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6:50 PM ET, November 3, 2011

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
APPLE: The Kindle Fire Is Good For Us Because It's More Android Fragmentation  —  Apple executives are saying that the low priced Kindle Fire could actually be a good thing for the iPad because it introduces another level of fragmentation in the Android platform.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's Android fragmentation, Kindle Fire case: Does the argument hold up?
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, 9to5Google and ZDNet
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.
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:   Google Launches Major Update that Will Impact 1 Out of 3 Searches
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose's Oink Hits The App Store  —  Oink, the first app from Milk, Kevin Rose's startup lab is now available in iTunes.  Oink is an app that lets you rate things at different places, and uses social reputation to help others figure out who to trust about what topics.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Siri goes down for iPhone 4S owners across the country  —  Siri, Apple's new voice assistant feature for the iPhone 4S, is apparently suffering from an outage, which has rendered it useless for many iPhone owners.  The outage began at around 11 am PST today.  —  Siri isn't just a simple piece of voice control software.
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.
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.
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 …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Offers Goes National, Still Makes Me Feel Excluded
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
HTC Rezound official: 4.3-inch 720p HD screen, Beats Audio branding, Verizon LTE  —  It's about time!  As expected, HTC's finally announced the Rezound (long known as the Vigor) at an event here in NYC today, and it's pretty much the powerhouse of a phone we thought it would be.
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Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Here's A Sneak Peek At Sparrow For iPhone, The Gmail App Google Should've Made  —  We previously reported that Dominique Leca was working on a secret iPhone version of his brilliant Sparrow For Mac email app, and today, we finally have some more details.  —  After Google released …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Do A Barrel Roll!  In Google!  Right Now!  —  Everyone, stay alert.  Do a barrel roll!  Or let Google do it for you.  No, seriously.  —  Go to Google and type in “Do a barrel roll” and watch, well, I won't ruin it for you.  (LMGTFY link) Alternatively you could type “z or r twice” …
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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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple introduces us to the Virtual SIM Card  —  On November 3, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that Apple is working on a possible future iPhone that will operate using a Virtual SIM Card.  Apple states that it would be desirable …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and iClarified
Darren Murph / Engadget:
B&N launching Nook Tablet for $249 on November 16th, and we've got the dirty details  —  Sitting down?  Good.  Come November 16th, Amazon's Kindle Fire will have company.  We've wrapped our paws around a stash of documents confirming the impending launch of the first bona fide tablet in the Nook line …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Beats The Street; Q3 Revenue Up 126 Percent To $140M  —  In its second quarter as a public company, LinkedIn posted Q3 earnings today.  Revenue for the third quarter was $139.5 million, up 126 percent from the third quarter in 2010.  GAAP Net loss for the third quarter was $1.6 million …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Chipmaker AMD to Cut 10 Percent of Workforce  —  In what appears to be the first big job for new CEO Rory Read, chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices just announced that it's going to cut its workforce by 10 percent in order to get costs under control.  —  The job cuts will hit the company globally …
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Apple Fights for iPhone Porn Domain Names Including iphone4s.com  —  Company files complaint over seven domain names that forward to mobile porn site.  —  If you really want to piss off a large company, just put some porn up on domain names that include its brands.
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 …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Amazingly, AOL still has 3.5 million dialup subscribers  —  Laugh all you want, but as of the end of September, AOL still had 3.5 million subscribers to its dialup Internet access service — a lot more than the number of people who pay for, say, Spotify.  And the decline from last year …
Discussion: AllThingsD, msnbc.com and AfterDawn.com
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
First Class Ticket: Social Travel Start-Up Gogobot Raises $15M in Funding at $70M Valuation  —  Gogobot, the social travel site, said it has raised $15 million in a funding round led by Redpoint Ventures.  —  Sources said the valuation for the Silicon Valley start-up was around $70 million.
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Really?  Two New iPads and a Reboot of Apple's Entire Product Portfolio Next Year?  —  Break out the salt lick for this one, because it'll take more than a grain ...  Apple typically updates many of its products each year, sometimes extensively, sometimes less so.  But in 2012 it's got big plans for a number of them.
Discussion: SlashGear and DigiTimes
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Will Sync Multiple Browser Profiles  —  Today's beta release of Chrome enables users to sync different accounts across multiple computers.  This allows more than one person to sign into Chrome on a shared computer and have access to all their browser data.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Welcome TechCrunch's Newest Writers, Josh Constine And Eric Eldon  —  Ever since I became Editor of TechCrunch in September, I've been looking for great writers to help fill out our coverage in Silicon Valley.  And now I am pleased to announce that I've hired not one, but two: Josh Constine and Eric Eldon
 
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Jeff / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon Simple Notification Service Now Supports SMS
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and @taylorbuley
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Ron Gorodetzky: Making YouTube more social
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
As Yahoo Ponders Its Fate Endlessly — Selling Off Yahoo Japan Stake Is Suddenly Its Easiest Option
Discussion: Business Insider
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Discussion: @megan and Beet.TV
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Facebook Seattle moving east, may triple jobs
Discussion: TechFlash, GeekWire and MediaFile
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's SQL Server 2012: What's coming in the three main editions
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Johan De Gelas / AnandTech:
Facebook's “Open Compute” Server tested
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google debuts slick YouTube player for Google+ and wider Chrome integration
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Qualcomm: Windows 8 will take us beyond smartphones
Discussion: PR Newswire
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The curious case of Microsoft's stock
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The End of the Credit Card?
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Jawbone Up detailed: tracks activity, food intake and sleep cycles, available November 6 for $100 (video)
 

 
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