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11:40 AM ET, November 24, 2010

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Susan Pulliam / Wall Street Journal:
Supply Data Now a Focus of Probe  —  Has the “channel check” become a criminal act?  —  Wall Street analysts have been left bewildered in recent days, as federal prosecutors begin to home in on insider-trading cases that appear to involve routinely published information about public-company supply chains.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple analysts under SEC investigation for ‘channel checks’  —  The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission is investigating Wall Street analysts who cover Apple over the possibility that ‘channel checks,’ routine checks with suppliers and manufacturers, constitute insider trading.
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   Oracle's $1.3 billion verdict over SAP: Six big questions
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal:
Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback  —  One of the most potentially intrusive technologies for profiling and targeting Internet users with ads is on the verge of a comeback, two years after an outcry by privacy advocates in the U.S. and Britain appeared to kill it.
Discussion: GigaOM, DSLreports and Hillicon Valley
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 …
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.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Acer Iconia first hands-on! (update: video!)  —  Acer's dual-screen Iconia laptop is bold, for sure — eschewing a physical keyboard for another display — but its LCD panels are also mighty glossy.  If you've got a light in the vicinity above you, there's gonna be glare — we saw it on stage, and we just saw it now in person.
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Ray Willington / Hot Hardware:
Acer's “Alive” Digital Content Platform: A New App Store Emerges
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Jim Jansen / PewResearch.org:
The Better-Off Online  —  People in higher-income households are different from other Americans in their tech ownership and use.  —  Analysis of several recent surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Projects finds key differences between those who live …
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Amazon Black Friday deal: $89 Kindle 2  —  Alert.  Amazon just slipped a little Black Friday deal onto its Facebook page: $89 for its second-generation Kindle.  —  Here's the full text of the message: … We don't know how long the deal will last (it starts at 9 a.m. PT) but the price seems somewhat enticing.
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix's Advice on Moving to Amazon Web Services  —  The Netflix's video streaming service has nearly tripled in growth during the past year.  To scale the service, Netflix has moved its API and other operations to Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the past several months.
Discussion: Cloudscaling
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
A High-Tech Edge on Black Friday  —  Smartphone Apps Track the Latest Deals, What's in Stock; Reveal Your Location and Get a Coupon  —  Debbie Young has a secret weapon in her quest for Black Friday's best deals: her iPhone.  —  Using an app, or program, on her phone as a guide …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Delicious Founder Raises Funding For Tasty Labs' Take On Social Software  —  Earlier this month, we noted that Delicious founder Joshua Schachter, together with Nick Nguyen (the former director of add-ons for Mozilla) and Paul Rademacher, the ex-Googler known for creating “the first true Web 2.0 application” …
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.
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Indie App Stores Struggle  —  Long before Apple Inc. started selling trendy applications to iPhone users, there were online stores where consumers could download apps for their cellphones.  But Apple's dominance and the entry of other giants into the apps store business is forcing these smaller players to change tactics to survive.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce names JP Rangaswami chief scientist  —  JP Rangaswami, the former chief scientist at BT, will take the same position at Salesforce.com.  —  Salesforce.com said Wednesday that Rangaswami will contribute to the company's product strategy and be an evangelist for cloud computing around the globe.
Discussion: CNET News, Computerworld and TechCrunch
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flash Free: Aviary Hatches A Lightweight HTML5 Photo Editor For The Web  —  Aviary is very good at what they do.  That is, offering relatively powerful tools for amateur artists to edit content online.  But all of those tools are Flash-based.  And some of Aviary's partners didn't like that too much, feeling they were too cumbersome.
Andreas Constantinou / VisionMobile :: blog:
Apps is the new Web: sowing the seeds for Web 3.0  —  [With the phenomenal success of mobile apps, the world of content is migrating from web 2.0 to apps as the new format for creating, packaging, discovering, paying and interacting with information.  Andreas Constantinou analyses how apps …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
iPhone gets UberTwitter client, BlackBerrys have one less reason to exist  —  If the name UberTwitter sounds familiar, that'll be because it's one of the more popular mobile Twitter clients, accounting for 10 million tweets each day from BlackBerry users around the globe.  And now it's also available on the iPhone.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opera Mini Had 76.3 Million Users In October, Up 92 Percent From Last Year  —  Opera's mobile browser, Opera Mini has had a big year.  It's iPhone app was approved, saw one million downloads in the first day and since the mobile browser has been growing like gangbusters.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Patent Case Against Motorola to Get Trade Agency Review  —  Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s patent claims against Motorola Inc. will be reviewed by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which could issue an order banning Motorola phones from the U.S.
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Scale Computing raises $17M to sell storage one terabyte at a time  —  Scale Computing, a provider of small-scale computer storage databases, announced today that it has raised $17 million in its third round of funding to triple its staff over the next three years.
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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