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12:40 AM ET, November 14, 2011

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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy Passes Away At 22  —  Late last night, word began to spread around the tech community that one of Diaspora's four co-founders, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, had passed away.  With much sadness, we've now confirmed this terrible news with the Diaspora team.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Following Founder's Passing, Diaspora Opens Redesigned Alpha To Invitees  —  Diaspora sent out a new round of invites to a redesigned alpha version of its open source social network today.  The invites came just before the saddening news broke that 22 year old founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy had recently passed away.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think  —  Photo: Nigel Parry; styling by Alvin Stillwell/Celestine Agency; Grooming by Erin Skipley/Ajentse  —  “What I'm about to show you,” Jeff Bezos says, “is the culmination of the many things we've been doing for 15 years.”
Discussion: FM Blog and @stevenjayl
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Amazon Kindle Fire review  —  It seems like ages since Amazon introduced us to the $199 Fire at a hectic New York City event, but in truth that was only about six weeks ago.  Maybe our perception of time is warped because we've been hearing talk about this 7-inch Android tablet for months now.
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Paul Miller / The Verge:
Kindle Touch review  —  AMAZON REINVENTS THE KINDLE WITH THE ALL-NEW KINDLE TOUCH.  BUT HAVE WE REALLY COME SO FAR?  —  With so many new Kindles to choose from, it's important to make the right decision for you and your family.  Do you go all-in with a Kindle Fire?  Skate by with the bargain basement Kindle?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Mashable!
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Kindle Fire could be hotter than iPad this holiday season, study finds  —  Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire could be the hottest tablet on the market this holiday season, with demand that may even surpass Apple's blockbuster slate, the iPad 2.  Results from a recent survey published …
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's ‘Batterygate’ end-game: Do nothing?  —  Summary: ‘Batterygate’ continues, even after the battery fix update of iOS 5.0.1 last week.  But Apple cannot stand idly by as its users struggle with draining battery life.  Or can it?  —  Apple is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com, Thanks:zackwhittaker
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The iPhone 5 Was Real, Says A Source Who Played With A Prototype
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
WhatsApp bucks convention, quietly builds a messaging titan  —  The group messaging app market has gone through all kinds of changes in the last year with the acquisitions of Beluga and GroupMe, the introduction of Facebook Messenger, Apple's iMessage and Google's Huddle and the travails of Kik and its struggles with RIM .
Thanks:jtemple
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All  —  Downloading — quite often stealing, in the eyes of the law — music, movies, books and photos is easier than bobbing for apples in a bucket without water.  It has kept legions of lawyers employed fighting copyright violations without a whole lot …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 earns record-breaking $400 million in 24 hours  —  Soldiers, let's agree to a quick armistice.  Activision Publishing announced on Friday that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which exploded onto store shelves this past Wednesday, has set an all-time sales record …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 3 to developers, actual iTunes Match release date still cloudy  —  After Apple once again cleared out developers' music from iCloud, there was some hope that we might see the actual release of iTunes Match soon.  Instead, Apple is playing it safe …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
US court verdict ‘huge blow’ to privacy, says former WikiLeaks aide  —  Decision made to open Twitter account of Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, who is taking the case to the Council of Europe  —  • Birgitta Jonsdottir: How the US Justice Department legally hacked my Twitter account
 
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Microsoft's Search Efforts Look Increasingly Futile As Google Gains Share For Second Month In A Row
Discussion: eWeek and Softpedia News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How Google, eBay, And PayPal Are Gearing Up For A Very Mobile Holiday Shopping Season
Thanks:leenarao
Roy Goldenberg / Globes Online:
Google to set up Israeli incubator in 2012
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Long Roadmaps  —  I interviewed Dennis Crowley yesterday …
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Cain Camp Turns Google Searches to Its Benefit
Discussion: PC Magazine
Rebecca Giblin / iTnews:
How litigation only spurred on P2P file sharing
Discussion: Slashdot
Kevin Sexton / The Verge:
Kobo Touch with Offers costs $99.99, adds ads
Jason Kennedy / ExtremeTech:
Linux Mint: The new Ubuntu?
Discussion: Open Source Blog