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10:20 AM ET, November 14, 2011


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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle Fire review  —  It seems like ages since Amazon introduced us to the $199 Fire at a hectic New York City event, but in truth that was only about six weeks ago.  Maybe our perception of time is warped because we've been hearing talk about this 7-inch Android tablet for months now.
Paul Miller / The Verge:
Kindle Touch review  —  AMAZON REINVENTS THE KINDLE WITH THE ALL-NEW KINDLE TOUCH.  BUT HAVE WE REALLY COME SO FAR?  —  With so many new Kindles to choose from, it's important to make the right decision for you and your family.  Do you go all-in with a Kindle Fire?  Skate by with the bargain basement Kindle?
Discussion: mocoNews, Gizmodo, Mashable! and Engadget
New York Times:
At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location where robots run free, the future is being imagined.  —  It's a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think  —  “What I'm about to show you,” Jeff Bezos says, “is the culmination of the many things we've been doing for 15 years.”  The CEO of, in regulation blue oxford shirt and jeans, is sitting in a conference room at his company's spiffy …
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
Discussion: The Register
Paul Sloan / CNET News:
Jack Dorsey: Twitter's business model based on ‘serendipity’
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Developers' Interest Growing in Windows Phone, Waning in BlackBerry  —  Mobile developers are very interested in Amazon's new Kindle Fire, intrigued by Windows Phone and disenchanted with the BlackBerry.  —  Those are some of the takeaways from the latest in a series of surveys from Appcelerator and IDC.
Sherilynn Macale / The Next Web:
YouTube tests redesign highlighting Google+ videos, subscriptions & more  —  This morning, we received a tip pointing out some serious user interface redesigns on YouTube.  Don't rush off to take a peek just yet, though — the changes haven't been rolled out to everyone.
Discussion: WebProNews
HTC to unveil quad-core tablet PC at MWC, says paper  —  HTC is likely to unveil a new Android-based tablet PC running on a quad-core CPU from Nvidia along with two new Android smartphones in February at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Agam Shah / PC World:
Intel Peaks on PC Performance With New Six-core Chip  —  Intel on Monday announced what it called its fastest chip to date for PCs, the six-core Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor, which is based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture and designed for use in high-end desktops.
HOW MAINSTREAM MEDIA OUTLETS USE TWITTER  —  CONTENT ANALYSIS SHOWS AN EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP  —  For nearly every news organization, Twitter has become a regular part of the daily news outreach.  But there are questions about how those organizations actually use the technology: How often do they tweet?
Rachel Emma Silverman / Wall Street Journal:
Young Workers Like Facebook, Apple and Google  —  Young professionals want to work for Google, Apple and Facebook.  Investment banks?  Not so much.  —  About one in five young workers in the U.S. picked Google Inc. as a most desirable place to work according to a survey by Universum, an employment data and consulting firm.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Arista Networks Founders Aim to Alter How Computers Connect  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — If nothing else, Arista Networks proves that two people can make more than $1 billion each building the Internet and still be worried about its reliability.  —  David Cheriton, a computer science professor …
Discussion: CNET News
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD introduces world's first 16-core PC microprocessor  —  In a first for the PC industry, Advanced Micro Devices introduced a microprocessor today with 16 cores, or computing brains, on a single chip.  —  Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD is the primary competitor to the world's biggest chip maker, Intel.
Associated Press:
Schools grab .xxx sites to protect names from porn  —  (AP) ST. LOUIS - Schools nationwide, including The University of Missouri and Washington University, are snapping up .xxx domain names to avoid links of their names to porn sites.  —  The new address system is arriving soon for pornography providers …
Discussion: Gizmodo UK, Slashdot and TechEye
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
AOL Has A Profitable Mobile Business, But It's Not Because Of Apps Or Ads
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
VeriFone Buys European Payments Processing Company Point For Over $1 Billion
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Cray to Take On Supercomputer After IBM's Exit
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon plans bigger holiday push this year
Kenneth Rapoza / Security:
Russia, The Next Silicon Valley?
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
LinkedIn, others show why transparency is needed
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Leavitt / Engadget:
Intel and MasterCard to offer Ultrabook users ‘safer’ NFC checkout via PayPass, impulsive shoppers rejoice
Discussion: Digits, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Microsoft's Search Efforts Look Increasingly Futile As Google Gains Share For Second Month In A Row
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's ‘Batterygate’ end-game: Do nothing?
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 earns record-breaking $400 million in 24 hours
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
WhatsApp bucks convention, quietly builds a messaging titan
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment and Examiner, Thanks:jtemple
Roy Goldenberg / Globes Online:
Google to set up Israeli incubator in 2012