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7:25 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.
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: TechCrunch, WinRumors and SlashGear
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 …
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 …
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Billboard:
Sony on Board for Google Music Launch Tomorrow: Report
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
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.
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” …
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
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+.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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!
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.
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.
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.
 
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google+ Gets an API for Photos and Videos (Updated: Not Quite Ready Yet)
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
App Updates, New Releases May Be Delayed or Unavailable During Christmas Week, Apple Warns
Discussion: 9to5Mac
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
Discussion: IntoMobile and Android Community
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim and ReadWriteWeb
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Yes, You Can Install the Nook App on a Kindle Fire [EXCLUSIVE]
Discussion: GeekWire and Business Insider, Thanks:benparr
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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