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7:40 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 …
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Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Amazon Can Bait Rumormongers Just as Well as Apple
Discussion: Business Insider and GottaBeMobile
Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
The Case For an Amazon Smartphone
Discussion: @asymco
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus review  —  We review the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich... finally!  To say I've been eagerly awaiting a chance to review the Galaxy Nexus would be an understatement.  As I mentioned last week, I've been thinking pretty seriously that this device would be the next phone I lay out cold cash for.
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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, The Verge and 9to5Google
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Which tech companies back SOPA?  Microsoft, Apple, and 27 others  —  After writing a rather lengthy and somewhat firey post on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) yesterday, I realized this morning that I didn't know Microsoft's position on the matter.  As I edit our Microsoft channel …
Discussion: Threat Level and Geek.com, Thanks:bradmccarty
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Rachel Webber / Tumblr Staff Blog:
Yesterday we did a historic thing.  We generated 87,834 phone calls to U.S. Representatives in a concerted effort to protect the Internet.  Extraordinary.  There's no doubt that we've been heard.  So just to keep you updated: The well-intentioned, but immensely flawed “Stop Online Piracy Act” is still in the House Judiciary Committee.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Adopts Resolution Against US Domain Seizures
Discussion: Electronista and The Domains
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 …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google+ continues battle with fading user interest, data say  —  One of technology's big unresolved dramas is whether Google can still cut into the giant social networking lead now held by rival Facebook — or if its Google+ service is already sunk.  —  Data on the subject have been sparse …
Discussion: @niemanlab
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Permanent Revolution at AOL: Six Months, 50% Turnover  —  How intense a year of turmoil has 2011 been for AOL?  Here's one way to look at it: In May, right around the time chairman Tim Armstrong likened the internet company to a fully recovered patient, AOL's executive team comprised 13 people …
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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.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Yelp files for $100 million IPO  —  Local business review site Yelp has filed for a $100 million IPO.  Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Jefferies are serving as co-lead underwriters, while the San Francisco-based company has not yet selected an exchange on which to trade.
Tom Loftus / Digits:
Would-Be iPhone Customers Still Facing Weeks-Long Waits  —  More than a month after the Apple iPhone 4S went on sale, the three largest U.S. wireless carriers are still struggling to keep up with customer demand for it.  —  Verizon Wireless customers may have to wait more than three weeks for the device …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Removes 'Texas Hold'em', its Only iOS Game, from App Store  —  In a bit of an interesting move, Apple has removed its Texas Hold'em game from the App Store, potentially marking the end of the only game Apple ever produced on its own for the App Store.  —  Texas Hold'em began life …
The SF Egotist:
The end of an era: The Yahoo! billboard comes down.  —  It's been a San Francisco icon for more than a decade.  It's graced our skyline through the dot.com boom and bust.  And it's one of the most recognizable pieces of advertising the city has seen in a long time.
Jaymar Cabebe / CNET News:
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Flipboard gets family-friendly with user accounts  —  Flipboard, the social magazine for the iPad, came out with an update today that brings Tumblr and 500px integration to the application.  More importantly, the new app includes user accounts, which will let multiple family members log …
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:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Storage Platform Box Debuts Developer Platform /Bin; $2M Fund To Invest In The Enterprise  —  After raising a whopping $81 million in funding from a group of all-star investors, including Salesforce, SAP Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, NEA, Andreessen Horowitz and Draper Fisher Jurvetson …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
YC-backed Vimessa launches, making video messaging as simple as SMS  —  If there's one thing that I run into time and time again, it's the desire to send video messages quickly and easily.  Since most methods for doing so are focused on social, or they require you to visit links outside of a dedicated app …
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Microsoft's next generation Surface goes up for pre-order  —  Back in January, Microsoft used CES 2011 to unveil the next generation Surface interactive display.  This time they've collaborated with Samsung, with the official name for the new device being the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.
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 …
Nathan Pensky / VatorNews:
Dell, HP, and Acer scaling back tablet manufacturing  —  Major PC manufacturers will phase out of tablet market, say sources  —  PC manufacturers Dell, Acer, and HP are making fewer tablets, say “sources from upstream supply.”  —  The rollback of tablet production by these major manufacturers …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire Costs About $203 to Build, Teardown Finds  —  Amazon.com's Kindle Fire tablet appears to cost about as much or maybe a little more than it sells for — about $202 — according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli.  —  This essentially confirms what everyone has suspected for awhile …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
 
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Grant McCool / Reuters:
Fund manager charged in Groupon, Facebook scam
Discussion: Forbes and Betabeat
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers near-final SQL Server 2012 code
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel Put $1.7M In The YouTube For Businesses, Vidyard
Discussion: The Next Web, Pulse2 and GigaOM
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Angie's List Shares Pop Over 30 Percent To Open $18 Per Share, Valued At Nearly $900M
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Spotzot, The Startup Powering Deal Targeting For Apps Like Shopkick & ShopSavvy, Raises $2.2 Million
Discussion: Tech Cocktail, AllThingsD and MediaPost
John Cook / GeekWire:
Decide.com's new iPhone app helps gadget shoppers find a better deal nearby
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Looks to Dial Up New Ideas at Chicago-Area Concept Store
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
GE going big with Bay Area software initiative
Marco.org:
The relationship between Readability and Instapaper
Discussion: App Advice and Readability Blog
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Camera+ Brings VolumeSnap Back, Still Destroys Apple's Own Camera App
Discussion: RazorianFly and App Advice
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Judge Declares Law Governing Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Unconstitutional
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
With a bold new redesign, AIM could finally be cool again (seriously)
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Mac platform reaches 15-year high with 5% worldwide market share
 

 
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