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5:55 AM ET, November 7, 2011

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Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
THE TWEAKER — The real genius of Steve Jobs.  —  Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto.  Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived.  His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs.
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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 …
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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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC confirms early 2012 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades for Sensation, Rezound, Vivid, and others  —  HTC was a little equivocal in the immediate wake of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, but today the company's returned with a concrete list of its smartphones that are set to receive the upgrade to Android 4.0.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Anti-marketer Google Has Embraced Marketing  —  As Web Giant Migrates to More Services Beyond Search, Its Philosophy Has Changed  —  When Google placed its first TV ad, a last-minute multi-million buy during the Super Bowl nearly two years ago, then-CEO Eric Schmidt tweeted, “Hell has indeed frozen over.”
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard Career According to The Crimson  —  On November 7, Facebook's founder will make his first official visit to his alma mater since he dropped out in 2004, and my-oh-my has he grown.  Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences says in announcing the former student's visit …
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
John Schwartz / New York Times:
David Gelernter Discusses Patent Claim Against Apple  —  WOODBRIDGE, Conn. — David Gelernter is known for many things.  As a pioneering computer scientist, he first earned renown by connecting computers together into collaborative networks.  Then in 1993, he gained the kind of fame no one wants …
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon stokes Kindle Fire as Barnes & Noble preps response  —  Amazon.com this weekend released a new television ad promoting its upcoming Kindle Fire by tying the $199 tablet to its e-commerce heritage.  —  The move comes on the eve of an event where Barnes & Noble is expected to announce …
Discussion: Kindle Fire Wire and Engadget
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.
Seth Colaner / HotHardware.com News:
Mozilla Developers Testing Mobile OS  —  Mozilla has been experimenting with an interesting idea called Boot 2 Gecko.  Essentially, B2G (as it's called) is a mobile operating system based on the Web, as opposed to what the project's wiki calls “proprietary, single-vendor stacks”.
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Lefkofsky as Would-Be Schmidt Tested at Groupon After IPO
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Google Chairman Eric tells US senators Apple's Siri could pose ‘competitive threat’
 

 
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