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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 and Neowin.net
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
New Apple Store app launches Thursday; here's how it will change Apple's retail operations  —  While information about Apple's new iOS app and retail plans have leaked out in various forms over the past few weeks, we now have the whole story thanks to a trusted source.
CIO.com:
Video: The Steve Jobs '95 Interview, Unabridged  —  Computerworld — In 1995, Steve Jobs was on the cusp of middle age — 40 years old — when he sat down for an extensive and revealing one-on-one interview by the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation as part of an oral history project.
Discussion: iPhone in Canada Blog and The Next Web, Thanks:oxenford
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 …
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.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Verizon Roadmap: Galaxy Nexus Appears Headed for Release Just After Black Friday (Updated)  —  We just received word from multiple sources that Verizon is targeting the week of or just after Black Friday for the launch of the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
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Ross Miller / The Verge:   Leaked Verizon roadmap suggests big Galaxy Nexus push after Black Friday
Carl Franzen / Talking Points Memo:
Anonymous Cancels Operation Cartel as Los Zetas Track Hacktivists  —  Members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous who threatened to post identifying information online about the civilian associates of Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most powerful and violent drug cartels, have backed down just days …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Researchers Flood Facebook With Bots, Collect 250GB Of User Data  —  In an experiment that reveals as much about the people on Facebook as it does about Facebook itself, researchers from the Unversity of British Columbia Vancouver infiltrated the social network with bots and made off with information from thousands of users.
Discussion: The Register
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
Amar Toor / Engadget:
ST-Ericsson's NovaThor to power Nokia's Windows Phone devices, loosens Qualcomm's grip  —  Earlier this year, as you may recall, we learned that at least some of Nokia's Windows Phone devices would be powered by a dual-core chip from ST-Ericsson.  At the time, this report came as something of a surprise …
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 …
Steve Blank:
Steel In Their Eyes - Why VC's Should Be Startup CEO's  —  A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.  —  Mark Twain  —  Venture Capitalists who are serious about turning their firms into more than one-fund wonders may want to have their associates actually start and run a company for a year.
Discussion: A VC and Venture Capital Dispatch
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
Alex Williams / ServicesANGLE:
Is Flipboard Building an HTML5 App?  —  Robert Scoble posted on Google Plus today that Flipboard has hired well-known Web innovator Filipe Fortes, fueling speculation that Flipboard is building an HTML5 app, a Web version that could work on Android devices.  —  Fortes is known for the Flipboard-style HTML5 app he built.
Discussion: Robert Scoble, Thanks:klintron
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.
Twitter Blog:
Introducing Twitter Stories  —  Stories.twitter.com  —  Today we're launching the first in a series of Twitter stories.  Read about a single Tweet that helped save a bookstore from going out of business; an athlete who took a hundred of his followers out to a crab dinner; and …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
MOG's Facebook users grow by 246% after its social integration  —  On-demand streaming music service MOG has seen startlingly high user growth through Facebook since its integration with the popular social site in mid-September, the company announced today.  —  Music streaming companies like MOG …
Wall Street Journal:
Big Brands Like Facebook, But They Don't Like to Pay  —  Everybody wants to be liked.  The question for Facebook Inc. is how much advertisers are willing to pay for the opportunity.  —  The centerpiece of Ford Motor Co.'s online campaign for the 2012 Focus was a free Facebook page hosted …
Discussion: Digits
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sony Forecasts $1.2B Full-Year Loss  —  Sony Corp. (6758), Japan's largest consumer- electronics exporter, forecast a 90 billion-yen ($1.2 billion) annual loss after slashing television sales targets and the yen reached a postwar high.  —  The company scrapped its prediction …
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Type of Companies That Publish Future Concept Videos  —  Joey deVilla, defending Microsoft's “Future Visions” concept video: … DeVilla isn't the only one who accused me of Apple-biased hypocrisy regarding my stance on Microsoft's “Future Visions” vs. Apple's “Knowledge Navigator”.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Kill Switch  —  The so-called PROTECT IP act, sequel to the much-criticized COICA, is under fire again as it enters the process of becoming law.  We've talked about it on this blog before and no doubt the discussion will continue after it passes or is rejected, but it's important …
 
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile on privacy policies
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and dailywireless.org
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sheryl Sandberg And Gina Bianchini Invest In Levo League, A Site To Help Gen Y Women Rise Professionally
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteWeb:
GitHub Launches Enterprise: Can it Avoid SourceForge's Mistakes?
Discussion: The GitHub Blog
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple Investor Summit features Woz, Isaacson, Dalrymple, Dediu and more, March 15-16th in LA
Discussion: asymco
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
VeriFone Acquires Company That Helps Retailers Swap Registers for iPads
Discussion: CNET News and ReadWriteWeb
Anna Leach / The Register:
Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law
 Earlier Items: 
Durba Ghosh / Reuters:
Toshiba-Hitachi-Sony LCD alliance to buy Panasonic plant: report
Discussion: Electronista
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows XP usage dips but it's still top OS
Discussion: Softpedia News and Datamation.com
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
White House: don't blame us for software patents
Discussion: Techdirt
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Misses iTunes Match Launch Target as iTunes 10.5.1 Developer Beta Expires
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Creates “GoMo” Portal To Help You Mobilize