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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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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   How Google+ Could One-Up Facebook's Brand Pages
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Pages Now Open For Businesses, Brands, Places & More
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.
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
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google+ head responds to Zuckerberg: “We're delighted to be underestimated”  —  Google's Bradley Horowitz has fired back at Mark Zuckerberg's claim that the company is “building its own little Facebook” saying that Google is “delighted to be underestimated” by its rival.
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Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg on “Charlie Rose” (full transcript)
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg And Sheryl Sandberg On Charlie Rose: Here Are The Highlights
Discussion: Fortune
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
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.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Groupon's China JV says sold fake Tissot watches  —  (Reuters) - Groupon's Chinese daily deals business Gaopeng said on Monday it had sold counterfeit luxury watches by accident and will compensate its irate buyers in its latest struggle in expanding in the potentially lucrative market.
Discussion: Guardian
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Sucharita Mulpuru / Forrester Blogs:
For Groupon, The Really Hard Work Starts Now
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Republic Wireless Officially Unveils $19/Month Service: Unlimited Everything, No Contracts  —  Last week we broke the news on a previously-stealthy mobile carrier called Republic Wireless, which I've been tracking closely since.  The story so far: Bandwidth.com, which provides the VoIP backbone …
Discussion: Engadget, IntoMobile, VoIP Watch and GigaOM
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Apple to train retail managers on ‘union awareness’ (exclusive)  —  Apple's flagship retail store in downtown San Francisco the morning the iPad 2 launched.  —  Apple has begun planning how to respond if its retail employees unionize, CNET has learned.  —  In an internal document obtained by CNET …
Discussion: 9to5Mac and AppleInsider
Reuters:
Google chairman says will not favor Motorola  —  (Reuters) - The executive chairman of Google Inc on Tuesday played down concerns the search giant would give preferential treatment to Motorola Mobility Holdings after its planned purchase of the handset maker is completed.
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 …
BBC:
China's Huawei in Android patent talks with Microsoft  —  The MediaPad is competitively priced against other tablets running the Android Honeycomb system  —  Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has confirmed it is in talks with Microsoft about its use of Android software.
Alex Heath / iDownloadBlog.com:
Hidden Panorama Mode Uncovered in the iOS Camera  —  Developer and hacker conradev has uncovered a hidden panorama mode in the iOS Camera app.  By changing a key value in the iOS SDK, a Panorama mode is unlocked in the Camera app that lets iPhone users capture a panorama image by snapping photos continually from left to right.
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Yep, it is here: Oregon lets citizens vote for U.S. House by iPad  —  In tomorrow's election, disabled voters in five counties across Oregon will now be able to vote from an iPad.  Election officials will be equipped with an iPad to visit disabled voters in nursing homes, parks …
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.”
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The Big, Honking Problems With The TV Market, According To Steve Jobs  —  The hottest story in tech is the possibility of Apple truly entering the television market with an iTV of some sort.  —  The story has kicked up again because Jobs told his biographer that he “finally cracked” a simple interface for a television.
Discussion: 9to5Mac
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Facebook's Zuckerberg visits old stomping grounds at Harvard  —  (CNN) — Mark Zuckerberg went back to Harvard on Monday on a recruiting trip, his first visit since he dropped out of the prestigious university to found social-media giant Facebook.  —  Clad in his trademark hoodie and T-shirt …
Eric Jackson / Forbes:
The Owner of Yahoo!'s Patents Could Cripple Facebook's IPO Aspirations  —  Yahoo! (YHOO) has been the subject of countless speculation in the press over the last few months since Carol Bartz was sacked as CEO and Dan Loeb bought a 5% stake in the company.  —  There is endless discussion …
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Now, Breathe: Demand Media Beats Wall Street Expectation in Q3  —  Demand Media beat Wall Street expectations in the third quarter, posting a loss of five cents a share.  Investors had expected it to lose from four to six cents.  —  Revenue was up 25 percent to $85.1 million, compared to $65.4 million in the same period a year ago.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ignition, Accel, Greylock Put $40M In Apache Hadoop Distribution Platform Cloudera
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Erica Yen / DigiTimes:
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Zynga Said to Plan IPO After Thanksgiving
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires Mobile Video And Image Editing App Developer Digital Staircase
Stefanie Fogel / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: CNET News and Daily Patricia
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Takes A Sip Of Milk, Invests In Kevin Rose's New Startup
Discussion: VentureBeat and 9to5Google
Fabio Assolini / Securelist:
Massive DNS poisoning attacks in Brazil