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2:16 PM ET, November 17, 2011

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Citigroup Says Amazon Phone Coming 2012  —  Amazon just rolled out a full-fledged tablet.  Next year, says Citigroup's research department, it could have its own phone.  Here's the topline from analyst Mark Mahaney's newest note:  —  “Amazon smartphone may be coming next year …
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ first impressions (video)  —  Wow... The Galaxy Nexus.  It's finally here, in our eager little hands, and it's delicious — just like Ice Cream Sandwich, in fact.  Our review unit is the same unlocked HSPA+ version we briefly played with in Hong Kong and is running Android 4.0.1.
Discussion: TechCrunch and GottaBeMobile
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ice Cream Sandwich Prompts Users To Join Google+, Enter Credit Card Information  —  One seemingly minor change that Google has introduced in the new version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, could actually have just as large an impact on the company as the various UI tweaks …
Discussion: The Verge and 9to5Google
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.
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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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents Crack Resistant Glass Solutions for Portables  —  While Donald LeBuhn was filing a class action lawsuit against Apple back in January of this year, accusing the company of misleading customers as to the strength of the glass used in its iPhone 4, Apple was already well into inventing …
Jaymar Cabebe / CNet Download Blog:
Skype desktop app now makes Facebook video calls  —  Skype deepened its partnership with Facebook today by adding Facebook video calling to both its Mac and Windows applications.  —  With the just announced Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows, you can initiate …
Erik Sherman / CNET News:
Look out!  Here comes Apple's killer location-services patent  —  Apple has raised bludgeoning competitors with patents on key technologies to a fine art.  (Just ask Samsung.)  And now it may have a new blunt object to wield.  —  A reissue of a patent originally dating back to 1998 …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
PayPal Launches Facebook App for Sending Money to Friends [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Social payments are taking a giant leap forward.  PayPal has unveiled a Facebook app that lets you send money to friends.  —  The app, simply titled Send Money, is just as straightforward as its name.
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
‘Occupy Flash’ seeks to rid world of Adobe Flash  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — “Occupy” movements have taken over Wall Street, London, Chicago and Oakland.  Now an “occupy” group is trying to take control of your Web browser.  —  Occupy Flash is a movement started by a small handful …
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.
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 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Mac platform reaches 15-year high with 5% worldwide market share  —  Fueled by strong gains in Asia Pacific during the September quarter, Apple saw its worldwide share of the PC market pass the 5 percent mark for the first time in 15 years, according to a new analysis.
Discussion: BetaNews and The Next Web
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT  —  Congress may not want to hear from opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act at today's hearing, but that hasn't stopped a broad coalition of (often fierce) competitors representing the Internet's giants from placing an ad in today's NYT …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Angie's List Shares Pop Over 30 Percent To Open $18 Per Share, Valued At Nearly $900M  —  Angie's List, which offers consumers a way to review and rate doctors, contractors and service companies on the Web, priced its IPO at the high end of the range, at $13 per share last night …
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 …
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Judge Declares Law Governing Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Unconstitutional  —  In a succinct one-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the Southern District of Texas declared that the law authorizing the government to obtain cellphone records without a search warrant was unconstitutional.
Discussion: DSLreports
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel Put $1.7M In The YouTube For Businesses, Vidyard  —  Y Combinator-backed Vidyard, a ‘YouTube for businesses’, has raised $1.65 million from Softech VC, Jawed Karim (Co-Founder of YouTube), Y Combinator, SV Angel, Andreessen Horowitz, iNovia Capital, Paul Buchheit …
Discussion: The Next Web and GigaOM
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
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Zynga's Van Natta Moves to Strategic Adviser; Feld Off Board, Paul In.  —  In a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning its upcoming IPO, Zynga is expected to unveil two key management and board changes at the online gaming phenom:
Discussion: @danprimack and Business Insider
John Cook / GeekWire:
Decide.com's new iPhone app helps gadget shoppers find a better deal nearby  —  The new Decide.com iPhone app allows user to research consumer electronics purchases in-store  —  There's no shortage of mobile applications that allow shoppers to scan product bar codes and retrieve product information …
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
GE going big with Bay Area software initiative  —  In addition to everything else it does on a large scale, GE is getting into the software business and has chosen the Bay Area as the springboard.  —  General Electric is set today to announce the opening of a $1 billion Global Software Center in San Ramon …
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.
 
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Roku coming to UK and Canada early next year
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Spotzot, The Startup Powering Deal Targeting For Apps Like Shopkick & ShopSavvy, Raises $2.2 Million
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Government closes mortgage scams tied to Google
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Visa to Offer Mobile Payments in Developing Nations
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Kavyanjali Kaushik / Reuters:
LinkedIn raises follow-on offering
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