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11:45 PM ET, November 7, 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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Pages Now Open For Businesses, Brands, Places & More  —  Finally, Google is now allowing businesses, brands and any non-human entity to participate in its Google+ social network, through new Google+ Pages that are launching today.  —  Businesses Weren't Allowed, Initially
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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Roberto Baldwin / Gizmodo:
Apple Kicks Developer That Found Security Flaw Out of iOS Dev Program  —  After demonstrating that an app can download malicious code after being accepted into the App Store, developer Charlie Miller found out that his iOS developer credentials were pulled by Apple.
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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Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:
New Windows Phones hit U.S. stores; Revealing our big NYC surprise  —  Two new sleek and stylish Windows Phones hit AT&T stores across the U.S. today—the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash.  They join the white HTC Radar 4G introduced last week by T-Mobile.  —  To celebrate the debut …
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.
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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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
WebOS Sale Rumors Return; Oracle Named As Potential Buyer From HP
Discussion: Digital Trends
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nook Tablet announced: $249, available November 17th  —  As expected, Barnes & Noble has taken the wraps off of its latest Nook today — the so-called Nook Tablet, designed to replace the Nook Color with refreshed specs across the board including an “HD viewing experience.”
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet gets real, we go hands-on (video)
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg on “Charlie Rose” (full transcript)  —  Set your DVRs: Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will appear in an exclusive, hour-long interview with acclaimed broadcast journalist Charlie Rose, airing Monday night on PBS and Tuesday on Bloomberg TV.
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:   Mark Zuckerberg And Sheryl Sandberg On Charlie Rose: Here Are The Highlights
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Confirmed: Google Testing New “Sources” Display In Search Results  —  Google has confirmed that it's testing a new content module in its search results that's (currently) called “Sources.”  —  The module appears to have been spotted first by Cyrus Shepard, who shared screenshots …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google “Freshness” Update Affects 35% Of Searches: Winners & Losers  —  Searchmetrics has measured the impact of last week's “freshness” updates to Google's search ranking algorithm, which affected around 35% of all searches.  By measuring SEO visibility, Searchmetrics found that a clear category …
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: AppleInsider and 9to5Mac
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Klout crossing the line when it comes to privacy?  —  Updated: If getting beaten up by critics and targeted by angry users is a sign of success, then Klout must be doing pretty well.  The San Francisco-based startup — which is trying to compile a kind of “reputation rank” …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Watch out Billboard, Twitter Music Trends shows how hot artists are in real-time  —  Trending topics on Twitter are a great way to see what's hot right now on the mini social network.  However, the topics that trend aren't always all that interesting to everyone, and can be cluttered …
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple likely to modify LED back-light solutions for next-generation iPads, say sources  —  LED back-light unit (BLU) vendors have reportedly offered two alternative backlight solutions for Apple to choose from for its next-generation iPad, according to sources at Taiwan-based BLU makers.
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9to5Mac and PC World
Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Plan IPO After Thanksgiving  —  Zynga Inc. plans to proceed with its initial public offering after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 24, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.  —  The company may set terms in the last week of November and then begin pitching …
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
Nicole Lee / CNET News:
Verizon to double data amounts for 4G smartphones  —  To tie in with the carrier's impending Droid Razr launch on 11:11 am on November 11th 2011, Verizon Wireless will launch a promotion that doubles the amount of monthly data allotment for 4G smartphone owners.
Kelly Scott / Bing:
Bing Central is Now Open  —  Today, we are lifting the curtains on Bing Central, one location for you to explore Bing services and features by completing fun missions, manage your Bing Rewards account, redeem great rewards in the redemption center and access account support as well as your profiles …
Erica Yen / DigiTimes:
HDD supply gap to narrow as Nidec resumes some production  —  Japan-based hard disc drive (HDD) motor supplier Nidec, which contributes close to 75% of the global HDD motor shipments, has announced its Ayutthaya plants in Thailand have already resumed production and sources from the HDD industry believe …
Discussion: Electronista
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.
Stefanie Fogel / VentureBeat:
Report: Game consoles most popular device for watching online content on a TV screen  —  Game consoles have become the most popular device in the U.S. for watching online content on a TV screen, according to a new report from market research service Strategy Analytics.
Discussion: CNET News and Daily Patricia
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires Mobile Video And Image Editing App Developer Digital Staircase  —  It looks like Facebook has just acquired a mobile video and image app developer Digital Staircase, according to a blog post on the startup's site.  We've embedded the blog post below and emailed Facebook for confirmation.
Fabio Assolini / Securelist:
Massive DNS poisoning attacks in Brazil  —  In the past few days several Brazilian ISPs have fallen victim to a series of DNS cache poisoning attacks.  These attacks see users being redirected to install malware before connecting to popular sites.  Some incidents have also featured attacks …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Takes A Sip Of Milk, Invests In Kevin Rose's New Startup
Discussion: 9to5Google
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
AT&T to Get More Sprint Data in T-Mobile Case, Court Rules
Discussion: Reuters
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Fujitsu announce FX10 supercomputer capable of 23.2 petaflops
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
HDD Pricewatch: You know where it's going — we tell you how much it's going to hurt
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Nabs Former Oracle Development Exec As VP Of Infrastructure Engineering
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The Darknet Project: netroots activists dream of global mesh network
David Pierce / The Verge:
Zypr launches, aims to bring voice control to every device
Discussion: Gizmodo and VentureBeat
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe Elements on the Mac App Store: 5 implications
Discussion: The Loop
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA lawyer says DMCA may need overhaul
Discussion: PC World and TorrentFreak
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Motorola Droid RAZR review