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6:10 AM ET, November 3, 2011

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Confirms iOS 5 Bugs Causing Battery Issues for Some iPhones  —  Apple on Wednesday said it had found a few problems that are leading some iPhone customers to experience less-than-expected battery life with iPhones running its latest software.  —  “A small number of customers …
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iOS 5.0.1 Beta: Multitasking Gestures for iPad 1, Battery Life Improvements  —  Apple just released iOS 5.0.1 beta to developers.  The build number of 5.0.1 is 9A402. … The last note about files addresses an iOS 5.0 issue raised by Marco Arment.
Matthew Izatt / Gmail Blog:
Introducing the Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch  —  Waiting.  Walking.  Watching TV.  Working out.  Winding down.  Waking up.  We check email pretty much everywhere these days.  And when we do, we want easy access to our important messages so we can respond quickly and get back to life …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
New Gmail App For iPhone Is Unusable, Shows Errors Upon Launch  —  Well, that was a big disappointment.  Google just unveiled its first native application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch this morning, and the app is a mess.  It's unusable.  It doesn't even launch properly, displaying an error message upon startup.
Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz / YDN Blog:
Yahoo! Announces Cocktails - Shaken, Not Stirred  —  Developers, time to geek out.  Yahoo! has been working behind the scenes for the past several months on an exciting new technology that we think will deeply impact the web developer community.  We call it “Cocktails” …
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Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Debuts a More Personal Web With Its Fall Collection of Mobile and Social Products
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon, Now a Book Lender  —  Kindle Owners Who Subscribe to Prime Service Will Be Able to Borrow E-Titles  —  As the e-reader and tablet wars heat up, Amazon.com Inc. is launching a digital-book lending library that will be available only to owners of its Kindle and Kindle Fire devices …
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Apple to require sandboxing in Mac App Store apps as of March 2012  —  Apple sent an email to registered developers today that's bound to ruffle some feathers — again.  As of March 2012, Apple will require all apps submitted to the Mac App Store to implement sandboxing.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Dialing Up 20 Years of Gadget Reviews  —  I began writing these Personal Technology columns 20 years ago, in October 1991, with the aim of reviewing computers and other digital products for average, mainstream users.  The first line of my first column was: “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it's not your fault.”
Discussion: Technologizer
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
My offer to Google Reader  —  Like many others, I was curious when Google announced that it would be revamping the Google Reader UI and refactor its social components into Google Plus.  To that end, I wrote a brief blog post about what I felt would be a better alternative to stripping out Google Reader's social functionality.
Discussion: 9to5Google
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Jawbone Up detailed: tracks activity, food intake and sleep cycles, available November 6 for $100 (video)  —  Back in July, Jawbone did something puzzling.  The company, best known for its Bluetooth headsets, teased a photo of a colorful wristband called the Up — a deceptively simple thing …
Bloomberg:
RIM's Stock Falls Below Book Value  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM)'s stock fell below its book value for the first time in nine years, a signal investors consider the BlackBerry maker to be worth less than the net value of its property, patents and other assets.
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Slate 2: HP tries tablets again with Windows, Swype, and a stylus for $699  —  If you had asked us six months ago which tablet HP would still be making come November — the TouchPad or the Slate — the obvious answer would have been the TouchPad.  But just as HP's exiting the webOS hardware business …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
What's driving Hotmail's massive mobile adoption?  The iPhone  —  Well, you didn't see this coming, did you?  Hotmail, which due to some feat of magic remains the world's most popular webmail client, has exploded on Apple's mobile products since the introduction of the latest firmware edition, iOS 5.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
The Truth About Amazon Publishing  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) isn't exactly lacking for praise these days, and much of it is deserved.  The company has revolutionized digital publishing: Its Kindle sparked the e-book boom, its e-bookstore has the widest selection of titles online …
Discussion: PC World and @mathewi
Philip Stone / Bookseller news:
Jobs biog sells 379,000 copies Stateside  —  Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold 379,000 copies in the US in its first week on bookshop shelves, BookScan US data has revealed.  —  The $35 publication, published by Simon & Schuster in the US …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Leads $7M Round In Scanning And Product Search App ShopSavvy  —  Barcode scanning and product search app ShopSavvy has raised $7 million in new funding led by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin with Brad Martin (Former CEO of retailer Saks Fifth Avenue), James Bailey, and participating.
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Is Apple Preparing An All-Out Onslaught Against Dropbox?  —  If you place files inside a hidden Mobile Documents folder on your Mac, these files will sync immediately to all of your other Apple devices and Macs, MacWorld discovered.  —  This file-syncing solution is meant only for apps that utilize iCloud's …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Suppliers say Apple will overhaul all product lines in 2012  —  Apple is rumored to be planning a complete overhaul for each of its product lineups, including the iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air, next year, according to sources within the company's supply chain.
Scott M. Fulton, III / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM Open-Sources Potential “Internet of Things” Protocol  —  The openly stated goal from IBM is to produce a completely new World-Wide Web, one comprised of the messages that digitally empowered devices would send to one another.  It is the same Internet, but not the same Web.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Flow iPhone App Brings Augmented Reality To Barcode Scanning And Product Search  —  Amazon subsidiary A9.com has just launched a new augmented reality iPhone app—Flow Powered by Amazon.  Flow uses augmented reality to help users explore and discover tens of millions of products …
Josh Rosenthall / Edible Apple:
Samsung to depose Jony Ive and other Apple designers by December 1, 2011  —  By Josh Rosenthall:  —  Apple and Samsung's US-based litigation on track for trial in July 2012.  That being the case, depositions of some of Apple's key iPhone inventors will be taking place relatively soon.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Index And Khosla Lead $11M Round In Kaggle, A Platform For Data Modeling Competitions  —  Kaggle, a platform for predictive data modeling competitions, has raised $11 million in Series A financing led by Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures.  SV Angel, Yuri Milner's Start Fund …
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
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Chris Stevens / Fast Company:
Striking It Rich In The App Store: For Developers, It's More Casino Than Gold Mine
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Android phone repair cost telcos billions: study
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Judge allows Sprint to sue to block AT&T/ T-Mobile deal
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Britain's $25 computer is coming by Christmas
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Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Has Carbonite had a privacy breach? I'm getting spam.
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Lenka Ponikelska / Bloomberg:
Telefonica Czech Won't Sell Apple's iPhones, Hospodarske Says
Discussion: iPhone Savior and BGR, Thanks:aharpaz
Donna Goodison / Boston Herald:
Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg to return, pitch Facebook
Discussion: Boston Globe and NBC Bay Area
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Twitter quietly debuts new ‘Top News’ and ‘Top People’ search features
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