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4:10 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  —  “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 …
Discussion: @stevenjayl and FM Blog
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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.
Discussion: Bits, 9to5Google and Fortune
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and Mashable!
Paul Sloan / CNET News:
Jack Dorsey: Twitter's business model is based on ‘serendipity.’  —  Tucson, Ariz. — It's not the kind of business model one expects to hear from a startup, especially one now valued by the private markets at $8 billion.  —  But when Jack Dorsey, the creator and executive chairman of Twitter …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
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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  —  The latest ComScore search numbers just came out, and Google continues to claw back market share.  —  Here's where the big search engines stood at the end of October, compared with September:
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.
Discussion: Inquirer, PC World and The Register
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
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: T3 News and Gizmodo, Thanks:zackwhittaker
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 …
 
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Lydia Leavitt / Engadget:
Intel and MasterCard to offer Ultrabook users ‘safer’ NFC checkout via PayPass, impulsive shoppers rejoice
Discussion: TechCrunch
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 earns record-breaking $400 million in 24 hours
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
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Adam Nash / Psychohistory:
Zynga, Equity & Tough Decisions
Discussion: The Escapist and @danprimack
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
People Now Watch Videos Nearly 30 Percent Longer On Tablets Than Desktops
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Long Roadmaps  —  I interviewed Dennis Crowley yesterday …
Discussion: TNL.net and Howard Lindzon
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Cain Camp Turns Google Searches to Its Benefit
Discussion: PC Magazine