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9:25 AM ET, November 16, 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.
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 …
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
Bloomberg:
Google Music Store Chases Apple's ITunes  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is entering the online music market almost a decade too late to pose a threat to Apple Inc. (AAPL), the largest seller of songs on the Web.  —  The service, scheduled to be unveiled at a Google event in Los Angeles today …
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC Zeta rendered, rumored to pack 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Ready for today's grain of salt?  We just got handed imagery and specs of a possible HTC device in the works codenamed the Zeta.  It's a quad-core handset, much like the Edge that was leaked last week …
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Why I'm treating startups more critically lately  —  I've noticed that lately I'm treating startups much more critically.  Today I chewed into an entrepreneur who was pitching me a new thing that was sort of like Oink, or maybe it was Foursquare, or maybe it was Foodspotting.
Surur / WMPoweruser:
Nokia hints at higher-end Lumia handset, confirms Windows 8 tablets by June 2012  —  The head of Nokia France it seems has loose lips.  —  Talking to French LesEchos newspaper he spoke of Nokia's plan to boost their market share of the French market from their current 16% back to 22% (close to the 25% they had 2 years ago).
BBC:
Scientists boost battery strength with small holes  —  Batteries built from the novel material mix could be fully charged from flat in 15 minutes  —  Batteries for phones and laptops could soon recharge ten times faster and hold a charge ten times larger than current technology allows.
Discussion: PC Gamer and Ubergizmo
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
The Wisest Entrepreneurs Know How to Preserve Equity  —  So you want to be an Internet billionaire.  It's not just about having a great idea and building a world-class business at light speed.  —  A review of recent initial public offering filings for Internet start-ups shows that the founders …
Bill Gurley / abovethecrowd.com:
You Don't Have To Tweet To Twitter  —  Frequent comparisons to Facebook leave many confused about the true value of Twitter.  “In a brand new direction A change of perception On a brand new trajection” [Disclosure: Benchmark Capital is a major investor in Twitter, and my partner Peter Fenton sits on the Twitter BOD.]
Discussion: TechCrunch
Electronista:
HP gets into ultrabooks with nine-hour Folio 13  —  HP Folio 13 claims ultrabook battery record  —  HP formally launched itself into the ultrabook space early Wednesday with the Folio 13.  The 13.3-inch system is “less than” 0.7 inches thick and, while heavier than the MacBook Air at 3.3 pounds …
Ben Folk-Williams / Digg Blog:
Some Charts Are Wrong aka An Update on Digg Traffic  —  From time to time at Digg we see speculation on our traffic based on “estimated data,” and ominous prognostication of what it means.  But the story is pretty different if you're looking at the actual data.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Speak Out Against SOPA: Send Congress A Physical Letter In Just A Few Clicks  —  The web community is currently in an apprehensive uproar over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which threatens to create an Internet blacklist that operates at the DNS level in a misguided attempt to curb piracy.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Wow: Intel unveils 1 teraflop chip with 50-plus cores  —  I thought the prospect of quad-core tablet computers was exciting.  —  Then I saw Intel's latest — a 1 teraflop chip, with more than 50 cores, that Intel unveiled today, running it on a test machine at the SC11 supercomputing conference in Seattle.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Servicemesh nets $15 million for enterprise software push  —  Servicemesh snagged $15 million in venture money from Ignition Partners to fuel its enterprise software push.  Ignition partner Frank Artale will join Servicemesh's board.  —  The four-year-old company focuses …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Miramax Is The Latest To Ink A Deal With Netflix For UK Launch  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) is picking up some more momentum for its UK and Ireland launch, scheduled for early next year.  The streaming video company has now added film studio Miramax to its list of content partners …
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 …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Cox to exit wireless business: sales end Nov. 16th, leaves the air March 30th, 2012  —  Cox Wireless has always been something of an also-ran, trying to play catch up with the big boys that already had a well-established infrastructure.  It snatched up some precious 700MHz spectrum from the FCC …
Devidutta Tripathy / Reuters:
NTT Docomo to spend $11 bln on 4G LTE, launch LTE smartphones  —  (Reuters) - Japanese cellular carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc plans to spend a total of 880 billion yen ($11 billion) on the rollout of 4G LTE (long term evolution) networks through fiscal 2015 and to launch LTE-enabled smartphones this winter …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Otellini: Windows 8, touch-based ultrabooks a pair  —  Intel CEO Paul Otellini speaking at the Intel Capital Global Summit.  Touch-based ultrabooks are major focus in 2012.  —  HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—Intel CEO Paul Otellini said today at an Intel conference that touch-based ultrathin …
Discussion: Microsoft News and Neowin.net
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.
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
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Visa Names Its New PayPal-Like Digital Wallet Service “V.me”  —  The brand that consumers will see when Visa's digital wallet launches early next year won't be the Visa logo.  —  The payments company will be using the name V.me to differentiate it from its more well-known services found …
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
E-Reader Display Shows Vibrant Color Video  —  Mirasol's reflective display is being tested by device manufacturers, and could appear on shelves next year.  —  Even as the processing power and download speeds of mobile devices surge, one component still lags behind: the screen.
Discussion: Android and Me and PhoneArena
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Subscription Billings Platform Zuora Nabs $36M From Index, Greylock At $200M-Plus Valuation  —  Zuora, a SaaS startup that offers online services to manage and automate customer subscriptions and payments, has raised $36 million in new funding from Index Ventures, Greylock Partners …
Discussion: VentureBeat and PE Hub Blog
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Salvation Army Turns to Square to Trial Mobile Payments for Donations  —  The Salvation Army is working with Square to test the potential of the firm's mobile payment solutions to aid its donation collecting, according to a report from The New York Times.  —  The move will allow people …
Michael Geist Blog:
The CRTC's UBB Decision: Bell Loses But Do Consumers Win?  —  The CRTC released its much anticipated decision on usage based billing this afternoon, rejecting the wholesale UBB model that came within weeks of taking effect and Bell's revised Aggregated Volume Pricing model …
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Zappos founder launches RNKD to connect brands and the people who love them (video)  —  Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn wants to see a picture of everything in your closet.  —  In return, he'll give you badges and even discounts on clothing brands that you love.  —  He's not a creep (as far as I know).
Discussion: Social Markets and CNET News
 
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Alison Flood / Guardian:
Amazon's Kindle lending library is contract breach, say US authors
Discussion: Fast Company
Ted Samson / InfoWorld:
ISPs could have stopped massive click-fraud operation
Discussion: eWeek
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Qualcomm's vision: A Snapdragon processor in your TV?
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Pentagon: Offensive cyber attacks fair game
Discussion: Reuters and Stars & Stripes
Anne Trafton / MIT:
Mimicking the brain, in silicon
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
4chan hit by DDoS attack, struggling to get back online
Discussion: thinq_
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
App Updates, New Releases May Be Delayed or Unavailable During Christmas Week, Apple Warns
Discussion: Softpedia News
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
ThinkUp Archives and Analyzes Your Social Media Life
Discussion: Expert Labs, Anil Dash and ReadWriteWeb
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Names Levinson Chairman of the Board; Disney's Iger Tapped as Director
Corin Anderson / Inside Search:
Search using your terms, verbatim
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Marketing Pilgrim
Foursquare Blog:
The magic of foursquare discovery, now on your big-screen devices. #new4SQ