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2:05 PM ET, October 28, 2011

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The Official Google TV Blog:
An Update on Google TV  —  In the 1970s, there were just a few networks on TV.  Cable changed things by adding hundreds of new channels like HBO, ESPN, and MTV.  The Internet marks a new chapter for television.  This chapter is not about replacing broadcast or cable TV; it's not about replicating what's on TV to the Web.
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Jon Phillips / Gadget Lab:
Google TV, Take 2: Android Apps Join the Smart TV Party  —  The new version of Google TV includes direct access to Android Market.  A select group of 30 apps, directly optimized for Google TV, will appear in the Featured For TV section shown above.  Hundreds more — Google TV-compatible …
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 …
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
HP says Ultrabooks coming soon
Discussion: VentureBeat, Ubergizmo and bit-tech.net
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 Overtakes Apple as World's Biggest Smartphone Seller  —  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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Spooking Flipboard: Yahoo's Livestand and Google's Propeller Set to Launch Next Week  —  Memo to Flipboard, as well as Pulse, CNN's Zite and AOL's Editions: You might want to make some room in the already-crowded news and social reader space, because you're about to get some bigfoot company.
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
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 …
Jay Alabaster / PC World:
Samsung to Sell Phones With Flexible Screens Next Year  —  Samsung Electronics said Friday that it is aiming to launch mobile phones with flexible displays next year, with tablets and other portable devices to have these displays soon after.  —  The company said it was aiming to follow …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple board member Andrea Jung facing scrutiny at Avon  —  Andrea Jung, who has served on Apple's board of directors since 2008, is under fire for performance at her day job, as CEO of cosmetics company Avon.  —  Jung has been chief executive of Avon since November of 2009 …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
After Big Layoffs, BuyWithMe Being Acquired By Gilt Groupe, Slashes More Staff  —  These sale prices are nuts!  —  Betabeat has learned that Gilt Groupe is in the final stages of acquiring the troubled daily deal site BuyWithMe, which laid off more than half its staff last week to sweeten the deal for potential buyers.
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 …
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: asymco and PalmAddicts
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The next disruptive iPhone feature?  High definition audio calls  —  Not every new feature of the iPhone is a major shift, many are just refinements of what have come before.  But some few definitely are and I think that the iPhone is poised to gain another hugely disruptive feature: high definition audio.
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
San Francisco cellphone warning law fails science, says judge  —  Even the watered-down version couldn't pass muster.  San Francisco's ordinance requiring retail outlets to inform consumers about the (alleged) effects of cellphone radiation has been blocked by a federal judge.
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and PC World
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
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Informal e-reader library comparison  —  In the past, I've always recommended the Kindle over other e-ink readers, and buying Kindle books instead of iBooks on iOS, because Amazon had the biggest library of relevant titles and strongest content ecosystem.  —  But Amazon's advantage is no longer as clear in my casual searching.
Discussion: TiPb
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 …
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 …
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
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Apple engineers contacting iPhone 4S owners to solve battery life puzzle  —  Short battery life may be affected by corrupted contact details or background services - but solutions vary widely, and Siri apparently not to blame  —  Apple engineers are contacting some iPhone 4S owners to try …
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
RIM gets desperate to move BlackBerry Playbooks
Discussion: BetaNews, Mashable!, BGR and TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Judge Dismisses Class Action Lawsuit Over Facebook's Friend Finder Feature
Discussion: paidContent
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Amazon's China Story Continues: Planning For Kindle, Kindle Fire Release?
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Patents Manipulation Of 3D Virtual Objects, Throwing Gestures
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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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Using Google+ for Google Apps? Your admin has access to all of your data
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Looks like Congress has declared war on the internet
Discussion: PC World, CNET News and DSLreports, Thanks:mathewi
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo: Center of a Global Chess Game
Discussion: Reuters, CNET News and Electronista