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5:40 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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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Republic Wireless Delivers $19 Wireless - Driven by Wi-Fi, With a Few Massive Caveats  —  Republic Wireless, a division of Bandwidth.com, has jumped into the wireless game with a new no-contract service they hope turns a few heads.  The company today officially took the wraps off a new $19 a month service …
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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Reuters:
Google chairman says will not favor Motorola
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
HP to hold all-hands meeting tonight, fate of webOS likely to be decided  —  Word has made its made to us through multiple sources that HP plans to hold an all-hands meeting tonight — led by Meg Whitman — on which we'll likely hear what is going to happen with webOS.
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.
Amazon.com:
All-New Kindle Family - Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and Kindle Fire - Coming to Over 16,000 Retail Locations Across the U.S.  —  In addition to Amazon.com, customers will be able to find, discover and purchase the $79 Kindle, $99 Kindle Touch, $149 Kindle Touch 3G, and $199 Kindle Fire at Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more
Discussion: 9to5Google and Liliputing
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to end users for battery life testing, releases internal memo about battery issue  —  Following the release of iOS 5.0.1 to developers to test the new software against applications in addition to test for battery life and Siri improvements, Apple is now seeding iOS 5.0.1 to certain end users for testing.
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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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Killing the 500-shareholder rule  —  The 500-shareholder rule is heading for the scrapyard.  —  Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today introduced legislation that would effectively eliminate a rule that many have cited as the reason Facebook may go public next year.
Discussion: Betabeat and Business Insider
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kobo Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Firm Rakuten For $315 Million  —  E-bookseller and e-reader company Kobo is being acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten for $315 million.  —  Kobo, which was founded by Canadian bookseller and retailer Indigo, will now be wholly owned by Rakuten.
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: PC Magazine and Business Insider
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 …
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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
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.
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.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL announce display ad deals  —  Summary: Whether or not Yahoo is going to be bought by anyone soon (including Microsoft and AOL, as previously rumored), the three are linked for now by new display advertising deals.  Basically, the agreements between Yahoo …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
AT&T launches VoIP app for international calls  —  AT&T is launching a new mobile app that allows its smartphone customers to make international calls via VoIP.  The new AT&T Call International will allow customers to make calls overseas at cheap rates like 4 cents per minute to China …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolling Out Activity Streams That Make The Home Page A Dashboard  —  Twitter has begun the rollout, or at least a significant spot test, of the Activity and @USERNAME streams it announced in mid-August.  The @USERNAME stream replaces the @Mentions and Retweets streams …
Discussion: AllTwitter
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 and The Verge
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: Electronista and 9to5Google
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / Techcrunch:
Head Of Communications Sean Garrett Leaves Twitter  —  Twitter Head of Communications Sean Garrett (@SG) has just announced that he's leaving Twitter in a series of tweets.  When asked to confirm his departure, Twitter Communications Representative Carolyn Penner said, “I think his tweets speak for themselves...”
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: MacRumors, Shiny Objects and @edbott
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Saul Hansell Departs AOL to Be EIR at Betaworks  —  Saul Hansell, the prominent former New York Times tech reporter who went to AOL several years ago to head one of its content efforts called Seed, will leave the company to become an entrepreneur-in-residence at Betaworks.
Discussion: Saul Hansell's Blog
Casey Maloney Rosales Muller / Facebook Developer Blog:
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 …
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.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Researchers Find Amazon Cloud Servers Teeming With Backdoors And Other People's Data  —  Eurecom's researchers (from the left) Jonas Zaddach, Davide Balzarotti, and Marco Balduzzi  —  Renting a server from Amazon Web Services promises all the advantages of the Cloud: ephemeral …
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: VentureBeat, GMSV and 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: VentureBeat, Betabeat and Simple
 
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Urges U.S. Regulators to Probe Microsoft on Mobile Patents
Discussion: GeekWire and MobileBurn.com
Wall Street Journal:
Dish in Talks for Internet TV
Discussion: Electronista
BBC:
LG signs deal with patent giant Intellectual Ventures
Nick Bilton / Bits:
An Infusion of Money for Soundtracking, a Social Music App
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:lauraglu
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Supreme Court Justices Concerned About Pervasive, Technology-Enabled Government Surveillance
Paul Massari / Harvard University Gazette:
Zuckerberg ‘friends’ Harvard during visit
Discussion: CBS News and Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SimpleGeo Co-Founder Joe Stump Leaves Post-Urban Airship Acquisition
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Wired releases images via Creative Commons, but reopens a debate on what “noncommercial” means
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Zuckerberg: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Collect Data ‘Behind Your Back’
Discussion: The Next Web
Philip Liu / CENS.com:
Facebook Plans to Establish a Cloud Data Center in Taiwan
Discussion: The Next Web and All Facebook
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for T-Mobile available November 16th for $249.99 ‘down payment’