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1:00 PM ET, November 16, 2011

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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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A Look At The Testimony Given At Today's SOPA Lovefest Congressional Hearings... With A Surprise From MasterCard  —  We already know that today's SOPA hearings for the House Judiciary Committee are totally stacked in favor of the bill.  But with the hearings getting underway, we wanted to dive in and look at what's about to be said.
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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.
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.
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: Business Insider and Sramana Mitra
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 …
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.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and Ubergizmo
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
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).
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Former Myspace CEO Mike Jones Brings the Science of Start-Ups to Los Angeles  —  Many Web entrepreneurs hoping for a big next act have started a labs company so they can incubate many ideas rather than pick just one — examples include Twitter founder Evan Williams' Obvious …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Daily Deal Aggregator Yipit Comes To iPhone  —  The daily deal aggregation service Yipit is launching its own iPhone application today, allowing users to track deals from over 800 sources, including Groupon, LivingSocial, Gilt City and others.  In this new mobile format …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Amazon Settles With Discovery Over E-Reader Patent  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) made sure Discovery won't ruin its hopes for the best Christmas ever by settling a lawsuit that accused the Kindle and Kindle 2 of infringing security and copy protection technology.  —  On Monday in Delaware federal court …
Discussion: TechFlash and TeleRead
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Few AT&T iPhone Users Fleeing to Verizon, Sprint  —  Though you might assume otherwise, the iPhone's debut on rival networks Verizon and Sprint hasn't really fazed AT&T. In fact, the carrier doesn't seem to miss the iPhone exclusivity it once had.  Nor does it have reason to, according to Glenn Lurie …
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.
 
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Chatter in China: Multinationals turn to Weibo
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Subscription Billings Platform Zuora Nabs $36M From Index, Greylock At $300M-Plus Valuation
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Otellini: Windows 8, touch-based ultrabooks a pair
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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Tor launches do-it-yourself privacy bridge in Amazon cloud
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