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7:45 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.
Discussion: Fortune, Forbes, parislemon and @degusta
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.
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: TechPinions
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 …
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.
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
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.”
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
Discussion: Business Insider
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon stokes Kindle Fire as Barnes & Noble preps response  —  Amazon.com this weekend released a new television ad promoting its upcoming Kindle Fire by tying the $199 tablet to its e-commerce heritage.  —  The move comes on the eve of an event where Barnes & Noble is expected to announce …
Discussion: Kindle Fire Wire
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google's Schmidt in S. Korea eying search acquisition, Android development  —  Google looks set to make a “large and substantial” investment in South Korea's Internet space this week, according to a company source quoted by The Korea Times.  —  Rumours suggest that Google …
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.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Urban Airship Raises $15 Million From Verizon, Salesforce  —  Urban Airship, which helps companies add features like push notifications and in-app purchases to their mobile apps on multiple mobile platforms, has raised a $15 million Series C round with strategic investments from Verizon and Salesforce.
 
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Reuters:
China's tech firms back Beijing in controls on Internet
Discussion: The Next Web and BBC
Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
Ex-U.S. general urges frank talk on cyber weapons
Discussion: Fudzilla and @digiphile
Derek Bambauer / PrawfsBlawg:
De-lousing E-PARASITE
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feds try to prevent War of the Worlds-style panic over national emergency alert
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
O.co Shutters at Least Three Businesses, As It Questions New Commerce Models
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Chris Williams / The Republic:
Anoka-Hennepin teachers write their own online textbook, save district $175,000
David Carr / New York Times:
Is the WikiLeaks Movement Fading?
Discussion: Economist
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Usenet Provider Shuts Down Following Court Order
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Louis C.K. Uses Twitter, Louis C.K. Hates Twitter
 

 
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Tom Friend / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: the NBA is formalizing deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which may prompt WBD to sue; ESPN may pay $2.8B annually, NBC $2.6B, and Amazon $1.8B to $2B

Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
[Thread] In a meeting, Washington Post CEO Will Lewis told staff that the paper lost $77M over the past year, and saw a 50% drop off in audience since 2020

Wall Street Journal:
As TV audiences get older, media executives are focusing more on the mass-market reach of TV, and playing down the importance of age for advertisers

 
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