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4:55 AM ET, October 29, 2011

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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Google's Big Video Push Is Here: YouTube Getting More Than 100 New Channels  —  Google is launching more than 100 new YouTube channels with exclusive video content commissioned from media companies and celebrities.  —  Providers with their own channels will include Thomson Reuters …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube and Hollywood Finally Link Up: Here Come the Channels  —  YouTube and Hollywood, which have been circling each other for years, are finally getting together.  —  But instead of moving movies and TV shows to the world's biggest Web site, they're trying something different …
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Dear Apple, Please Make My iPhone 4S Battery Life Suck Less  —  I think I figured out what the “S” stands for in the iPhone 4S.  Now, to be clear, I love my new iPhone 4S.  I talk to it even when there isn't a human on the other end of the line.  Sometimes it talks back.
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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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Oh S**t, I'm A Racist  —  “I don't think Mike Arrington is a racist” - Angela Benton  —  It's never a good day when people you don't know are having a raging Internet debate about whether or not you're a racist.  But that's exactly what's happening, thanks to CNN.
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Laurie Segall / CNNMoney.com:
War of words breaks out over Silicon Valley diversity debate  —  'I don't know a single black entrepreneur' — NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Weeks ahead of the premiere of a CNN documentary focusing on diversity in the tech industry, the charged issue is already generating sparks.
Discussion: @jonfortt and @nealcarter
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Steve Ballmer Torched This Ex-Microsoft Employee's Chance To Work On iCloud For Apple  —  In April news broke that Apple had poached Microsoft employee Kevin Timmons to help build out its cloud-computing services.  —  Then in October, it turned out Timmons wasn't at Apple.
John Markoff / New York Times:
In Surprise, China Unveils Supercomputer Based on Its Own Chips  —  China has made its first supercomputer based on Chinese microprocessor chips, an advance that surprised high-performance computing specialists in the United States.  —  The announcement was made this week at a technical meeting held …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and HPC Wire
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Firm Acknowledges Syria Uses Its Gear to Block Web  —  A U.S. company that makes Internet-blocking gear acknowledges that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devices to censor Web activity there—an admission that comes as the Syrian government cracks down on its citizens and silences their online activities.
Discussion: Slashdot, Digits and CNET News
Ian Sample / Guardian:
Kindle makes for heavy reading  —  It has been revealed that the Amazon e-book reader weighs more when it is fully loaded.  How come?  —  One of the original selling points of Amazon's Kindle was that the device weighed no more than the average paperback.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Bye, bye $99 TouchPad: HP says tablet officially out of stock  —  Hewlett-Packard sent out notices today that it is officially out of TouchPads, meaning there will be no more shipments of those popular $99 tablets.  —  The notice says, “As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad …
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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.
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:
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Xbox Companion app for WP7 shown off at Nokia World, leaks Vudu integration (video)  —  Even if you're not planning on picking up one of Espoo's latest handsets, Microsoft is also on the scene at Nokia World 2011 giving live demos of the upcoming Xbox Companion remote app for Windows Phone 7.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Launches in 22 New Countries with 1-2 Week Estimates for Online Orders  —  Apple today officially launched the iPhone 4S in 22 new countries, marking the second round of launches for the device.  The company began taking pre-orders last week ahead of the launch scheduled …
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
4G now counted among ‘ideal phone features’ by 75% of consumers, survey finds  —  It worked.  4G has been marketed so well by wireless carriers and vendors that people want it even if they don't quite know why.  A recent survey conducted by market research and intelligence firm In-Stat found …
Discussion: PhoneArena
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Dolphin HD browser snared in security breach  —  Tapping the designated corner in the Dolphin HD browser will let you control many browser functions with gestures.  —  The makers of a popular mobile browser called Dolphin HD confirmed that their software leaks the addresses of all Web sites a user visits …
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.
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”.
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
 
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Christopher Zinsli / Wall Street Journal:
After Spurning Groupon's Offer, China's LaShou Files For IPO
Discussion: DigiCha
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Said to Lean Toward Dividend, Buyback Instead of Sale
Discussion: Business Insider
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Consider Raising IPO Price Range
Discussion: Business Insider
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Steve Martin turns tweets into book
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Eye-Tracking Study Finds iPhone, iPad Draw More Attention Than Android Devices
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Expedia Questions the Lifetime Value of the Groupon Customer
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
600,000+ compromised account logins every day on Facebook, official figures reveal
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
Jay Alabaster / PC World:
Samsung to Sell Phones With Flexible Screens Next Year