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12:05 AM ET, November 7, 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” …
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google lawyer: Why the patent system is broken  —  Google stands at the center of the escalating mobile patent wars, as the developer of the Android operating system that triggered scores of lawsuits and countersuits.  —  Depending on whom you ask, the company is either the high-minded adult …
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Firefox 8 Launches In Two Days, But Here's How To Get It NOW  —  Firefox 8 won't hit the presses until November 8, but as always, Mozilla has uploaded the final version to the web a couple days early.  —  gHacks spotted the files on Mozilla's FTP servers.  —  Firefox 8, which comes …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD: Shutters At Least Three Businesses as It Questions New Commerce Models  — has shut down three of its product categories, and a fourth is on hold, after some of its experiments over the past couple of years have not penciled out.  —  In July, the Salt Lake City-based company …
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
Is the WikiLeaks Movement Fading?  —  IT appears all the more likely that Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, will be extradited to Sweden to be questioned on allegations of sexual misconduct from two women.  A British court's ruling last Wednesday that he could be extradited …
Discussion: Economist
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney and YouTube Make a Video Deal  —  LOS ANGELES — Two powerful media companies, the Walt Disney Company and YouTube, are betting that a new partnership will help them surmount separate but equally worrisome hurdles as they each strive for greater Web dominance.
Discussion: @manan and The Next Web
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Urban Airship Raises $15 Million From Verizon, Salesforce  —  Urban Airship, which helps companies add features like push notifications and in-app purchases to their mobile apps on multiple mobile platforms, has raised a $15 million Series C round with strategic investments from Verizon and Salesforce.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, AllThingsD and Uncrunched
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.
Chris Williams / The Republic:
Anoka-Hennepin teachers write their own online textbook, save district $175,000  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The new textbooks in Michael Engelhaupt's statistics class at Blaine High School are kind of cheap and won't last long, but he doesn't mind.  After all, he wrote them.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feds try to prevent War of the Worlds-style panic over national emergency alert
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
It Pays to Be the Face of Anonymous
Discussion: Social Media
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway, FCC Chairman Genachowski And Other Tech Stars Team Up To Fight The Spectrum Crunch
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AFM 2011: Ex-Groupon Executive Takes New Venture Prescreen to Santa Monica
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Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
How the Hashtag Became a Campaign Battleground
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Verizon API To Give Apps ‘Turbo’ Bandwidth Boost
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Grading the Digital School: Apple Woos Educators With Trips to Silicon Valley
Discussion: Hack Education, Pulse2 and The Next Web
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Lost Steve Jobs interview headed to the big screen