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1:45 PM ET, November 5, 2011

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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  —  The international patent wars seemed to have gotten far hotter for a moment this evening, as FOSS Patents reported that Motorola Mobility had won a German injunction against Apple that could theoretically prevent …
Discussion: Engadget
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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
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).
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
John R. Opel, Who Made I.B.M. a Colossus, Dies at 86  —  John R. Opel, who presided over I.B.M. in its final period of dominance in the information-processing industry and oversaw the company's move into personal computers, died on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 86.
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
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Eric Schmidt: Google Does Not Dominate Search, Mobile  —  Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, appeared on Capitol Hill in September to answer questions about whether his company's products are anti-competitive.  He denied that Google gives its own products search preference …
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DARPA-funded fake docs track unauthorized users
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Occupy Wall Street Gets Its Own Social Aggregator
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
Google mulls divorcing Chamber of Commerce
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Heather Kelly / VentureBeat:
State of the blogosphere 2011: Using social networks for self-promotion
Discussion: CNN, Technorati, All Facebook and WebProNews
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says may use debt to fund Clearwire
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Alison Flood / Guardian:
Has China found the future of publishing?
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Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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