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4:10 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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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: 9to5Google and The Verge
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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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, 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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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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: The Domains
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT
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?”
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: dailywireless.org and DSLreports
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 …
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 …
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Roku coming to UK and Canada early next year  —  Roku's lineup of inexpensive media streamers has been popular enough in the US for the company to credibly talk about putting one under every TV, and now they're going international: Roku just announced that it'll be selling boxes in the UK and and Canada early next year.
 
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David Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Lets You Tag Photos While They're Uploading
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Visa to Offer Mobile Payments in Developing Nations
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