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11:05 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
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Check Out The Millionaires (And Billionaires) Groupon's IPO Minted Today  —  Groupon's first day of trading has come to an end, with the company's shares closing at $26.11 — 30.6 percent higher than Groupon's IPO price of $20.  —  That's minted billionaires out of the founders and amounted to a nice payout for its investors.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
A Good Day for Groupon and Internet Start-Ups  —  After a months-long journey filled with blunders, Groupon punched its ticket to the public markets on Friday.  And the daily deals site got a warm reception, a welcome sign for Internet start-ups still waiting to go public.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
GROUPON (GRPN): Is Groupon Stock Overvalued?
Discussion: Money & Company and Deal Journal
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Source: Apple pushed security executive out  —  Cava 22, the bar where an Apple employee lost control of an unreleased device sometime around July 22.  —  Against a backdrop of lost unreleased devices and allegations that its security personnel impersonated policemen, Apple forced its chief …
Adeo Ressi / TechCrunch:
Don't Launch A Company, Launch A Fund (Or The Series A Will Die)  —  Editor's note: This guest post is authored by Adeo Ressi, who is the founder of The Founder Institute and TheFunded.com.  You can follow him on Twitter here.  —  Every investor and entrepreneur knows there is something scary about the current startup economy.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Grading the Digital School: Apple Woos Educators With Trips to Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Three times over the last two years, school officials from Little Falls, Minn., have escaped the winter cold for two-day trips to Silicon Valley.  Their destination: the headquarters of Apple.
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
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, BRYCE DOT VC and HBR.org
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.
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.
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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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
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Polaris Venture Partner Michael Hirshland Debuts New Seed Fund: Resolute.VC
Discussion: @vcmike and @vcmike
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
 Earlier Items: 
Heather Kelly / VentureBeat:
State of the blogosphere 2011: Using social networks for self-promotion
Discussion: CNN, Technorati, All Facebook and WebProNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
comScore: As Smartphone Usage Increases, Android Continues To Gain U.S. Market Share
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint says may use debt to fund Clearwire
Discussion: Electronista, BGR, The Verge and GigaOM, Thanks:alexdumitru
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Has China found the future of publishing?
Discussion: TeleRead
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
U.S. Cellular: We said no to Apple's iPhone
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's New Fifth Avenue Store Cube Fully Revealed [Update: Video]