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1:45 AM ET, November 11, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, FTC Near Privacy Settlement  —  Facebook Inc. is finalizing a proposed settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it engaged in deceptive behavior when changing its privacy settings, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Facebook to make all sharing related privacy settings ‘opt-in’ instead of ‘opt-out’  —  Facebook is near an agreement that will settle a case with the Federal Trade Commission by making all of its privacy settings opt-in instead of opt-out, reports the WSJ.  That means that you will not share anything …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Zynga's stock ‘scandal’  —  What did I do?  —  There is no joy in Cityville — the mighty Pincus was called a lout.  —  Zynga this morning woke up to a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal, accusing the social gaming company and its CEO Mark Pincus of strong-arming employees into giving up previously-granted stock options.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Mark Pincus memo to Zynga employees  —  Earlier today the Wall Street Journal suggested that social gaming giant Zynga had strong-armed employees into giving up previously-granted stock options.  I wrote a follow-up post, arguing that the WSJ made things sound much worse than they really were.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals New Powerful Gestures in the Works for iOS Devices  —  On November 10, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a series of new gestures that will provide users with a number of advantages.  It will allow users to view clusters …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Sony CEO: We're building ‘a different kind of TV set,’ just like Apple  —  All eyes have been on Apple to reinvent the television set, but Sony CEO Howard Stringer recently confirmed that Sony, too, is working on re-imagining the TV.  “There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Logitech CEO: Google TV ‘cost us dearly,’ no Revue replacement coming  —  Yesterday, Logitech hosted an Analyst and Investor Day and during his remarks, CEO Guerrino De Luca pulled absolutely no punches in describing the “mistakes” the company made with its Logitech Revue Google TV set top box.
Discussion: 9to5Google and Android Phones …
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Users still seeing their battery life drain quickly after this morning's 5.0.1 update  —  Looking at the Apple support forums this afternoon, Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update that was released today isn't offering promised fixes of battery life (seen in the release notes) to everyone.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Releases Software Update Designed to Fix iOS 5 Battery Issues
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
How does Sony make money?  Life insurance!  —  Sony's consumer electronics business — led by TVs, videogames, and computers — still generates about half of the company's sales.  —  But Sony's profits these days come from what may seem like an unexpected source: Its financial services business …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Katango, The Automatic Friend Sorter  —  Back in September we broke the news that Google was in talks to acquire Katango, a small Kleiner Perkins-backed startup that launched this past summer.  Today, they've made it official: Katango just announced that it's been acquired by Google …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Contextual Rich News Browsing Startup Apture To Beef Up Chrome  —  Google has acquired Apture, a startup that brings instantaneous search to content on the web, we've confirmed with both companies.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bloomberg:
Groupon Stock Among Most-Expensive to Short, Data Explorers Says  —  Groupon Inc., which just completed the biggest initial public offering by a U.S. Internet company since Google Inc. (GOOG) sold shares in 2004, is among the most difficult stocks for short sellers to borrow and bet against.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Voice behind Siri goes public despite warning from Apple  —  The voice behind the U.K.'s Siri speaks.  —  Former technology journalist Jon Briggs has revealed himself as the voice of Siri in the United Kingdom, despite a warning from Apple to keep silent.  —  In an interview …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Can A Twitter Account Be A Company Trade Secret?  —  There has been an ongoing tug-of-war between journalists and publishers over who gets to keep digital possessions after a break-up.  The debate took a new twist this week after a court issued a ruling in the case of a tech reporter who walked …
Discussion: Technology & … and The Register, Thanks:spark_pr
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Start-Ups Rethink Worth of Patents  —  As Silicon Valley behemoths such as Apple Inc. engage in what some fear is patent Armageddon by challenging competitors' technology, smaller tech companies and venture capitalists are changing their long-held view that it isn't worthwhile for start-ups to file for patents.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: Nokia, AT&T collaborating on Lumia 800 with LTE  —  We've learned from people familiar with the matter that Nokia's delayed entry into the US is partly due to the fact that it wants to attack with LTE — and that's a feature that Windows Phone 7.5 doesn't presently support.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
1% Of Nothing Launches To Get Startups Donating Equity  —  Shervin Pishevar and Matt Galligan have just formally announced the beta launch of their new organization 1% of Nothing.  It's aimed at inspiring early-stage companies to donate 1% of their equity to a cause of their choice.
Discussion: 1% of Nothing, Thanks:joshconstine
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
What's next for the iPod Shuffle/Nano?  A Speaker Clip of Course  —  On November 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's mini media players such as the iPod shuffle and iPod nano.
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Thousands Line Up for Hong Kong iPhone 4S Launch (video)  —  Over three thousand people gathered outside the Hong Kong Apple store for the launch of the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong, but Apple will only allow 1,250 people to line up.  A scuffle nearly broke out, and police were called to keep everything under control.
Stephen Schenck / pocketnow.com:
Amazon Updates Appstore in Anticipation of Kindle Fire Arrival  —  Amazon's first Android tablet, the Kindle Fire, is set to finally come out next week.  In advance of its arrival, Amazon is pushing-out an update for its Appstore, bringing the app up to version 2.0 and getting a makeover to fit with the new Fire aesthetic.
Discussion: Android Police and Engadget
Brian Ambrozy / Icrontic Gaming:
Steam user database compromised  —  Today a message will be going out to all Steam users.  According to Valve, the Steam forums were compromised on November 6th, but further investigation revealed that the damage went further than just the forums: The Steam user database was also compromised.
Bloomberg:
Twitter Marketing Executive Pam Kramer Said to Depart After Brief Stint  —  Pam Kramer, a marketing vice president at Twitter Inc., has left the microblogging service, becoming the latest executive to depart under Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo, two people familiar with the matter said.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pandora CTO Reveals Half of The U.S. Pays $0 For Music  —  Today at GigaOm's RoadMap conference in San Francisco, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad revealed that his company aims to monetize the vast majority of listeners who pay little or nothing per year for music.  Conrad explained that …
Discussion: IntoMobile
 
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Nvidia Earnings, Revenue Nudge Past Estimates on Strong Graphics and Mobile Business
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