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New York State thinks Apple’s deal with Grand Central might be a little too good, Samsung thinks Apple’s smartphone is old and busted, and Apple, Google, and Facebook think the Web needs a new sheriff. The remainders for Thursday, November 11, 2011, on the other hand, think they need a better agent.

State probing Apple’s deal for a new store Grand Central (New York Post)

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is investigating the terms of Apple’s lease with Grand Central Terminal for its new store, due to open next week. The investigation was prompted by the Post’s earlier report, which said that Apple is not sharing revenue with Grand Central operator, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. DiNapoli intends to make sure “the MTA hasn’t given away the store.” Inside sources tell this reporter that the MTA’s pitch to Apple consisted of a pithy “Take our space…please!”

Samsung Mobile USA (Facebook)

Samsung continues to lay the smack down on Apple—or attempts to do so. On the company’s Facebook page, it dubs the iPhone “old school,” comparing it to a 1980s Zack Morris cell phone and a pair of tin cans with a string. By comparison, you can tell Samsung’s phone is “cutting edge,” thanks to the futuristically unreadable font.

iPhone tops celebs, news as most searched on Web (Reuters)

Yahoo says Apple’s iPhone is the top search term on the Web, beating out celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lopez. So I guess we should expect the iPhone’s debut album any day now.

Apple, Google, Facebook, and others join EU coalition to age-rate the whole internet (The Verge)

Three big tech companies are joining a European Union-led initiative to protect children from harmful content online. Expect negotiations to break down when Apple wants Google and Facebook included under that heading.

Conservative Siri (The Colbert Report)

Stephen Colbert demonstrates Siri and explains where the virtual assistant’s political leanings are. I would vote for Siri, personally, because it does whatever I tell it to.

Robin Williams offers Apple advice on how to make Siri even better (ZDNet)

If Robin Williams is more your speed, here’s the comedian’s take on using Siri in France. Following this, Williams performed the entirety of Pixar’s Ratatouille, unprompted.

Product News:

Infinity Blade II - The sequel to Epic Games's fantasy hit has arrived for iOS devices. Battle your way through an immersive 3D world; choose from multiple classes of weapons, armor, and spells; and customize your character with equipment that you acquire along the way. Features iCloud support and HDMI output. Optimized for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 (it'll also run on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, 16GB or higher third-generation iPod touches, and fourth-generation iPod touch). $7.

Super Stickman Golf 1.7 - Noodlecake Studios's unparalleled iOS golf game hits version 1.7, bringing six new courses, a new golf tour leader board, more than 100 points worth of new achievements, and bug fixes. $1.

Kaspersky Virus Scanner - Kaspersky Lab has released a new product, Virus Scanner. It's adapted from the company's existing Anti-Virus for Mac product (which costs $40). Like its predecessor, Virus Scanner is designed to detect Mac and non-Mac malware, including Trojans, worms, spyware, adware, as well as viruses and zero-day threats; it doesn't, however, offer protection from malicious/phishing websites. And unlike Anti-Virus for Mac, it doesn't run in the background to provide constant, real-time protection—you have to opt to run it—and it doesn't update its signature database as frequently as Anti-Virus for Mac. Virus Scanner is available through the Mac App Store for $10.

Flickpad 2.8 - Shacked Software has released an update to Flickpad, its iPad app that provides a unified interface for photos your friends and family have posted on Flickr and Facebook. Version 2.8 adds the ability to re-share those photos via Facebook and Twitter. $2.

MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20 - Version 4.1.3 of the practice management software for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and eye care professionals adds Lion compatibility, payment plans, and an ordering system.

MarsEdit 3.4.1 - Version 3.4.1 of Red Sweater Software's blog editor improves media management, adding support for iPhoto's Faces, a new zoom control for thumbnails, support for Lightroom photo collection sets, a resizable upload window, and improvements to the Flickr browser for viewing different image sizes. External editing has also been improved, and Byword is now included in the list of default editors. Additional bug fixes as well. Free update for owners of version 3.x; $40 for a new license or $15 for an upgrade from a previous version via Red Sweater's site.

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