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4:00 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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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Announces “_nomap” WiFi Opt-out Option, Wants Other Location Providers To Go Along
Discussion: ZDNet and Between the Lines Blog
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 …
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Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook confirms images of porn and violence, is investigating
Discussion: The Verge and NBC Bay Area
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Ballmer sees no value in splitting Microsoft up  —  Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at the company's 2011 annual meeting.  —  BELLEVUE, Wash.—Microsoft's chief executive told the company's shareholders at its annual meeting this morning that there is no benefit in breaking the company up.
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:   Microsoft shareholders grumble at brief annual meet
Foursquare Blog:
The magic of foursquare discovery, now on your big-screen devices. #new4SQ  —  NOTE (Tuesday, 1:30pm EST): Now live for all!  Enjoy!  —  As foursquare has evolved, the focus has turned from simply ‘checking in’ to sharing our experiences and expertise, unlocking rewards and deals, and exploring the world around us.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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
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!
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Recent Changes At Amazon & Best Buy Seem To Suggest A New Apple TV Is Coming Soon  —  The Apple TV is starting to look a bit stale.  The current model was announced on September 1st, 2010, but being Apple's hobby, it always takes a back seat in the refresh van.
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Jobs wanted own network with unlicensed spectrum  —  Apple's Steve Jobs wanted his own network that would use unlicensed spectrum rather than rely on mobile operators, says John Stanton  —  Steve Jobs initially hoped to create his own network with the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi uses rather …
Discussion: MacRumors, MacNN, 9to5Mac and The Next Web
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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Sara McKinley / Inside AdWords:
Third Party Tools To Help Manage Your Google+ Page  —  Labels: google+, Google+ Pages, pages for businesses  —  Last week, we announced Google+ Pages, which provide a new way for businesses, brands, products, organizations and other entities to build a public identity on Google+.
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.
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.
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 …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Minimizing restarts after automatic updating in Windows Update … When it comes to Windows Update, one of the most discussed topics is the disruptiveness of restarts in the course of automatic updating.  And for good reason—restarts can interrupt you right in the middle of something important.
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.
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 …
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.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
It's Time For Transparency On Music Streaming Rates
Discussion: Electronista
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
OccupySocialMedia: GO Launches A Mobile App For Anonymous Photo & Video Sharing
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
LinkedIn insiders preparing to unload shares
Bloomberg:
SAP Plans to Double China Workforce, Budgets $2 Billion Spending by 2015
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Amazon Web Services lands on supercomputer list, bolsters HPC offering
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, Ars Technica and GeekWire
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Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
What the Vaio Z says about Sony's little design problem
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’
Charles Humble / InfoQ:
Adobe Donating Flex to Open Source Foundation; Continues Fire Sale on Formerly-Core Software
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Adobe Touch apps hands-on: Photoshop Touch, Kuler, Proto, and more come to Android
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air now 28% of Apple's notebook shipments