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Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Microsoft Socl: inside the company's secret social network (exclusive)  —  Earlier this summer, a teaser page appeared at Socl.com revealing Tulalip, an oddly named service from Microsoft promising a new way to “Find what you need and Share what you know.”  Facebook and Twitter sign-ins were offered …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Boxee Box Live TV dongle shipping for $49 in January 2012, pre-orders open today  —  No point in hiding in plain view, eh?  Boxee has just affirmed that the leaked Live TV dongle is legit, and it'll be splashing down on North American shores in January.  The Boxee Box Live TV dongle …
Bloomberg:
Google Music Store Chases Apple's ITunes  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is entering the online music market almost a decade too late to pose a threat to Apple Inc. (AAPL), the largest seller of songs on the Web.  —  The service, scheduled to be unveiled at a Google event in Los Angeles today …
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Why I'm treating startups more critically lately  —  I've noticed that lately I'm treating startups much more critically.  Today I chewed into an entrepreneur who was pitching me a new thing that was sort of like Oink, or maybe it was Foursquare, or maybe it was Foodspotting.
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
The Wisest Entrepreneurs Know How to Preserve Equity  —  So you want to be an Internet billionaire.  It's not just about having a great idea and building a world-class business at light speed.  —  A review of recent initial public offering filings for Internet start-ups shows that the founders …
Discussion: Sramana Mitra
BBC:
Scientists boost battery strength with small holes  —  Batteries built from the novel material mix could be fully charged from flat in 15 minutes  —  Batteries for phones and laptops could soon recharge ten times faster and hold a charge ten times larger than current technology allows.
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?
Surur / WMPoweruser:
Nokia hints at higher-end Lumia handset, confirms Windows 8 tablets by June 2012  —  The head of Nokia France it seems has loose lips.  —  Talking to French LesEchos newspaper he spoke of Nokia's plan to boost their market share of the French market from their current 16% back to 22% (close to the 25% they had 2 years ago).
Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC Zeta rendered, rumored to pack 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Ready for today's grain of salt?  We just got handed imagery and specs of a possible HTC device in the works codenamed the Zeta.  It's a quad-core handset, much like the Edge that was leaked last week …
Michael A. Prospero / LAPTOP Magazine:
Serious MacBook Envy: HP Launches Redesigned Envy 15 and 17  —  There's no denying that the redesigned Envy 15 and 17 look a lot like the MacBook Pro.  And we're not complaining.  For the first time in three years, HP has done a major overhaul of its premium notebook line.
Nancy Gohring / Macworld:
Venture capitalist: Jobs wanted own network with unlicensed spectrum  —  Steve Jobs initially hoped to create his own network with the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi uses rather than work with the mobile operators, said wireless industry legend John Stanton.
Electronista:
HP gets into ultrabooks with nine-hour Folio 13  —  HP Folio 13 claims ultrabook battery record  —  HP formally launched itself into the ultrabook space early Wednesday with the Folio 13.  The 13.3-inch system is “less than” 0.7 inches thick and, while heavier than the MacBook Air at 3.3 pounds …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Considers Internet Rival to Cable TV  —  Sony Corp. is considering launching an Internet-based alternative to cable-TV service, say people familiar with the situation, the latest threat to cable and satellite operators that now dominate pay television.  —  The Japanese electronics …
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
You Don't Have To Tweet To Twitter  —  Frequent comparisons to Facebook leave many confused about the true value of Twitter.  “In a brand new direction A change of perception On a brand new trajection” [Disclosure: Benchmark Capital is a major investor in Twitter, and my partner Peter Fenton sits on the Twitter BOD.]
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Amazon's Kindle lending library is contract breach, say US authors  —  Authors Guild says online retailer is using ‘brute economic power’ to push books into scheme without proper permissions  —  American authors are up in arms about Amazon's new Kindle lending library, accusing the online retailer of …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Wow: Intel unveils 1 teraflop chip with 50-plus cores  —  I thought the prospect of quad-core tablet computers was exciting.  —  Then I saw Intel's latest — a 1 teraflop chip, with more than 50 cores, that Intel unveiled today, running it on a test machine at the SC11 supercomputing conference in Seattle.
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Zappos founder launches RNKD to connect brands and the people who love them (video)  —  Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn wants to see a picture of everything in your closet.  —  In return, he'll give you badges and even discounts on clothing brands that you love.  —  He's not a creep (as far as I know).
Ben Folk-Williams / Digg Blog:
Some Charts Are Wrong aka An Update on Digg Traffic  —  From time to time at Digg we see speculation on our traffic based on “estimated data,” and ominous prognostication of what it means.  But the story is pretty different if you're looking at the actual data.
Discussion: SiliconFilter, WebProNews and Pulse2
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Visa Names Its New PayPal-Like Digital Wallet Service “V.me”  —  The brand that consumers will see when Visa's digital wallet launches early next year won't be the Visa logo.  —  The payments company will be using the name V.me to differentiate it from its more well-known services found …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
DataSift Launches Powerful Twitter Data Analysis And Business Intelligence Platform  —  DataSift, a big data business intelligence and analysis platform for Twitter, is finally opening its doors today to the U.S. public.  DataSift was born out of Tweetmeme and was announced at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco a year ago.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Marketo lands $50M from Battery, IVP, InterWest to continue its marketing automation domination  —  Marketing automation firm Marketo has raised a new massive $50 million round that will help it continue assisting companies with aggressive lead and revenue generation, the company announced today.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Miramax Is The Latest To Ink A Deal With Netflix For UK Launch  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) is picking up some more momentum for its UK and Ireland launch, scheduled for early next year.  The streaming video company has now added film studio Miramax to its list of content partners …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Servicemesh nets $15 million for enterprise software push  —  Servicemesh snagged $15 million in venture money from Ignition Partners to fuel its enterprise software push.  Ignition partner Frank Artale will join Servicemesh's board.  —  The four-year-old company focuses …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Cox to exit wireless business: sales end Nov. 16th, leaves the air March 30th, 2012  —  Cox Wireless has always been something of an also-ran, trying to play catch up with the big boys that already had a well-established infrastructure.  It snatched up some precious 700MHz spectrum from the FCC …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple meeting with Chinese environmental groups to address supplier pollution concerns  —  Apple recently met with five Chinese environmental protection groups to address concerns over domestic supplier pollution after reports had criticized the company for using loopholes in the system.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Chatter in China: Multinationals turn to Weibo  —  (Reuters) - What do the International Monetary Fund, Louis Vuitton and Unilever have in common?  —  They are the among a clutch of Westerns institutions to join Weibo, China's most popular microblogging platform operated by Sina Corp …
Mark Milian / CNN:
Readability gives free online news inbox with upcoming Apple apps  —  (CNN) — Few people seem eager to return to the news articles they didn't have time to read during the day, and even fewer are willing to pay for that privilege.  —  So to attract new users, Readability began offering …
Kenneth Pennington / BriefMobile:
Amazon Releases Kindle Fire Source Code  —  Developers looking to “hack it up” with Amazon's latest, greatest, and only Android-powered tablet can now download the source code behind the Kindle Fire.  In order to comply with Android licensing agreements, Amazon's required to release this code for external developers.
 
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ISPs could have stopped massive click-fraud operation
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Pentagon: Offensive cyber attacks fair game
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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Tor launches do-it-yourself privacy bridge in Amazon cloud
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