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10:40 AM ET, October 28, 2011

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HP:
HP to Keep PC Division  —  Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value  —  HP today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
HP to hold on to PC division - but sources say it will finally kill webOS  —  Internal review decides not to spin off world's largest PC maker, but operating system developed for short-lived TouchPad to be closed along with 500 jobs  —  Hewlett-Packard is to keep its PC division rather than selling it off …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Whitman: HP will be in the tablet business with Windows 8, long term decision about webOS coming
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Interview: HP CEO Meg Whitman on Keeping the PC Business
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Samsung Beats Apple, Becomes World No. 1 in Smartphone Sales  —  Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Apple Inc. in the last quarter to become the world's largest smartphone vendor amid a widening technology and legal battle between the two companies.
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Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung surges past Apple in smartphones, upbeat on Q4  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co overtook Apple Inc as the world's top smartphone maker in the July-September period with a 44 percent jump in shipments, and forecast strong sales in the current quarter in a clear warning to its rivals.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
What's Really Next for Apple in Television  —  “I've finally cracked it!”  Steven P. Jobs, co-founder of Apple, told his biographer, Walter Isaacson.  —  Although Mr. Jobs was referring to Apple's plans to build a full-fledged television, he was not actually referring to the TV set …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Here's why Apple's TV needs to be an actual television, and not just a cheap add-on box  —  One of the most frequently asked (and smartest) questions about the supposedly forthcoming Apple television is: Why does it need to be an actual TV set?  Why can't it just be an accessory like today's $99 Apple TV thing?
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
A voice-controlled future is finally upon us
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Gates to students: Don't try to be a billionaire, it's overrated  —  Bill Gates made a rare appearance at the University of Washington this afternoon, talking about how qualitative and measurable advances in technology are coming together for major advances in the areas he cares most about these days …
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Bill Gates On “The Miracle Of Availability” And Applying Computer Science To The World
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Using Google+ for Google Apps? Your admin has access to all of your data
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: First Pictures of the DROID4 by Motorola  —  Keyboard lovers, get ready - the DROID4 by Motorola is coming and according to our sources, has the best slideout they have “ever seen on a smartphone.”  In this set of glamour shots we received, you can get a taste for what's to come …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
“Batch” May Be The Perfect Mobile Photo Sharing App (No, Seriously)  —  A few months ago Daily Booth CEO Brian Pokorny told me that most of his team was working on a second product.  “What is it?”  I asked, “A mobile photo sharing app?”  —  I was joking, because everyone and their mother seemed …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Surprise: You Can't Make Apps on an iPad  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  In some ways, some critics were wrong, when they said the iPad offers little to creative people who make things as opposed to merely consuming them, as proven by all the innovative recording …
CNET News:
Apple contacts man whose home was searched by employees  —  A San Francisco man whose home was searched by Apple security officials hunting for an unreleased iPhone is in discussions with the computer maker, his attorney said.  —  Two Apple employees claimed they traced the errant device …
Discussion: MacNN and MacDailyNews
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple's ‘Slide to Unlock’ patent worries Taiwanese government, forces investigation  —  Apple's recent success in patenting the ‘Slide to Unlock’ gesture used on its iOS devices has the Taiwanese government worried, causing the country's Premier (Prime Minister), Wu Den-yih …
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: Popular posts, eye-catching analytics, photo fun and...  We think Google+ should get better every time you use it.  It's not enough to obsess over community feedback (which we do); we also need to surprise and delight you with constant improvements (which we also try and do).
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Using Task Manager with 64+ logical processors … We talked about the new Task Manager in a previous post, and many of you have installed the Developer Preview and seen it for yourself.  There was some interest on this topic so we thought we would take a moment to quickly share with you a feature …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo: Center of a Global Chess Game  —  Internet Company Explores a Tax-Free Way to Shed Foreign Investments  —  As Yahoo Inc. maps out its future, a new plan has emerged for the fate of its overseas investments, which are the critical part of any deal to sell the company.
Discussion: Electronista
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Reuters:
Yahoo, bidders at impasse over nondisclosure
Discussion: CNET News and DealBook
Felix Salmon:
How to justify Groupon's valuation  —  Henry Blodget has a smart post on how to value Groupon today.  Is he right that it's vastly overpriced at a $10 billion valuation?  —  Blodget's main thesis is that revenue growth at Groupon is slowing — and that transitioning from a high-growth company …
Discussion: Betabeat and Business Insider
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Microsoft holding Windows Phone ‘backstage’ event Nov. 7  —  It looks like Microsoft is gearing up for another big Windows Phone event.  —  The company just sent out invitations for a “backstage” event held in New York on November 7.  Microsoft's Windows Phone team, including Andy Lees and Joe Belfiore …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Looks like Congress has declared war on the internet  —  Many internet users in the United States have watched with horror as countries like France and Britain have proposed or instituted so-called “three strikes” laws, which cut off internet access to those accused of repeated acts of copyright infringement.
Discussion: PC World, DSLreports and CNET News, Thanks:mathewi
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Patents Manipulation Of 3D Virtual Objects, Throwing Gestures  —  Another batch of Microsoft patent applications have trickled into public view, and these ones may be even cooler than the last bunch.  They describe “flinging gestures,” interaction with 3D virtual objects …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Samsung makes Galaxy Nexus release date official, available in the UK on November 17th  —  October's dizzying spate of high-end smartphone announcements gave us plenty of pizzazz, but not much in the way of release date meat.  Well, that's about to change for those of you craving an Ice Cream Sandwich delight across the pond.
 
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Electronista:
IDC: Apple 5th largest phone maker as ZTE, Samsung rise
Discussion: IDC, PalmAddicts and IntoMobile
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The next disruptive iPhone feature? High definition audio calls
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Without Sony, Ericsson finally becoming broadband player
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As Cable TV News Wars Heat Up, Bloomberg Builds ‘Live TV’ Placement On iPad
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Apple's 10-K Shows Asian Stake Sizzling
Paul Kunert / The Register:
Price-slashing fails to ignite PlayBook sales
Discussion: Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Presents a New iPad Gesturing-Based Video Editing Toolbar
Discussion: CNN and Gadget Lab