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7:10 AM ET, November 4, 2011


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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon Prices at $20 a Share; More Than 10x Oversubscribed, So It Adds 5M More Shares  —  Groupon has priced it shares for its public offering at $20 a share, several dollars above the expected price range.  —  The offering for the daily deal site — which has had a controversial IPO process …
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 …
Business Week:
Apple's Supply-Chain Secret?  Hoard Lasers  —  The iPhone maker spends lavishly on all stages of the manufacturing process, giving it a huge operations advantage  —  About five years ago, Apple design guru Jony Ive decided he wanted a new feature for the next MacBook …
Amazon next-generation Kindle Fire likely to have 8.9-inch display  —  Amazon is likely to change its product roadmap by shifting the display size of its next-generation Kindle Fire to 8.9-inch instead of 10.1-inch as originally planned, according to sources in Amazon's supply chain.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Ponders Pay-TV Business  —  Pilot Project in Kansas City Would Rival Cable, Satellite  —  Internet giant Google Inc. is considering a plan to offer paid cable-TV services to consumers, a move that could unleash a new wave of competition within the traditional TV business.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Updated: 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.
@venturebeat:   Siri's back after a long outage!
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
CBS turned down an ad-based Apple TV deal  —  CBS CEO Les Moonves is known to occasionally drop pieces of information that he's not supposed to on his company's earnings calls, and this quarter was no exception.  When asked about CBS's appetite for striking deals with new streaming providers …
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.
Nick O'Neill:   The Increasingly Prevalent Auto-Follow “Trick”
Dana Vachon / Vanity Fair:
The Code of the Winklevii  —  Remember the Winklevoss twins?  The golden-boy Harvard rowers who claimed that Mark Zuckerberg had stolen the idea for Facebook from them?  They spent years suing him, won a settlement that is currently worth about $200 million, and now feel it should have been four times that.
Discussion: Epicenter, Business Insider and Gawker
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Exclusive: Apple Vice President of Global Security John Theriault departs company following lost iPhone 4S investigation  —  A sizable amount of Apple senior executives have left the company this year, with the latest being Apple's Vice President of Global Security.
Facebook vs. Google: The battle for the future of the Web  —  FORTUNE — Paul Adams is one of Silicon Valley's most wanted.  He's an intellectually minded product designer with square-framed glasses, a thick Irish accent, and a cult following of passionate techies.
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China scorns U.S. cyber espionage charges  —  (Reuters) - China on Friday dismissed a U.S. report on online spying as “irresponsible,” rejecting the charge that China uses cyber espionage to steal lucrative U.S. trade and technology secrets.  —  The U.S. intelligence report said on Thursday China …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Verb wall: The $40 billion Mark Zuckerberg is leaving on the table  —  I was on stage with Facebook advertising Product Manager Paul Adams this morning.  Don't know who he is?  He came up with the research that led to Google Circles before moving to Facebook.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 800 review  —  Nokia's vanguard Windows Phone has arrived, all dressed up in the N9's clothing Reviewing the Lumia 800 is a hard and, dare I say, unprecedented task.  Never before have we seen a phone like Nokia's N9 — a benchmark setter in some design aspects …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga's Newest Title CastleVille Combines Rich Storylines, Fantasy, And Social Gaming In A Medieval World  —  As Zynga announced at an event a few weeks ago, the newest title in the “Ville” franchise, which includes FarmVille, FrontierVille, and CityVille, is CastleVille.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
European Commission investigates Samsung over possible abuse of FRAND patents against Apple  —  Samsung's various attempts to shut down Apple products — most recently the iPhone 4S — with patents declared essential to the 3G industry standard have now given rise to an antitrust investigation by Europe's top competition “watchdog”.
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
Michael Arrington's Revenge  —  The feud-prone blogger and founder of TechCrunch has a grand plan to nurture startups.  To succeed, he'll have to overcome his own irascible nature  —  Noah Berger/Bloomberg  —  One day in January 2009, the technology blogger Michael Arrington was leaving …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Ex-Googlers Raise $5.8 Million to Help Retailers Track Foot Traffic  —  Euclid Elements is hoping to be the Google Analytics of the physical retail world.  —  The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company helps brick-and-mortar retailers track shopping behavior by putting sensors in their stores …
Nick Bradbury:
The Long-Term Failure of Web APIs  —  Years ago, when developers such as myself started the transition away from OS-specific APIs to web APIs, we believed that doing so would empower our software and save it from the confines of the desktop.  —  And we were right.
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Robert Levine on Why Copyright is Good for the Internet  —  With the debate over bills meant to crack down on digital piracy heating up on Capitol Hill, Adweek caught up with Robert Levine, author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business …
Kimberly Dozier / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook  —  McLEAN, Virginia (AP) — In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day.  —  At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the …
Discussion: The Next Web
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
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Apple's newly rennovated NYC ‘cube’ to reopen tomorrow  —  A rendering of what Apple's Fifth Avenue store will look like when it reopens tomorrow.  —  Apple's highest-profile store in the Big Apple is set to re-open tomorrow following a nearly five month construction overhaul.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Another Startup, Another Big Round: Solve Media Raising At A $25-40 Million Valuation  —  CAPTCHA ad startup Solve Media is raising an $8-10 million Series B round of financing, sources say.  —  Details of the round are still being worked out, but the pre-money valuation is between $25 and $40 million.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The sods must be crazy: OLPC to drop tablets from helicopters to isolated villages
TPG Capital Enters the Fray for Yahoo
Discussion: AllThingsD
Matt LeMay / bitly blog:
bitly and Verisign
Discussion: Betabeat and @howardlindzon
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Tenenbaum Demands Rehearing of $675,000 RIAA File-Sharing Case
Jeff / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon Simple Notification Service Now Supports SMS
Discussion: @taylorbuley and ReadWriteWeb
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Ron Gorodetzky: Making YouTube more social
Discussion: Internet Evolution
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Joanna Stern / The Verge:
HTC Rezound official: 4.3-inch 720p HD screen, Beats Audio branding, Verizon LTE
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
First Class Ticket: Social Travel Start-Up Gogobot Raises $15M in Funding at $70M Valuation
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
APPLE: The Kindle Fire Is Good For Us Because It's More Android Fragmentation