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11:10 AM ET, November 21, 2011

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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Ebay's Got A Hunch, For Around $80 Million  —  Breaking this morning: Ebay will announce the acquisition of New York based startup Hunch, say sources.  The price tag will be somewhere around $80 million.  —  Hunch was founded by Chris Dixon, Caterina Fake (who left last summer to start …
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Google Confirms no Flash for Ice Cream Sandwich, for the time being  —  If you lucky owners of the Galaxy Nexus in these first days of its release complete with the first iteration of Ice Cream Sandwich, you'll notice that you do not have Adobe Flash Player installed, nor do you have access …
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Adobe: Flash for Android 4.0 before end of 2011, no Flash for Android 5.0  —  Adobe has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it plans to release Flash for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of 2011, but it will be the last update going forward.  That means that there will be a Flash-free future for Android beyond ICS.?
Idannyocean / 9to5Mac:
Grand Central Apple Store, the biggest in the world, scheduled to be announced this Tuesday  —  We reported on the construction progress of the future Apple grand Central store earlier this month and have since received further information and pictures from our trip to the location and from the tech blog, Techfootnote.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Mixed Results as Google Enters Microsoft's Turf  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Michael O'Brien, vice president for information technology at Journal Communications, would prefer not to have the employees of the Milwaukee media company use Microsoft's Office software any more.
Discussion: Seattle Times
Amy Vernon / SourceForge Community Blog:
The OS Wars: We Have A Winner  —  It's clear who has won the OS wars: The user.  —  Just a few short years ago, Apple computers were little more than afterthoughts outside of artists' circles.  They certainly were not the go-to computers for anyone serious about programming or software development.
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Man Survives Steve Ballmer's Flying Chair To Build ‘21st Century Linux’  —  Mark Lucovsky was the other man in the room when Steve Ballmer threw his chair and called Eric Schmidt a “f**king pussy.”  Yes, the story is true.  At least according to Lucovsky.  Microsoft calls it a “gross exaggeration …
Discussion: Business Insider
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Oh, You Don't Have A Galaxy Nexus Yet?  Because Woz Does.  —  Woz Spotting.  It's something of a tradition amongst tech circles — or, at least, amongst my particularly geeky tech circle.  Any time someone spots Woz wozzin' his way around the Valley, it feels weird not to tell everyone you know.
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
Hacker Says Texas Town Used Three Character Password To Secure Internet Facing SCADA System  —  In an e-mail interview with Threatpost, The hacker who compromised software used to manage water infrastructure for South Houston, Texas, said the municipality said the district had HMI …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Feature: Can the iPhone 4S replace a “real” digital camera?  Ars investigates  —  When Apple announced the iPhone 4S, the company certainly talked up the improvements made to the smartphone's integrated camera hardware.  With 8 megapixels of resolution, a redesigned lens …
Discussion: MacStories and @nytimesbits
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales  —  So we meet again Wales ... Yes I know, another holiday season, another reason to poke fun at your silly, scopophobia-inducing banner ads belying the very noble cause of raising $29.5 million for an unlimited supply of constantly updated knowledge …
Discussion: FAIL Blog, The Oatmeal and @djazzit
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The trials and tribulations of HTML video in the post-Flash era  —  Adobe reversed course on its Flash strategy after a recent round of layoffs and restructuring, concluding that HTML5 is the future of rich Internet content on mobile devices.  Adobe now says it doesn't intend to develop …
Discussion: The Register
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
8.9-inch Kindle Fire to launch in Q2 of 2012, says DigiTimes  —  DigiTimes cites supply chain sources in claiming that Amazon's followup to the 7-inch Kindle Fire will measure 8.9-inches and launch at the end of the second quarter of 2012.  That's a bit more specific than its original report …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: For Teenagers, a Car or a Smartphone?  —  The auto industry has a lot of problems.  It has to worry about workers' pension and health care costs, too-frequent recalls and the rising cost of gas.  I think there is something else that should concern the automakers.  —  It's the iPhone.
Discussion: textually.org and PhoneArena
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Copyright is Failing, Who Feeds the Artists?  Asks EU Commissioner  —  European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has once again spoken out against the so-called copyright monopolies.  —  Last year at the Forum d'Avignon she noted that if media companies want to tackle piracy …
Electronista:
Study: 65% of tablet buyers want an iPad, 22% a Kindle Fire  —  ChangeWave says Kindle Fire 1st non-iPad to matter  —  Amazon's Kindle Fire is the first tablet outside of the iPad to get any meaningful demand, ChangeWave said in a new study.  Although Apple was still by far the dominant pick …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
China's Great Firewall Tests Mysterious Scans On Encrypted Connections  —  In the cat-and-mouse game between Chinese censors and Internet users, the government seems to be testing a new mousetrap-one that may be designed to detect and block tunnels through its Great Firewall even when the data …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Facebook Freaky Line  —  It seems everyone is getting freaked out by Facebook once again.  Molly Wood at CNET says that Facebook's automatic sharing features are ruining sharing.  That got everyone to pile on over on Techmeme.  —  First, what does this automatic sharing feature (otherwise known as “frictionless sharing") do?
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Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
No One's Noticing Twitter's New Ad Experiment, Which Is a Good Thing
Discussion: Business Insider
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
iPad Magazine Readers to Publishers: More, Please
comScore, Inc.:
Mobile Social Networking Audience Grew 44 Percent Over Past Year in EU5
Discussion: VatorNews, The Next Web and The Appside
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman On Groupon's Big Advantage: Big Data
Discussion: PSFK
Chelsea Prince / Inside Facebook:
TrustedID Acquires Unsubscribe.com and its Social Monitor Application
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France to tax the internet to pay for music
Discussion: SlashGear
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eyeing Deal Flow, Bain Capital Ventures Heads West; Opens Silicon Valley Office
New York Times:
For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper
Discussion: Washington Post
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Amazon's Prime moves
David Strom / ReadWriteWeb:
Go Daddy Has Lion's Share of IPv6 Address Space
Discussion: Softpedia News
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Mashable Fires Editor At Large And Top Writer Ben Parr
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The Apple Wireless Carrier (Part 2)
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
PlayStation Home lets friends watch free movies together now, UStream and radio next month
Discussion: PC Magazine and Electronista
Don Clark / Digits:
Oracle Says H-P and Intel Secretly Propped Up Dead Chip
 

 
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