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7:40 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.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Check your music's iCloud Status
Discussion: MacRumors, Computerworld and MacStories
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 …
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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: The Register and Google Code Blog
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.
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Gamifies: Credits And “Ask To Answer” Suggestions Live For Everyone  —  After five months of beta testing, Quora has made its Quora Credits and “Ask to Answer” User Suggestions live for everyone today.  —  All users can now earn credits for a variety of positive and user engagement …
Discussion: The Quora Review
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 …
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.
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: CNN, Techland, Gizmodo UK and WebProNews
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.
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.
Tony Tai / TechNet Blogs:
Google Atmosphere or “Admosphere”?  —  Are you ad-opting a productivity vendor or advertising partner?  —  At Atmosphere today, Google will try to court CIOs.  CIOs are a tough audience, and they should be.  They are looking for solutions to increase productivity, foster collaboration …
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 …
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 and 3GS Continued to Lead U.S. Smartphone Sales in Q3  —  While the sheer number of available Android devices has resulted in the platform surpassing Apple's iOS in popularity, Apple's limited portfolio of devices remained popular even as customers looked forward to updated hardware …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: cointernet.co and Domain Name Wire
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: ITProPortal and Light Reading
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pogoplug Cloud Launches With 5 GB Of Free Storage For Mobile Users
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W3C Announces First Draft of Standard for Online Privacy
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile May Headline Google Music Event On Wednesday
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