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1:45 PM 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.
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Is Apple nobbling iPhones to avoid more patent misery?  —  Android-like autocorrect discovered hidden in iOS 5  —  iOS 5 has a hidden autocorrect function, suggesting words along the top of the keyboard in an Android-like XT9 fashion, which can be enabled with a minor configuration tweak.
Ashton Kutcher / A+K:
Twitter Management  —  Up until today I have posted virtually everyone of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become to big to be managed by a single individual.  When I started using twitter it was a communication platform that people could say what they are thinking in real …
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
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: Nokia, AT&T collaborating on Lumia 800 with LTE  —  We've learned from people familiar with the matter that Nokia's delayed entry into the US is partly due to the fact that it wants to attack with LTE — and that's a feature that Windows Phone 7.5 doesn't presently support.
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: Bits, NBC Bay Area and CNET News
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 …
ACLU Blog of Rights:
It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neutrality!  —  Today in the Senate there was a major win for freedom of speech and the Internet.  In a largely partisan vote Senate Democrats defeated a resolution introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) which would have overturned …
Discussion: @timkarr and Blog of Rights
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Josh Smith / NationalJournal.com:
Senate Blocks Resolution to Overturn Net-Neutrality Rules
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Reuters
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Releases Software Updated Designed to Fix iOS5 Battery Issues  —  Apple on Thursday issued a minor software update to the operating system that powers the iPhone designed to fix several bugs that Apple says are to blame for the lower-than-expected battery life some users have been seeing.
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.
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?
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:
Google Buys Contextual Rich News Browsing Startup Apture To Beef Up Chrome  —  Google has acquired Apture, a startup that brings instantaneous search to content on the web, we've confirmed with both companies.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Discussion: @rafat
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 …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Apple Over ‘iBrick’  —  A California woman accused Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) last year of using an underhanded trick to force iPhone users to buy a newer model.  This week she struck out in court after a federal judge concluded that Apple's software upgrades are free and do not qualify as a sale.
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 …
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 …
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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.
Bloomberg:
U.S. Calls for NetApp Probe on Syria Spy Tech  —  U.S. lawmakers are calling for an investigation into NetApp Inc. (NTAP)'s role in an Internet- surveillance system that has been under construction in Syria throughout this year's political crackdown.  —  Senators Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois …
Discussion: The Register and Fast Company
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.
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
 
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Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
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