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1:15 AM ET, November 5, 2011

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Mobility apparently won an injunction against Apple in Germany over two patents  —  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 …
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?
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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, parislemon and Electronista
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
ChevronWP7 team delivers tool for unlocking Windows Phones  —  Summary: Homebrewers can now get a Windows Phone unlocking tool for $9 from the ChevronWP7 team.  Nice timing, given Microsoft has a number of Mango-related events slated for New York on November 7.
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 …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AT&T delays expected close for T-Mobile takeover  —  AT&T has delayed into the middle of next year the expected closing of its bid to take over T-Mobile USA for $39 billion.  —  Federal regulators are scrutinizing the deal, which would sell the nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier to the nation's second-largest wireless carrier.
Discussion: BGR, The Verge and Computerworld
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
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.
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: Technorati, CNN, WebProNews and All Facebook
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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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.
 
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
European Commission investigating Samsung over possible abuse of FRAND patents against Apple