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10:40 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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Groupon's IPO: The numbers to know  —  Summary: Groupon's IPO will be closely watched because it's largely a total crapshoot.  Here's a look at the numbers to know.  —  Groupon launches its initial public offering on Friday and there are comparison's to Google's debut …
Discussion: Digital Trends and Business Wire
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:   In an I.P.O., a Clamor for Groupon's Deal
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 …
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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 …
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
European Commission investigating 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”.
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.
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.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Hands-On With The Samsung Focus S For AT&T  —  If the Samsung Focus Flash had you even remotely excited, then the Focus S is sure to leave you thrilled.  With almost all the same specs as baby brother, the Focus S brings a slightly larger screen and more powerful camera to an already snappy little phone.
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo, BGR, BGR and Engadget
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.
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Nick O'Neill:   The Increasingly Prevalent Auto-Follow “Trick”
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
Real Security in Mac OS X Requires Apple-Signed Certificates  —  The Mac needs to be as secure as the iPhone.  The good news is Apple already has the tools.  The bad news is they are forcing developers to use the wrong ones.  —  There are three primary ways Apple increases security …
Discussion: Softpedia News and inessential.com
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IDC:
Samsung Takes Top Spot as Smartphone Market Grows 42.6% in the Third Quarter, According to IDC  —  FRAMINGHAM, Mass. November 3 2011 - The worldwide smartphone market grew 42.6% year over year in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11), despite a slowdown within key mature markets.
Discussion: Patently Apple and Electronista
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 …
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.
John Cook / GeekWire:
My five favorite pitches from the TechStars Seattle Demo Day  —  TechStars Seattle today concluded their three-month long startup bootcamp as 10 companies presented their business ideas to a packed crowd at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle.  —  It's been a long, hard voyage for each of the companies …
Discussion: Tech Cocktail and TechFlash
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Sprint CEO Hesse: “We Stand for Simplicity and Value”  —  Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said his company has eliminated 85 percent of the possible rate plan options in recent months in an effort to make things easier for customers.  —  “We stand for simplicity and value,” Hesse said …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and AllThingsD
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.
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Accel Leads $30M Round In Flash Sales Site For Wine And Gourmet Food Lot18  —  Lot18, the Gilt Groupe for wine, wine accessories and gourmet food, has raised $30 million in Series C financing led by Accel Partners with existing investors New Enterprise Associates and FirstMark Capital participating.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
It's Not Just for Baby Photos Anymore  —  Why your Facebook feed is crammed with visual gags.  —  On a normal day, the Facebook page for NYC Pride, the organization that puts on gay and lesbian pride events in New York, gets about 10 new fans.  A typical NYC Pride wall post gets fewer than 50 comments …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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