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12:45 AM ET, November 15, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Is this the first BlackBerry with the BBX OS?  —  We've just gotten a look at what might be the first-ever photo of the next iteration of BlackBerry devices (based on the upcoming BBX operating system and its QNX roots), and we wanted to share.  The phone you see in the picture above …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Leaked BlackBerry London is real, launching in Q3  —  We've just heard from a trusted source that the dummy device The Verge posted an image of earlier today is indeed a real BlackBerry, and it should in fact launch as the company's first BBX-based smartphone.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Developers' Interest Growing in Windows Phone, Waning in BlackBerry
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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Jason Snell / Macworld:
Check your music's iCloud Status  —  Find out what iTunes Match knows about your files  —  The iTunes View Options list now includes iCloud options.  —  iTunes Match is new (it arrived Monday) and exciting (all your music everywhere! your old CD rips upgraded to iTunes Plus quality!), but it's also confusing.
Discussion: Computerworld, MacStories and MacRumors
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Apple Launches iTunes Match: You Can Now Get Your Piracy Amnesty for Just $25/Year
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Death Of The Spec  —  Earlier today, my colleague Matt Burns wrote a post noting that most tablet makers may be largely failing because they've sold their soul to Android and are now just in the middle of a spec war, which no one can win.  I'm gonna go one step further in that line of thinking: the spec is dead.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Device Specs  —  Drew Breunig, “Device Specs Have Become Meaningless”: … Spec-based reviews of computers and gadgets are inherently flawed, a relic of an era that's already gone.  Movie reviews are about what the movie is like to watch.  Is it enjoyable, is it entertaining, does it look and sound good?
Twitter Blog:
Once in a lifetime  —  Increasingly people flock to Twitter to discover information and connect around occurrences like natural disasters, sporting events and cultural moments.  And then there are times when Twitter is where you might go to experience an infrequent curiosity.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:   A Visualization of Tweets Mentioning 11-11-11 Traveling The World
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air now 28% of Apple's notebook shipments  —  Apple's MacBook Air models now make up 28 percent of the company's notebook shipments, up from just 8 percent in the first half of the year.  —  Research by Morgan Stanley involving NPD figures reported by analyst Katy Huberty indicate Apple's thin …
Discussion: TUAW and The Next Web
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Report: 15-inch MacBook Air could arrive in March 2012  —  Apple could be planning to introduce a 15-inch notebook next March, according to a report from DigiTimes which speculates that the device could be a new Macbook Air model or a thinner MacBook Pro.  —  The report cites 'upstream sources …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The making of the Xbox: How Microsoft unleashed a video game revolution (part 1)  —  Editor's note: This story is the first of two articles on the 10th anniversary of the launch of Microsoft's Xbox video game console, which debuted Nov. 15, 2001.  The narrative is based on recent interviews …
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine, Thanks:deantak
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Amid Torrid Growth, Some Growing Pains For Mashable  —  At age 20, Pete Cashmore launched a social news site called Mashable out of his home in Aberdeen, Scotland.  —  Six years later Mashable is one of the largest news sites on the web, with more than 20 million unique visitors each month.
Discussion: @mona
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Screen Shots Surface Showing What Could Be The Google Music Store - Expect Free Song Of The Day, Recommended Artists, And More  —  Lending credence to theories that Google's November 16th event may have something to do with the debut of the Google Music Store, a writer at TecnoDroidVe has discovered …
Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
O, No!  Overstock Backs Off O.co Name Change  —  ‘We Were Going Too Fast and People Were Confused,’ Says Company President  —  Overstock.com officially rebranded itself as O.co about six months ago.  It changed the sign on the NFL stadium to which it owns the naming rights …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Siri sibling Trapit launches as intelligent discovery engine for the web's content  —  Say hello to Trapit.  The latest offspring from CALO, the DARPA-commissioned artificial-intelligence project that gave birth to iPhone virtual assistant Siri, launches in public beta Tuesday as a personalized discovery engine for the web.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Got big data?  Crunch it with Google's BigQuery  —  Google wants to help you crunch big data like cornflakes.  —  To that end, it is opening up BigQuery, the service is designed for large-scale internal data analytics, to companies of all sizes, and it's adding a web interface so you can do it all in the cloud.
Discussion: Google Code Blog and The Register
Bloomberg:
Google Is ShopCity Target for Complaint to U.S. Federal Trade Commission  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), the subject of antitrust probes in the U.S. and Europe, is the target of another complaint by a rival company alleging it stifles competition in the Internet industry.
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Dustin Earley / Android and Me:
Ice Cream Sandwich source code hits AOSP; custom ROMs are a go!  —  Modders, hackers, developers and lovers of all things root, your time has come.  It has just been announced over on the Android Building Google Groups page that the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0, is available now.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Sprint undercuts AT&T and Verizon with new Mobile Broadband data plans  —  Sprint just tossed some new data options our way for those of you who tend to [sip] gulp gigs of data each month.  Under the new plans, 6GB of data will run you $49.99, while an extra 30 bucks will let you boost consumption to 12GB …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Vint Cerf: The government is going overboard in Internet copyright control  —  “When Bob and I started writing the specs for the Internet in 1973...”  —  Only a handful of people can start a sentence anything like that.  —  Today, Vint Cerf, one of the godfathers of the Internet …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Siri Protocol Cracked, But Unique iPhone 4S ID Requirement Hampers Distribution  —  Applidium, the developers who brought the open source video player VLC to the App Store only to have it pulled over licensing issues, have announced that they have reverse engineered the protocol used to allow Siri to communicate with Apple's servers.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gimme Bar: Link Saving With Dropbox Integration, Screenshots & an API - If This Doesn't Work, Maybe Nothing Will  —  5 Days of Gimme Bar is what they're calling it: the extended roll-out of a beautiful new service for saving links of interest from around the web.
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 …
Reuters:
Huawei buys Symantec stake in JV for $530 million  —  (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, plans to buy Symantec Corp's 49 percent stake for $530 million in a joint venture between the companies that provides security solutions for corporations.
Twittereng / Twitter Engineering:
SpiderDuck: Twitter's Real-time URL Fetcher  —  Tweets often contain URLs or links to a variety of content on the web, including images, videos, news articles and blog posts.  SpiderDuck is a service at Twitter that fetches all URLs shared in Tweets in real-time, parses the downloaded content …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Rushdie Wins Facebook Fight Over Identity  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The writer Salman Rushdie hit Twitter on Monday morning with a flurry of exasperated posts.  Facebook, he wrote, had deactivated his account, demanded proof of identity and then turned him into Ahmed Rushdie, which is how he is identified on his passport.
 
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Links Posted By Big Facebook Pages Have A 0.14% CTR, 1 Click Per 1000 Fans
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
AT&T To Launch The 4G Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (And Six New LTE Markets) On Nov. 20th
Discussion: 9to5Google, Electronista and Engadget
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Gamifies: Credits And “Ask To Answer” Suggestions Live For Everyone
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W3C:
W3C Announces First Draft of Standard for Online Privacy
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 and 3GS Continued to Lead U.S. Smartphone Sales in Q3
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