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11:20 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.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Surprise: Kindle Fire ships today, Kindle Touch tomorrow  —  If you pre-ordered a new Kindle device, it's almost time to start checking the front stoop.  —  Amazon says its Kindle Fire tablet is shipping today, a day earlier than expected, while its Kindle Touch devices will ship tomorrow, six days earlier than previously announced.
Paul Miller / The Verge:
Kindle Touch review
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 Amazon.com, in regulation blue oxford shirt and jeans, is sitting in a conference room at his company's spiffy …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Lenovo to release a 10.1-inch Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with Tegra 3 by year's end  —  You wouldn't think a giant like Lenovo would stop at just three (or four) Android tablets now, would you?  In fact, a little birdie has informed us that said Chinese company will release …
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.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Following Founder's Passing, Diaspora Opens Redesigned Alpha To Invitees
Discussion: The Register
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Paul Sloan / CNET News:
Jack Dorsey: Twitter's business model based on ‘serendipity’
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
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: Gizmodo and WebProNews
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
AOL Has A Profitable Mobile Business, But It's Not Because Of Apps Or Ads  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) has banked a lot of its fortunes on selling advertising around a group of high-traffic web properties.  But just as it still derives a large part of its online revenues from its legacy internet access business …
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
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
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.
Journalism.org:
HOW MAINSTREAM MEDIA OUTLETS USE TWITTER  —  CONTENT ANALYSIS SHOWS AN EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP  —  Jesse Holcomb of PEJ, Kim Gross of George Washington University and Amy Mitchell of PEJ  —  For nearly every news organization, Twitter has become a regular part of the daily news outreach.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Tests suggests iPhone battery issue not a hardware problem  —  Summary: Software or configurational issue to blame, not hardware.  —  According to research carried out for my by an iPhone app developer, the battery issue that some iPhone 4 and 4S owners are experiencing is not, as some have suggested, related to the hardware.
Thanks:the_pc_doc
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.
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
IAC's Crowded Room location app asks where you might go
Discussion: VatorNews, Betabeat and AllThingsD
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Disney Acquires “Sophisticated” Mommy Blog Platform Babble Media
Discussion: Business Insider and paidContent
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
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kenneth Rapoza / Security:
Russia, The Next Silicon Valley?
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
LinkedIn, others show why transparency is needed
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Discussion: App Advice, Gizmodo and Edible Apple, Thanks:zackwhittaker
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