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10:20 AM ET, November 15, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
BlackBerry London: is this the first RIM phone 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.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 announced with BB OS 7, available in ‘the coming weeks’  —  After many leaks, RIM has finally come clean on its latest BlackBerry smartphones, the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380.  Both devices run BlackBerry OS 7 with its newer browser, support for NFC and, of course, BlackBerry Messenger.
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Gartner: Android Now Over 50 Percent Of Smartphone Sales, The Rest Decline  —  Android may have some shortcomings, but Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has made enormous advances with manufacturers in terms of getting its OS on their smartphones, and in subsequently getting consumers to buy them.
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Gartner:
Gartner Says Sales of Mobile Devices Grew 5.6 Percent in Third Quarter of 2011; Smartphone Sales Increased 42 Percent
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.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Device Specs  —  Drew Breunig, “Device Specs Have Become Meaningless”:
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Announces “_nomap” WiFi Opt-out Option, Wants Other Location Providers To Go Along  —  As promised, Google has announced a way for WiFi router owners to stop Google from including them in the company's location database.  —  The opt-out requires a change in the name of the wireless network …
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The Official Google Blog:
Greater choice for wireless access point owners
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Facebook Porn and Gore Exploit Spiraling Out Of Control  —  Summary: For the past few days an exploit has been hijacking Facebook users accounts and posting explicit gore and pornography to users' timelines.  —  Facebook users' outrage is mounting toward the social network for an exploit …
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
What the Vaio Z says about Sony's little design problem  —  Sony's latest ultraportable laptop is stunning.  It's beautiful and lightweight, with a classy metal chassis and impeccably tasteful trim.  It has a powerful i7 CPU, 1600x900 13.1" display and a lightning-fast SSD.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air now 28% of Apple's notebook shipments  —  Apple's MacBook Air models now make up 28 percent of the company's notebook shipments, up from just 8 percent in the first half of the year.  —  Research by Morgan Stanley involving NPD figures reported by analyst Katy Huberty indicate Apple's thin …
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Zal Bilimoria / The Official Netflix Blog:
New Experience Now Available for All Android Tablets (iPad Coming Soon)  —  The new design is much more immersive and provides greater focus on the growing number of titles in the Netflix catalog.  In fact, the new interface displays twice as many movies and TV shows as before, enabling you to discover even more titles you'll love.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Public Memorials for Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy to Be Held This Weekend  —  Diapora co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy passed away on Saturday night, the team behind the distributed, open source social network acknowledged today.  —  Public memorial services for Zhitomirskiy are planned …
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Adobe Touch apps hands-on: Photoshop Touch, Kuler, Proto, and more come to Android  —  While Adobe first announced its Touch Apps suite at MAX 2011 earlier this year, the Android version of the apps are finally rolling out today.  Each app retails for $9.99, requires Android 3.1 or later, and an 8.9-inch screen.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt-Backed Slice Brings Receipt Aggregator And Tracking Service To The iPhone  —  Eric Schmidt-backed receipt tracking service Slice is debuting its first mobile app today.  Slice for iPhone automatically tracks your shipments and gives you access to your online shopping history anytime via the mobile app.
Bloomberg:
Google Said to Be Near Universal Music Deal for Song Downloads  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is near an agreement to secure songs from Vivendi SA (VIV)'s Universal Music Group for its new music service, said a person with knowledge of the situation.  —  An accord with Universal …
Discussion: The Verge, Engadget and Neowin.net
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Rushdie Wins Facebook Fight Over Identity  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The writer Salman Rushdie hit Twitter on Monday morning with a flurry of exasperated posts.  Facebook, he wrote, had deactivated his account, demanded proof of identity and then turned him into Ahmed Rushdie, which is how he is identified on his passport.
Sid Viswanathan / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn's New CardMunch iPhone App: Reinventing Business Cards  —  Today, we've taken a giant leap forward to reinventing business cards with a complete relaunch of the LinkedIn's CardMunch iPhone app with a brand new mobile experience for professionals on LinkedIn.  —  Get the Cardmunch iPhone app now!
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Yes, You Can Install the Nook App on a Kindle Fire [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Although Amazon goes out of its way to hide all traces of vanilla Android from its new Kindle Fire tablet, it turns out tech-savvy users can still install select third-party Android applications outside the auspices of the Amazon Appstore.
Discussion: Gizmodo, 9to5Google, IntoMobile and Liliputing, Thanks:benparr
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Siri sibling Trapit launches as intelligent discovery engine for the web's content  —  Say hello to Trapit.  The latest offspring from CALO, the DARPA-commissioned artificial-intelligence project that gave birth to iPhone virtual assistant Siri, launches in public beta Tuesday as a personalized discovery engine for the web.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The making of the Xbox: How Microsoft unleashed a video game revolution (part 1)  —  Editor's note: This story is the first of two articles on the 10th anniversary of the launch of Microsoft's Xbox video game console, which debuted Nov. 15, 2001.  The narrative is based on recent interviews …
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Recent Google+ Posts & “Add To Circles” Buttons Are Coming To Google's Search Results  —  Earlier today, ‘All About Content’ reported that Google+ data was showing in Google's organic search listings.  Two different items are now appearing in the search results pages, recent Google+ posts and an “Add To Circles” button.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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.
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.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple releases iTunes Match
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Boundary Raises $4M; Monitors Private And Public Clouds In Realtime  —  Exclusive - Boundary, a San Francisco startup developing a real-time network monitoring solution, has raised $4 million in Series A funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners, TechCrunch has learned.
 
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Amar Toor / Engadget:
Ice Cream Sandwich coming to full Xperia lineup, Sony Ericsson confirms
Chris Barylick / Engadget:
Microsoft outlines Code Space, looks to include Kinect in conference rooms, PTA meetings (video)
Discussion: Electronista
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Recruiters Seek E-Commerce Executives
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Fab Hits A Million Users, Is Raising Many Millions of Dollars
Discussion: Digits
Amy Pyett / Reuters:
Australia court to hear Samsung-Apple case in March
Felix Salmon:
The future of online advertising
Discussion: Epicenter, AdExchanger.com and Digiday
Charles Humble / InfoQ:
Adobe Donating Flex to Open Source Foundation; Continues Fire Sale on Formerly-Core Software
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
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Discussion: @mona
Bloomberg:
Google Is ShopCity Target for Complaint to U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
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Discussion: CNET News, cointernet.co and Gawker
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Siri Protocol Cracked, But Unique iPhone 4S ID Requirement Hampers Distribution