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6:45 PM ET, November 15, 2011

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Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Jobs wanted own network with unlicensed spectrum  —  Apple's Steve Jobs wanted his own network that would use unlicensed spectrum rather than rely on mobile operators, says John Stanton  —  Steve Jobs initially hoped to create his own network with the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi uses rather …
iFixit:
Amazon Kindle Fire Teardown  —  Amazon proposes to offer users a full media experience with their $199 tablet.  It didn't take long until we decided to see what they crammed inside this value package.  Did this teardown kindle a fiery passion for gadget disassembly in you?
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Facebook Porn and Gore Exploit Spiraling Out Of Control  —  Summary: For the past few days an exploit has been hijacking Facebook users accounts and posting explicit gore and pornography to users' timelines.  —  Facebook users' outrage is mounting toward the social network for an exploit …
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Tom Loftus / Digits:
Facebook Blames ‘Coordinated Spam Attack’ for Surge in Porn Imagery (Update)  —  Facebook said today that a “coordinated spam attack” was to blame for the posting of pornographic and violent images on the news feeds of unsuspecting Facebook users.  —  The issue, which first started appearing …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Names Levinson Chairman of the Board; Disney's Iger Tapped as Director  —  Apple has tapped long-time board member Art Levinson as non-executive chairman of its board, replacing co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last month after a long battle with cancer.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ: Lying on Match.com needs to be a crime  —  The U.S. Department of Justice is defending computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on Facebook or lie about your weight in an online dating profile.  —  In a statement obtained by CNET that's scheduled to be delivered tomorrow …
Foursquare Blog:
The magic of foursquare discovery, now on your big-screen devices. #new4SQ  —  NOTE (Tuesday, 1:30pm EST): Now live for all!  Enjoy!  —  As foursquare has evolved, the focus has turned from simply ‘checking in’ to sharing our experiences and expertise, unlocking rewards and deals, and exploring the world around us.
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Microsoft Socl: inside the company's secret social network (exclusive)  —  TAGGING  —  While tagging seems like a decent idea in theory — I theoretically want to track topics I'm interested in — I can't imagine going back to a simple tag search for news, browsing, or much of anything …
Discussion: WinRumors and SlashGear
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Ballmer sees no value in splitting Microsoft up  —  Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at the company's 2011 annual meeting.  —  BELLEVUE, Wash.—Microsoft's chief executive told the company's shareholders at its annual meeting this morning that there is no benefit in breaking the company up.
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:   Microsoft shareholders grumble at brief annual meet
Corin Anderson / Inside Search:
Search using your terms, verbatim  —  Behind the simplicity of Google search is a complex set of algorithms that expands and improves the query you've typed to find the best results.  Automatic spelling correction ([vynal] to “vinyl") and substituting synonyms (matching [pictures] to “photos” …
Sara McKinley / Inside AdWords:
Third Party Tools To Help Manage Your Google+ Page  —  Labels: google+, Google+ Pages, pages for businesses  —  Last week, we announced Google+ Pages, which provide a new way for businesses, brands, products, organizations and other entities to build a public identity on Google+.
Bloomberg:
Google Said to Be Near Universal Music Deal for Song Downloads  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is near an agreement to secure songs from Vivendi SA (VIV)'s Universal Music Group for its new music service, said a person with knowledge of the situation.  —  An accord with Universal …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Minimizing restarts after automatic updating in Windows Update … When it comes to Windows Update, one of the most discussed topics is the disruptiveness of restarts in the course of automatic updating.  And for good reason—restarts can interrupt you right in the middle of something important.
Pew Research:
Why Americans Use Social Media  —  Two-thirds of online adults (66%) use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn.  These internet users say that connections with family members and friends (both new and old) are a primary consideration in their adoption of social media tools.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook, Twitter, eBay & Other Big Internet Companies Come Out Against SOPA  —  While Google has been pretty vocal about its complaints concerning PROTECT IP and SOPA, and Yahoo, LinkedIn and Zynga have expressed concerns elsewhere, the silence of large companies like Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Mozilla and AOL had been unfortunate.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
New Study Shows Majority Of Americans Against SOPA; Believe Extreme Copyright Enforcement Is Unreasonable
Peter Fleischer / The Official Google Blog:
Greater choice for wireless access point owners  —  From tagging a post with your location, to checking in to a restaurant, to simply finding out where you are, location-based services have become some of the most popular features of today's Internet.  One of the key ways technology companies …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker: “Little Startups Are Ridiculously OverFunded”  —  Speaking at the Techonomy conference today, Sean Parker warns about the downside of the explosion of seed-stage startups.  “Little startups are ridiculously overfunded,” he say.  “The market is ridiculously overcrowded with early stage investors.
Zal Bilimoria / The Official Netflix Blog:
New Experience Now Available for All Android Tablets (iPad Coming Soon)  —  The new design is much more immersive and provides greater focus on the growing number of titles in the Netflix catalog.  In fact, the new interface displays twice as many movies and TV shows as before, enabling you to discover even more titles you'll love.
Sid Viswanathan / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn's New CardMunch iPhone App: Reinventing Business Cards  —  Today, we've taken a giant leap forward to reinventing business cards with a complete relaunch of the LinkedIn's CardMunch iPhone app with a brand new mobile experience for professionals on LinkedIn.  —  Get the Cardmunch iPhone app now!
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Intel Capital's new $100M AppUp fund will finance application and content development  —  Intel Capital, the veteran investment arm of Intel, has announced the AppUp fund to invest $100 million in companies creating applications and digital content for multiple devices.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Recent Changes At Amazon & Best Buy Seem To Suggest A New Apple TV Is Coming Soon  —  The Apple TV is starting to look a bit stale.  The current model was announced on September 1st, 2010, but being Apple's hobby, it always takes a back seat in the refresh van.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Ditch those coupons: Square updates iOS and Android apps with loyalty features  —  Mobile payments startup Square has updated its popular iOS and Android apps to include loyalty tracking and discounts for regular customers and further hardware support for brick-and-mortar stores, the company revealed today.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Sales of Mobile Devices Grew 5.6 Percent in Third Quarter of 2011; Smartphone Sales Increased 42 Percent  — Android OS Rose to Account for More Than 50 Percent of Smartphone Sales  —  Worldwide sales of mobile devices totaled 440.5 million units in the third quarter of 2011 …
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
ThinkUp Archives and Analyzes Your Social Media Life  —  The software I've been building for the past two years, ThinkUp, left beta today.  Download ThinkUp 1.0 to install on your web server, or launch ThinkUp on Amazon EC2 in under 60 seconds.  Here's a rundown of what ThinkUp is, what it does, and why it's important.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Expert Labs
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Voice for Android Now Has Offline Voicemail and Group Texting  —  Just a quickie here for you, but it's an important one.  Users of Google Voice on the Android platform get a couple of special treats today.  There's a new update for the Google Voice app that brings along with it some surprises.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Benchmark, Marissa Mayer Put $5.5M In Stationery Design And Retail Site Minted  —  Minted, design community and e-commerce site for stationery and cards, has raised $5.5 million in Series B funding led Benchmark Capital, with IDG Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Marissa Mayer and Jeremy Stoppelman participating.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The making of the Xbox: Microsoft's journey to the next generation (part 2)  —  Editor's note: This story is the second of two pieces 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 …
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
RIAA wants ReDigi out of the business of selling “used” iTunes tracks
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Considers Internet Rival to Cable TV
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Dell revenue flat, warns on full-year outlook
Discussion: Shiny Objects, CNBC and 24/7 Wall St.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
It's Time For Transparency On Music Streaming Rates
Discussion: Electronista
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
OccupySocialMedia: GO Launches A Mobile App For Anonymous Photo & Video Sharing
J. Damus / Wireless Goodness:
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus hits the FCC, boasts 4G LTE
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Nokia Music joins the auto-playlist club, brings Pandora-like song-finding to Lumia 800
Discussion: AllThingsD and The Next Web
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
LinkedIn insiders preparing to unload shares
Myles Jordan / Google LatLong:
See your rated places and discover new ones directly on the map
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon Web Services lands on supercomputer list, bolsters HPC offering
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Zinio now available on Amazon Appstore, brings 5,000 magazines to Kindle Fire
Discussion: AllThingsD, Zillow Blog and TechCrunch
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Yes, You Can Install the Nook App on a Kindle Fire [EXCLUSIVE]
Discussion: Business Insider and GeekWire, Thanks:benparr
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
What the Vaio Z says about Sony's little design problem
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Public Memorials for Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy to Be Held This Weekend
Discussion: Computerworld
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Rushdie Wins Facebook Fight Over Identity
 

 
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