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9:35 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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
All the Groupon IPO really proves is that the bubble is back  —  After a wave of reports that Groupon would have to drop the price on its initial public offering or even cancel it altogether because of skepticism about the company and its business model, the pendulum of optimism swung back again …
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.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
GROUPON (GRPN): Is Groupon Stock Overvalued?
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 …
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.
Discussion: Daring Fireball, AppleInsider and Bits
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.
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  —  Apple looks to be following up its surprising miss in the September quarter with a huge holiday quarter for its popular iPhone line.  According to Canaccord Genuity's checks, Apple's iPhone 4S was the best-selling smartphone …
Discussion: Digital Trends and 9to5Mac
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.
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
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 …
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.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
GM Signs Google Apps Pact, in Initial Step Toward Cloud  —  Google Inc. has signed a deal to provide email and online-collaboration software to more than 100,000 employees at General Motors Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The contract, however …
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
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
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
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”.
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says may use debt to fund Clearwire
Discussion: BGR, GigaOM, The Verge and Electronista, Thanks:alexdumitru
Elad Blog:
Why Fewer Companies Are Successfully Raising Series A Rounds
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Location-Based Social Annotations
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 and TechCrunch
Nick Bradbury:
The Long-Term Failure of Web APIs
Thanks:dsilverman