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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 Gizmodo
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.
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Josh Smith / GottaBeMobile:
Gmail for iPhone Bringing Priority Inbox & Push Notifications Soon
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:josh_smith
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 …
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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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Apple Extends iPhone 4S To 15 More Countries, Including Legal Hotspot Korea
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Guardian and Betabeat
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Founders Will Control Majority Stake Even After IPO
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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 …
Zeljka Zorz / Help Net Security:
Nearly 50 chemical, defense companies hit with cyber espionage attacks  —  Nearly 50 (and quite possibly more) companies in the chemical, defense, and other sectors have been hit with a spear phishing campaign carrying a backdoor Trojan with the ultimate goal of exfiltrating R&D and manufacturing information …
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Jim Muller / Inside Search:
A new way to get information about real-world places  —  I love eating out with my friends and trying new places, but one of the most difficult questions you can ask me is “Where do you want to eat?”  Today, we're making a few improvements to Google search that will make it a lot easier and faster to answer this question.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Screenwerk
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP's Project Moonshot Aims to Recreate Servers, Again  —  In the late 1990s, there was a shift in thinking around how servers could be made and how several of them are designed to share space.  The idea was to pack several server computers in the space that had previously been required …
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.
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
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
RealNetworks Names Former Adobe Exec Thomas Nielsen As CEO  —  After the company's former CEO Bob Kimball resigned in March of this year, RealNetworks has announced that its board of directors has named Thomas Nielsen as its new president and chief executive officer.
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.
Discussion: Computerworld and FierceWireless
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Apple releases GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Apple on Tuesday announced the release of GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch.  —  Previously available for the iPad, GarageBand allows musicians to plug in their guitar to Apple's devices and create songs on-the-go.
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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John E Dunn / InfoWorld:
Duqu not created by authors of Stuxnet worm, says security company
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Tim Cook Putting His Stamp on Apple
Discussion: AllThingsD
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows XP usage dips but it's still top OS
Discussion: Datamation.com
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Rdio, Spotify Race To Launch In LatAm, Germany, Asia
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Germany To Put Special Monitoring Software On School Computers To Search For Infringement
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Two New High Profile Multi-Touch Related Patents
 Earlier Items: 
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
David Kenny: I Am Not a Candidate for Yahoo CEO
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, AllThingsD and GigaOM, Thanks:kunur
Bloomberg:
China Mobile Bypasses Apple's Approval to Add 5 Million IPhone Users: Tech
Discussion: paidContent
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
CapLinked hits $10 billion in listed deals, opens to pro investors
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Twitter Wins Patent Trial Over Virtual Internet Community
Discussion: Techdirt, AllTwitter and paidContent