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11:05 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?”
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) …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Confusing World Of Sharing Songs From Google Music To Google+
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Google Music launching with EMI, Sony Music, and others; offering free, exclusive music
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 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
At Web censorship hearing, Congress guns for “pro-pirate” Google
Jaymar Cabebe / CNet Download Blog:
Skype desktop app now makes Facebook video calls  —  Skype deepened its partnership with Facebook today by adding Facebook video calling to both its Mac and Windows applications.  —  With the just announced Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows, you can initiate …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
John Cook / GeekWire:'s new iPhone app helps gadget shoppers find a better deal nearby  —  The new iPhone app allows user to research consumer electronics purchases in-store  —  There's no shortage of mobile applications that allow shoppers to scan product bar codes and retrieve product information …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Spotzot, The Startup Powering Deal Targeting For Apps Like Shopkick & ShopSavvy, Raises $2.2 Million  —  Spotzot, the platform that powers deal targeting for shopping applications and web sites, today announced that it has closed $2.2 million in Series A funding.
Discussion: MediaPost, AllThingsD and Tech Cocktail
Erik Sherman / CNET News:
Look out!  Here comes Apple's killer location-services patent  —  Apple has raised bludgeoning competitors with patents on key technologies to a fine art.  (Just ask Samsung.)  And now it may have a new blunt object to wield.  —  A reissue of a patent originally dating back to 1998 …
Discussion: All Points Blog
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Kavyanjali Kaushik / Reuters:
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Discussion: Inquirer and Electronista
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
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