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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 …
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
eBay Acquires Hunch In Quest To Further Personalize Site
Discussion: Betabeat and Hunch Blog
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.?
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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 …
Danny Ocean / 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.
Ben Parr / Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings:
2,446 Articles Later, A Goodbye to Mashable  —  Dear friends, family, colleagues and supporters,  —  Friday, November 18, was my last day at Mashable.  I want to thank the Mashable team for 3+ amazing years.  They truly have been the best years of my life.  —  I also want to thank everybody who has been part of my journey.
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: TechFlash and Seattle Times
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Says It's Headed in a “New Direction”  —  Apple launched its newest music offering a week ago.  Google went a few days later.  Now Spotify says it has something up its sleeve, too: The streaming music service just sent out a mysterioso invitation to a Nov. 30 press event in New York.
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 …
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.
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.
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: Gizmodo, FAIL Blog, The Oatmeal and @djazzit
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
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 …
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Western Digital ordered to pay $525 million to Seagate in settlement  —  Storage manufacturer Seagate has been awarded $525 milion as a settlement in its dispute with Western Digital.  The pair have been in arbitration over allegations of misappropriated confidential information and use …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel To The New Yorker: “I Don't Consider [The iPhone] To Be A Technological Breakthrough”  —  Peter Thiel is a grump, but a special kind of grump.  He is a dystopian utopian (if such a person can exist).  The investor who wrote the first check for Facebook both believes in the power …
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
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
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
iPad Magazine Readers to Publishers: More, Please  —  After an initial wave of excitement about iPad magazines, some publishers have dialed back their enthusiasm.  But the readers who have actually downloaded them like them quite a bit.  —  So says a survey commissioned by a publishers' trade group …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
McAfee: Nearly All New Mobile Malware In Q3 Targeted At Android Phones  —  Intel-owned McAfee has released its third quarter security report, which shows that malware targeted towards phones running on the Android operating system continues to be on the rise.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
RunKeeper Raises $10 Million From Spark Capital, Steve Case, And OATV  —  The race is on to create a new class of consumer-driven health companies.  One of the most popular health and fitness apps on the iPhone, RunKeeper, is started tackling by making it easy for people to measure their exercise …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google Drops The Price Of Chromebooks to $299 And Polishes The Interface  —  Happy holidays, everyone!  Yours Truly, the Google Chromebook team!  —  Google just announced several Chromebook updates that should wash away the holiday blues.  First off, prices are dropping.
Daniel Fish / Google Mobile Blog:
The new Google Search app for iPad  —  (Cross posted on the Inside Search Blog)  —  Today, we're very pleased to be launching a significant redesign for the Google Search app for iPad.  As you can see in our video, whether you're doing research and comparing results, or exploring beautiful imagery …
Discussion: AllThingsD
 
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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
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Mobile Social Networking Audience Grew 44 Percent Over Past Year in EU5
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E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
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Chelsea Prince / Inside Facebook:
TrustedID Acquires Unsubscribe.com and its Social Monitor Application
activepolitic.com:
France to tax the internet to pay for music
Discussion: paidContent and SlashGear
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
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Go Daddy Has Lion's Share of IPv6 Address Space
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