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2:30 PM ET, November 8, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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Darren McCarra / The Sociable:
Google bans promotions and competitions on Google+ Pages for brands
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Google's Schmidt: Android ‘started before the iPhone effort’  —  Steve Jobs wasn't too fond of Android.  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has taken issue with Steve Jobs' claims that Android copied the iPhone.  —  “Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone …
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The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Firefox Adds Twitter Search and New Features that Make Web Browsing Easier  —  Today, we're releasing an update to Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Firefox for Android.  This update includes new features that make Web browsing easier and give users and developers more control over how they customize their Web experience.
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.
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 …
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.
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Zuckerberg: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Collect Data ‘Behind Your Back’  —  Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the Charlie Rose show Monday evening with chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and the duo touched on everything from privacy and the future of sharing to Steve Jobs and hitting one billion users.
Discussion: Seattle Times
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Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Union: AT&T/T-Mobile merger will create 100,000 jobs  —  The merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA will create more than 100,000 jobs in the U.S., a major telecommunications union said today, again putting its weight behind the deal.  —  The Communications Workers of America said a new analysis …
Discussion: Android Life
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
CWA Still Lying About AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Job Creation - Simply to Get Another 20,000 Dues Paying Members
Discussion: CNET News
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive - Virgin's Branson invests in payment start-up Square  —  (Reuters) - Square, the mobile payment start-up that counts former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers on its board of directors, has a new big-name backer: British billionaire Richard Branson.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Startup Square Adds Sir Richard Branson As An Investor, Eyes International Expansion In 2012
Randall Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Yelp Moves Toward IPO, Picks Bankers  —  Yelp Inc., the online review website, has picked Goldman Sachs Group inc. and Citigroup Inc. to lead an initial public offering, according to a person familiar with the IPO plans.  Yelp, based in San Francisco, has been considering an IPO and in July hired …
Discussion: Business Insider
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BankSimple Is Now Just ‘Simple’, And It's Accepting Its First Users  —  BankSimple, the well-funded startup that's setting out to build 'a bank that doesn't suck', has some big news today: it's now allowing its first users into the service.  And to mark the occasion, it's announcing another major change …
Discussion: Betabeat, VentureBeat and Simple
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: Gawker, MacNN and The Register
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolling Out Activity Streams That Make The Home Page A Dashboard  —  Twitter has begun the rollout of the Activity and @USERNAME streams it announced in mid-August.  The @USERNAME stream replaces the @Mentions and Retweets streams, combining those with stories about new followers, people favoriting your tweets, and more.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Facebook Developers:
Early Results: The Open Graph and Music  —  Over the past few years, developers have started to demonstrate that when music is discovered through friends, people listen to more music and a wider variety of artists.  At f8, we introduced an evolution of Facebook Platform and launched …
Discussion: TUAW
 
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Facebook Picks Up Talent Behind SproutCore With HTML5-Focused Strobe Acquisition
Discussion: All Facebook and SplatF
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: All Facebook and The Next Web
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
T-Mobile Springboard review
Discussion: SlashGear and CNET News
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
Discussion: TechSpot, Business Wire and PetaPixel
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The Big, Honking Problems With The TV Market, According To Steve Jobs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ignition, Accel, Greylock Put $40M In Apache Hadoop Distribution Platform Cloudera
Discussion: Digits, Social Markets, Fortune and PE Hub Blog, Thanks:leenarao
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Yep, it is here: Oregon lets citizens vote for U.S. House by iPad
Alex Heath / iDownloadBlog.com:
Hidden Panorama Mode Uncovered in the iOS Camera
 

 
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