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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer introduces 7-inch and 10.1-inch Android tablets, shipping April 2011  —  Shocker of shockers, folks — Acer's getting into the tablet game, too.  With the holidays too close for comfort, the outfit's giving everyone pause that was considering that janky Android tablet on sale for Black Friday.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer reveals Iconia dual-screen laptop / tablet, Clear.fi cloud-based media sharing system  —  Here in New York at Acer's Global press event, the company's talking touch.  Lots and lots of touch.  It'll be introducing a veritable smorgasbord of equipment as the minutes roll on …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer reveals 4.8-inch Android smartphone with 1024x480 screen resolution  —  Acer may be calling this “100 percent smartphone.  100 percent tablet.,” but something just doesn't add up there.  That being said, we have to agree that a 1024x480 screen resolution on a 4.8-inch smartphone is downright drool-worthy.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iOS 4.3 To Launch In Mid-December With App Subscriptions  —  iOS 4.2 went public yesterday, but Apple is already aiming at a mid-December release for the next major update of its mobile operating system, iOS 4.3.  Before we get into the details and we try to put the pieces together …
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
SAP Must Pay Oracle $1.3 Billion Over Unit's Downloads  —  SAP AG, the world's largest maker of business application software, must pay $1.3 billion to Oracle Corp. for copyright infringement by a now-defunct software maintenance unit, a federal jury in California decided.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Oracle-SAP: Closing Statements Followed by Closing Insults
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Patent Office Agrees To Facebook's “Face” Trademark  —  Facebook is just a payment away from trademarking the word “Face.”  As of today the U.S. Patent And Trademark Office has sent the social networking site a Notice of Allowance, which means they have agreed to grant the “Face” trademark to Facebook.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Beatles Aren't Yesterday, After All: Two Million Songs, 450,000 Albums in a Week  —  Question every Internet wisenheimer had last week: “Doesn't every Beatles fan already have every Beatles song?”  —  Answer: Nope.  Consumers had room for two million Fab Four songs …
James Fee / James Fee GIS Blog:
What Steve Coast's Move to Bing Really Means  —  OK, sure — there is a rush to blog the news.  Steve Coast joined Bing.  But leaving it at just that news misses the whole point of what Bing/Microsoft wants and why Steve would go join the Bing Maps team.  Remember this news a couple months ago?
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Embraces OpenStreetMap, Hires Founder
Discussion: SteveC, Bing, Pulse2 and ReadWriteWeb
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Fans Throw Eggs At Houses Blurred In Google Street View  —  Some people who chose to blur their houses on Google Street View in Germany received an unexpected real life blurring: Google fans who threw eggs at their homes.  —  Deutsche Welle reports that on Saturday …
Nielsen Wire:
Kids in the U.S. Eyeing Big-Ticket Tech This Holiday Season  —  With Black Friday rapidly approaching, parents may want to get up early Friday morning to find deals, as a recent survey shows their kids are eyeing some wallet-stretching electronics this holiday season.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google Fired an Apple Legend for Leaking Internal Memo  —  The saga of Randy Wigginton is long and lively.  He was employee number six at Apple.  A distinguished engineer at PayPal and eBay.  And now word out of Google is that he's been fired there for leaking a raise.
Discussion: The Register and Pulse2
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Alternative Diaspora Launches Their Private Alpha With Some Bet Hedging  —  We've been tracking the progress of Diaspora, the open-source Facebook alternative, since before the project even started.  That's because the idea got so much buzz on the crowdsourced micro-funding site Kickstarter …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures arms HTC with big patent trove  —  Mobile phone maker HTC today announced a licensing deal that gives it acess to a large collection of patents owned by Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue-based firm run by Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft chief technology officer.
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Reuters:
Wozniak says he was wrong about Nuance/Apple deal  —  Retired Apple Inc co-founder Steve Wozniak said he was “totally wrong” in recently suggesting the iPhone maker had bought speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. Nuance's shares had touched a 2-1/2-year high on Tuesday …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Facebook Shares Get Sliced Into Derivatives as Value Surges  —  Facebook Inc.'s soaring valuation is spurring shareholders to slice and dice their stock, giving investors everywhere from Silicon Valley to Wall Street a chance to bet on the company.  EB Exchange Funds LLC, based in San Francisco …
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Getting your “baggage” handled by the TSA?  Yeah, there's a badge for that  —  Foursquare's irreverent sense of humor couldn't have come into play at a better time.  As millions of travelers prepare for the US's busiest travel weekend of the year, foursquare has released a new badge picking up on America's latest punchline, the TSA.
Electronista:
Dell selling Streak unlocked in US with Android 2.2, 32GB  —  Dell today began selling an unlocked version of the Streak along with an OS upgrade.  The new version, which can now work on T-Mobile or other GSM carriers, is the first in the US to ship with Android 2.2 out of the box.
Ken Gagne / Computerworld:
Apple-1 goes for $213K in Christie's auction  —  It was No. 82 of about 200 Apple-1s made  —  Computerworld - Christie's auction house in London today sold an Apple-1 computer for £133,250, or $213,600.  —  The lot, which went up for auction at 9:30 a.m. ET today, had an estimated value of between $160,300 and $240,450.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Stewart Buttefield built Flickr into a mass market tool.  Can he be a success in online games?  —  Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake built Flickr into the first great photo-sharing site on the web.  They sold it to Yahoo in 2005 and Butterfield stayed a few years at Yahoo.
Discussion: Joystiq, Eurogamer and VG247
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple posts Black Friday sale teaser  —  In advance of the biggest shopping day of the year, Apple has posted a teaser for a Nov. 26 Black Friday sale on its website, telling customers to come back to the Apple Online Store on Friday for a special “holiday shopping event.”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hollywood's Big Hope: Google Shows Up With Suitcase Full of Money.  It Could Happen!  —  Here's a script Hollywood has been pitching for some time: Google comes to town with a checkbook in hand.  —  It hasn't happened yet, but the longer the company struggles to break into the market for …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Skyfire Debuts 3.0 for Android: A “Browser for the Social Networking Generation”  —  Skyfire, the mobile browser that brought Flash video to the iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices, is unveiling version 3.0 for Android today.  This latest version of Skyfire, dubbed the “Facebook edition” …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Poaching Enterprise Sales Staff From Research in Motion  —  As evidence of Apple's strong push into the enterprise market for the iPhone, The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) that the company has hired at least five key members of Research in Motion's enterprise sales staff over the last year and a half.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Is “Extremely Pleased” With Playdom/Disney Litigation Settlement  —  A little over a year ago Zynga sued rival game startup Playdom for, among other things, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of the duty of loyalty, tortious interference with contracts …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this the Motorola Olympus Tegra 2 smartphone?  —  A tipster is shopping this device around the tech blog circuit this morning claiming it's the first of two “iPhone killer” Olympus Tegra 2 smartphones from Motorola.  At first glance, it looks like a Motorola Defy.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Holiday Spending To Reach $32B; E-Commerce Sales Already Up 13 Percent
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Army launches video-sharing site for the military
Discussion: Pronet Advertising and Cisco Blog
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
St. Clair accuses Apple, RIM, HTC of patent infringement
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Social media tracker Tynt gives developers content in real-time data streams
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Boasts About Its Supersized Video Offering, and Puts Ran Harnevo in Charge
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Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Microsoft Job Advert Hints at Apps for Xbox
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
How Kleiner Perkins Almost Blew Its Best Investment Since Google
Discussion: Pulse2
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
Bubble or bust? Nobody knows anything
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
Bloomberg:
China Unicom Restricts Resale of Apple IPhone4
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