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6:50 AM ET, November 18, 2011

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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: dentcat and Geek.com, Thanks:bradmccarty
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Peter Voskamp / The Wrap:
Online Piracy Act Dead?  Nancy Pelosi, Darrell Issa Both Come Out Against (Updated)  —  The tide seems to have turned against the Stop Online Piracy Act, as both Nancy Pelosi and Darrell Issa have come out against passage.  —  “Need to find a better solution than #SOPA #DontBreakTheInternet …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
TechCrunch CEO Reported Out After Clashing with HuffPost-ers  —  The resignations keep coming at AOL.  The latest to give notice, according to Business Insider, is TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde.  Harde, a former News Corp. executive who joined TechCrunch five years ago …
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Permanent Revolution at AOL: Six Months, 50% Turnover
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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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
5 questions about the Amazon smartphone
Discussion: eWeek
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Amazon Can Bait Rumormongers Just as Well as Apple
Discussion: Business Insider and GottaBeMobile
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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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
A human review of the Kindle Fire  —  I expected the Kindle Fire to be good for books, great for magazines and newspapers, great for video, and good for apps and games.  —  In practice, it's none of these.  Granted, I've only spent two days with it, so I can't share any long-term impressions.
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.
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 and FT Tech Hub
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David Goldman / Edible Apple:
Apple asks to see Samsung's call center records  —  By David Goldman:  —  Samsung and Apple are currently in the pre-trial phase of litigation known as Discovery.  During the discovery process, each side asks the other for documents and other materials it feels will help its case.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Wolfram Alpha Offers New Twist On Flight Search: Literal Answers To What Planes Are Overhead  —  You may not love this as much as I do, but that's okay.  Wolfram Alpha has just launched what I'd have to put on any year-end list of the coolest search technologies of 2011: a tool that tells you …
Royal Pingdom:
Apple's iPad owns 88% of global tablet web traffic  —  There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Apple's iPad is the biggest seller in the tablet space, but we have seen many iPad competitors come out over recent months, including Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Blackberry PlayBook, Amazon Kindle Fire, and many more.
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Nathan Pensky / VatorNews:
Dell, HP, and Acer scaling back tablet manufacturing
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire Costs About $203 to Build, Teardown Finds  —  Amazon.com's Kindle Fire tablet appears to cost about as much to make as it sells for — maybe a little more.  That's about $202, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli.  —  This essentially confirms what everyone has suspected …
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.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
PayPal's Send Money App, and Why Facebook Never Built P2P Credits Payments
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Nook's Specs Are Exaggerated, Again  —  I had a lot of fun reviewing Amazon's new Kindles in my Times column this week.  (Yes, I had a Times column this week — it's just that it appeared on Monday, a few days earlier than its usual Thursday spot, thanks to Amazon's release schedule.)
Discussion: Hack Education
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Major Porn Sites Sue ICANN Over .XXX  —  The company behind major porn sites including YouPorn, PornHub, Brazzers, Xtube and Playboy.com have been joined by adult industry powerhouse Digital Playground to file an anti-monopoly lawsuit against ICANN over the dot-XXX TLD.
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 …
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 …
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Major Newspaper Publishers Band Together On Social Shopping Portal
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
3D Printing Startup Shapeways Raises $5.1 Million, Plans NYC Production Facility
Discussion: Shapeways Blog and Betabeat
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Apple Expands ‘App Store’ Lawsuit Against Amazon
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Electronista
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Poaching Etiquette: As Talent Tightens, New York Startups Try to Stay Civil
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
SIM-based NFC gains global support from 45 mobile carriers, all huddled around GSMA's standard
Discussion: Electronista
Reuters:
Exclusive: Lax security at Nasdaq helped hackers
Discussion: Inquirer
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Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Microsoft's next generation Surface goes up for pre-order
Grant McCool / Reuters:
Fund manager charged in Groupon, Facebook scam
Discussion: Betabeat and Forbes
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Yelp files for $100 million IPO
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Exclusive: Zynga's Van Natta Moves to Strategic Adviser; Feld Off Board, Paul In
 

 
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