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10:45 PM ET, November 13, 2011


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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy Passes Away At 22  —  Late last night, word began to spread around the tech community that one of Diaspora's four co-founders, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, had passed away.  With much sadness, we've now confirmed this terrible news with the Diaspora team.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Following Founder's Passing, Diaspora Opens Redesigned Alpha To Invitees  —  Diaspora sent out a new round of invites to a redesigned alpha version of its open source social network today.  The invites came just before the saddening news broke that 22 year old founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy had recently passed away.
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's ‘Batterygate’ end-game: Do nothing?  —  Summary: ‘Batterygate’ continues, even after the battery fix update of iOS 5.0.1 last week.  But Apple cannot stand idly by as its users struggle with draining battery life.  Or can it?  —  Apple is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Discussion:, Thanks:zackwhittaker
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The iPhone 5 Was Real, Says A Source Who Played With A Prototype
Paul Hontz / The Startup Foundry:
Nasty Bug in iOS 5.0.1 OTA Update screws up Address Book on the iPhone 4S
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
WhatsApp bucks convention, quietly builds a messaging titan  —  The group messaging app market has gone through all kinds of changes in the last year with the acquisitions of Beluga and GroupMe, the introduction of Facebook Messenger, Apple's iMessage and Google's Huddle and the travails of Kik and its struggles with RIM .
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All  —  Downloading — quite often stealing, in the eyes of the law — music, movies, books and photos is easier than bobbing for apples in a bucket without water.  It has kept legions of lawyers employed fighting copyright violations without a whole lot …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 earns record-breaking $400 million in 24 hours  —  Soldiers, let's agree to a quick armistice.  Activision Publishing announced on Friday that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which exploded onto store shelves this past Wednesday, has set an all-time sales record …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think  —  Photo: Nigel Parry; styling by Alvin Stillwell/Celestine Agency; Grooming by Erin Skipley/Ajentse  —  “What I'm about to show you,” Jeff Bezos says, “is the culmination of the many things we've been doing for 15 years.”
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Kindle Fire could be hotter than iPad this holiday season, study finds  —  Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire could be the hottest tablet on the market this holiday season, with demand that may even surpass Apple's blockbuster slate, the iPad 2.  Results from a recent survey published …
Roy Goldenberg / Globes Online:
Google to set up Israeli incubator in 2012  —  The incubator will be in Tel Aviv and initially host about 20 pre-seed stage start-ups that are developing open code technologies.  —  Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) plans to open an incubator in Israel in August 2012.
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
US court verdict ‘huge blow’ to privacy, says former WikiLeaks aide  —  Decision made to open Twitter account of Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, who is taking the case to the Council of Europe  —  • Birgitta Jonsdottir: How the US Justice Department legally hacked my Twitter account
Adam Nash / Psychohistory:
Zynga, Equity & Tough Decisions  —  A couple of days ago, a story broke in the Wall Street Journal about Zynga “leaning” on some early employees to surrender portions of their equity.  Not surprisingly, this blew up a bit in the press, leading to a wide number of articles talking …
Discussion: The Escapist, @danprimack and @semil
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
People Now Watch Videos Nearly 30 Percent Longer On Tablets Than Desktops  —  It may come as no surprise, but Americans are watching more and more online video.  In fact, they're practically jonesin' for it.  According to comScore's numbers, 182 million Americans watched online video content in September …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How Google, eBay, And PayPal Are Gearing Up For A Very Mobile Holiday Shopping Season
Discussion: VentureBeat and VatorNews, Thanks:leenarao
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Long Roadmaps  —  I interviewed Dennis Crowley yesterday …
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Cain Camp Turns Google Searches to Its Benefit
Discussion: PC Magazine
Rebecca Giblin / iTnews:
How litigation only spurred on P2P file sharing
Discussion: Slashdot
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Jason Kennedy / ExtremeTech:
Linux Mint: The new Ubuntu?
Discussion: Open Source Blog
LG Is Said to Plan to Debut Google TV at Trade Show in January
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple says stop using first-generation iPod nano due to battery overheating, opens worldwide replacement program