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12:05 PM ET, October 30, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple acquired mind-blowing 3D mapping company C3 Technologies, looking to take iOS Maps to the next level  —  A 3D model of Las Vegas Strip created by Apple purchased C3  —  Since the original iPhone's debut in 2007, Apple's iOS devices have made use of an Apple-built Google Maps application …
Fred / A VC:
Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs  —  My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs.  We talked to dozens of our elected officials about an issue that is very concerning to us, protecting the safe harbors of the DMCA.
Discussion: rc3.org and HBR.org
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rep. Blackburn, Co-Sponsor Of E-PARASITE, Explains Why Regulating The Internet Is Terrible  —  This one is really quite incredible.  Among the sponsors of the absolutely dreadful E-PARASITE Act, which imposes massive regulations across the entire internet sector, is Rep. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
iPhone 4S battery life problems: bug in location services suspected  —  User tests suggest that bug in iOS 5 may be polling mobile mast data too frequently and running down battery  —  A flaw in Apple's location services system in its new iOS 5 software is increasingly suspected of being the cause …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Siri Hacked to Run on an iPod Touch and iPhone 4  —  Apple's new Siri voice recognition system is only officially available to new iPhone 4S users.  Predictably, over the past few weeks, there have been various attempts to port Siri to previous generation hardware.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
More than just sexy phones: how Nokia will help sell Windows Phone 7  —  Unlike, oh, to pick a random example, Apple, Microsoft has only a very limited retail presence.  The company has opened a handful of (high-quality and actually rather pleasant) Microsoft stores in the US, but has little direct consumer reach beyond that.
Discussion: The Next Web
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
The World Is Surprisingly Angry About the End of Google Reader  —  The demise of Google Reader's share features is affecting everyone from RSS-junkies to Iranian freedom fighters, and many of them are very displeased.  Google Reader itself is very much alive and well, and in fact …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
Skype Goes After Reverse-Engineering  —  While Skype has now expanded their Linux API support to allow other applications to take advantage of Skype video calls and other features, a few months ago the Skype protocol began to be reverse-engineered by an independent researcher.
Discussion: Boing Boing
New York Times:
Luck Is Just the Spark for Business Giants  —  BETTER to be lucky than good, the adage goes.  —  And maybe that's true — if you just want to be merely good, not much better than average.  But what if you want to build or do something great?  And what if you want to do so in today's unstable and unpredictable world?
Glyn Moody / ComputerworldUK:
Mozilla's Brendan Eich on JavaScript - and Microsoft Buying Netscape  —  It seems so long ago now, but for those of us lucky enough (and old enough) to have been there, the launch of Netscape's 0.9 version of its Netscape Navigator browser in October 1994 was clearly the beginning of a new era.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Business Insider
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
HP: It's An ‘Unfounded Rumor’ That We're Going To Shut Down WebOS  —  HP's PC boss Todd Bradley appeared on Bloomberg West last night to talk about the company's decision to keep the PC business.  —  Of note, he said yesterday's rumor in the Guardian that HP will shut down its WebOS division is completely false.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
All prospects for an internal HP webOS largely destroyed
Discussion: AllThingsD, eWeek and Guardian
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds Subscribe Button to Comments Box Plugin to Increase Civility, Subscribers  —  Facebook is giving users another way to add Subscribers to their public updates by introducing a Subscribe button beside commenter names in its Comments Box social plugin.
Dane Schiller / Houston Chronicle:
Online hackers threaten to expose cartel secrets  —  An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the syndicate's associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers …
Discussion: The Next Web and Slashdot, Thanks:dsilverman
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Marshall Kirkpatrick's Blog:
Why Klout is Really and Truly Valuable  —  Social media scoring system Klout did a big refresh tonight and it is clearly broken because it said I am less influential than it said I was before.  But is it worthless?  Is this a meaningless arbitrary number that deserves nothing but mockery?  No.
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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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialcam: Further Proof That You Folks Really Like Your Filters
Discussion: Socialcam
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Hybrid News Feed May Be Helping Big Brands, Hurting Local Businesses
Discussion: EdgeRank Checker and All Facebook
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Launches in 22 New Countries with 1-2 Week Estimates for Online Orders
Discussion: Neowin.net, MacPost, Fortune, BGR and MacNN
John Markoff / New York Times:
In Surprise, China Unveils Supercomputer Based on Its Own Chips
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Google's Big Video Push Is Here: YouTube Getting More Than 100 New Channels