Yahoo Inc. is pitching private-equity firms on an arrangement in which they could take a minority stake in the Internet company while effectively gaining control, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The “leveraged recapitalization” …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Adobe Moves Deeper Into the Ad Business  —  Adobe is the company that powers much of the digital publishing world, and it's also the company behind Flash, the Web video standard.  And it's also the company that's quietly positioning itself to become a major player in Web advertising.
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 and AllThingsD
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Leading PC makers confirm: no Windows 8 plot to lock out Linux  —  Summary: The drumbeat from Linux advocates about a key security feature in Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 is getting louder.  They call it an anti-Linux plot.  But the two leading PC makers disagree with them.  I've got exclusive details.
Thanks:edbott
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.
Discussion: Technologizer and GottaBeMobile
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Kill Switch  —  The so-called PROTECT IP act, sequel …
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile on privacy policies
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and dailywireless.org
Steve Blank:
Steel In Their Eyes - Why VC's Should Be Startup CEO's
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Alex Williams / ServicesANGLE:
Is Flipboard Building an HTML5 App?
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sheryl Sandberg And Gina Bianchini Invest In Levo League, A Site To Help Gen Y Women Rise Professionally
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
New Android Market leaks, adds auto-download options
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
VeriFone Acquires Company That Helps Retailers Swap Registers for iPads
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Introducing the 5-watt server that runs on cell phone chips
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom 2 officially priced at 400 Euros, coming this Christmas to Carphone Warehouse