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12:20 AM ET, November 6, 2011

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Evelyn M. Rusli / New York Times:
Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn Has Become the Go-To Guy of Tech  —  THEY come for his money.  They come for his advice.  They come — duh — for his connections.  —  But mostly they come, with all the élan of Dorothy on her way to Oz, for a chance at some face time with Reid G. Hoffman, the start-up whisperer of Silicon Valley.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Verizon API To Give Apps ‘Turbo’ Bandwidth Boost  —  Verizon will publish an API that could allow consumers to “turbocharge” the network bandwidth their smartphone apps use for a small fee, executives said Tuesday.  —  Verizon anticipates that a customer running an app on a smartphone …
Josh Zelman / TechCrunch:
(Founder Stories) Houston: “In 18 Months, You Are Going To See Little Dropbox Buttons Everywhere”  —  By any measure Drew Houston and his Dropbox team are having a hugely successful run.  In Houston's final Founder Stories episode with TechCrunch editor, Erick Schonfeld …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
HP gives webOS developers a chance to get a $150 TouchPad  —  The future of webOS may still be up in the air, but it looks like HP is at least still making a small effort to woo developers and keep its current ones in the fold.  It's now giving registered devs in the US …
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.
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AFM 2011: Ex-Groupon Executive Takes New Venture Prescreen to Santa Monica … Groupon, the online deals company of which Shawn Bercuson was a co-founder, had its IPO on Friday.  But Bercuson, who turns 30 next week, was already in Santa Monica for his first-ever AFM to look for content …
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.
Discussion: @bryce, @bryce, @pkedrosky and @abrams
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Nancy Scola / The Atlantic Online:
How the Hashtag Became a Campaign Battleground  —  Twitter's content-sorting mechanism is the latest messaging weapon in the 2012 presidential contest  —  One of the most contested battles in the online political arena in recent weeks was a fight over Obama's new push to make policy by executive order …
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 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
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 …
 
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