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5:10 PM ET, November 6, 2011


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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” …
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Instagram's Kevin Systrom On International Expansion, Instagram Video, Funding Rumors And More  —  With over 100K weekly downloads coming in just from China, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom had a lot to say during his TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing talk, tackling head-on the issue …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Usenet Provider Shuts Down Following Court Order  —  Two years ago BREIN, representing the movie and music industries, took (NSE) to court.  —  Although the name NSE might not ring a bell with many people, it is the largest usenet provider in Europe and has many high-profile resellers such as Usenext.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Louis C.K. Uses Twitter, Louis C.K. Hates Twitter  —  If you've seen Louis C.K. do stand-up (and you should) or his FX show (and you should), the fact that he both employs and detests Twitter won't surprise you.  His summary, via his interview on Conan O'Brien Thursday night: “I kinda hate it.
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 …
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 …
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
Marc Bevand / Zorinaq:
1TB Hard Drive Prices up 180% in a Month  —  The Newegg price charts on Camelegg sum this up illustratively:  —  Thailand manufactures 25% of the world's hard drives, and the severe 2011 monsoon season floods affected some of its largest industrial parks, where many hard drive manufacturers …
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 …
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.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
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