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12:20 PM ET, November 7, 2011

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nook Tablet announced: $249, available November 17th  —  As expected, Barnes & Noble has taken the wraps off of its latest Nook today — the so-called Nook Tablet, designed to replace the Nook Color with refreshed specs across the board including an “HD viewing experience.”
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet gets real, we go hands-on (video)  —  Sure, we can't say we didn't see this coming — Barnes & Noble today launched its answer to the Kindle Fire.  The new Nook Tablet certainly isn't all that new from an aesthetic standpoint, compared with the Nook Color.
Discussion: The Verge and Android Life
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.
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple likely to modify LED back-light solutions for next-generation iPads, say sources  —  LED back-light unit (BLU) vendors have reportedly offered two alternative backlight solutions for Apple to choose from for its next-generation iPad, according to sources at Taiwan-based BLU makers.
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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Motorola Droid RAZR review  —  The Droid RAZR is a legitimate feat of hardware engineering — but is it your next phone?  The Droid RAZR is one of those rare phones that qualifies as a leap forward in hardware design and engineering.  Sure, other handsets have higher-resolution displays …
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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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Google: Microsoft uses patents when products “stop succeeding”
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Spotify app on Windows Phone hands-on (video)  —  We just got our first hands-on with Spotify on Windows Phone, running on a Jil Sander device from LG, of all things.  This instantly gives Spotify users a new reason to step up and subscribe to the premium plan, and it gives Windows Phone users …
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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 …
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: Guardian and TechPinions
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Hadoop Start-Up Cloudera Teams Up With Storage Player NetApp  —  If a company has a batch of data of any reasonable size and wants to do anything useful with it, chances are that at one point or another it's going to wind up using some version of Hadoop.  —  Hadoop, whose mascot …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GeekWire and GigaOM
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”.
Antonio Regalado / Technology Review:
In Love With Android: Q&A with designer Matias Duarte  —  The lead designer of the Android user interface has the job of making users fall in love with Google's mobile operating system.  —  The Android operating system for smartphones commands about 57 percent of the global market.
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Another Day, Another Patent Troll  —  These days I'm regularly exposed to patent trolls.  Sometimes I read about them, sometimes friends email me about them, and sometimes companies I'm an investor in gets sued by them.  Whenever I read the claims in the lawsuits, I often think that the claim in question is “obvious.”
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.
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.
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
David Pierce / The Verge:
Zypr launches, aims to bring voice control to every device  —  Remember Jarvis, Tony Stark's chatty computerized assistant in Iron Man?  Pioneer wants to bring something similar to everyday consumers.  The company's launched Zypr, which aims to bring a single voice control system to every device you use …
Discussion: SiliconFilter, Macworld and Ubergizmo
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.”
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The $8 Trillion Internet: McKinsey's Bold Attempt to Measure the E-conomy  —  The Internet — that 200 million-person, $8 trillion global economy — accounted for 21 percent of GDP growth in the world's largest economies over the last 5 years, McKinsey found in a report released this week.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe Elements on the Mac App Store: 5 implications  —  Adobe has begun selling its Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements software through the Mac App Store.  —  Adobe Systems and Apple may not see eye to eye over the Flash Player plug-in, but they've come to an understanding with the new app-store era of software distribution.
 
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