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5:45 AM ET, November 5, 2011

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Mobility won a formal injunction against Apple in Germany over two patents — UPDATE: it's not “totally symbolic”  —  Apple knows what it's like to win injunctions against rivals.  It won four of them against Samsung (two in Germany, one in the Netherlands and most recently one in Australia; all of them preliminary).
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Motorola wins German patent injunction against Apple, but it's not what it seems  —  The international patent wars seemed to have gotten far hotter for a moment this evening, as FOSS Patents reported that Motorola Mobility had won a German injunction against Apple that could theoretically prevent …
Discussion: Engadget
Lynn Cowan / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Closes Up 31%  —  Daily deals site Groupon Inc. closed at $26.11 a share in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq, up 30.6% from its initial-public-offering price of $20.  —  “This is good.  This IPO sends a clear signal to the people at Zynga and Facebook.
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Check Out The Millionaires (And Billionaires) Groupon's IPO Minted Today
Discussion: TechCrunch
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:   A Good Day for Groupon and Internet Start-Ups
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
All the Groupon IPO really proves is that the bubble is back
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
GROUPON (GRPN): Is Groupon Stock Overvalued?
Discussion: Money & Company and Deal Journal
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.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Developer of Twitter for iPhone departs company  —  Loren Brichter, the founder of Atebits, the creator of the iPhone app Tweetie and the mastermind behind Twitter for iPhone, has completed his last day at Twitter.  —  “Today was my last day at Twitter.  Taking some time to figure out what's next.
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Khan Academy Gets $5 Million to Expand Faculty & Platform & to Build a Physical School  —  Khan Academy announced this morning that it has raised $5 million from the O'Sullivan Foundation (a foundation created by Irish engineer and investor Sean O'Sullivan).
Discussion: TechCrunch and BRYCE DOT VC
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 …
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Headed for 60 Percent of Handset Industry Operating Profits  —  With the iPhone, Apple is doing to the smartphone business what it has done to the PC business with the Mac: Generating a disproportionate share of profits relative to revenue.  —  In its third quarter …
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPhone 4S now No.1 smartphone at top-3 U.S. carriers, iPhone 4 still hot
Discussion: Examiner, Digital Trends and 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 …
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
John R. Opel, Who Made I.B.M. a Colossus, Dies at 86  —  John R. Opel, who presided over I.B.M. in its final period of dominance in the information-processing industry and oversaw the company's move into personal computers, died on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 86.
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Lost Steve Jobs interview headed to the big screen  —  Steve Jobs is coming to a theater near you.  —  Missing footage from an interview Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did almost 20 years for a landmark miniseries that ran on PBS in the United States and Channel 4 in Britain has resurfaced …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Gates, Zuckerberg, Page and Brin make Forbes' Most Powerful People list  —  As technology companies continue to benefit from the boom in smartphone, social network and computer use, their founders are finding with the billions of dollars their company makes, they begin to exert power …
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
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.
 
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AT&T delays expected close for T-Mobile takeover
Discussion: BGR, The Verge and Computerworld
Tim Barribeau / The Verge:
DARPA-funded fake docs track unauthorized users
Discussion: Danger Room
Zachary Sniderman / Mashable!:
Occupy Wall Street Gets Its Own Social Aggregator
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
Google mulls divorcing Chamber of Commerce
Discussion: Dice Blog Network
Heather Kelly / VentureBeat:
State of the blogosphere 2011: Using social networks for self-promotion
Discussion: CNN, Technorati, WebProNews and All Facebook
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says may use debt to fund Clearwire
Discussion: BGR, Electronista, The Verge, GigaOM and Bloomberg, Thanks:alexdumitru
 Earlier Items: 
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Has China found the future of publishing?
Discussion: TeleRead
Elad Blog:
Why Fewer Companies Are Successfully Raising Series A Rounds
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Location-Based Social Annotations