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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:
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 …
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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Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard on Review for Possible Downgrade by Moody's
Discussion: Bloomberg
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
HP says Ultrabooks coming soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
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  —  The Internet is buzzing this morning with news that Samsung has overtaken Apple as the worlds leading smartphone vendor.  The problem is, there are no numbers to actually back up the claim.  —  Here's an example of how it's being reported.  From GigaOM:
Discussion: App Advice
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.
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.
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Peter D'Amato / TechCrunch:   LaidOffWithMe: The Day The Axe Fell At BuyWithMe
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apps Are the New Channels  —  I got an email yesterday from an up-and-coming young blogger named Jason Kottke, with a screenshot of two consecutive DF entries posted earlier in the day — “Condé Nast Subscriptions Up 268 Percent Since Newsstand Launch” and “Bloomberg TV+ for iPad”.
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Hulu Signs Five-Year, In-Season Content Streaming Deal With The CW  —  After Netflix signed a deal with The CW Television Network, Hulu is the next online movie platform to announce an agreement with the network.  Hulu has just announced a five-year licensing agreement with the CW Network …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS, Warner Bros. Sell “Gossip Girl” Again — This Time to Hulu
Reuters:
Steve Martin turns tweets into book  —  (Reuters) - Veteran actor and comedian Steve Martin is writing a book based on his Twitter posts, with all profits going to charity, the book's publishers said on Friday.  —  Martin announced the book via Twitter in a tweet that said “Due to absolutely no demand …
Discussion: The Next Web and Betabeat
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
It Looks Like The Nook Color 2 Launches On November 7  —  Three Barnes & Noble employees have all but confirmed that the company will release its new e-reader, the Nook Color 2, on November 7, reports The Digital Reader.  —  Its most direct competitor will be Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire tablet, slated for release on November 15.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Eye-Tracking Study Finds iPhone, iPad Draw More Attention Than Android Devices  —  There is plenty of financial evidence of the iPhone and iPad's popularity in Apple's earnings and those of its carrier partners.  Now there is biometric proof of the Apple devices' allure, as well.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Tweaks Its Rel=Author Display, Promotes Google+ In Search Results  —  Google has rolled out a few changes to how it shows results that use the rel=author markup.  Some of these are things that have been spotted in testing in recent weeks, so today's announcement formalizes how that markup will display in Google's search results.
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, CNET News and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Supplanted By Facebook Messenger, Beluga Will Stop Swimming On November 11  —  Beluga, the slick group messaging app that Facebook acquired back in March, is shutting down.  In a post on Beluga's blog, the company's original team of three writes that, beginning November 11 …
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 …
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Dolphin HD browser snared in security breach
Ian Sherr / Wall Street Journal:
GameStop Steps into Tablet PC Sales
Zach Epstein / BGR:
4G now counted among ‘ideal phone features’ by 75% of consumers, survey finds
Associated Press:
Intel asks Del. judge to dismiss claims in antitrust suit filed by NY attorney general
Discussion: Inquirer, thinq_ and TechEye
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?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Informal e-reader library comparison
Discussion: TiPb
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Judge Dismisses Class Action Lawsuit Over Facebook's Friend Finder Feature
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CNET News:
Apple contacts man whose home was searched by employees
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor
Felix Salmon:
How to justify Groupon's valuation
Discussion: Betabeat
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Here's why Apple's TV needs to be an actual television, and not just a cheap add-on box
Discussion: asymco and GigaOM
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Using Google+ for Google Apps? Your admin has access to all of your data
Discussion: VentureBeat and Marketing Pilgrim
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
“Batch” May Be The Perfect Mobile Photo Sharing App (No, Seriously)
Discussion: The Next Web and SocialTimes.com