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2:00 PM ET, November 15, 2011

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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.
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Brian Solomon / Mobile:
Netflix Redesigns App for iPad, Nook Tablet, and Kindle Fire
Discussion: Forbes
Peter Fleischer / The Official Google Blog:
Greater choice for wireless access point owners  —  From tagging a post with your location, to checking in to a restaurant, to simply finding out where you are, location-based services have become some of the most popular features of today's Internet.  One of the key ways technology companies …
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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 …
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!
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 …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Sales of Mobile Devices Grew 5.6 Percent in Third Quarter of 2011; Smartphone Sales Increased 42 Percent  — Android OS Rose to Account for More Than 50 Percent of Smartphone Sales  —  Worldwide sales of mobile devices totaled 440.5 million units in the third quarter of 2011 …
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Gartner: Android Now Over 50 Percent Of Smartphone Sales, The Rest Decline
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
DOJ: Lying on Match.com needs to be a crime  —  The U.S. Department of Justice is defending computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on Facebook or lie about your weight in an online dating profile.  —  In a statement obtained by CNET that's scheduled to be delivered tomorrow …
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.
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 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The making of the Xbox: Microsoft's journey to the next generation (part 2)
Thanks:devindra
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
New Study Shows Majority Of Americans Against SOPA; Believe Extreme Copyright Enforcement Is Unreasonable  —  One of the talking points we've been hearing about SOPA from the lobbyists pushing to get it approved is that the majority of Americans are in favor of the bill, because they want to “protect” intellectual property or jobs.
Discussion: Media Piracy …
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Facebook, Google join to fight Internet piracy legislation
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Leaked BlackBerry London is real, launching in Q3  —  We've just heard from a trusted source that the dummy device The Verge posted an image of earlier today is indeed a real BlackBerry, and it should in fact launch as the company's first BBX-based smartphone.
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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
BlackBerry London: is this the first RIM phone with the BBX OS?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Benchmark, Marissa Mayer Put $5.5M In Stationery Design And Retail Site Minted  —  Minted, design community and e-commerce site for stationery and cards, has raised $5.5 million in Series B funding led Benchmark Capital, with IDG Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Marissa Mayer and Jeremy Stoppelman participating.
Pew Research:
Why Americans Use Social Media  —  Two-thirds of online adults (66%) use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn.  These internet users say that connections with family members and friends (both new and old) are a primary consideration in their adoption of social media tools.
Corin Anderson / Inside Search:
Search using your terms, verbatim  —  Behind the simplicity of Google search is a complex set of algorithms that expands and improves the query you've typed to find the best results.  Automatic spelling correction ([vynal] to “vinyl") and substituting synonyms (matching [pictures] to “photos” …
Discussion: SiliconFilter and The Next Web
Myles Jordan / Google LatLong:
See your rated places and discover new ones directly on the map  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Places Blog)  —  Since the My Places tab was released earlier this summer, you've been able to view all the places you've rated in one manageable list.  This list is now being used to personalize …
Foursquare Blog:
The magic of foursquare discovery, now on your big-screen devices. #new4SQ  —  NOTE (Tuesday, 1:30pm EST): This will be going live over the next couple of days.  Hope you enjoy it!  —  As foursquare has evolved, the focus has turned from simply ‘checking in’ to sharing our experiences and expertise …
Discussion: @zackzachariah and @rsarver
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: GottaBeMobile, Gizmodo and TeleRead, Thanks:benparr
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 …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
LinkedIn insiders preparing to unload shares  —  The LinkedIn lockup is almost over and shareholders are winding up to sell more than 6.7 million shares.  They are looking to realize gains in the stock, which has risen 74% since its initial public offering in May.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon Web Services lands on supercomputer list, bolsters HPC offering  —  Summary: The new HPC instance includes 2 Intel Xeon processors with 8 cores each.  The Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large also has 2 GB of RAM and 3.46 TB of instance storage.  —  Amazon Web Services is adding …
 
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Bloomberg:
SAP Plans to Double China Workforce, Budgets $2 Billion Spending by 2015
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Vyatta nabs $12M from HighBAR, JPMorgan, Citrix to push cloud networking security
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Recent Google+ Posts & “Add To Circles” Buttons Are Coming To Google's Search Results
Discussion: Softpedia News
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Recruiters Seek E-Commerce Executives
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 announced with BB OS 7, available in ‘the coming weeks’
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Fab Hits A Million Users, Is Raising Many Millions of Dollars
Amy Pyett / Reuters:
Australia court to hear Samsung-Apple case in March