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11:45 AM ET, November 10, 2011

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Matt Warman / Telegraph:
The voice behind Siri breaks his silence  —  Jon Briggs only discovered he was the voice of Apple's Siri in the UK when he saw it on television.  He speaks openly for the first  —  Jon Briggs, the voice of Siri  —  Apple has been keeping a secret from iPhone users: the company may call its new …
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Voice behind Siri goes public despite warning from Apple  —  The voice behind the U.K.'s Siri speaks.  —  Former technology journalist Jon Briggs has revealed himself as the voice of Siri in the United Kingdom, despite a warning from Apple to keep silent.  —  In an interview …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5 hides an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar, here's how to enable it  —  In addition to the hidden panorama mode, iOS 5 hides another secret feature: an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar.  As you can see in the screenshot above, courtesy of Sonny Dickson, the bar lets users pick from a series of word choices.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google's Chief Works to Trim a Bloated Ship  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Larry Page, Google's chief executive, so hates wasting time at meetings that he once dumped his secretary to avoid being scheduled for them.  He does not much like e-mail either — even his own Gmail …
Discussion: CNET News and Bits
DigiTimes:
Amazon increases Kindle Fire orders  —  Amazon has recently increased its Kindle Fire orders to more than five million units before the end of 2011 as pre-orders for the machine remain strong, according to sources from upstream component suppliers.  —  Amazon already raised its order volume once …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
RIM's BBX Phones Won't Look Like Bold, Will Support BES  —  RIM's new BBX phones may not look like the BlackBerry Bold, but they will support BlackBerry's core enterprise email features, Alec Saunders, RIM's vice president of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development told PCMag.com.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile USA Sees iPhone 4S Leading to More Customer Defections  —  As part of its earnings report on Wednesday, T-Mobile USA warned that it could see a rise in churn as contract customers leave for one of its iPhone-carrying competitors.  —  The arrival of the iPhone 4S …
Matias Duarte / Google+:
Hello Roboto  —  When we announced Ice Cream Sandwich I also got a chance to introduce Android's new typeface Roboto.  Today I'd like to talk about how Roboto was born — why we decided to create it, and the design choices we made in the process.  —  Why replace Droid?
Seth Fiegerman / Mainstreet.com:
Exclusive: Amazon's $79 Kindle Costs $84 to Make  —  NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Amazon's new $79 Kindle e-reader isn't just undercutting all competitors on price, it's also undercutting Amazon.  —  The soon-to-be-released e-reader costs $84.25 to manufacture, according to a new report …
Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Leans On Some Workers to Surrender Pre-IPO Shares  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Zynga Inc. Chief Executive Mark Pincus often gave shares rather than high salaries to his top talent as he built his online-game start-up.  —  But as Zynga grew into a multibillion-dollar company with hot games like …
Discussion: @evelynrusli
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
How Google+ And Other “Little Versions Of Facebook” Solve Social Media's “Big” Problem  —  Google+ guru Bradley Horowitz, Path's Dave Morin, and GroupMe's Jared Hecht talk to Fast Company about “the biggest problem in social networking”—grouping the right friends in the right ways.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
What the end of Flash means for Adobe  —  Adobe announced yesterday that it would stop developing Flash plugins for mobile browsers, which ultimately signals the end of Flash.  —  Adobe's specific phrase in its release was: “Focusing Flash resources on delivering the most advanced PC web experiences …
Discussion: Tim Anderson's ITWriting and eWeek
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
WhaleShark Catches $150 Million Round to Invest in Couponing Craze  —  WhaleShark Media has raised $150 million in venture capital to continue buying up coupon-oriented sites around the globe.  —  The shell company has grown through acquisition, picking up eight sites in the past two years …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Adds Another Nail To The Proverbial RSS Coffin, Kills Off ‘Import’ In Notes  —  Bad news all ten of you that actually used this feature, Facebook has changed its Notes settings and will eventually eliminate the importing of blog items via RSS for personal Facebook pages.
Discussion: The Loop and Inside Facebook
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
ARM announces Mali-T658 GPU, claims ten times the graphical performance of today's smartphones  —  We've only barely gotten accustomed to the performance of the Mali-T400 in our brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy S IIs, and here comes ARM with details of another next-gen GPU.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
China Telecom Plans to Offer Wireless Service in U.S. in 2012  —  Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) — China Telecom Corp. plans to start selling a wireless service to U.S. consumers under its own brand early next year, seeking to sign up Chinese-Americans, students and tourists who travel often between the two countries.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Yahoo set to boost Android in Japan with app store launch in 2012  —  Android is poised to receive a significant boost in Japan after Yahoo revealed plans to build a dedicated app store for the Google mobile operating system next year, according a report from Japanese tech blog Asiajin.
Discussion: Asiajin
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Mixel invites iPad users to create social collages  —  When's the last time you made a physical photo collage?  Probably been a while.  But the idea is familiar to most people and it's an easy way to creatively express yourself.  That's what a new iPad app called Mixel from New York City startup Lascaux is trying to tap into.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
‘Biggest Cybercriminal Takedown in History’  —  The proprietors of shadowy online businesses that have become synonymous with cybercrime in recent years were arrested in their native Estonia on Tuesday and charged with running a sophisticated click fraud scheme that infected with malware …
Bloomberg:
HTC's Anti-Apple Strategy Wins U.S. Market  —  HTC Corp. (2498) Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou got the call when Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) wanted to develop the first smartphone for a higher-speed wireless network last year.  —  Sprint needed the phone fast, with a design that would stand out in the market.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, Thanks:sarahfrier
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social App Analytics Platform Kontagent Raises $12M From Battery Ventures And Others  —  Kontagent, an fbFund winner and social analytics platform has raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Battery Ventures, with Maverick Capital and Altos Ventures participating.  To date, Kontagent has raised $18 million in funding.
Discussion: VatorNews, Inside Social Games and GigaOM, Thanks:fin_bot1
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
New “Listen” and “Read” Buttons Appear on Facebook's Ticker  —  Some users are seeing an interface adjustment on Facebook's Ticker that makes it easier to start consuming the media that you see your friends engaging with.  News articles and songs in the Ticker now include buttons that allow …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Personalized Travel Search Engine Room 77 Now Allows You To Book Hotel Rooms  —  Room 77, a comprehensive search engine and review site focused exclusively on hotel rooms, is rolling out the ability to actually book hotels from its site.  Starting today, travelers can now use Room 77 …
Discussion: Tnooz, CNET News, LAUNCH and VatorNews
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Corporate Japan Rocked By Scandal at Olympus  —  TOKYO — In June 1998, a disturbing rumor tore through trading floors in Tokyo: Olympus had suffered colossal losses on derivatives trading, punching a large hole in its balance sheet.  The company's shares spiraled down 11 percent in three days.
Discussion: Bloomberg and GMSV
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek, Acer reduce ultrabook orders by 40%  —  Asustek Computer and Acer have recently reduced their ultrabook orders from 250,000-300,000 units originally to 150,000-180,000 units by the end of 2011 due to the unsatisfactory sales during the initial month after their launch, according to sources from upstream ODMs.
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Virident Grabs $21 Million From Intel Capital, Cisco, Sequoia And More For Enterprise Storage Solutions
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Scoop: Walmart acquires venture-backed startup Grabble
Discussion: GigaOM and ZDNet Australia
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Video: NTT Docomo Shows Japanese/English Real-Time Translation Service For Mobile Phones
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Sherilynn Macale / The Next Web:
Pick up where you left off: Google+ adds a ‘Games’ section to your homepage
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mingly Makes Gmail Social With $500K From Idealab
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Ian Austen / Bits:
Another Service Interruption for BlackBerrys
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Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
Walmart.com test stores hint at Web shopping fight
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
How Steve Case and His Company Are Driving the Sharing Economy
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Matt / iFixit Blog:
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