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10:40 AM ET, November 7, 2011

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Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
THE TWEAKER — The real genius of Steve Jobs.  —  Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto.  Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived.  His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney and YouTube Make a Video Deal  —  LOS ANGELES — Two powerful media companies, the Walt Disney Company and YouTube, are betting that a new partnership will help them surmount separate but equally worrisome hurdles as they each strive for greater Web dominance.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
BARNES & NOBLE NOOK TABLET EVENT LIVE BLOG LIVE  —  We're live in NYC at Barnes & Noble's Nook event!  — Talking about the Simple Touch.  “It became the first breakthrough product in the e-paper category.”  — “27 percent of the ebooks sold are through B&N.”
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google lawyer: Why the patent system is broken  —  Google stands at the center of the escalating mobile patent wars, as the developer of the Android operating system that triggered scores of lawsuits and countersuits.  —  Depending on whom you ask, the company is either the high-minded adult …
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Google: Microsoft uses patents when products “stop succeeding”
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
From Heaven: iTV  —  Search for the word “cracked” in Walt Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs (or flip to page 555 if you have the bricks-and-mortar version).  The second hit yields the following: … “It” is the mythical Apple iTV.  Even though Walt's report of the July 2011 conversation …
Discussion: Guardian and TechPinions
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The US smartphone landscape  —  comScore published the latest data regarding US smartphone installed base.  To summarize:  — Penetration reached 37.4%, an increase of 2.9 million or 1.24 points of percentage.  — Approximately 650k consumers switched from non-smart to smartphones every week during September
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC to push into emerging markets, eyes new tablet  —  (Reuters) - HTC Corp said on Monday it will put equal investment weight on emerging markets next year as it does in developed ones like the U.S. and Europe, and will dip its toes back into the tablet market with a new model next year.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Bit by Bit, Work Exchange Site Aims to Get Jobs Done  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Philip Rosedale tried to change the nature of play with Second Life, a virtual world of colorful online avatars that got a lot of attention a few years ago.  —  Now he wants to change the nature of work.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Time Warner Cable experiences huge system-wide outage  —  Hey you — did your internet just freak out?  Is it still freaking out?  You're not alone: Time Warner Cable customers across the country are experiencing strange outages and slowdowns, and the company says it's recovering from a …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC confirms early 2012 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades for Sensation, Rezound, Vivid, and others  —  HTC was a little equivocal in the immediate wake of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, but today the company's returned with a concrete list of its smartphones that are set to receive the upgrade to Android 4.0.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM: Yes, our zEnterprise mainframe will do Windows  —  Summary: By melding mainframes and Microsoft Windows, IBM is looking to consolidate more data center infrastructure.  —  In what could be construed as one bizarre combination, IBM is planning to slap together its zEnterprise mainframe with Windows applications.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge and eWeek
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard Career According to The Crimson  —  On November 7, Facebook's founder will make his first official visit to his alma mater since he dropped out in 2004, and my-oh-my has he grown.  Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences says in announcing the former student's visit …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Anti-marketer Google Has Embraced Marketing  —  As Web Giant Migrates to More Services Beyond Search, Its Philosophy Has Changed  —  When Google placed its first TV ad, a last-minute multi-million buy during the Super Bowl nearly two years ago, then-CEO Eric Schmidt tweeted, “Hell has indeed frozen over.”
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Ford Updates its MyFord Touch Interface: Easier to Use, Faster and Less Distracting  —  Ford today announced a major upgrade to its MyFord Touch user interface that allows drivers to control virtually all aspects of their cars infotainment system with the help of voice commands, a touchscreen and dedicated buttons on the dashboard.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feds try to prevent War of the Worlds-style panic over national emergency alert  —  This Wednesday, November 9, at 2 pm eastern standard time, every TV broadcaster, cable channel, radio station, and satellite radio program from Puerto Rico to Missouri to American Samoa will be interrupted for 30 seconds by the federal government.
Discussion: Slashdot
Seth Colaner / HotHardware.com News:
Mozilla Developers Testing Mobile OS  —  Mozilla has been experimenting with an interesting idea called Boot 2 Gecko.  Essentially, B2G (as it's called) is a mobile operating system based on the Web, as opposed to what the project's wiki calls “proprietary, single-vendor stacks”.
Discussion: Pocket-lint and Slashdot
Antonio Regalado / Technology Review:
In Love With Android: Q&A with designer Matias Duarte  —  The lead designer of the Android user interface has the job of making users fall in love with Google's mobile operating system.  —  The Android operating system for smartphones commands about 57 percent of the global market.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP does the inevitable, announces the TouchSmart 620 with a 3D display and webcam (video)  —  HP's pushed out a raft of all-in-ones this past year, but until today, there was one gimmicky stone it left unturned.  Say hello to the TouchSmart 620, the company's first 3D all-in-one.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
The $8 Trillion Internet: McKinsey's Bold Attempt to Measure the E-conomy  —  The Internet — that 200 million-person, $8 trillion global economy — accounted for 21 percent of GDP growth in the world's largest economies over the last 5 years, McKinsey found in a report released this week.
Electronista:
HTC revenue dips in October due to iPhone 4S effect  —  HTC sees rare decline owing to iPhone 4S  —  HTC saw its October revenue take a rare sequential decline believed to be owed to the iPhone 4S.  Although up just over 36 percent year-over-year, the $1.46 billion in revenue was down 2.8 percent versus September.
Discussion: DigiTimes
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Best Buy UK stores to be shut down after a year of unprofitable operation  —  The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph are reporting today that British phone retailer Carphone Warehouse is about to close down the 11 Best Buy stores it opened across the UK last year.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Best Buy Acquires IT Services Company mindSHIFT For $167 Million  —  Best Buy this morning announced its acquisition of mindSHIFT Technologies, which provides managed IT, cloud, data center and other professional services to small and mid-sized businesses all across the United States …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon stokes Kindle Fire as Barnes & Noble preps response
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Lefkofsky as Would-Be Schmidt Tested at Groupon After IPO
John Schwartz / New York Times:
David Gelernter Discusses Patent Claim Against Apple
Discussion: The Next Web
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
O.co Shutters at Least Three Businesses, As It Questions New Commerce Models
David Carr / New York Times:
Is the WikiLeaks Movement Fading?