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5:05 PM ET, November 5, 2011

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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Verizon API To Give Apps ‘Turbo’ Bandwidth Boost  —  Verizon will publish an API that could allow consumers to “turbocharge” the network bandwidth their smartphone apps use for a small fee, executives said Tuesday.  —  Verizon anticipates that a customer running an app on a smartphone …
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Check Out The Millionaires (And Billionaires) Groupon's IPO Minted Today  —  Groupon's first day of trading has come to an end, with the company's shares closing at $26.11 — 30.6 percent higher than Groupon's IPO price of $20.  —  That's minted billionaires out of the founders and amounted to a nice payout for its investors.
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
A Good Day for Groupon and Internet Start-Ups  —  After a months-long journey filled with blunders, Groupon punched its ticket to the public markets on Friday.  And the daily deals site got a warm reception, a welcome sign for Internet start-ups still waiting to go public.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Source: Apple pushed security executive out  —  Cava 22, the bar where an Apple employee lost control of an unreleased device sometime around July 22.  —  Against a backdrop of lost unreleased devices and allegations that its security personnel impersonated policemen, Apple forced its chief …
Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
How the Hashtag Became a Campaign Battleground  —  Twitter's content-sorting mechanism is the latest messaging weapon in the 2012 presidential contest  —  One of the most contested battles in the online political arena in recent weeks was a fight over Obama's new push to make policy by executive order …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Lost Steve Jobs interview headed to the big screen  —  Steve Jobs is coming to a theater near you.  —  Missing footage from an interview Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did almost 20 years for a landmark miniseries that ran on PBS in the United States and Channel 4 in Britain has resurfaced …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Mobility won a formal injunction against Apple in Germany over two patents — UPDATE: it's not “totally symbolic”  —  Apple knows what it's like to win injunctions against rivals.  It won four of them against Samsung (two in Germany, one in the Netherlands and most recently one in Australia; all of them preliminary).
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Motorola wins German patent injunction against Apple, but it's not what it seems
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Grading the Digital School: Apple Woos Educators With Trips to Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Three times over the last two years, school officials from Little Falls, Minn., have escaped the winter cold for two-day trips to Silicon Valley.  Their destination: the headquarters of Apple.
Discussion: The Next Web
Adeo Ressi / TechCrunch:
Don't Launch A Company, Launch A Fund (Or The Series A Will Die)  —  Editor's note: This guest post is authored by Adeo Ressi, who is the founder of The Founder Institute and TheFunded.com.  You can follow him on Twitter here.  —  Every investor and entrepreneur knows there is something scary about the current startup economy.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM: Mobile Retail Traffic Will More Than Double This Holiday Season  —  IBM's Coremetrics Benchmark is releasing data around holiday shopping trends we can expect over the next few months.  Big Blue says that mobile retail traffic will more than double this holiday season.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Polaris Venture Partner Michael Hirshland Debuts New Seed Fund: Resolute.VC  —  As we heard in September, VC Michael Hirshland (a.k.a. @VCMike) announced he was leaving Polaris Venture Partners, where he was a general partner, to start his own seed fund.  Today, Hirshland is debuting his new fund—Resolute.vc.
Discussion: @vcmike and @vcmike
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Khan Academy Gets $5 Million to Expand Faculty & Platform & to Build a Physical School  —  Khan Academy announced this morning that it has raised $5 million from the O'Sullivan Foundation (a foundation created by Irish engineer and investor Sean O'Sullivan).
 
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
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