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Jason Cornwell / Gmail Blog:
Gmail's new look  —  Back in July we showed you a preview of Gmail's new look, and we've been working this summer to make even more updates and improvements.  Today, we're giving you an in-depth look at the new design.  If you like what you see, over the next few days you'll be able to switch …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
New Gmail is officially here! Brings HD themes, better density, search and navigation
Discussion: iClarified
Jay Greene / CNET News:
The inside story of how Microsoft killed its Courier tablet  —  Steve Ballmer had a dilemma.  He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers.  —  One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Courier and infighting in the name of innovation
Discussion: Redmond and Business Insider
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Siri, how much data do you gobble up in a month?”  Ars investigates  —  Apple's new iPhone 4S has been in users' grubby little hands for a bit over two weeks now.  One of the main features of the 4S is the virtual “personal assistant” Siri, a technology that Apple acquired in 2010 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and App Advice
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Misses iTunes Match Launch Target as iTunes 10.5.1 Developer Beta Expires  —  At its “Let's Talk iPhone” media event early last month, Apple announced that it would be launching its iTunes Match service in the United States at the “end of October”.  That launch date was itself apparently …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Introducing the 5-watt server that runs on cell phone chips  —  Can ARM wrestle its way into the server market?  Calxeda and Hewlett-Packard think so.  On Tuesday Calxeda launched its EnergyCore ARM server-on-a-chip (SoC), which it says consumes as little as 1.5 watts (and idles at half a watt).
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP's Project Moonshot Aims to Recreate Servers, Again
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple retail chief Ron Johnson officially departs with no replacement  —  As was previously announced, Apple's head of retail operations, Ron Johnson, departed the company on Tuesday, though Apple has not yet named a successor.  —  Johnson's name and picture were completely removed …
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.
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Brian Shih / >*:
Reader redesign: Terrible decision, or worst decision?  —  Full disclosure: I am an ex-PM on Google Reader, and I worked on comments and the last round of sharing changes.  I also left Google in July.  —  Google released the previously announced set of changes around G+ integration and UI updates today, and boy is it a disaster.
Discussion: Google Watch, WebProNews and Techland
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom 2 officially priced at 400 Euros, coming this Christmas to Carphone Warehouse  —  For those unaware, Carphone Warehouse is a warehouse that sells carphones in Europe, Jupiter and other locales in the known galaxy.  It also sells smartphones and tablets.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Yahoo buys Interclick for $270 million, aims to bolster targeting  —  Summary: Interclick employees will join Yahoo and get an interesting ride to say the least.  —  Yahoo has acquired Interclick, which makes advertising targeting and optimization software, in a deal valued at $270 million.
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PR Newswire:   The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Yahoo spinoff shakes up Hadoop market with new distro  —  Hortonworks, the Hadoop company that spun out from Yahoo in June , is getting into the software space after all with today's release of the open source Hortonworks Data Platform.  This is a smart business move by Hortonworks …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Posting negative comments on social media sites will get you fired at Apple  —  Apple likes to maintain tight control over its image and that extends to any outwardly-facing public social network, especially Facebook.  —  Sure, the Cupertino firm maintains its own Facebook pages and Twitter channels …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Amazon Cloud Music Player Deleted from iTunes due to ‘Legal Issues’  —  A Google search still brings up a page for aMusic on iTunes, although the page no longer exists.  —  Earlier this month, we posted about how to play the music stored in your Music Beta by Google account on your iPhone using an app called gMusic.
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.
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Tim Cook Putting His Stamp on Apple  —  The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Tim Cook's first two months officially in the role of Apple CEO, noting some of the differences between his management style and that of Steve Jobs. … The report also points to Apple's new charitable matching program …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Zero-day Windows kernel bug used in Duqu infections  —  Countries with reported Duqu infections.  Red represents confirmed infections, orange represents unconfirmed reports.  —  Researchers have figured out one way the Stuxnet-like Duqu Trojan is infecting computers—via a Word document …
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John E Dunn / InfoWorld:
Duqu not created by authors of Stuxnet worm, says security company
Discussion: SC Magazine US
Dee Gill / paidContent:
Why Is Reed Hastings Selling So Much Netflix Stock?  —  As the bloodbath for Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) (NFLX) investors carries on, perhaps the CEO could boost a little confidence in the company if he would stop selling his own shares.  —  CEO Reed Hastings has exercised buy options …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Creates “GoMo” Portal To Help You Mobilize  —  Over the weekend Fusible.com surfaced several domain registrations from Google that suggested Google was creating a mobile site builder or portal.  Then yesterday several outlets picked up on the Fusible post.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
SecondMarket Gets Its Own Funding  —  SecondMarket Holdings Inc., an online marketplace for shares of private technology companies and other illiquid securities, has raised money from a venture fund started by a former Facebook Inc. executive as the exchange looks to persuade more companies to sign up.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
White House: don't blame us for software patents  —  The Obama administration has started an official petition website called “We the People,” in which Americans can propose and vote on petitions for consideration by the White House.  Petitions that cross a popularity threshold …
Discussion: Techdirt
Zephoria / danah boyd:
Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule  —  Announcing new journal article: “Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook About Age: Unintended Consequences of the 'Children's Online Privacy Protection Act'” by danah boyd, Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, and John Palfrey, First Monday.
Durba Ghosh / Reuters:
Toshiba-Hitachi-Sony LCD alliance to buy Panasonic plant: report  —  (Reuters) - A public-private fund that will acquire the small- and midsize-LCD operations of Toshiba Corp, Hitachi Ltd and Sony Corp will also buy a Panasonic Corp factory for about 20 billion yen ($255.5 million), Japanese business daily The Nikkei said.
Discussion: Electronista
BBC:
Free wi-fi in central London courtesy of Nokia  —  Most of the free hotspots are in and around London's Oxford Street  —  Nokia has switched on a trial of a free wi-fi service in central London.  —  From today until the end of 2011, the public will be able to use the high-speed service …
 
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Anna Leach / The Register:
Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
New Apple Store app launches Thursday; here's how it will change Apple's retail operations
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows XP usage dips but it's still top OS
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A new way to get information about real-world places
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 Earlier Items: 
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Founders Will Control Majority Stake Even After IPO
Discussion: CNET News
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
David Kenny: I Am Not a Candidate for Yahoo CEO
Discussion: AllThingsD and GigaOM, Thanks:kunur