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12:20 AM ET, November 4, 2011

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Breaking: 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 …
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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.
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@venturebeat:   Siri's back after a long outage!
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 …
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.
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 …
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: BGR, GottaBeMobile, 9to5Mac and ZDNet
DigiTimes:
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.
Discussion: 9to5Google and Electronista
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.
Discussion: MacNN and The Next Web
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
DealBook:
TPG Capital Enters the Fray for Yahoo  —  The private equity firm TPG Capital has signed a nondisclosure agreement with Yahoo, making it one of the first potential suitors to begin formal due diligence work on the Internet company as it weighs a sale, people briefed on the matter told DealBook on Thursday.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
As Yahoo Ponders Its Fate Endlessly — Selling Off Yahoo Japan Stake Is Suddenly Its Easiest Option
Discussion: Business Insider
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
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider, @macrumors, MacRumors and TUAW
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MacRumors and Business Insider
Fortune:
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.
Discussion: Gawker, Daily Dot and Business Insider, Thanks:mhelft
 
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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Another Startup, Another Big Round: Solve Media Raising At A $25-40 Million Valuation
Matt LeMay / bitly blog:
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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
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Facebook Seattle moving east, may triple jobs
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Amazingly, AOL still has 3.5 million dialup subscribers
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Really? Two New iPads and a Reboot of Apple's Entire Product Portfolio Next Year?
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