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5:50 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  —  Now that Amazon [AMZN Loading...  () ] has launched the Kindle Fire —which is virtually assured to be the bestselling Android tablet of the year — there's a new rumor afloat: That Amazon is building a phone.  —  The first real fuel …
Discussion: @asymco and GottaBeMobile
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
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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:
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
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
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: Geek.com, Thanks:bradmccarty
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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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 and GigaOM
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
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
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Josh Kopelman / Redeye VC:
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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
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
With a bold new redesign, AIM could finally be cool again (seriously)
Peter Wayner / InfoWorld:
First look: Oracle NoSQL Database
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