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11:50 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 …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
5 questions about the Amazon smartphone
Discussion: eWeek and Washington Post
Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
The Case For an Amazon Smartphone
Discussion: @asymco
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Amazon Can Bait Rumormongers Just as Well as Apple
Discussion: Business Insider and GottaBeMobile
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:, Thanks:bradmccarty
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Adopts Resolution Against US Domain Seizures
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 …
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 …
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.
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 boom and bust.  And it's one of the most recognizable pieces of advertising the city has seen in a long time.
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
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google+ records 3rd biggest week since launch
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.
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
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire Costs About $203 to Build, Teardown Finds  —'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 …
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 …
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.
Nathan Pensky / VatorNews:
Dell, HP, and Acer scaling back tablet manufacturing
Motorola Mobility Media Center:
Motorola Mobility Stockholders Approve Merger with Google  —  Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) ("Motorola Mobility") today announced that at the Company's Special Meeting of Stockholders held today, stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) ("Google").
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 …
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.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Developer discovers iChat code in iOS  —  iOS developer John Heaton has discovered a string of iOS code that suggests Apple is working on bringing its popular iChat client to iOS devices.  We first heard this rumor back in September, but now there appears to be some proof to back it up. iChat …
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