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6:55 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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Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
The Case For an Amazon Smartphone
Discussion: @asymco and GottaBeMobile
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire Costs About $203 to Build, Teardown Finds
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
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 and 9to5Google
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus on sale in the UK today
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 …
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google+ records 3rd biggest week since launch  —  Last week Google+ recorded its 3rd largest week in terms of total US visits for the week ending Nov. 12, 2011 receiving more than 6.8 million total US visits.  The growth represents a 5% increase versus the previous week and a 25% increase compared to a month ago.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google+ continues battle with fading user interest, data say
Discussion: @niemanlab
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 …
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:
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers near-final SQL Server 2012 code  —  Summary: The near-final test build of Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 is ready for download, a few months ahead of the slated launch.  —  Microsoft released the near-final test build of its SQL Server 2012 product (codenamed “Denali") on November 17.
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and The Next Web
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft drops Dryad; puts its big-data bets on Hadoop
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Adopts Resolution Against US Domain Seizures  —  Starting in 2010, US authorities have used domain name seizures as a standard tool to take down websites that are deemed to facilitate copyright infringement.  —  Despite fierce criticism from the public, legal experts and civil liberties groups …
Discussion: Electronista and The Domains
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: App Advice and Readability Blog
Grant McCool / Reuters:
Fund manager charged in Groupon, Facebook scam  —  (Reuters) - A fund manager accused of running an $11 million scam promoting phony access to coveted shares of Facebook and Groupon Inc before their public debut was arrested on criminal charges on Thursday.  —  John Mattera, who ran …
Discussion: Forbes and Betabeat
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.
 
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David Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Lets You Tag Photos While They're Uploading
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Facebook Blog
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
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
Discussion: AllThingsD, MediaPost and Tech Cocktail
John Cook / GeekWire:
Decide.com's new iPhone app helps gadget shoppers find a better deal nearby
Discussion: The Next Web and VentureBeat
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Looks to Dial Up New Ideas at Chicago-Area Concept Store
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Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
GE going big with Bay Area software initiative
Joseph Parish / The Verge:
DLNA will work with Wi-Fi Direct to stream media without a network
Discussion: DLNA, blog.chron.com and Softpedia News
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)
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:venturebeat
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Mac platform reaches 15-year high with 5% worldwide market share
Discussion: GigaOM, Computerworld and BetaNews
 

 
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