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11:10 AM ET, November 22, 2011

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AllThingsD:
The Facebook Phone: It's Finally Real and Its Name Is Buffy  —  This is the first in a series of posts this week about the Facebook phone.  —  After years of considering how to best get into the phone business, Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC to build a smartphone …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Facebook Not Building A Phone*  —  *No Facebook employee is actually on an assembly line building phone hardware.  —  There are two things I like about the AllThingsD (or as John Gruber likes to call them “some website") report on the “Facebook Phone”.  —  1) The complete and utter lack …
Discussion: AllThingsD, Techland and @karaswisher
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Despite Unproven Market, Facebook To Launch Custom Android OS Phone With HTC
Facebook:
Anatomy of Facebook  —  Think back to the last time you were in a crowded airport or bus terminal far from home.  Did you consider that the person sitting next to you probably knew a friend of a friend of a friend of yours?  In the 1960s, social psychologist Stanley Milgram's …
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Facebook is bringing people closer, users now separated by 4.74 degrees
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
As Palm bidding continues, HP wants a sweet deal to keep webOS in printers (exclusive)  —  For some strange reason, HP is still really hot on the idea of mating webOS with its printers — to the point where it has become a crucial part of its negotiations to sell off its Palm assets.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Double FacePalm: HP Blew Billions on webOS  —  Hewlett-Packard's decision to acquire Palm and “double down” on its webOS operating system has so far proven a regrettable and costly mistake.  How costly?  —  HP investors, grab your Mylanta ...  HP spent $1.2 billion to buy Palm in 2010.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Announces (Black Friday) Holiday Sale for Friday, November 25th  —  As noted by MacStories, Apple has started posting teaser announcements about their Black Friday holiday sale for Friday, November 25th.  The teaser first appeared on their Australian online store and will likely be propagating around the world.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google just used its Search app to sneak most of Chrome OS onto the iPad  —  With the announcement of its new Search app, Google gave iPad users more than just a slick and well-made native search app that bests the experience on any Android tablet.  It also managed to squeeze the core elements of Chrome OS into Apple's ecosystem.
Discussion: Appolicious Advisor
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Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung in last-stage talks to launch Google TV: president  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world's top TV maker, is in last-stage talks with Google to roll out Google TV, the head of Samsung's TV division told reporters on Tuesday.  —  Yoon Boo-keun, president of Samsung's TV division …
Roy Goldenberg / Globes Online:
Microsoft acquires video search co VideoSurf  —  VideoSurf was founded by four Israelis and investors include Pitango and Orbotech.  —  Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) has acquired VideoSurf for tens of millions of dollars in an effort to improve its position in the online video search field.
Megan Dickey / LAUNCH:
Bezos Gone Wild!  Amazon Selling Every Non-iPhone Smartphone for One Penny  —  Through next Monday, Amazon is selling all non-iPhones for one penny with a new two-year contract.  —  Smartphones on sale for $0.01 include the Motorola Droid Razr, which Verizon sells for $299 with a two-year contract …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: AMD's Bulldozer server benchmarks are here, and they're a catastrophe  —  The desktop benchmark scores for AMD's new Bulldozer architecture didn't make happy reading for fans of the chip company, with the new design sometimes failing to beat AMD's own predecessor architecture, let alone Intel's comparable offerings.
Discussion: Fudzilla
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Becomes Second Most Popular Cameraphone on Flickr  —  Apple's newly launched iPhone 4S has quickly shot up to become the second most popular Cameraphone on Flickr.com.  Flickr's Camera Finder page shows graphs of the popularity of both smartphones and Point and Shoot cameras.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
NETFLIX: Oh, And By The Way, We're Going To Lose Money Next Year  —  Five months ago, Netflix was a $300 stock.  —  Now it's a ~$75 stock.  —  It's raising $400 million at its new, clobbered stock price to fund all its new content investments.  —  And... it's going to lose money next year!
Eric Mack / CNET News:
BlackBerry PlayBook dropping to $199 in time for holidays  —  The Playbook's price has dropped $300 since its launch earlier this year.  —  It's official—the price of BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet will soon be dropping into the Kindle Fire range at a number of big-time retailers... for a limited time.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
Michael Kelley / The Digital Shift:
Penguin Group USA to No Longer Allow Library Lending of New Ebook Titles  —  (This story has been updated from an earlier version to include comment from OverDrive.)  —  The number of ebooks available for libraries to loan has just shrunk as Penguin Group USA has decided, for now …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Android Leads Mobile Ad Impressions For 11 Months In A Row  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media is releasing its October Mobile Mix report this morning.  In October, Android led the Connected Device and Smartphone OS Mix on Millennial with 56% of the  —  impressions on the ad network.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube's HTML5 Player Gets Better  —  YouTube's HTML5 player has improved a lot lately and it's almost ready to replace the Flash player.  You can enable annotations and captions, the contextual menu lets you copy the embedding code and the video's URL, YouTube now offers 480p and 1080p options …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
With iPad 3, Apple could ship more PCs than HP  —  According to new estimates by analyst firm Canalys, Apple could sell more PCs than current market leader HP during the first half of 2012.  The key to Apple's market dominance, however, is counting the category-busting iPad in addition to Mac sales.
Paul Foy / Associated Press:
Gates: Microsoft Word was better than WordPerfect  —  SALT LAKE CITY - Microsoft's Windows 95 rollout presented the most challenges in the company's history, leading to several last-minute changes to technical features that would no longer support a rival software maker's word processor …
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Kyobo, Qualcomm make Mirasol color displays a reality, with the Kyobo eReader  —  Don't look now, but Mirasol has just arisen from the dead.  Today, Korea's Kyobo Book Centre and Qualcomm jointly unveiled the world's first Mirasol-coated e-reader, just a few months after CEO Paul Jacobs heralded …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Android Needs a Heart  —  There's not enough to love about Google's confusing, overstuffed mobile operating system.  —  Even Android 4.0's most-impressive new features don't feel like they're part of a well-thought-out vision  —  In mid-October, a big yellow truck pulled into the Google campus …
Discussion: Google Watch and Neowin.net
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Three Years Later, the Guardian Wants a Buyer for PaidContent  —  Three years after buying PaidContent, the Guardian Media Group has put the New York-based media news site and its parent company ContentNext Media on the block.  —  The British newspaper publisher has hired boutique bank Coady Diemar Partners to market the company.
Todd Ogasawara / Inside Mobile Apps:
Piper Jaffray's Estimate of Android Vs. iOS Ecosystem Revenue is Flawed  —  Piper Jaffray produced one of the first cracks from a research firm at overall revenue for developers from the iOS and Android platforms today, saying that Google's platform has generated 7 percent of the gross revenue that Apple's has for developers.
Matt Stempeck / MediaShift Idea Lab:
DontBreakTheInternet: How The Web Became a Political Force vs. SOPA  —  Good ideas aren't enough.  They need champions and constant vigilance, or Congress will take them from you.  —  Many problems arise when your country's legislature is consistently more responsive to its donors than its constituents.
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Online-Services Firms Catering to Businesses Look Good Again to Venture Investors  —  Online-Services Firms Catering to Businesses Look Good Again to Venture Investors  —  After taking a back seat in recent years to consumer Internet companies like social websites and mobile-apps makers …
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
iPhone and Surface: The moment Apple and Microsoft diverged  —  Takeaway: In June 2007, both Apple and Microsoft were poised to reinvent computing.  Only one of them delivered, and it changed the destiny of both companies.  —  When the news broke recently about Microsoft launching …
 
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