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9:20 AM ET, November 8, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+ Pages: connect with all the things you care about  —  In life we connect with all kinds of people, places and things.  There's friends and family, of course, but there's also the sports teams we root for, the coffee shops we're loyal to, and the TV shows we can't stop watching (to name a few).
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I wish I had never heard of Google+'s brand pages  —  OK, you all know I'm Google+'s biggest fan, right?  For the past five months I've poured almost all my time into my Google+ account, which has paid off with a fun community and a lot of followers.  —  But yesterday Google+ rolled out brand pages.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
iPhone Security Bug Lets Innocent-Looking Apps Go Bad  —  Apple's iPhones and iPads have remained malware-free thanks mostly to the company's puritanical attitude toward its App Store: Nothing even vaguely sinful gets in, and nothing from outside the App Store gets downloaded to an iOS gadget.
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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: HP weighing sale of webOS unit  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co is evaluating a potential sale of its webOS software platform in a deal that could fetch hundreds of millions of dollars but likely less than the $1.2 billion the company paid for Palm Inc in 2010, said four sources close to the matter.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:   Behind the Woes at H.P., Wall St. Banks Lurk
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Republic Wireless Officially Unveils $19/Month Service: Unlimited Everything, No Contracts  —  Last week we broke the news on a previously-stealthy mobile carrier called Republic Wireless, which I've been tracking closely since.  The story so far: Bandwidth.com, which provides the VoIP backbone …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung VP Gavin Kim departs to lead Microsoft's Windows Phone product management  —  Samsung's vice president of consumer and enterprise services Gavin Kim has left the company to join Microsoft as general manager of the Windows Phone team, BGR has exclusively learned.
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google+ head responds to Zuckerberg: “We're delighted to be underestimated”  —  Google's Bradley Horowitz has fired back at Mark Zuckerberg's claim that the company is “building its own little Facebook” saying that Google is “delighted to be underestimated” by its rival.
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Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg on “Charlie Rose” (full transcript)
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg And Sheryl Sandberg On Charlie Rose: Here Are The Highlights
Discussion: Fortune
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
HTC Edge: First Quad-Core Phone Revealed (Images)  —  Meet the HTC Edge: reportedly the company's first — and probably one of the world's first — cellphone powered by a quad-core processor.  Information from a reliable source paints Edge as a premium handset incorporating the latest mobile technologies — for the most part.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Experts Building 1830s Babbage Analytical Engine  —  Researchers in Britain are about to embark on a 10-year, multimillion-dollar project to build a computer — but their goal is neither dazzling analytical power nor lightning speed.  —  Indeed, if they succeed …
Eric Jackson / Forbes:
The Owner of Yahoo!'s Patents Could Cripple Facebook's IPO Aspirations  —  Yahoo! (YHOO) has been the subject of countless speculation in the press over the last few months since Carol Bartz was sacked as CEO and Dan Loeb bought a 5% stake in the company.  —  There is endless discussion …
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Apple to train retail managers on ‘union awareness’ (exclusive)  —  Apple's flagship retail store in downtown San Francisco the morning the iPad 2 launched.  —  Apple has begun planning how to respond if its retail employees unionize, CNET has learned.  —  In an internal document obtained by CNET …
Discussion: The Register, 9to5Mac and AppleInsider
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Google delays Transformer Prime release date to Dec for Android 4.0 update  —  Are you patiently waiting for the world's first quad-core Android tablet?  The always interesting Digitimes reports tonight that “sources from upstream supply chain” say Google is providing assistance to ASUS …
Bryce T. Roberts / BRYCE DOT VC:
There's a meme that says when it comes to funding startups, “it's all about the team”.  And I believe that's true.  I've been thinking more and more about the people and skills that comprise an effective team.  There are a lot of great developers, great sales people, great product designers …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
American Express Launches $100M Fund To Invest In Digital Commerce Startups  —  Recently, American Express has been pushing its own internal digital commerce initiatives including the company's digital wallet, Serve.  Serve integrates a variety of payment options into a single account …
Discussion: AllThingsD, GigaOM and CNET News
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The Big, Honking Problems With The TV Market, According To Steve Jobs  —  The hottest story in tech is the possibility of Apple truly entering the television market with an iTV of some sort.  —  The story has kicked up again because Jobs told his biographer that he “finally cracked” a simple interface for a television.
Sucharita Mulpuru / Forrester Blogs:
For Groupon, The Really Hard Work Starts Now  —  After months of drama, Groupon finally had its IPO last week, concluding perhaps the most anticipated event in the daily deals space.  Now, however, is the even bigger challenge of actually proving out its valuation.
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Groupon's China JV says sold fake Tissot watches
Discussion: Guardian and Financial Times
BBC:
China's Huawei in Android patent talks with Microsoft  —  The MediaPad is competitively priced against other tablets running the Android Honeycomb system  —  Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has confirmed it is in talks with Microsoft about its use of Android software.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Apple Store’ App for iOS Updated to Support New Self-Checkout System for Retail Stores  —  In line with our report from the previous weekend, Apple has updated its Apple Store application for iOS [App Store] with new support for self-checkout at the company's retail stores.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for T-Mobile available November 16th for $249.99 ‘down payment’  —  We already knew that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus would be available in a Wi-Fi version on the 13th of this month, but now T-Mobile and Samsung have announced that the carrier will offer the tablet as well.
Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat:
Codecademy adds jQuery lessons and scratchpad to its online coding school  —  Codecademy has added jQuery lessons and a scratchpad to its fun and engaging tool that teaches people how to code online, the company is announcing today.  —  The new jQuery lesson is the first to be contributed …
Thanks:chikodi
Alex Heath / iDownloadBlog.com:
Hidden Panorama Mode Uncovered in the iOS Camera  —  Developer and hacker conradev has uncovered a hidden panorama mode in the iOS Camera app.  By changing a key value in the iOS SDK, a Panorama mode is unlocked in the Camera app that lets iPhone users capture a panorama image by snapping photos continually from left to right.
Reuters:
Google chairman says will not favor Motorola  —  (Reuters) - The executive chairman of Google Inc on Tuesday played down concerns the search giant would give preferential treatment to Motorola Mobility Holdings after its planned purchase of the handset maker is completed.
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Yep, it is here: Oregon lets citizens vote for U.S. House by iPad  —  In tomorrow's election, disabled voters in five counties across Oregon will now be able to vote from an iPad.  Election officials will be equipped with an iPad to visit disabled voters in nursing homes, parks …
 
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
T-Mobile Springboard review
Discussion: SlashGear, PC World and Electronista
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Korean Online Gaming Giant Nexon To Raise $1.3 Billion With IPO In Japan
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
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Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google “Freshness” Update Affects 35% Of Searches: Winners & Losers
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Plan IPO After Thanksgiving
Kelly Scott / Bing:
Bing Central is Now Open
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Stefanie Fogel / VentureBeat:
Report: Game consoles most popular device for watching online content on a TV screen
Discussion: CNET News and Daily Patricia