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2:45 PM ET, November 7, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+ Pages: connect with all the things you care about  —  In life we connect with all kinds of people, places and things.  There's friends and family, of course, but there's also the sports teams we root for, the coffee shops we're loyal to, and the TV shows we can't stop watching (to name a few).
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Pages Now Open For Businesses, Brands, Places & More  —  Finally, Google is now allowing businesses, brands and any non-human entity to participate in its Google+ social network, through new Google+ Pages that are launching today.  —  Businesses Weren't Allowed, Initially
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google+ Finally Launches Brand Pages - But Not Open for All Yet  —  Ever since the launch of Google+, businesses have been wondering when they could finally open up their own outposts on Google+.  After a long delay, Google finally pulled back the curtains from its product for brands today.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google Direct Connect Hooks Search and Google+ Pages Together
Discussion: @waxpancake
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, SlashGear 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.
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
HTC Edge: First Quad-Core Phone Revealed (Images)  —  Meet the HTC Edge: reportedly the company's first — and probably one of the world's first — cellphone powered by a quad-core processor.  Information from a reliable source paints Edge as a premium handset incorporating the latest mobile technologies — for the most part.
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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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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook's Zuckerberg and Sandberg Will Make Rare Joint Appearance on “Charlie Rose” Tonight  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will appear tonight for an hour-long interview with Charlie Rose on his eponymous TV show, which airs on PBS and then Bloomberg.
Discussion: Pursuitist and NBC Bay Area
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google TV Scores An ‘Adult Video’ Channel, Courtesy Of Vivid  —  Never mind the Internet - the TV was invented for pr0n.  And now Google TV users can get their fictional passion fix, too, thanks to adult film studio Vivid Entertainment.  The latter, always aiming to please …
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: CNET News, Guardian and TechPinions
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The Darknet Project: netroots activists dream of global mesh network  —  A group of Internet activists gathered last week in an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel to begin planning an ambitious project—they hope to overcome electronic surveillance and censorship by creating a whole new Internet.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Nabs Former Oracle Development Exec As VP Of Infrastructure Engineering  —  Twitter has just announced a key engineering hire today.  Adam Messinger will be joining the company as Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering.  —  Messinger was previously Vice President Development at Oracle …
Discussion: The Next Web
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhone 4S pre-orders sold out in Hong Kong in 10 minutes  —  Bodes well for Friday's launch in 15 countries — and maybe mainland China by December  —  The new Hong Kong Apple Store.  Photo: Apple Inc.  —  Ticonderoga's Brian White, who has been keeping as close tabs on Apple's (AAPL) …
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.
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
HDD Pricewatch: You know where it's going — we tell you how much it's going to hurt  —  Hard drive price are rocketing upwards due to the devastating floods in Thailand.  After covering the issue last week, we decided to revisit the topic with more information on how prices have changed …
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Zorinaq
Nicole Lee / CNET News:
Verizon to double data amounts for 4G smartphones  —  To tie in with the carrier's impending Droid Razr launch on 11:11 am on November 11th 2011, Verizon Wireless will launch a promotion that doubles the amount of monthly data allotment for 4G smartphone owners.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NYT Digital Head Martin Nisenholtz Retiring; Won't Be Replaced  —  Martin Nisenholtz is leaving the New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT) after 16 years as the driving force behind its digital strategy.  His plan to retire as SVP of digital operations at the end of the year was a surprise to many but was known by some internally.
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.
 
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Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Nokia Maps ready to download on Lumia 800 and 710 phones
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Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Another Day, Another Patent Troll
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA lawyer says DMCA may need overhaul
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Antonio Regalado / Technology Review:
In Love With Android: Q&A with designer Matias Duarte
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The $8 Trillion Internet: McKinsey's Bold Attempt to Measure the E-conomy
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM: Yes, our zEnterprise mainframe will do Windows
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Seth Colaner / HotHardware.com News:
Mozilla Developers Testing Mobile OS
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC confirms early 2012 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades for Sensation, Rezound, Vivid, and others
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard Career According to The Crimson
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Anti-marketer Google Has Embraced Marketing
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feds try to prevent War of the Worlds-style panic over national emergency alert