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12:40 PM ET, November 8, 2011

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Consumer Reports News:
Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S  —  The Apple iPhone 4S is among the recommended models in our newly updated Ratings of smart phones.  Apple's newest smart phone performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn't suffer …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   Consumer Reports recommends iPhone 4S, rates 4G Android devices higher
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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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 …
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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Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:   Behind the Woes at H.P., Wall St. Banks Lurk
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Salesforce debuts Do.com, a smart social productivity app for small teams  —  Salesforce has revealed a new web-based application called Do.com that combines task management with social features to create a smart way to get things done on your own and in groups.
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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Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Zuckerberg: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Collect Data ‘Behind Your Back’
Discussion: Seattle Times
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I wish I had never heard of Google+'s brand pages  —  OK, you all know I'm Google+'s biggest fan, right?  For the past five months I've poured almost all my time into my Google+ account, which has paid off with a fun community and a lot of followers.  —  But yesterday Google+ rolled out brand pages.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Apple Store’ App for iOS Updated to Support New Self-Checkout System for Retail Stores  —  In line with our report from the previous weekend, Apple has updated its Apple Store application for iOS [App Store] with new support for self-checkout at the company's retail stores.
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: The Register and NBC Bay Area
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
American Express Launches $100M Fund To Invest In Digital Commerce Startups  —  Recently, American Express has been pushing its own internal digital commerce initiatives including the company's digital wallet, Serve.  Serve integrates a variety of payment options into a single account …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for T-Mobile available November 16th for $249.99 ‘down payment’  —  We already knew that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus would be available in a Wi-Fi version on the 13th of this month, but now T-Mobile and Samsung have announced that the carrier will offer the tablet as well.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Startup Square Adds Sir Richard Branson As An Investor, Eyes International Expansion In 2012  —  Disruptive mobile payments company Square has just brought on a new investor-Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.  This comes on the heels of the company's recent …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Accel Debuts $100M Fund To Invest In Disruptive Big Data Companies  —  Accel Partners has steadily been making investments in infrastructure and companies looking to manage big data for the enterprise, including funding Cloudera, CouchBase, and even Fusion-IO.
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.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
DOJ ready to take ATT to court: Attorney General  —  (Reuters) - The Justice Department's antitrust division is prepared to take AT&T Inc to court to stop its acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers on Tuesday.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Experts Building 1830s Babbage Analytical Engine  —  Researchers in Britain are about to embark on a 10-year, multimillion-dollar project to build a computer — but their goal is neither dazzling analytical power nor lightning speed.  —  Indeed, if they succeed …
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.
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Defiant retailer gives Apple the finger  —  An Australian retailer who Apple is threatening to sue for selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 despite an injunction is calling Apple's bluff and says it's ready for a “cat and mouse” game.  The retailer, dMavo, is restructuring its business …
Discussion: 9to5Google, GigaOM and MacRumors
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.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Google delays Transformer Prime release date to Dec for Android 4.0 update  —  Are you patiently waiting for the world's first quad-core Android tablet?  The always interesting Digitimes reports tonight that “sources from upstream supply chain” say Google is providing assistance to ASUS …
Sucharita Mulpuru / Forrester Blogs:
For Groupon, The Really Hard Work Starts Now  —  After months of drama, Groupon finally had its IPO last week, concluding perhaps the most anticipated event in the daily deals space.  Now, however, is the even bigger challenge of actually proving out its valuation.
Discussion: CNET News and AllThingsD
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Groupon's China JV says sold fake Tissot watches
Discussion: Techland, Guardian and Financial Times
 
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Facebook Picks Up Talent Behind SproutCore With HTML5-Focused Strobe Acquisition
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Ex-Motorola Worker on Trial for Stealing Secrets for China
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Online Music Revenue from End-User Spending Is on Pace to Total $6.3 Billion in 2011
Philip Liu / CENS.com:
Facebook Plans to Establish a Cloud Data Center in Taiwan
Discussion: The Next Web
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
T-Mobile Springboard review
Discussion: SlashGear, CNET News and PC World
Bryce T. Roberts / BRYCE DOT VC:
There's a meme that says when it comes to funding startups, “it's all about the team”.
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Korean Online Gaming Giant Nexon To Raise $1.3 Billion With IPO In Japan
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Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat:
Codecademy adds jQuery lessons and scratchpad to its online coding school
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Short On Cash, Kodak Sells Its Sensor Business
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Now, Breathe: Demand Media Beats Wall Street Expectation in Q3
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ignition, Accel, Greylock Put $40M In Apache Hadoop Distribution Platform Cloudera
Discussion: Social Markets and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:leenarao
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Yep, it is here: Oregon lets citizens vote for U.S. House by iPad
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google “Freshness” Update Affects 35% Of Searches: Winners & Losers
 

 
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