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8:55 AM ET, November 1, 2011

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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.
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.
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
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Welcome to The Verge  —  We couldn't be more pleased to share what we've been cranking away on for the last several months.  —  Although much of the editorial team here has been publishing content and covering events on This Is My Next, our true work has been preparing The Verge for this moment.
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Noah Davis / Business Insider:
The New Site From The Engadget Crew And SB Nation Is About To Take The Tech World By Storm
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.
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Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:   Phil McKinney retiring from HP; big thinkers on the way out?
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.
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.
Oonagh Reidy / Smart Office:
Samsung: Show Us The Source Code, Apple  —  Samsung are demanding the source code for iPhone 4S firmware as well as Apple's agreements with all major Aussie telco's as it looks to ban iPhone 4S here.The demand came today as Samsung faced yet another legal showdown with foe Apple …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
How Android swallowed the UK smartphone market in just 18 months  —  Figures from Kantar ComTech show how dramatically Android has risen to prominence - but what does that mean for rival contenders such as Nokia, Apple and RIM?  —  In just 18 months, Android has come from nowhere to become …
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.
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
John Ebbert / AdExchanger.com:
Adobe Acquires Auditude to Capitalize on Exploding Video Advertising Opportunity  —  Auditude Platform Empowers Publishers and Media Companies to Maximize Value of Video Content  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired privately held Auditude Inc. …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Appcelerator raises $15M, now largest third-party app publisher on iOS, Android  —  Skipping past the obvious “acceleration” puns, things are looking good for Appcelerator, maker of a cross-platform app development platform.  —  The company announced today that it has raised $15 million …
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.
Apple:
iPhone 4S Arrives in Hong Kong & South Korea on November 11  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, will be available in Hong Kong, South Korea and 13 additional countries on Friday, November 11.  Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone 4S beginning on Friday, November 4.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Republic Wireless to launch $19 unlimited voice, SMS & data service  —  Updated with more details: Republic Wireless, a division of Cary, N.C.-based VoIP and bandwidth provider Bandwidth.com will launch a hybrid cellular voice and VoIP service on November 8, 2011.
Techdirt:
An Open Letter To Chris Dodd: Silicon Valley Can't Help Hollywood If You First Cripple It With Bad Regulation  —  Dear former Senator Dodd:  —  It was refreshing to hear your recent speech, in which you suggested that there really isn't a “Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley” fight …
Discussion: Threat Level
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Instagram Now Has 12 Million Users, 100K Weekly Downloads In China Alone  —  Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing to talk about the photosharing startup's international efforts and how it plans to deal with the onslaught of clones, including over ten Chinese copycats.
Discussion: The Next Web
Caleb Garling / Wired Enterprise:
Motorola Banks $228 Million from Unnamed Patent Holder  —  Motorola Mobility — the smartphone manufacturer recently snatched up by Google — has received a total of $228 million in cash and licensing fees from an unnamed company, and all signs point to Blackberry maker Research in Motion as the outfit in question.
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's iPhone to make up more than half of Q4 smartphone sales across top-3 U.S. carriers  —  In the third quarter of 2011, Apple offered just two smartphones: the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.  The latter was sold by just one carrier in the United States while the former was sold by two of the four major wireless carriers.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee gets more porn with FyreTV app  —  Boxee users can soon watch more X-rated content, thanks to a new app from adult over-the-top distributor FyreTV (link not safe for work).  The app will offer access to some 15,000 movies from more than 100 adult studios, according to FyreTV …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Business Insider
Electronista:
Zediva's remote DVD streaming forced offline permanently  —  Permanent ban follows temporary injunction  —  Zediva has reportedly settled its dispute with the Motion Picture Association of America, bringing a permanent end to the company's remote DVD streaming service.
Discussion: AfterDawn.com, Techdirt and DSLreports
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
How Groupon Is Losing China  —  At this point, it's no secret: Gaopeng (Groupon's nascent effort in China) is a train wreck.  By September of this year, the seven-month old endeavor had already accumulated $46.4 million in net losses with just $2.1 million in revenue.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
China ‘targeted 48 chemical and military companies in hacking attack’  —  Attacks are latest in a long line of internet hacks aimed at industrial and military targets traced back to China  —  Cyber-attacks traced to China targeted at least 48 chemical and military-related companies …
 
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Twitter Wins Patent Trial Over Virtual Internet Community
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Andy Meek / The Daily:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Google Analytics For Business Data, Chart.io, Raises $3.2 Million
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Shares Melt as Rumors Collide (Plus, I Add Another Log to the Fire)
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
These Facts About The Chinese Startup Scene Will Blow Your Mind
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Google Begins Indexing Facebook Comments
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and LAUNCH, Thanks:labnol
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
South Korea fines flat-panel LCD display makers
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
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Google quietly reveals GOMO, a service that mobilizes your site on demand
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, PC Magazine and Betabeat, Thanks:fusible
Soledad O'Brien / CNNMoney.com:
Michael Arrington is right (about one thing)