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5:20 PM ET, November 18, 2011

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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook Employees Go Nuts As Zuckerberg Tells Them The IPO Is Coming  —  A source close to Facebook employees emailed us yesterday to say that the rumor flitting from employee to employee is that “a Facebook S1 filing is coming really soon.  Possibly as soon as next month.”
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook's IPO Motive: Keeping Employees, Not Compliance  —  Many people have believed that Facebook's initial public offering is due in 2012 since the company announced its giant funding round from Goldman Sachs at the start of this year.  At that point, the company said in a press release that it …
Discussion: All Facebook
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola fairly likely to win German patent injunction against iCloud in February — Apple demands 2 billion euro ($2.7B) bail  —  The German city of Mannheim is slowly but surely giving Cupertino some serious headache.  —  After a default judgment against Apple Inc. over two patents …
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Rumors Are True.  I Am Leaving TechCrunch.  —  This won't come as a surprise to a lot of people, but I am leaving TechCrunch.  —  My departure is something people have speculated about since Michael Arrington's ouster two months ago, but it wasn't an easy decision for me.
Discussion: @alexia and @danprimack
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Getting Steve Jobs Wrong  —  Exhibit A in the case against Walter Isaacson's flawed Jobs biography: Malcolm Gladwell in last week's New Yorker, arguing that Jobs was “a tweaker”: … Jobs was neither.  These men make for a poor comparison to Jobs because Jobs didn't really “invent” …
Discussion: parislemon and Business Insider
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Google co-founder Sergey Brin gives $500,000 to help Wikipedia  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has just received a $500,000 grant from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, an organization started by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife, 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki.
Duncan Geere / Wired.com:
200+ Labels Withdraw Their Music From Spotify: Are Its Fortunes Unravelling?  —  Following a study that claims that streaming music is damaging to record sales, a distributor representing more than 200 labels has withdrawn its entire catalogue from Spotify, Napster, Simfy and Rdio.
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Up to 50 Ultrabooks “to be launched at CES”  —  As many as 50 Intel Ultrabooks will be launched at next January's CES, according to the show's organisers.  —  Speaking at a CES Unveiled event in London, Shawn DuBravac, director of research for show organisers the Consumer Electronics Association …
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.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Google patents Android pattern unlock  —  One of the treats that immediately set apart the first version of Android from Apple's iOS software (besides the notification center invoked with a pulldown gesture) is the pattern unlock feature on the lock screen.  Whereas Apple opted for a slide gesture …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Financial Times Hits 1M Users On HTML5 Site That Dodges Apple's Tax  —  The newspaper industry is struggling to make ends meet.  Mobile could be the solution, but the Apple App Store comes with a 30% tax on the subscriptions that established news outlets depend on.
Business Week:
What Is Sony Now?  —  At 69, Sir Howard Stringer's time as CEO of the unwieldy electronics giant is running out.  Can he and heir apparent Kazuo Hirai turn it around?  —  Sir Howard Stringer remembers when 2011 was going to be wonderful.  “This was the first year of the payoff,” he says, “and next year was going to be the second.”
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Verge, SplatF and Company Town
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google+ adds Trending topics for discovery and Filtering to search results  —  If there's one odd part about Google+ it's the fact that true search has taken a while to come to the service.  It wasn't long ago that we got wind of searchable hashtags inside of the service …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
BlackBerry Playbook gets massive, temporary $300 price cut in Canada  —  So, PlayBooks haven't exactly been flying off the shelves... anywhere.  Not even in RIM's native Canada.  But that might actually change over the nex few days as BestBuy, Walmart, Staples and Future Shop have chopped $300 off the price of the QNX-based slate.
Foster Kamer / Betabeat:
David Karp: 'We've Been Letting Down Our Developer Community'  —  Last night, Steven Pears—the developer behind Windows Phone app DashBuddy, which brings Tumblr functionality to the WP7 Marketplace—penned a post lambasting Tumblr for failing to work with their developer community despite working so hard on their API.
Discussion: DashBuddy
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says  —  Foreign hackers broke into a water plant control system in Illinois last week and damaged a water pump in what appears to be the first reported case of a malicious cyber attack damaging …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iPhone 4S carrier showdown: AT&T fastest, Verizon most reliable  —  Apple's iPhone 4S became the fastest-selling smartphone of all time when it launched last month.  It also finally arrived on Sprint's network, making it available from three of the four top wireless carriers in the United States.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Messaging apps, VoIP already eating into carrier revenues, study finds  —  A new breed of messaging services and mobile Voice over IP clients like Skype are already eating into carrier revenues according to a new study.  Commissioned by mobile infrastructure solutions provider Mavenir Systems …
Discussion: The Next Web and Slashdot
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google's JPEG Alternative WebP Gets Smarter, Takes on PNG  —  Last year, Google introduced a new image format for the web called WebP.  WebP is meant to be a modern alternative to the popular but patent-encumbered JPEG standard.  It produces significantly smaller files without sacrificing image quality.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Klip raises another $8 million for social, mobile video sharing app  —  It was just two months ago that Palo Alto-based startup Klip released a mobile app for shooting videos on your iPhone and sharing them with friends.  At that point, Klip had raised $2 million in Series A funding from Matrix Partners and CEO Alain Rossman.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Why Image-Sharing Network Pinterest Is Hot  —  Fast-growing Pinterest is a site for visually inclined collectors, and some retailers are using it to reach customers  —  From left, founders Paul Sciarra, Ben Silbermann, and Evan Sharp  —  Mathew Scott for Bloomberg Businessweek
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Personal Is A Secure Vault For All Of Your Private, Digital Data  —  We wrote about stealthy startup Personal earlier this year when the company announced $7.6 million in funding from Steve Case's Revolution LLC, Allen&Company, and others.  This week, Personal finally launched its service …
Discussion: Mashable!, Babbage and Teds Take
AppleInsider:
Apple reportedly prepped AMD-powered MacBook Air, dropped it at last minute  —  Apple is said to have developed a MacBook Air running Advanced Micro Devices' Fusion Llano processor last spring, but scrapped it at the last minute because of production issues, according to an unverified report.
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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AJ Glasser / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Updates Credits Payflow, Adds International Payment Methods, and Updates Transfer Policy
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
48% of job seekers have used Facebook to look for work
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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
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