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9:50 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.
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.
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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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
From Heaven: iTV  —  Search for the word “cracked” in Walt Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs (or flip to page 555 if you have the bricks-and-mortar version).  The second hit yields the following: … “It” is the mythical Apple iTV.  Even though Walt's report of the July 2011 conversation …
Discussion: TechPinions
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The US smartphone landscape  —  comScore published the latest data regarding US smartphone installed base.  To summarize:  — Penetration reached 37.4%, an increase of 2.9 million or 1.24 points of percentage.  — Approximately 650k consumers switched from non-smart to smartphones every week during September
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Bit by Bit, Work Exchange Site Aims to Get Jobs Done  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Philip Rosedale tried to change the nature of play with Second Life, a virtual world of colorful online avatars that got a lot of attention a few years ago.  —  Now he wants to change the nature of work.
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Ford Updates its MyFord Touch Interface: Easier to Use, Faster and Less Distracting  —  Ford today announced a major upgrade to its MyFord Touch user interface that allows drivers to control virtually all aspects of their cars infotainment system with the help of voice commands, a touchscreen and dedicated buttons on the dashboard.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Time Warner Cable experiences huge system-wide outage  —  Hey you — did your internet just freak out?  Is it still freaking out?  You're not alone: Time Warner Cable customers across the country are experiencing strange outages and slowdowns, and the company says it's recovering from a …
Discussion: Business Insider
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC to push into emerging markets, eyes new tablet  —  (Reuters) - HTC Corp said on Monday it will put equal investment weight on emerging markets next year as it does in developed ones like the U.S. and Europe, and will dip its toes back into the tablet market with a new model next year.
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.”
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM: Yes, our zEnterprise mainframe will do Windows  —  Summary: By melding mainframes and Microsoft Windows, IBM is looking to consolidate more data center infrastructure.  —  In what could be construed as one bizarre combination, IBM is planning to slap together its zEnterprise mainframe with Windows applications.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge and eWeek
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”.
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Slashdot
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.
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Best Buy UK stores to be shut down after a year of unprofitable operation  —  The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph are reporting today that British phone retailer Carphone Warehouse is about to close down the 11 Best Buy stores it opened across the UK last year.
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
China's Huawei denies aiding censorship and tracking efforts in Iran  —  Chinese manufacturer Huawei has moved to deny claims that it is aiding organisations in Iran in monitoring and censoring citizens in the Middle Eastern country.  —  In a statement on its website, Huawei denies …
Electronista:
HTC revenue dips in October due to iPhone 4S effect  —  HTC sees rare decline owing to iPhone 4S  —  HTC saw its October revenue take a rare sequential decline believed to be owed to the iPhone 4S.  Although up just over 36 percent year-over-year, the $1.46 billion in revenue was down 2.8 percent versus September.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ericsson Forecasts 5 Billion Mobile Broadband Subscribers, Data Traffic To Grow Tenfold, By 2016
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Reuters:
China's tech firms back Beijing in controls on Internet
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Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
Ex-U.S. general urges frank talk on cyber weapons
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Anoka-Hennepin teachers write their own online textbook, save district $175,000
David Carr / New York Times:
Is the WikiLeaks Movement Fading?
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