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7:55 AM ET, October 25, 2011

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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple TV Effort Said to Be Led By ITunes Creator  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is turning to the software engineer who built iTunes to help lead its development of a television set, according to three people with knowledge of the project.  —  Jeff Robbin, who helped create the iPod in addition …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Here's how Apple could finally put the “TV” in Apple TV  —  After reinventing the mobile phone (iPhone) and personal computer (iPad), it makes sense for Apple to eventually apply its magic to the living room.  The company has been clear to distance itself a bit from the existing Apple TV box by calling it a “hobby.”
Steven Levy / Wired.com:
Brave New Thermostat: How the iPod's Creator Is Making Home Heating Sexy  —  “You're going to built a what?”  —  That's what Tony Fadell's wife, Dani, said to him in 2009 when he told her his idea for a new company.  Fadell is one of the most sought-after talents in the world of gadgetry …
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Tony Fadell Demos His New Nest Learning Thermostat (TCTV)
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
It's Crunch Time for Nokia  —  Fast Rollout Crucial for Firm's Windows Smartphone, Expected to Debut This Week  —  When Nokia Corp. Chief Executive Stephen Elop takes the stage Wednesday at the big cellphone maker's annual conference in London, all eyes will be on the device in his hand.
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Nokia Windows Phone Likely to Miss Holidays in U.S.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Obama Campaign Experiments With Tumblr for '12  —  It's no secret that President Obama's victory in 2008 was helped by his adoption of Twitter and other social media platforms.  For 2012, Republicans and other politicians are flocking to these services too, hoping to spread the party gospel 140 characters at a time.
Discussion: New York Times
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Go-Go Growth Days Screech to a Halt at Netflix  —  A first look at Netflix's Q3: Revenue of $822 million and earnings $1.16 a share.  The Street was expecting around $811 million and about $0.94 a share (bear in mind that “consensus” actually varies depending on whom you ask).
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in third quarter
Discussion: IBD Click and Pulse2
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Bluetooth 4.0 Becomes ‘Bluetooth Smart’ as iPhone 4S Creates New Opportunities  —  Following the debut of the iPhone 4S as the first phone to support the Bluetooth 4.0 standard, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has begun promoting the technology under the new “Bluetooth Smart” marketing term.
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Jobs Warned Cook Not to Try to Copy Him  —  Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) — When Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook took the microphone at a memorial tribute to Steve Jobs at the company's campus last week, he shared a piece of advice Jobs gave him before his death on Oct. 5.
Discussion: Business Insider, Bloomberg and Fortune
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
New Windows verification process creates controversy between ODM and brand vendors  —  Microsoft's new verification system for Windows 8 - OA 3. - which will add complications toward the upstream ODM's production lines and relatively generate significant extra cost, is raising controversy between notebook ODMs …
Rocky Agrawal / reDesign:
Think Groupon is a technology company?  Think again.  —  Through much of its roadshow presentation, Groupon tries to make the claim that it's a technology company.  At one point, CEO Andrew Mason bizarrely uses a cyborg to illustrate how much the company is about technology.
Discussion: Running Shoes, DealBook and VentureBeat
Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
How Much the iPhone Camera Has Improved  —  When the first iPhone came out, the camera was an afterthought, only tossed in to feature match its competitors.  Fast forward four years and it's an entirely different story, Apple has made it a point of emphasis and the camera in the iPhone 4S sh-sh-sh-shines.
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Meg Whitman joins Zaarly's board of directors, company gets $14M from Kleiner Perkins  —  Mobile marketplace Zaarly announced today that Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman is joining its board of directors, and that it's getting a $14 million investment led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
CNET In Talks To Acquire gdgt As Early As This Week  —  Back in 2009, TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington wrote that CNET (and parent company CBS) were sniffing around gdgt, the then-brand-new community/review site/blog of Peter Rojas and Ryan Block.  While CNET was considering an investment at the time …
Discussion: @ryan and @peterrojas
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Engadget Hooks Up With gdgt To Power Its Product Modules
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
ViewSonic rolls out $200 ViewPad 7e Android tablet  —  We've already seen it available for pre-order at Amazon and spent a bit of time with it ourselves last month, but ViewSonic's only just now officially getting its ViewPad 7e Android tablet out the door.  It'll be available by the end …
Discussion: IntoMobile, BGR and Electronista
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Using Credit Cards to Target Web Ads  —  The two largest credit-card networks, Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., are pushing into a new business: using what they know about people's credit-card purchases for targeting them with ads online.  —  Their plans, if implemented …
Discussion: Digits, AllThingsD and Digits
Michael Jones / Fortune:
Myspace: Five lessons learned from the front  —  Myspace may be the most high-profile failure to turnaround a major Internet media property.  Now, ex-CEO Michael Jones reveals what went wrong — and why.  —  By Michael Jones, contributor  —  FORTUNE — Over the last two years, I served as co-­president and then CEO of Myspace.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Android Blows Past Apple To Take The Lead In Market Share For App Downloads  —  According to fresh data from ABI Research, more Android apps were downloaded in Q2 2011 than iOS apps.  —  Makes sense since Android is a bigger platform, but we think this is a first for the rival mobile platforms.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
JP Morgan: Kindle Fire expected to sell 5 million in Q4  —  Just weeks after dismissing the Kindle Fire as a potential challenger to the iPad, J.P. Morgan is now upping its assessment of Amazon's debut tablet, saying the device is expected to move 4.5 to 5 million units in the fourth quarter.
Reuters:
Zynga's IPO due week before Thanksgiving: sources  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc is currently planning to price its initial public offering and have its shares begin trading the week before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on November 24, two sources briefed on the offering said on Monday.
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
The Dark Side Of Biometrics: 9 Million Israelis' Hacked Info Hits The Web  —  Biometrics are the next big thing in government and homeland security.  But the recent theft of the personal information of 9 million Israelis living and dead—including the birth parents of adoptees …
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hackers release data on ex-Treasury Secretary Rubin
Discussion: Softpedia News
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Pre-IPO Jive Software To List On Nasdaq As JIVE; Sequoia, Kleiner Invest $40M More
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Senior Media Liaison Karen Wickre leaves Google for Twitter
Discussion: AllThingsD, @kvox and KVOX
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