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9:25 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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Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Google Music is open for business  —  Last May at Google I/O, we launched Music Beta by Google with a clear ambition: to help people access their music collections easily from any device.  Music Beta enabled you to upload your personal music collection (up to 20,000 songs) …
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Google Music launching with EMI, Sony Music, and others; offering free, exclusive music
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google launches music store with social sharing, indie artist hub
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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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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Marco.org:
The relationship between Readability and Instapaper  —  I know it's bad form to mention your competitors, but I've been asked about Readability's announcement enough today that it's more of a charade not to talk about it, especially since a lot of people are under the wrong impression.
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.
Discussion: The Next Web, Pulse2, BBC and The Register, Thanks:t_harbaugh
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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
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus on sale in the UK today  —  Google's big, bold, and beautiful new Android phone is today being released in the UK.  The Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus was announced to be launching on November 17th a couple of weeks ago, but some carriers and retailers have since had to bump back their release date for it.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Camera+ Brings VolumeSnap Back, Still Destroys Apple's Own Camera App  —  Today, tap tap tap, the company behind the wildly popular and feature rich app Camera+ has added a feature back into its app that Apple forced them to remove some time ago.  —  “VolumeSnap” allowed Camera+ users …
Joseph Parish / The Verge:
DLNA will work with Wi-Fi Direct to stream media without a network  —  Soon, you won't need a router for DLNA streaming — the Digital Living Network Alliance has added Wi-Fi Direct to its interoperability guidelines, allowing two wireless devices to connect directly to each other and stream music and movies between them.
Discussion: DLNA, blog.chron.com and Softpedia News
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Judge Declares Law Governing Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Unconstitutional  —  In a succinct one-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the Southern District of Texas declared that the law authorizing the government to obtain cellphone records without a search warrant was unconstitutional.
Discussion: DSLreports
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
With a bold new redesign, AIM could finally be cool again (seriously)  —  It's been more than 10 years since I've used AOL Instant Messenger as my go-to chat client, but the new AIM may just be good enough to change that.  —  AOL launched a preview of its latest AIM vision today, which includes new desktop, mobile, and web apps.
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
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
U.S. military better prepared for cyber warfare: general  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. military now has a legal framework to cover offensive operations in cyberspace, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday, less than a month after terming this a work in progress.
Discussion: The Register and Reuters
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.
Josh Kopelman / Redeye VC:
Fun Fact of The Week: Path to Revenues  —  Last week I posted some data from our portfolio about the pace of seed-stage financings.  And it sure looked like things are speeding up.  —  This week, I thought we'd take a look at the speed at which our companies generate revenue.
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
Kavyanjali Kaushik / Reuters:
LinkedIn raises follow-on offering  —  (Reuters) - LinkedIn Corp raised its follow-on public offering to about 8.75 million shares and priced it at $71 a share in a bid to raise working capital, including further expansion of its product development and field sales organizations.
Discussion: MarketWatch
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
GE going big with Bay Area software initiative  —  In addition to everything else it does on a large scale, GE is getting into the software business and has chosen the Bay Area as the springboard.  —  General Electric is set today to announce the opening of a $1 billion Global Software Center in San Ramon …
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
 
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Government closes mortgage scams tied to Google
Discussion: Mercury News
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Visa to Offer Mobile Payments in Developing Nations
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Mac platform reaches 15-year high with 5% worldwide market share
Discussion: The Next Web
Kavyanjali Kaushik / Reuters:
U.S. software company sues RIM over “BBX”
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Babak Dehghanpisheh / The Daily Beast:
Syria's Revolutionary iPhone App Helps Fight the Assad Regime
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Verizon Welcomes Users To The Opt-Out, Ad-Targeting Party
Discussion: Engadget
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Angie's List Prices Offering at $13
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC Vivid incites cease and desist letter from porn company claiming trademark infringement
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung modified and relaunched Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, may steer clear of design right infringement
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