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7:20 AM ET, November 17, 2011

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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Don't Be Too Disappointed By Google Music's Lackluster Debut  —  The web is less than enthused by Google Music, which made its debut today with the usual fanfare.  The criticism is withering in its somewhat entitled way: “Where's the Spotify killer?”  “Rdio already does this!”  “So it's basically iTunes match?”
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Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Google Music is open for business  —  Last May at Google I/O, we launched Music Beta by Google with a clear ambition: to help people access their music collections easily from any device.  Music Beta enabled you to upload your personal music collection (up to 20,000 songs) …
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Google Music launching with EMI, Sony Music, and others; offering free, exclusive music  —  As rumored, Google Music launched its music store today with a range of new content partnerships, letting users buy millions of songs from the Google Marketplace.  Sony Music Entertainment …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google launches music store with social sharing, indie artist hub
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Chief Sponsor Wavers on Web Censorship Bill in Charged Hearing  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, right, accompanied by Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., discuss their efforts to modify the internet's workings to fight copyright …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
What the web is saying about SOPA
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Takes Fight Against SOPA Up A Notch, ‘Censors’ User Dashboards
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Key AOL executive Brad Garlinghouse to leave  —  Brad Garlinghouse, President of the Applications and Commerce Group and head of AOL's Silicon Valley operations is leaving the beleaguered online service AOL, according to multiple sources.  Garlinghouse is well known in Silicon Valley …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia aims to undercut rivals with volume focus  —  (Reuters) - Nokia plans to undercut its Windows Phone rivals to give its new smartphones a foothold in the market before trying to improve margins, its Chief Executive Stephen Elop said on Wednesday.  —  Nokia unveiled a strategy shift …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
AT&T confirms talks with Nokia to offer Windows Phones in 2012
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook identifies those behind coordinated spam attack  —  Summary: Facebook says it knows who orchestrated the coordinated spam attack resulting in the huge flood of links, videos, and images depicting pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality.
Discussion: The Next Web, BBC, Pulse2 and The Register, Thanks:t_harbaugh
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Camera+ Brings VolumeSnap Back, Still Destroys Apple's Own Camera App  —  Today, tap tap tap, the company behind the wildly popular and feature rich app Camera+ has added a feature back into its app that Apple forced them to remove some time ago.  —  “VolumeSnap” allowed Camera+ users …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus on sale in the UK today  —  Google's big, bold, and beautiful new Android phone is today being released in the UK.  The Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus was announced to be launching on November 17th a couple of weeks ago, but some carriers and retailers have since had to bump back their release date for it.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
With a bold new redesign, AIM could finally be cool again (seriously)  —  It's been more than 10 years since I've used AOL Instant Messenger as my go-to chat client, but the new AIM may just be good enough to change that.  —  AOL launched a preview of its latest AIM vision today, which includes new desktop, mobile, and web apps.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft drops Dryad; puts its big-data bets on Hadoop  —  Summary: Microsoft is dropping its ‘Dryad’ big-data processing work and focusing, instead, on developing a Windows Azure and Windows Server implementation of Hadoop.  —  Just a month after insisting there was still a place …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Android sees a 472% increase in malware since July  —  Android sees a 472% increase in malware since July  —  Android is definitely winning... the race for the most malware, that is.  —  According to a new study from the Juniper Global Threat Center, malware on Android rose an incredible 472% since July 2011.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Steve Jobs Secret Meeting to Explore an iPod Phone is Revealing  —  In our special report today we present you with a fascinating account of one of Steve Jobs' secret meeting that involved creating the iPhone and how the iPod Phone almost came to be.  It was much closer to reality than any us could have ever imagined at the time.
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Peter Wayner / InfoWorld:
First look: Oracle NoSQL Database  —  Oracle's take on the distributed key-value data store is fast, flexible, and enterprise-grade serious  —  For the last few years, the world of NoSQL databases has been filled with exciting new projects, ambitious claims, and plenty of chest beating.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Another Member Of The Twitter Comms Team Leaves.  So What's Going On At Twitter?  —  Twitter Communication exec Sean Garrett's departure from the company last week was a shock to many in the press who had the pleasure of dealing with him and the Twitter Communications Team.
Discussion: @rafat, @fromedome and @fredericl
Marco.org:
The relationship between Readability and Instapaper  —  I know it's bad form to mention your competitors, but I've been asked about Readability's announcement enough today that it's more of a charade not to talk about it, especially since a lot of people are under the wrong impression.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Google folds Checkout into Wallet  —  Google Checkout and Google Wallet are two Google products with very similar goals: storing your payment information and ushering commerce through Mountain View's ecosystem.  It was just a matter of time before the company got around to mixing them together …
Mark Sweney / paidContent:
LoveFilm Hits Back At Netflix With Warner Bros UK Deal  —  Amazon's LoveFilm has struck back against deal-happy video streaming rival Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX), signing its first UK rights agreement with a major Hollywood studio, Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) for films including The Hangover and The Dark Knight.
 
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Joseph Parish / The Verge:
DLNA will work with Wi-Fi Direct to stream media without a network
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Does AT&T need more spectrum? It's complicated
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
U.S. military better prepared for cyber warfare: general
Discussion: Reuters
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Judge Declares Law Governing Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Unconstitutional
Sean Captain / Threat Level:
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Mac platform reaches 15-year high with 5% worldwide market share
Discussion: The Next Web
Kavyanjali Kaushik / Reuters:
U.S. software company sues RIM over “BBX”
Discussion: Electronista
Babak Dehghanpisheh / The Daily Beast:
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Verizon Welcomes Users To The Opt-Out, Ad-Targeting Party
Discussion: Engadget
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC Vivid incites cease and desist letter from porn company claiming trademark infringement
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: 61 Percent Of Top Brands Have Created Google+ Pages, But No One Is Following
Discussion: Newsroom, WebProNews and Mashable!
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Facebook tracking is under scrutiny
xda-developers:
The Rootkit Of All Evil - CIQ
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung modified and relaunched Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, may steer clear of design right infringement
Gmail Blog:
Gmail app for iOS available in the App Store (again)