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11:45 AM ET, November 3, 2011

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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 …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Got Amazon Prime and a Kindle?  Now you can borrow one book a month for free  —  Making its ecosystem just that much sweeter, Amazon today announced that Kindle owners subscribed to its premium Amazon Prime service will be able to borrow one e-book a month for free.
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.
NielsenWire:
Generation App: 62% of Mobile Users 25-34 own Smartphones  —  Nielsen's third quarter survey of mobile users reveals that while only 43 percent of all US mobile phone subscribers own a smartphone, a mobile phone with a powerful operating system, the vast majority of those under the age of 44 now have smartphones.
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Eric Rosenblum / Google Mobile Blog:
A new Android app for Google Offers  —  Today we're announcing our new Google Offers mobile app, that allows you to discover, buy and redeem your favorite deals on the go.  The free app will notify you about all the great Offers that match your interests.  You can purchase offers …
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The curious case of Microsoft's stock  —  The following post is a meditation on a number of market dynamics.  It should not be treated as investment advice, as it isn't.  —  Microsoft's stock is trading at roughly the same level as it did in 1998.  Chew on that for a minute.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google+ is not a social network, but it's not a graveyard, either  —  Over the past couple of weeks, the Internet's frothy enthusiasm over Google+ has dried into proclamations of its imminent death.  —  Social media experts and bloggers who were one month ago hailing the fledgling service …
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The End of the Credit Card?  —  A new app called Card Case foretells a world without cash and plastic.  —  Jack Dorsey, creator of Twitter and CEO of Square  —  Getty Images.  —  Paying for stuff with your phone sounds awesome until you stop to think about it.
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition official, hitting the UK in mid-November  —  Well, here we go!  After months of leaked specs and images, Motorola has finally decided to officially announce its Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition, though just in the UK for now.
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 …
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.”
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
With an App, Your Next Date Could Be Just Around the Corner  —  Christina Wang has her date-night routine down pat.  She combs her hair, fixes her makeup and then checks her phone, hoping to find Mr. Right, who might just happen to be nearby, right now.  —  Ms. Wang, a 20-year-old psychology student …
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: WebProNews and 9to5Google
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
Feds Shift Defense of Cellphone Tracking  —  Prosecutors in Arizona Case Drop Position That ‘Stingray’ Use Didn't Require Warrant  —  The U.S. Department of Justice now says its use of a cellphone-tracking device in a controversial Arizona case could be considered a “search” …
Darrin / Darrin's Blog:
Introducing Plex for Google TV  —  It turns out that work on a fully functional myPlex client was not the only thing the Plex for Android team has been up to these days.  We're happy to say that we were one of the 50 companies that Google invited to prepare an app in time for the initial release of Google TV.
Elizabeth Armstrong Moore / CNET News:
New study links video gaming to creativity  —  For those who like to play video games, or who let their kids play, a new study linking gaming to creativity in 12-year-olds may be very validating.  —  It reminds me of the little flutter in my chest that occurs every time I read about the health benefits of dark chocolate.
Discussion: PC Magazine and EurekAlert!
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Updating live tiles without draining your battery … We all know that performance and battery life are critically important for a successful release of Windows, and your comments continue to emphasize these attributes.  @KISSmakesmeSMILE summed it up well by writing:
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 …
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Giving you fresher, more recent search results  —  Search results, like warm cookies right out of the oven or cool refreshing fruit on a hot summer's day, are best when they're fresh.  Even if you don't specify it in your search, you probably want search results that are relevant and recent.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Racism: The Game  —  Advice from friends and mentors has been clear: just stop talking.  And yet the tweets, emails and other messages just keep rolling in, featuring some of the most hateful stuff I've ever read.  They range from the fascinating “I don't think you're a racist!” to …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Qualcomm: Windows 8 will take us beyond smartphones  —  Summary: Microsoft's next-gen operating system won't yield big returns for Qualcomm in the near future, but ultimately will carry the chipmaker into a wider range of computing devices.  —  Qualcomm's stellar fiscal fourth quarter yielded …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Bloomberg
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.
 
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Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Facebook May Track Users Who Leave Service, Data Agency Says
Discussion: London Calling Blog and Gizmodo
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Business Insider:
The Way Companies Are Getting Financed Is Completely Changing
Discussion: Business Wire and TechCrunch
Tekla S. Perry / IEEE Spectrum:
The Reengineering of Facebook Messages
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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
Discussion: Telegraph, Gizmodo and PhoneArena
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Britain's $25 computer is coming by Christmas
Discussion: Geek.com and Raspberry Pi
Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Has Carbonite had a privacy breach? I'm getting spam.
Discussion: Help Net Security, Thanks:richi
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The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications. We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up.