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10:30 PM ET, November 15, 2011

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Nancy Gohring / Macworld:
Venture capitalist: Jobs wanted own network with unlicensed spectrum  —  Steve Jobs initially hoped to create his own network with the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi uses rather than work with the mobile operators, said wireless industry legend John Stanton.
iFixit:
Amazon Kindle Fire Teardown  —  Amazon proposes to offer users a full media experience with their $199 tablet.  It didn't take long until we decided to see what they crammed inside this value package.  Did this teardown kindle a fiery passion for gadget disassembly in you?
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Reuters:   Amazon tablet has chips from TI, Samsung, Hynix
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Microsoft Socl: inside the company's secret social network (exclusive)  —  Earlier this summer, a teaser page appeared at Socl.com revealing Tulalip, an oddly named service from Microsoft promising a new way to “Find what you need and Share what you know.”  Facebook and Twitter sign-ins were offered …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
“Greater Choice”  —  Late last night, I linked to a blog post Google put up and jotted down some initial thoughts.  Given the response (thousands of views, 100+ notes, etc.), I thought it was only fair that I elaborate a bit.  Google's post is entitled “Greater choice for wireless access point owners”.
Discussion: @fromedome and @qthrul
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Names Levinson Chairman of the Board; Disney's Iger Tapped as Director  —  Apple has tapped long-time board member Art Levinson as non-executive chairman of its board, replacing co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last month after a long battle with cancer.
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Reuters:   Apple, with eye on media, names Disney's Iger to board
Tom Loftus / Digits:
Facebook Blames ‘Coordinated Spam Attack’ for Surge in Porn Imagery (Update)  —  Facebook said today that a “coordinated spam attack” was to blame for the posting of pornographic and violent images on the news feeds of unsuspecting Facebook users.  —  The issue, which first started appearing …
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Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Facebook Porn and Gore Exploit Spiraling Out Of Control
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.
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 …
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.
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” …
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
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+.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker: “Little Startups Are Ridiculously OverFunded”  —  Speaking at the Techonomy conference today, Sean Parker warns about the downside of the explosion of seed-stage startups.  “Little startups are ridiculously overfunded,” he say.  “The market is ridiculously overcrowded with early stage investors.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet unboxing and hands-on (video)  —  Look what we got in our grubby hands — it's the new Nook Tablet, Barnes & Noble's attempt to elbow in on this holiday season's crowded tablet landscape.  At $249, the slate is being positioned as a direct competitor to Amazon's budget Kindle Fire.
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.
Billboard:
Sony on Board for Google Music Launch Tomorrow: Report  —  In addition to Universal, Sony and the recently sold EMI are expected to be on board when Google announces the addition of MP3 downloads to Google Music at an event Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: LivingSocial Launches “Room Service” Food Delivery (Cloth Napkins Included)  —  Today, LivingSocial is announcing Room Service, which delivers high-end meals to your door — complete with dishes, candles and cloth napkins.  —  The Washington, D.C.-based company will also be trying …
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
ThinkUp Archives and Analyzes Your Social Media Life  —  The software I've been building for the past two years, ThinkUp, left beta today.  Download ThinkUp 1.0 to install on your web server, or launch ThinkUp on Amazon EC2 in under 60 seconds.  Here's a rundown of what ThinkUp is, what it does, and why it's important.
Discussion: Expert Labs, Anil Dash and ReadWriteWeb
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Tor launches do-it-yourself privacy bridge in Amazon cloud  —  The Tor Project, the development team behind the Tor anonymizing network, has developed a version of its software packaged for Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.  Tor Cloud provides a way for users of the network to create a “bridge” …
Discussion: TechFlash
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Considers Internet Rival to Cable TV  —  Sony Corp. is considering launching an Internet-based alternative to cable-TV service, say people familiar with the situation, the latest threat to cable and satellite operators that now dominate pay television.  —  The Japanese electronics …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Ditch those coupons: Square updates iOS and Android apps with loyalty features  —  Mobile payments startup Square has updated its popular iOS and Android apps to include loyalty tracking and discounts for regular customers and further hardware support for brick-and-mortar stores, the company revealed today.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Intel Capital's new $100M AppUp fund will finance application and content development  —  Intel Capital, the veteran investment arm of Intel, has announced the AppUp fund to invest $100 million in companies creating applications and digital content for multiple devices.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Voice for Android Now Has Offline Voicemail and Group Texting  —  Just a quickie here for you, but it's an important one.  Users of Google Voice on the Android platform get a couple of special treats today.  There's a new update for the Google Voice app that brings along with it some surprises.
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.
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!
 
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Anne Trafton / MIT:
Mimicking the brain, in silicon
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Visa Names New PayPal-Like Digital Wallet Services V.me
Bloomberg:
Ericsson Eyes Sales From Mobile Industry's Top Patents Trove
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
MOG launches first on-demand streaming service for cars with BMW & Mini
Discussion: Variety
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins 31 Patents Covering NFC, Location, the Magic Mouse +
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
4chan hit by DDoS attack, struggling to get back online
Discussion: Netcraft
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
App Updates, New Releases May Be Delayed or Unavailable During Christmas Week, Apple Warns
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
RIAA wants ReDigi out of the business of selling “used” iTunes tracks
Discussion: Plagiarism Today and TeleRead
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook, Twitter, eBay & Other Big Internet Companies Come Out Against SOPA
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The making of the Xbox: Microsoft's journey to the next generation (part 2)
Myles Jordan / Google LatLong:
See your rated places and discover new ones directly on the map
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Benchmark, Marissa Mayer Put $5.5M In Stationery Design And Retail Site Minted
Discussion: Market Wire, GigaOM and VentureBeat
Gartner:
Gartner Says Sales of Mobile Devices Grew 5.6 Percent in Third Quarter of 2011; Smartphone Sales Increased 42 Percent
Zal Bilimoria / The Official Netflix Blog:
New Experience Now Available for All Android Tablets (iPad Coming Soon)