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1:30 PM ET, November 3, 2011


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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's Android fragmentation, Kindle Fire case: Does the argument hold up?
Discussion: 9to5Google
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.
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, Inc. is launching a digital-book lending library that will be available only to owners of its Kindle and Kindle Fire devices …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Got Amazon Prime and a Kindle? Now you can borrow one book a month for free
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.
Discussion: MacRumors, MacStories and @ia
Pauli Olavi Ojala / Naming Things:
Why the Mac App Sandbox makes me sad  —  Apple announced today that, starting in March 2012, all apps on the Mac App Store will be required to run in the so-called “App Sandbox”.  —  The sandbox is an environment that locks down the Mac in ways that match (and exceed) the limitations found on iOS.
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 …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iOS 5.0.1 Beta: Multitasking Gestures for iPad 1, Battery Life Improvements
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 …
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.
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Really? Two New iPads and a Reboot of Apple's Entire Product Portfolio Next Year?
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
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Sprint: 'We're taking the iPhone 4S speed issue seriously'  —  Sprint Nextel is working with Apple to figure out the connection issue affecting some iPhone 4S devices on its network, but doesn't yet have an answer for the problem.  —  “We're taking the reports of problems from a small number …
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 …
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Tests a New Interface  —  YouTube experiments with a new interface that uses a gray background, muted colors, redesigned buttons and new icons for the like/dislike buttons.  There aren't many changes, but the gray background is depressing.  —  To try the new interface …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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
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
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Amazingly, AOL still has 3.5 million dialup subscribers
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google debuts slick YouTube player for Google+ and wider Chrome integration
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Facebook May Track Users Who Leave Service, Data Agency Says
Discussion: London Calling Blog and Gizmodo
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
With an App, Your Next Date Could Be Just Around the Corner
Discussion: Bits
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
Feds Shift Defense of Cellphone Tracking
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Updating live tiles without draining your battery
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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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Yahoo's Last Great Comeback Killed The Company
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IBM Open-Sources Potential “Internet of Things” Protocol

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