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3:05 PM ET, November 18, 2011

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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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Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Rain Falls On iCloud?  Apple Could Lose Motorola Case To The Tune Of $2.7B  —  Motorola (NYSE: MMI) Mobility today made a crucial advance against Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) in an ongoing patent case in Europe concerning iCloud and MobileMe.  The news comes a day after Motorola Mobility came …
Discussion: Electronista and Business Insider
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
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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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and Google+
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” …
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
3D Printing Startup Shapeways Raises $5.1 Million, Plans NYC Production Facility  —  Of all the cool things going on in technology, one of my favorites is 3D printing.  It's got such a futuristic quality to it: input a digital schematic, and you get a physical product custom cut to your exact specifications.
Discussion: Shapeways Blog and Betabeat
Michael Kan / PC World:
US Committee to Investigate China's Huawei, ZTE  —  A U.S. House Intelligence Committee is launching an investigation against Chinese telecommunication equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE to find whether the companies pose a security threat to the country.  —  The investigation will examine …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Facebook scores LEED gold for Oregon data center  —  Facebook unveiled its green data center and energy efficient servers in Oregon this Spring, but now the social network giant has achieved another milestone: it's been granted a LEED gold certification for the Oregon data center …
 
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AJ Glasser / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Updates Credits Payflow, Adds International Payment Methods, and Updates Transfer Policy
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Major Newspaper Publishers Band Together On Social Shopping Portal
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
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Lax security at Nasdaq helped hackers
Discussion: SecurityWeek and Inquirer
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Nook's Specs Are Exaggerated, Again
Discussion: Hack Education
Motorola Mobility Media Center:
Motorola Mobility Stockholders Approve Merger with Google
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire Costs About $203 to Build, Teardown Finds