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2:50 PM ET, November 14, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases iTunes Match  —  Apple on Monday released a new version of iTunes that includes iTunes Match.  —  iTunes Match, will set you back $24.99 per year.  The software scans the content of your music library and matches it to the music available on the iTunes Store.
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Apple Launches iTunes Match: You Can Now Get Your Piracy Amnesty for Just $25/Year  —  Apple just launched iTunes Match, its cloud-based music backup and streaming service for iOS, Mac and PC.  With iTunes Match, users can store up to 25,000 of their own songs from iTunes in the cloud.
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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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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Surprise: Kindle Fire ships today, Kindle Touch tomorrow
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.
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 …
Eugene V. DeFelice / Groklaw:
Barnes & Noble Exposes Microsoft's “Trivial” Patents and Strategy Against Android ~pj Updated  —  Barnes & Noble has done the world a tremendous favor, by pulling aside the curtain and revealing Microsoft's patent campaign tactics against Android in lurid detail.
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.
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.
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: VentureBeat, Gizmodo and WebProNews
DigiTimes:
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.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gizmodo and GMSV, Thanks:the_pc_doc
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
GOLDMAN: Demand For The iPad Is Fading  —  Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope released a somewhat troubling report on Sunday for Apple bulls, saying demand for the iPad is fading.  —  He's not adjusting his estimates for iPad sales, but he does think Apple will have to do something to address the first hiccup in the iPad's growth.
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Computerworld
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Microsoft to preview Windows 8 Embedded in first quarter 2012  —  New version of Windows Embedded will be released in the quarters after Window 8 launches  —  Microsoft will start allowing developers to preview Windows 8 Embedded in the first quarter of next year, with plans to eventually release …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Apps for Business Users Finally Get 24×7 Phone Support  —  Until now, Google Apps for Business users who pay a monthly or annual per-user fee to use the business versions of Gmail, Google Docs and similar services under their own domain names had one problem: the only real support option was over email.
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 …
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
Buffett builds $10.7 billion stake in IBM  —  (Reuters) - Warren Buffett said his Berkshire Hathaway Inc has accumulated a 5.5 percent stake in IBM, the billionaire investor's biggest bet in the technology field he has historically shunned.  —  Buffett, in a CNBC interview on Monday …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Mac sales up 19.6 percent in Western Europe, Samsung chasing Apple in UK  —  Apple's Mac business has been growing steadily pretty much everywhere, especially in China.  The United States has long been Apple's #1 market, but that's not to say the Mac doesn't keep on chugging along in other markets as well.
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.
Discussion: Betabeat and Business Insider
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
IAC's Crowded Room location app asks where you might go  —  Do we need another location-based check-in app?  I would argue no, if it's another Foursquare competitor.  But Crowded Room, the first location-based app from IAC, isn't just about your current check-in or about even the future check-in …
Discussion: AllThingsD, VatorNews and Betabeat
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Disney Acquires “Sophisticated” Mommy Blog Platform Babble Media  —  Disney, which has been busy reorganizing its interactive group, is buying Babble Media, a New York-based parenting platform that features several hundred mom bloggers.  —  The entertainment giant declined …
 
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
HTC Rezound review
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Co-Founder Leads $5.5M Round In Social Gifting Service Wrapp
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Bing Launches “Editors' Picks”
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Formspring Launching A “Favorites” Directory, Starts Looking Like A Real Social Network
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AOL Has A Profitable Mobile Business, But It's Not Because Of Apps Or Ads
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Samsung: We won't try to block iPhone 4S sales in S. Korea
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Cray to Take On Supercomputer After IBM's Exit
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon plans bigger holiday push this year
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