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4:50 AM ET, November 7, 2011

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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.
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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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” …
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.”
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feds try to prevent War of the Worlds-style panic over national emergency alert  —  This Wednesday, November 9, at 2 pm eastern standard time, every TV broadcaster, cable channel, radio station, and satellite radio program from Puerto Rico to Missouri to American Samoa will be interrupted for 30 seconds by the federal government.
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Lefkofsky as Would-Be Schmidt Tested at Groupon After IPO  —  Executive chairman Eric Lefkofsky must demonstrate that he can provide the oversight the company needs to fend off bigger rivals while chasing profitability  —  (Bloomberg) — Eric Lefkofsky prodded Andrew Mason in 2008 into giving …
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon stokes Kindle Fire as Barnes & Noble preps response
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Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
O.co Shutters at Least Three Businesses, As It Questions New Commerce Models
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Anoka-Hennepin teachers write their own online textbook, save district $175,000
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