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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Despite new CPU options, Apple reportedly questioning future of Mac Pro  —  Despite the coming availability of a new generation of Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs suitable for advancing Apple's Mac Pro line, the company has reportedly been evaluating whether to continue to invest in furthering …
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Chris Rawson / TUAW:
On the Mac Pro's future  —  The Mac Pro is a strange outlier among Apple's products.  It's insanely powerful, but it's priced out of the reach of most mortals.  It's by far Apple's most “traditional” computer; the Mac Pro is a tower you can crack open and customize quite easily …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Incoming: A Native Gmail iPhone App.  Finally.  —  Ever since I bought the original iPhone in 2007, there's been one app above all others that I've been sorely missing: Gmail.  Of course, back then, there were no native third-party apps.  But a year later, when those came, Gmail was still nowhere to be found.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
SimpleGeo To Be Acquired By Urban Airship  —  SimpleGeo, the once promising location startup, has been acquired, I've heard.  The buyer is Urban Airship.  —  This is an all stock acquisition apparently, totaling around $3.5 million in value.  Since SimpleGeo has raised nearly $10 million …
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Scott Kveton / Urban Airship:
Urban Airship Acquires SimpleGeo
Alan Green / Official Google Reader Blog:
New in Reader: a fresh design, and Google+ sharing  —  Today we're rolling out the new Reader design, and the Google+ features that we mentioned just over a week ago.  Before the day's over, all Reader users will be able to enjoy the following improvements:  — A new look and feel that's cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Revealed: Why Techmeme links to them instead of you!  —  Over time, nearly every major tech news publisher has asked us a variant of “Why do you always post them and not us?” or “Why did you pick them over us for that story when we posted first?”  So it's probably time to address this issue in a general way.
Phil McKinney:
Goodbye HP  —  Earlier today, I announced that I will be retiring from HP.  —  This is not the traditional retirement.  I'm not planning on spending my days playing golf or sitting around the house driving my wife crazy.  I have far too much passion, energy and ideas to sit on the sidelines.
Soledad O'Brien / CNNMoney.com:
Michael Arrington is right (about one thing)  —  Michael Arrington thinks there should be more effort made to improve diversity in Silicon Valley.  I agree.  But that important message is being drowned out by a heated online debate.
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Imtiyaz Delawala / ABC News:
Bill Gates Dismisses Criticism in Steve Jobs Biography  —  Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates dismissed criticisms of him by long-time competitor Steve Jobs in the new biography released after Jobs' death, saying “none of that bothers me at all,” while praising the impact the Apple executive had on the world.
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Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Bill Gates — I helped Steve Jobs create the Mac
Discussion: InfoWorld, TechFlash and Electronista
Matt McLernon / YouTube Blog:
Life in a Day now available on YouTube  —  On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world recorded videos of their lives to take part in Life in a Day, a cinematic experiment to document a single day on earth.  From more than 4,500 hours of footage recorded and uploaded to YouTube …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Hulu Plus app is ready for Apple TV, decision to update is “political not technical”  —  We've gotten word that inside Apple there are Apple TVs running the Hulu Plus app natively.  The app is feature complete and ready to roll out to Apple TV users on current builds.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Google Begins Indexing Facebook Comments  —  Third-party commenting engines like Disqus, Facebook Comments or Intense Debate make it easy for you to enable commenting on any website /blog but there's one downside - some of these commenting engines are implemented in JavaScript and hence search engines …
Discussion: LAUNCH, Thanks:labnol
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Shares Melt as Rumors Collide (Plus, I Add Another Log to the Fire)  —  Do sale rumors make a troubled asset more attractive?  Yes — except when more rumors (that those sales rumors might not be true) appear.  —  Welcome to just another day in the life of Yahoo, which saw its shares drop more than 5.5 percent today.
Discussion: @cnbc
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
Increasing transparency and choice with ads on search and Gmail  —  Our advertising system is designed to show the right ad to the right person at the right time.  Because ads should be just as useful as any other information on the web, we try to make them as relevant as possible for you.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
INSIDE GROUPON: The Truth About The World's Most Controversial Company  —  It's August 2011, and Andrew Mason is agitated.  —  He's at his desk in the middle of Groupon's wide open, call center-style office in Chicago.  His headphones are on.  His brow is furrowed.
Discussion: @nxthompson
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Retail Stores to Allow Self-Checkout via iOS App for Accessory Purchases  —  MacRumors has learned that Apple is planning to launch an update to its retail store iOS app that will allow consumers to utilize self-checkout for purchases of accessories and other shelf-stocked items at the company's retail stores.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple spending big next year on retail and cloud  —  Apple is doubling down on its retail and cloud operations.  The company says it will spend about $8 billion in capital expenditures in 2012, which is almost twice as much as the $3.4 billion it spent during fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
These Facts About The Chinese Startup Scene Will Blow Your Mind  —  Entrepreneur Bowei Gai sold his last company, a mobile business-card reading app called CardMunch, to LinkedIn earlier this year.  Since then, he's been able to pursue some of his other interests.  —  Like the Chinese startup scene.
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Google quietly reveals GOMO, a service that mobilizes your site on demand  —  Early last month, I wrote about Google registering the domain names Howtogomo.com, Howtogomo.net, and Howtogomo.org, and I wondered why the search engine giant went out and bought the web addresses.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, PC Magazine and Betabeat, Thanks:fusible
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple looking to bring AirPlay Mirroring, iMessage application to Mac OS X  —  AirPlay Mirroring shown with an iPad 2 and an Apple TV  —  Sources familiar with the future of Mac OS X say that AirPlay Mirroring and an iMessage application are currently in development.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
South Korea fines flat-panel LCD display makers  —  South Korea's competition watchdog has fined 10 LCD makers a total of 195 billion won ($176 million) for allegedly holding secret meetings to keep the prices for flat screen displays artificially high.  —  South Korea's competition watchdog …
Discussion: CNET News, Electronista and TechEye
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Korea's Pantech to Use Kinect-Like Gesture Recognition in Android Phones  —  Korean phone maker Pantech, best known in the U.S. for low-end Android and messaging phones, hopes to make a name for itself by adding gesture recognition a la Microsoft's Kinect.  —  The technology …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Job Cuts to Cost Motorola Mobility $31 Million  —  Disposing of 800 positions will cost Motorola Mobility $27 million in severance and $4 million for facility closures as it prepares to be acquired by Google  —  (Bloomberg) — Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., the mobile-phone maker that agreed …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Google Analytics For Business Data, Chart.io, Raises $3.2 Million
Discussion: alarm:clock
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Discontinues Official Mp3 Music Player, Pushes Users to Streaming Partners
Discussion: The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Is Thinking About Partnering With Car-Sharing Services
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Book Publisher Files Mass-BitTorrent Lawsuit
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Google is quietly experimenting in new ways for readers to access publishers' content
Discussion: The Next Web
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Outsmarted: Captcha security not much of a gotcha
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Go Daddy Supports E-PARASITE Legislation Even Though Its Own Site Is Dedicated To Theft …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Domains
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google TV Update Rolls Out Today, Already Hitting Select Sony Internet TV Devices
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Commercial version of Kinect for Windows development kit due in early 2012
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Entire $1.65B Acquisition Of YouTube Took A Week, Was Negotiated At Denny's
Discussion: Softpedia News and Gizmodo
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple completes testing of 15-inch LCD for ultra-thin MacBook Pro?
Sui-Lee Wee / Reuters:
China denies it is behind hacking of U.S. satellites
Discussion: Guardian and The Register