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2:00 PM 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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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Facebook Phone: The “Slayer” That Wasn't  —  This is the third in a series of posts this week about the Facebook phone.  —  Facebook is now partnering with HTC to build an Android-based phone codenamed “Buffy” around its own social operating system platform, as we reported yesterday.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Facebook Not Building A Phone*
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 and PSFK
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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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 …
Discussion: Technologizer
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Apple gets control over porn domain names  —  Owner of domain names agrees to give domain names to Apple after company filed complaint.  —  Apple is now the proud owner of iphonesex4s.com and six other (mostly) explicit domain names.  —  The company filed a complaint with World Intellectual Property Forum …
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacRumors and MacNN
Ken Segall / Observatory:
Steve Jobs talks PC vs. TV  —  Fortune blogger Philip Elmer-DeWitt uncovered this gem recently — a segment of Steve Jobs' appearance at the CAUSE 1998 Conference in Seattle.  —  The video quality is terrible, and the black turtleneck plays second fiddle to a shirt.  But the clip is interesting on a few levels.
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 …
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!
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GeekWire, Pulse2 and Kindle Review
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.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google News Now Features Limited Social Recommendations Based on +1s  —  Google today announced a small but important new Google+-powered feature for Google News.  While there are currently a plethora of startups that are trying to provide their users with personalized news experience based …
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 …
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
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU regulator “concerned” over cellphone patents war  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators investigating Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) over their patents dispute are worried intellectual property rights may be unfairly used by some firms against their rivals, the EU antitrust chief said on Tuesday.
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
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: SV Angel's investment portfolio  —  SV Angel, the venture capital firm managed by Ron Conway and David Lee, has made over 80 investments in 2011, according to confidential documents obtained by Fortune.  —  Some of the new deals are right in SV Angel's early-stage wheelhouse …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Xbox 360 fall dashboard going public December 6, Metro to the masses  —  Microsoft's new Xbox 360 dashboard will be made available on December 6.  —  The software giant announced the date on Tuesday.  The Verge reports that starting December 6, the update will be made available publicly to all xbox 360 owners.
 
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