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8:55 PM ET, November 14, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases iTunes Match  —  Apple on Monday released a new version of iTunes that includes iTunes Match.  —  iTunes Match, will set you back $24.99 per year.  The software scans the content of your music library and matches it to the music available on the iTunes Store.
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Apple Launches iTunes Match: You Can Now Get Your Piracy Amnesty for Just $25/Year  —  Apple just launched iTunes Match, its cloud-based music backup and streaming service for iOS, Mac and PC.  With iTunes Match, users can store up to 25,000 of their own songs from iTunes in the cloud.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Check your music's iCloud Status  —  Find out what iTunes Match knows about your files  —  The iTunes View Options list now includes iCloud options.  —  iTunes Match is new (it arrived Monday) and exciting (all your music everywhere! your old CD rips upgraded to iTunes Plus quality!), but it's also confusing.
Discussion: MacRumors, Computerworld and MacStories
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Is this the first BlackBerry with the BBX OS?  —  We've just gotten a look at what might be the first-ever photo of the next iteration of BlackBerry devices (based on the upcoming BBX operating system and its QNX roots), and we wanted to share.  The phone you see in the picture above …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Leaked BlackBerry London is real, launching in Q3
Twitter Blog:
Once in a lifetime  —  Increasingly people flock to Twitter to discover information and connect around occurrences like natural disasters, sporting events and cultural moments.  And then there are times when Twitter is where you might go to experience an infrequent curiosity.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:   A Visualization of Tweets Mentioning 11-11-11 Traveling The World
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
GOLDMAN: Demand For The iPad Is Fading  —  Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope released a somewhat troubling report on Sunday for Apple bulls, saying demand for the iPad is fading.  —  He's not adjusting his estimates for iPad sales, but he does think Apple will have to do something to address the first hiccup in the iPad's growth.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Death Of The Spec  —  Earlier today, my colleague Matt Burns wrote a post noting that most tablet makers may be largely failing because they've sold their soul to Android and are now just in the middle of a spec war, which no one can win.  I'm gonna go one step further in that line of thinking: the spec is dead.
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.
Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
O, No!  Overstock Backs Off O.co Name Change  —  ‘We Were Going Too Fast and People Were Confused,’ Says Company President  —  Overstock.com officially rebranded itself as O.co about six months ago.  It changed the sign on the NFL stadium to which it owns the naming rights …
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 …
Eugene V. DeFelice / Groklaw:
Barnes & Noble Exposes Microsoft's “Trivial” Patents and Strategy Against Android ~pj Updated  —  Barnes & Noble has done the world a tremendous favor, by pulling aside the curtain and revealing Microsoft's patent campaign tactics against Android in lurid detail.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Got big data?  Crunch it with Google's BigQuery  —  Google wants to help you crunch big data like cornflakes.  —  To that end, it is opening up BigQuery, the service is designed for large-scale internal data analytics, to companies of all sizes, and it's adding a web interface so you can do it all in the cloud.
Twittereng / Twitter Engineering:
SpiderDuck: Twitter's Real-time URL Fetcher  —  Tweets often contain URLs or links to a variety of content on the web, including images, videos, news articles and blog posts.  SpiderDuck is a service at Twitter that fetches all URLs shared in Tweets in real-time, parses the downloaded content …
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.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Vint Cerf: The government is going overboard in Internet copyright control  —  “When Bob and I started writing the specs for the Internet in 1973...”  —  Only a handful of people can start a sentence anything like that.  —  Today, Vint Cerf, one of the godfathers of the Internet …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Sprint undercuts AT&T and Verizon with new Mobile Broadband data plans  —  Sprint just tossed some new data options our way for those of you who tend to [sip] gulp gigs of data each month.  Under the new plans, 6GB of data will run you $49.99, while an extra 30 bucks will let you boost consumption to 12GB …
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Gamifies: Credits And “Ask To Answer” Suggestions Live For Everyone  —  After five months of beta testing, Quora has made its Quora Credits and “Ask to Answer” User Suggestions live for everyone today.  —  All users can now earn credits for a variety of positive and user engagement …
Discussion: The Quora Review
Tony Tai / TechNet Blogs:
Google Atmosphere or “Admosphere”?  —  Are you ad-opting a productivity vendor or advertising partner?  —  At Atmosphere today, Google will try to court CIOs.  CIOs are a tough audience, and they should be.  They are looking for solutions to increase productivity, foster collaboration …
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.
Journalism.org:
HOW MAINSTREAM MEDIA OUTLETS USE TWITTER  —  CONTENT ANALYSIS SHOWS AN EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP  —  Jesse Holcomb of PEJ, Kim Gross of George Washington University and Amy Mitchell of PEJ  —  For nearly every news organization, Twitter has become a regular part of the daily news outreach.
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Microsoft to preview Windows 8 Embedded in first quarter 2012  —  New version of Windows Embedded will be released in the quarters after Window 8 launches  —  Microsoft will start allowing developers to preview Windows 8 Embedded in the first quarter of next year, with plans to eventually release …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pogoplug Cloud Launches With 5 GB Of Free Storage For Mobile Users  —  Cloud storage service and device maker Pogoplug is unveiling its latest offering today: a new service for mobile users that offers 5 GB of free online storage.  To use “Pogoplug Cloud,” you first sign up directly …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Foursquare Badges Now Level Up  —  Foursquare has revamped its popular badge system in an effort to increase user engagement and encourage exploration.  —  Starting Monday, Foursquare's core 24 category badges will begin leveling up based on users' checkins.
W3C:
W3C Announces First Draft of Standard for Online Privacy  —  “Do Not Track” Approach Balances User Preferences with Personalized Web Experiences.  To address rising concerns about privacy on the Web, W3C publishes today two first drafts for standards that allow users to express preferences …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Reuters:
Huawei buys Symantec stake in JV for $530 million  —  (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, plans to buy Symantec Corp's 49 percent stake for $530 million in a joint venture between the companies that provides security solutions for corporations.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
AT&T To Launch The 4G Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (And Six New LTE Markets) On Nov. 20th  —  I don't know many people who are chompin' at the bits for the launch date info on yet another Galaxy Tab, but I know you're out there somewhere.  For you, kind soul: AT&T has just announced …
Discussion: Engadget and 9to5Google
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gimme Bar: Link Saving With Dropbox Integration, Screenshots & an API - If This Doesn't Work, Maybe Nothing Will
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile May Headline Google Music Event On Wednesday
Discussion: Android Police, 9to5Google and TmoNews
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 and 3GS Continued to Lead U.S. Smartphone Sales in Q3
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Co-Founder Leads $5.5M Round In Social Gifting Service Wrapp
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Bing Launches “Editors' Picks”
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Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
Buffett builds $10.7 billion stake in IBM
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Disney Acquires “Sophisticated” Mommy Blog Platform Babble Media
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Test suggests iPhone battery issue not a hardware problem
Discussion: Redmond Pie, VentureBeat, Gizmodo and GMSV
Associated Press:
Schools grab .xxx sites to protect names from porn
Discussion: ZDNet and Digital Trends
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Arista Networks Founders Aim to Alter How Computers Connect
Discussion: ITProPortal and Light Reading
Rachel Emma Silverman / Wall Street Journal:
Young Workers Like Facebook, Apple and Google
Discussion: PC Magazine, NBC Bay Area and Betabeat