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9:35 AM ET, November 14, 2011

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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
Discussion: Gizmodo, Mashable! and Engadget
New York Times:
At Google X, a Top-Secret Lab Dreaming Up the Future  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location where robots run free, the future is being imagined.  —  It's a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think  —  “What I'm about to show you,” Jeff Bezos says, “is the culmination of the many things we've been doing for 15 years.”  The CEO of Amazon.com, in regulation blue oxford shirt and jeans, is sitting in a conference room at his company's spiffy …
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
Discussion: The Register
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Processing $11 Million A Day, Jack Dorsey Says: “We Don't Want To Make Square All About Taxi Cabs”  —  Jack Dorsey's mobile payments startup Square is now processing $11 million a day in mobile payments, it was revealed today at the Techonomy conference in Tucson, Arizona.
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Paul Sloan / CNET News:
Jack Dorsey: Twitter's business model is based on ‘serendipity.’
Discussion: CNET News and CNNMoney.com
Agam Shah / PC World:
Intel Peaks on PC Performance With New Six-core Chip  —  Intel on Monday announced what it called its fastest chip to date for PCs, the six-core Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor, which is based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture and designed for use in high-end desktops.
Sherilynn Macale / The Next Web:
YouTube tests redesign highlighting Google+ videos, subscriptions & more  —  This morning, we received a tip pointing out some serious user interface redesigns on YouTube.  Don't rush off to take a peek just yet, though — the changes haven't been rolled out to everyone.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Arista Networks Founders Aim to Alter How Computers Connect  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — If nothing else, Arista Networks proves that two people can make more than $1 billion each building the Internet and still be worried about its reliability.  —  David Cheriton, a computer science professor …
Discussion: CNET News
Journalism.org:
HOW MAINSTREAM MEDIA OUTLETS USE TWITTER  —  CONTENT ANALYSIS SHOWS AN EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP  —  For nearly every news organization, Twitter has become a regular part of the daily news outreach.  But there are questions about how those organizations actually use the technology: How often do they tweet?
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Developers' Interest Growing in Windows Phone, Waning in BlackBerry  —  Mobile developers are very interested in Amazon's new Kindle Fire, intrigued by Windows Phone and disenchanted with the BlackBerry.  —  Those are some of the takeaways from the latest in a series of surveys from Appcelerator and IDC.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Lenovo to release a 10.1-inch Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with Tegra 3 by year's end  —  You wouldn't think a giant like Lenovo would stop at just three (or four) Android tablets now, would you?  In fact, a little birdie has informed us that said Chinese company will release …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD introduces world's first 16-core PC microprocessor  —  In a first for the PC industry, Advanced Micro Devices introduced a microprocessor today with 16 cores, or computing brains, on a single chip.  —  Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD is the primary competitor to the world's biggest chip maker, Intel.
DigiTimes:
HTC to unveil quad-core tablet PC at MWC, says paper  —  HTC is likely to unveil a new Android-based tablet PC running on a quad-core CPU from Nvidia along with two new Android smartphones in February at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
VeriFone Buys European Payments Processing Company Point For Over $1 Billion  —  VeriFone is on a bit of an acquisition spree.  After purchasing payments software developer Global Bay, the payments company is acquiring European e-payments giant Point for $820 million.
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Cray to Take On Supercomputer After IBM's Exit  —  A University of Illinois research center has awarded a contract valued at more than $188 million to Cray Inc. to build one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, an effort that International Business Machines Corp. worked on for several years before giving up in August.
 
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung: We won't try to block iPhone 4S sales in S. Korea
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon plans bigger holiday push this year
Kenneth Rapoza / Security:
Russia, The Next Silicon Valley?
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
LinkedIn, others show why transparency is needed
Rachel Emma Silverman / Wall Street Journal:
Young Workers Like Facebook, Apple and Google
Discussion: Washington Post
Lydia Leavitt / Engadget:
Intel and MasterCard to offer Ultrabook users ‘safer’ NFC checkout via PayPass, impulsive shoppers rejoice
Discussion: TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Microsoft's Search Efforts Look Increasingly Futile As Google Gains Share For Second Month In A Row
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's ‘Batterygate’ end-game: Do nothing?
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 earns record-breaking $400 million in 24 hours
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
WhatsApp bucks convention, quietly builds a messaging titan
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment and Examiner, Thanks:jtemple
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How Google, eBay, And PayPal Are Gearing Up For A Very Mobile Holiday Shopping Season
Thanks:leenarao