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9:35 PM ET, November 8, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Exclusive: HP's Meg Whitman on webOS 'it's not obvious exactly what to do here'  —  HP CEO Meg Whitman just told a room full of Palm and HP employees that the company doesn't yet know what to do with webOS.  “It's really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision,” …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HP Has Meeting to Say It Still Doesn't Know What to Do With webOS  —  It looks like employees of the webOS unit are in for another season of “The Waiting Game.”  —  Hewlett-Packard called an all-hands meeting Tuesday to tell the unit's workers that it still doesn't know what it is going to do with webOS, a source told AllThingsD.
Discussion: @inafried
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to end users for battery life testing, releases internal memo about battery issue  —  Following the release of iOS 5.0.1 to developers to test the new software against applications in addition to test for battery life and Siri improvements, Apple is now seeding iOS 5.0.1 to certain end users for testing.
Amazon.com:
All-New Kindle Family - Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G and Kindle Fire - Coming to Over 16,000 Retail Locations Across the U.S.  —  In addition to Amazon.com, customers will be able to find, discover and purchase the $79 Kindle, $99 Kindle Touch, $149 Kindle Touch 3G, and $199 Kindle Fire at Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more
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Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Kindle family goes retail, coming to a store near you on November 15th
Discussion: The Verge
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google+ Is Dead  —  The search behemoth might not realize it yet, but its chance to compete with Facebook has come and gone.  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt didn't post his first Google+ message until three months after it went live  —  AFP/Getty Images.
Discussion: Adotas
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I wish I had never heard of Google+'s brand pages
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Firefox Adds Twitter Search and New Features that Make Web Browsing Easier  —  Today, we're releasing an update to Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux and Firefox for Android.  This update includes new features that make Web browsing easier and give users and developers more control over how they customize their Web experience.
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Google's Schmidt: Android ‘started before the iPhone effort’  —  Steve Jobs wasn't too fond of Android.  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has taken issue with Steve Jobs' claims that Android copied the iPhone.  —  “Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Republic Wireless Delivers $19 Wireless - Driven by Wi-Fi, With a Few Massive Caveats  —  Republic Wireless, a division of Bandwidth.com, has jumped into the wireless game with a new no-contract service they hope turns a few heads.  The company today officially took the wraps off a new $19 a month service …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Republic Wireless Officially Unveils $19/Month Service: Unlimited Everything, No Contracts
Randall Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Yelp Moves Toward IPO, Picks Bankers  —  Yelp Inc., the online review website, has picked Goldman Sachs Group inc. and Citigroup Inc. to lead an initial public offering, according to a person familiar with the IPO plans.  Yelp, based in San Francisco, has been considering an IPO and in July hired …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How many iPhones are being discarded in the US?  —  In the recently posted US Smartphone Landscape I used comScore's data to paint a picture of the growth of smartphones in general and the shape of the mobile platforms in the US.  The source was survey data measuring the installed base.
Discussion: TUAW
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kobo Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Firm Rakuten For $315 Million  —  E-bookseller and e-reader company Kobo is being acquired by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten for $315 million.  The company says it will continue to expand in the U.S., while growing its international market share through Rakuten.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble Urges U.S. Regulators to Probe Microsoft on Mobile Patents  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) asked U.S. regulators to investigate whether Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) seeks to monopolize the mobile-device market by demanding patent royalties on electronics running on Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
Casey Maloney Rosales Muller / Facebook Developer Blog:
Early Results: The Open Graph and Music  —  Over the past few years, developers have started to demonstrate that when music is discovered through friends, people listen to more music and a wider variety of artists.  At f8, we introduced an evolution of Facebook Platform and launched …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adobe ‘Restructures,’ Eliminates 750 Jobs In North America And Europe  —  We've been hearing rumors of Adobe layoffs all day, and the company just released a statement announcing that it is ‘restructuring’ its business, which will result in the elimination of 750 jobs in North America and Europe.
Bloomberg:
Alibaba, Softbank Said to Seek Partners for Yahoo  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Softbank Corp. (9984) are talking with private-equity funds about making a bid for all of Yahoo! Inc. without the company's blessing, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Killing the 500-shareholder rule  —  The 500-shareholder rule is heading for the scrapyard.  —  Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today introduced legislation that would effectively eliminate a rule that many have cited as the reason Facebook may go public next year.
Discussion: Betabeat and Business Insider
Idannyocean / 9to5Mac:
Apple Retail to construct “Express Lanes” during overnight tonight  —  We have just learned that Apple retail stores are having an “overnight” tonight to setup new Express Lanes.  Apple has used these express lanes in the past to provide holiday shoppers a fast track to purchase Apple products and accessories.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Apple Store’ App for iOS Updated to Support New Self-Checkout System for Retail Stores
Alexia Tsotsis / Techcrunch:
Head Of Communications Sean Garrett Leaves Twitter  —  Twitter Head of Communications Sean Garrett (@SG) has just announced that he's leaving Twitter in a series of tweets.  When asked to confirm his departure, Twitter Communications Representative Carolyn Penner said, “I think his tweets speak for themselves...”
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
Deal fatigue moves Amazon to unsubscribe users from its daily deals mailer  —  Amazon is automatically unsubscribing some users from its AmazonLocal daily deals mailing list.  Deal fatigue, the idea that consumers are tiring of daily deal emails, has been one of the longstanding concerns with the daily deals space.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolling Out Activity Streams That Make The Home Page A Dashboard  —  Twitter has begun the rollout, or at least a significant spot test, of the Activity and @USERNAME streams it announced in mid-August.  The @USERNAME stream replaces the @Mentions and Retweets streams …
Discussion: The Verge and AllTwitter
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Will there be a Silverlight 6 (and does it matter)?  —  Summary: Microsoft is poised to release to manufacturing Silverlight 5.  There's word from some of my contacts that this might be the last major release of Silverlight, but Microsoft isn't confirming or denying.
Discussion: Neowin.net and The Next Web
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Index goes big with $690m growth fund  —  After a bumper 12 months, European investment group Index Ventures is seeing out 2011 with a bang: by closing a new €500 million ($690 million) fund.  —  The company has just announced its new growth fund and says it will use the fund …
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Defiant retailer gives Apple the finger  —  An Australian retailer who Apple is threatening to sue for selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 despite an injunction is calling Apple's bluff and says it's ready for a “cat and mouse” game.  The retailer, dMavo, is restructuring its business …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
AT&T launches VoIP app for international calls  —  AT&T is launching a new mobile app that allows its smartphone customers to make international calls via VoIP.  The new AT&T Call International will allow customers to make calls overseas at cheap rates like 4 cents per minute to China …
Patrick Temple-West / Reuters:
Senate bill powers up state online sales taxes  —  (Reuters) - State governments would be able to collect online sales taxes under a bill due to be introduced in the Senate on Wednesday, said sources familiar with the bill.  —  Supporters of the online sales tax collection requirement include …
Kin Lane / API Evangelist:
Google Launches Oauth 2.0 Playground  —  Last March Google started support OAuth 2.0 for all of their APIs, and has been pushing all developers to switch to using OAuth 2.0 in all applications.  —  Today they announced the OAuth 2. Playground which allows developers to experiment with APIs using …
Discussion: Google Code Blog, Thanks:kinlane
 
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 More Items: 
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: The Boxee Box is getting a live TV tuner (video)
Discussion: The Verge, Electronista and BetaNews, Thanks:ryanlawler
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Thiel's Founders Fund Is Said to Be Raising Up to $600 Million in Capital
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Senate vote on reversal of net neutrality rules scheduled for Thursday, White House promises veto
Discussion: Electronista
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Saul Hansell Departs AOL to Be EIR at Betaworks
Discussion: Betabeat and Saul Hansell's Blog
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL announce display ad deals
Wall Street Journal:
Dish in Talks for Internet TV
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Bilton / Bits:
An Infusion of Money for Soundtracking, a Social Music App
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:lauraglu
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Researchers Find Amazon Cloud Servers Teeming With Backdoors And Other People's Data
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Salesforce debuts Do.com, a smart social productivity app for small teams
Consumer Reports News:
Consumer Reports recommends the iPhone 4S
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Experts Building 1830s Babbage Analytical Engine
Discussion: Business Insider and The Verge
Eric Jackson / Forbes:
The Owner of Yahoo!'s Patents Could Cripple Facebook's IPO Aspirations
Discussion: VentureBeat and GMSV