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2:45 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 …
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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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:   The bulls**t Samsung smartphone numbers
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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Business Wire:
HP to Keep PC Division
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
HP says Ultrabooks coming soon
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
600,000+ compromised account logins every day on Facebook, official figures reveal  —  If you've an unauthorised party has logged into your Facebook account, then you're far from alone.  —  New official statistics revealed by the social networking giant reveal that .06% of the more than billion logins …
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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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 …
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
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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
RIM gets desperate to move BlackBerry Playbooks  —  Research In Motion has a bit of a problem on its hands.  It's got a bunch of PlayBook tablets sitting on shelves and little reason for people to buy them, especially now that some needed software improvements won't come until next year.
Discussion: PC Magazine, BGR, Mashable! and TechCrunch
 
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Expedia Questions the Lifetime Value of the Groupon Customer
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Wait, Fab Launched In June And It's Already HOW Big?
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
San Francisco cellphone warning law fails science, says judge
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and PC World
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Judge Dismisses Class Action Lawsuit Over Facebook's Friend Finder Feature
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Patents Manipulation Of 3D Virtual Objects, Throwing Gestures
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Without Sony, Ericsson finally becoming broadband player
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CNET News:
Apple contacts man whose home was searched by employees
Discussion: MacNN and MacDailyNews
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's 10-K Shows Asian Stake Sizzling
Felix Salmon:
How to justify Groupon's valuation
Discussion: Betabeat
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Using Google+ for Google Apps? Your admin has access to all of your data
Discussion: VentureBeat and Marketing Pilgrim
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo: Center of a Global Chess Game
Discussion: Reuters, CNET News and Electronista