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4:45 AM ET, November 17, 2011

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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Don't Be Too Disappointed By Google Music's Lackluster Debut  —  The web is less than enthused by Google Music, which made its debut today with the usual fanfare.  The criticism is withering in its somewhat entitled way: “Where's the Spotify killer?”  “Rdio already does this!”  “So it's basically iTunes match?”
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Confusing World Of Sharing Songs From Google Music To Google+  —  Exciting!  Now you can share full songs from Google Music with others on Google+, like no other service allows.  That's how I heard the pitch watching the Google Music event today.  The reality is much different.
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Google Music launching with EMI, Sony Music, and others; offering free, exclusive music  —  As rumored, Google Music launched its music store today with a range of new content partnerships, letting users buy millions of songs from the Google Marketplace.  Sony Music Entertainment …
Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Google Music is open for business
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Chief Sponsor Wavers on Web Censorship Bill in Charged Hearing  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, right, accompanied by Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., discuss their efforts to modify the internet's workings to fight copyright …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Takes Fight Against SOPA Up A Notch, ‘Censors’ User Dashboards  —  Congress is in the process of kneecapping the web as we know it with a House bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act (a similar bill, called the Protect IP Act, is in the Senate).  In a misguided attempt to curb piracy on the web …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
At Web censorship hearing, Congress guns for “pro-pirate” Google  —  The House Judiciary Committee today held an important hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act with a hugely stacked deck of witnesses—Google's lawyer was the only one of the six to object to the bill in a meaningful way.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
What the web is saying about SOPA
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Key AOL executive Brad Garlinghouse to leave  —  Brad Garlinghouse, President of the Applications and Commerce Group and head of AOL's Silicon Valley operations is leaving the beleaguered online service AOL, according to multiple sources.  Garlinghouse is well known in Silicon Valley …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia aims to undercut rivals with volume focus  —  (Reuters) - Nokia plans to undercut its Windows Phone rivals to give its new smartphones a foothold in the market before trying to improve margins, its Chief Executive Stephen Elop said on Wednesday.  —  Nokia unveiled a strategy shift …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
AT&T confirms talks with Nokia to offer Windows Phones in 2012
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook identifies those behind coordinated spam attack  —  Summary: Facebook says it knows who orchestrated the coordinated spam attack resulting in the huge flood of links, videos, and images depicting pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality.
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David Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Porn Attack Was ‘Self-Inflicted JavaScript Injection’
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft drops Dryad; puts its big-data bets on Hadoop  —  Summary: Microsoft is dropping its ‘Dryad’ big-data processing work and focusing, instead, on developing a Windows Azure and Windows Server implementation of Hadoop.  —  Just a month after insisting there was still a place …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Another Member Of The Twitter Comms Team Leaves.  So What's Going On At Twitter?  —  Twitter Communication exec Sean Garrett's departure from the company last week was a shock to many in the press who had the pleasure of dealing with him and the Twitter Communications Team.
Discussion: @rafat, @fromedome and @fredericl
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Steve Jobs Secret Meeting to Explore an iPod Phone is Revealing  —  In our special report today we present you with a fascinating account of one of Steve Jobs' secret meeting that involved creating the iPhone and how the iPod Phone almost came to be.  It was much closer to reality than any us could have ever imagined at the time.
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Gmail Blog:
Gmail app for iOS available in the App Store (again)  —  Two weeks ago, we introduced our Gmail app for iOS.  Unfortunately it contained a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, so we removed it from the App Store.  We've fixed the bug and notifications are now working, and the app is back in the App Store.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Android sees a 472% increase in malware since July  —  Android sees a 472% increase in malware since July  —  Android is definitely winning... the race for the most malware, that is.  —  According to a new study from the Juniper Global Threat Center, malware on Android rose an incredible 472% since July 2011.
Sean Captain / Threat Level:
Inside Occupy Wall Street's (Kinda) Secret Media HQ  —  From left: Spike, 26; FluxRostrum, 48; and Lorenzo Serna, 31, answer interview questions at the Occupy Wall Street video room in New York City on Nov. 9, 2011.  —  Photo: Bryan Derballa/Wired.com  —  << Previous |  Next >>  —  View all
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Mac platform reaches 15-year high with 5% worldwide market share  —  Fueled by strong gains in Asia Pacific during the September quarter, Apple saw its worldwide share of the PC market pass the 5 percent mark for the first time in 15 years, according to a new analysis.
Discussion: The Next Web
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Google folds Checkout into Wallet  —  Google Checkout and Google Wallet are two Google products with very similar goals: storing your payment information and ushering commerce through Mountain View's ecosystem.  It was just a matter of time before the company got around to mixing them together …
Babak Dehghanpisheh / The Daily Beast:
Syria's Revolutionary iPhone App Helps Fight the Assad Regime  —  Amid a brutal crackdown, rebels are fighting back on their iPhones.  Babak Dehghanpisheh on how the Arab Spring's newest weapon keeps the opposition informed—and the regime in check.
Kavyanjali Kaushik / Reuters:
U.S. software company sues RIM over “BBX”  —  (Reuters) - New Mexico firm Basis International Ltd filed a motion against Research In Motion to stop the BlackBerry maker from using Basis' trademark, BBX.  —  In October, the Abuquerque-based Basis had threatened to take legal action …
Discussion: Electronista
 
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