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7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon IPO Shares Pop 40% On First Trade, Debuts At $28 With A $17.8B Market Cap  —  After some timing drama, daily deal site Groupon finally has begun trading on the NASDAQ this morning, in the most hotly anticipated and largest Internet company IPO since Google.
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
GROUPON (GRPN): Is Groupon Stock Overvalued?  —  And, it's off!  —  Groupon priced its IPO last night at $20 a share and started trading this morning around $30.  —  So, it's already been a hell of a ride.  —  Right now, the big institutional investors who got the stock at $20 and swore …
Discussion: paidContent and GigaOM Pro
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
U.S. Cellular: We said no to Apple's iPhone  —  U.S. Cellular turned down Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone because it did not make sense for the company economically, CEO Mary Dillon said on the company's third-quarter earnings conference call.  —  Dillon said that the carrier had the opportunity …
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPhone 4S now No.1 smartphone at top-3 U.S. carriers, iPhone 4 still hot
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Here's the secret to Amazon's, B&N's tablet strategy  —  Barnes & Noble is holding a press event on Nov. 7, where it's expected to launch a successor to its popular Nook Color.  Details and specifications of the new Nook Tablet have already leaked to the web: The 7-inch slate gains performance …
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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Nook Color dropping to $199; new software update brings Hulu Plus, music
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Eric Schmidt: Google Does Not Dominate Search, Mobile  —  Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, appeared on Capitol Hill in September to answer questions about whether his company's products are anti-competitive.  He denied that Google gives its own products search preference …
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FairSearch.org:
FairSearch Statement on Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's Non-Responsive Answers to Senate Antitrust Subcommittee  —  Google Chairman Eric Schmidt continued today to thumb his nose at Senators' concerns about how Google exploits its monopoly power in its business practices …
Business Week:
Apple's Supply-Chain Secret?  Hoard Lasers  —  The iPhone maker spends lavishly on all stages of the manufacturing process, giving it a huge operations advantage  —  About five years ago, Apple design guru Jony Ive decided he wanted a new feature for the next MacBook …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's New Fifth Avenue Store Cube Fully Revealed [Update: Video]  —  While Apple's Fifth Avenue retail store in Manhattan is not set to reopen until 10:00 AM this morning, crews have completed their work on the revamped glass cube, fully revealing the streamlined design for the first time.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Activist Shareholder Loeb Now Targeting Jerry Yang and Wants Him Off the Board  —  Third Point's Daniel Loeb — the smack-tastic hedge fund manager who has bought up a 5.1 percent stake in the Silicon Valley Internet giant and has been hitting some of Yahoo's board upside the head …
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Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Apple's First Freebie IPhone Pits Once-Premium Brand Against Bargain Fare  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone 3GS model is more than two years old and shunned by gadget snobs, and yet it's turning into one of the company's bigger weapons against devices running Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android software this holiday season.
Kimberly Dozier / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook  —  McLEAN, Virginia (AP) — In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day.  —  At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Wait a Minute.  Does Google Really Want to Be a Cable Guy?  —  Google, which is launching a broadband service in Kansas City, has been thinking about adding cable TV to its offering there, the Wall Street Journal reports.  The search giant has been talking to the likes of Time Warner …
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Wall Street Journal:
Google Ponders Pay-TV Business
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Apple gives most of its top execs $60M bonuses  —  It's bonus season at Apple.  —  A flurry of new filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission show Apple's top executives getting bonuses that with big payouts that hinge on them staying with the company through the end of 2016.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
European Commission investigating Samsung over possible abuse of FRAND patents against Apple  —  Samsung's various attempts to shut down Apple products — most recently the iPhone 4S — with patents declared essential to the 3G industry standard have now given rise to an antitrust investigation by Europe's top competition “watchdog”.
Heather Kelly / VentureBeat:
State of the blogosphere 2011: Using social networks for self-promotion  —  For its annual look at the blogging world, Technorati surveyed 4,114 bloggers in 45 countries.  This year, the focus was on why and how they blog, their connections with brands and how they use social media.  —  Meet the bloggers
Discussion: CNN, All Facebook, Technorati and WebProNews
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
Google mulls divorcing Chamber of Commerce  —  Google is considering ditching the U.S. Chamber of Commerce out of frustration with its support for legislation that would force Internet companies to police websites that peddle pirated movies and fake Viagra.  —  The rumblings of a defection …
Discussion: Dice Blog Network
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Has China found the future of publishing?  —  Self-publishing websites, where readers pay small premiums for popular authors' latest instalments, has been a spectacular success in China.  Could it work here?  —  Self-publishing: it's exploding in popularity, we all know that …
Discussion: TeleRead
Zachary Sniderman / Mashable!:
Occupy Wall Street Gets Its Own Social Aggregator  —  Anyone following the Occupy Movement knows that it's actually hard to follow all of the Occupy updates.  Occupationalist is a new site that is part social aggregator, part media hub for all things #occupy.
Discussion: @tekhneco
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
In-flight WiFi coming to 300 United and Continental aircraft beginning in mid-2012, entire fleet covered by 2015  —  Planning to fly on United or Continental at any point over the next few years?  Then it looks like your odds of having in-flight WiFi will be getting increasingly better.
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
Tim Barribeau / The Verge:
DARPA-funded fake docs track unauthorized users  —  In the wake of Wikileaks, the Department of Defense has stepped up its game to stop leaked documents from making their way into the hands of undesirables — be they enemy forces or concerned citizens.  A new piece of software has created …
Discussion: Danger Room
Elad Blog:
Why Fewer Companies Are Successfully Raising Series A Rounds  —  One big shift in the startup scene over the last 18 months is the sheer volume of startups getting started and seed funded.  If we use Y-Combinator as a proxy for the broader ecosystem (which is probably directionally correct …
 
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says may use debt to fund Clearwire
Discussion: Electronista, BGR, The Verge and GigaOM, Thanks:alexdumitru
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream CEO John Ham Steps Down To Work On New Startup
Discussion: GigaOM and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Exclusive: majority of YouTube views from non-English audience
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
It's Not Just for Baby Photos Anymore
Discussion: Gawker
Nick Bradbury:
The Long-Term Failure of Web APIs
Thanks:dsilverman
Nick O'Neill:
The Increasingly Prevalent Auto-Follow “Trick”
DigiTimes:
Amazon next-generation Kindle Fire likely to have 8.9-inch display
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
CBS turned down an ad-based Apple TV deal