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9:15 AM ET, November 6, 2011


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Evelyn M. Rusli / New York Times:
Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn Has Become the Go-To Guy of Tech  —  THEY come for his money.  They come for his advice.  They come — duh — for his connections.  —  But mostly they come, with all the élan of Dorothy on her way to Oz, for a chance at some face time with Reid G. Hoffman, the start-up whisperer of Silicon Valley.
Discussion: Business Insider, Pulse2 and @sacca
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Google Chairman Eric tells US senators Apple's Siri could pose ‘competitive threat’  —  Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and former chief executive, admitted to the U.S. Senate antitrust subcommittee that Apple's new Siri personal assistant technology is a “significant development” …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
It Pays to Be the Face of Anonymous  —  Barrett Brown, the “Face” of Anonymous, has had a busy week, promoting the hacktivist collective's extremely-confusing war against the notorious Zetas drug cartel in every outlet from CNN to Gawker.  But a six-figure book deal probably helps with the fatigue.
Discussion: Social Media
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Exclusive: Motorola Corvair Android-based TV controller leaks out  —  Motorola Mobility has been talking about Android-based cable boxes for a while now, and it appears there's a little crossbreeding with the tablet and phone groups going on in the labs: we've just received these images …
Josh Zelman / TechCrunch:
(Founder Stories) Houston: “In 18 Months, You Are Going To See Little Dropbox Buttons Everywhere”  —  By any measure Drew Houston and his Dropbox team are having a hugely successful run.  In Houston's final Founder Stories episode with TechCrunch editor, Erick Schonfeld …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
HP gives webOS developers a chance to get a $150 TouchPad  —  The future of webOS may still be up in the air, but it looks like HP is at least still making a small effort to woo developers and keep its current ones in the fold.  It's now giving registered devs in the US …
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: Hack Education, Pulse2 and The Next Web
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway, FCC Chairman Genachowski And Other Tech Stars Team Up To Fight The Spectrum Crunch  —  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, SV Angel's Ron Conway, Andreessen-Horowitz' Jeff Jordan, Twilio's Jeff Lawson, Foursquare mobile VP Holger Leudorf and Lookout founder John Hering all gathered …
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 …
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  You can follow him on Twitter here.  —  Every investor and entrepreneur knows there is something scary about the current startup economy.
Discussion: @bryce, @pkedrosky, @bryce and @abrams
Elad Blog:   Why Fewer Companies Are Successfully Raising Series A Rounds
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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:   A Good Day for Groupon and Internet Start-Ups
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 …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AFM 2011: Ex-Groupon Executive Takes New Venture Prescreen to Santa Monica … Groupon, the online deals company of which Shawn Bercuson was a co-founder, had its IPO on Friday.  But Bercuson, who turns 30 next week, was already in Santa Monica for his first-ever AFM to look for content …
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Former Polaris Venture Partner Michael Hirshland Debuts New Seed Fund: Resolute.VC
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
John R. Opel, Who Made I.B.M. a Colossus, Dies at 86
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