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10:30 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
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google Direct Connect Hooks Search and Google+ Pages Together
Discussion: @waxpancake
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
iPhone Security Bug Lets Innocent-Looking Apps Go Bad  —  Apple's iPhones and iPads have remained malware-free thanks mostly to the company's puritanical attitude toward its App Store: Nothing even vaguely sinful gets in, and nothing from outside the App Store gets downloaded to an iOS gadget.
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Roberto Baldwin / Gizmodo:
Apple Kicks Developer That Found Security Flaw Out of iOS Dev Program  —  After demonstrating that an app can download malicious code after being accepted into the App Store, developer Charlie Miller found out that his iOS developer credentials were pulled by Apple.
Discussion: @0xcharlie and SecurityWeek
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung VP Gavin Kim departs to lead Microsoft's Windows Phone product management  —  Samsung's vice president of consumer and enterprise services Gavin Kim has left the company to join Microsoft as general manager of the Windows Phone team, BGR has exclusively learned.
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Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:
New Windows Phones hit U.S. stores; Revealing our big NYC surprise  —  Two new sleek and stylish Windows Phones hit AT&T stores across the U.S. today—the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash.  They join the white HTC Radar 4G introduced last week by T-Mobile.  —  To celebrate the debut …
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.
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: HP weighing sale of webOS unit  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co is evaluating a potential sale of its webOS software platform in a deal that could fetch hundreds of millions of dollars but likely less than the $1.2 billion the company paid for Palm Inc in 2010, said four sources close to the matter.
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:   WebOS Sale Rumors Return; Oracle Named As Potential Buyer From HP
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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Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg on “Charlie Rose” (full transcript)  —  Set your DVRs: Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will appear in an exclusive, hour-long interview with acclaimed broadcast journalist Charlie Rose, airing Monday night on PBS and Tuesday on Bloomberg TV.
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:   Mark Zuckerberg And Sheryl Sandberg On Charlie Rose: Here Are The Highlights
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Confirmed: Google Testing New “Sources” Display In Search Results  —  Google has confirmed that it's testing a new content module in its search results that's (currently) called “Sources.”  —  The module appears to have been spotted first by Cyrus Shepard, who shared screenshots …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google “Freshness” Update Affects 35% Of Searches: Winners & Losers  —  Searchmetrics has measured the impact of last week's “freshness” updates to Google's search ranking algorithm, which affected around 35% of all searches.  By measuring SEO visibility, Searchmetrics found that a clear category …
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.
Kelly Scott / Bing:
Bing Central is Now Open  —  Today, we are lifting the curtains on Bing Central, one location for you to explore Bing services and features by completing fun missions, manage your Bing Rewards account, redeem great rewards in the redemption center and access account support as well as your profiles …
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Klout crossing the line when it comes to privacy?  —  Updated: If getting beaten up by critics and targeted by angry users is a sign of success, then Klout must be doing pretty well.  The San Francisco-based startup — which is trying to compile a kind of “reputation rank” …
Stefanie Fogel / VentureBeat:
Report: Game consoles most popular device for watching online content on a TV screen  —  Game consoles have become the most popular device in the U.S. for watching online content on a TV screen, according to a new report from market research service Strategy Analytics.
Discussion: CNET News and Daily Patricia
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires Mobile Video And Image Editing App Developer Digital Staircase  —  It looks like Facebook has just acquired a mobile video and image app developer Digital Staircase, according to a blog post on the startup's site.  We've embedded the blog post below and emailed Facebook for confirmation.
Fabio Assolini / Securelist:
Massive DNS poisoning attacks in Brazil  —  In the past few days several Brazilian ISPs have fallen victim to a series of DNS cache poisoning attacks.  These attacks see users being redirected to install malware before connecting to popular sites.  Some incidents have also featured attacks …
Chris Frates / Influence Alley:
Top Google Lobbyist Leaving the Search Giant  —  Alan Davidson, the granddaddy of Google lobbyists, announced today that he is leaving the company later this month to take a sabbatical, according to an email obtained by the Alley.  In a sign of just how big the news is, a tech lobbyist emailed the Alley with a one-word reaction, “wow.”
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Watch out Billboard, Twitter Music Trends shows how hot artists are in real-time  —  Trending topics on Twitter are a great way to see what's hot right now on the mini social network.  However, the topics that trend aren't always all that interesting to everyone, and can be cluttered …
Erica Yen / DigiTimes:
HDD supply gap to narrow as Nidec resumes some production  —  Japan-based hard disc drive (HDD) motor supplier Nidec, which contributes close to 75% of the global HDD motor shipments, has announced its Ayutthaya plants in Thailand have already resumed production and sources from the HDD industry believe …
 
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Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Plan IPO After Thanksgiving
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Takes A Sip Of Milk, Invests In Kevin Rose's New Startup
Discussion: 9to5Google
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Fujitsu announce FX10 supercomputer capable of 23.2 petaflops
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
HDD Pricewatch: You know where it's going — we tell you how much it's going to hurt
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David Pierce / The Verge:
Zypr launches, aims to bring voice control to every device
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe Elements on the Mac App Store: 5 implications
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Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Another Day, Another Patent Troll
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA lawyer says DMCA may need overhaul
Discussion: PC World and TorrentFreak
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The $8 Trillion Internet: McKinsey's Bold Attempt to Measure the E-conomy
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC to push into emerging markets, eyes new tablet
Discussion: CNET News
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