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Craig Eisler / MSDN Blogs:
Kinect for Windows - Building the Future  —  Since announcing a few weeks ago that the Kinect for Windows commercial program will launch in early 2012, we've been asked whether there will also be new Kinect hardware especially for Windows.  The answer is yes; building on the existing Kinect …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft readies new Kinect hardware for Windows PCs  —  Summary: Microsoft is working on new Kinect sensor hardware tailored to work with the commercially-licensed version of Kinect for Windows PC development kit, which is due to launch in early 2012.  —  Microsoft is readying a new type …
Discussion: LAUNCH
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Chief to Seek Hearing on AT&T Deal  —  WASHINGTON—The head of the Federal Communications Commission will seek an administrative hearing on AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile USA, according to a person close to the matter.  —  The move by Julius Genachowski …
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Tom Krazit / paidContent:
FCC Will Not Bless AT&T/T-Mobile, Asks For Hearing On Merger  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission does not like what it sees in the proposed mega-merger between AT&T (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile.  It has recommended that the merger undergo further scrutiny before an administrative law judge …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Expands Subscription Service to Games  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is letting a video-game company offer its titles by subscription on the iPad, expanding the role of a feature typically used by magazine and newspaper publishers.  —  Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based game publisher …
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 …
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.
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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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Reported Retina Display iPad 3 with J2 codename shows up in hidden iOS 5 code  —  Digitimes recently reported that their supplier-based contacts say that Apple is currently prototyping two versions of the third-generation iPad.  The site says the iPad 3′s are codenamed J1 and J2 and Apple …
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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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Announces Plans To Shutter Knol, Friend Connect, Wave, And More  —  Since Google CEO Larry Page took the helm this past spring, one of the company's most visible initiatives has been to trim and shut down its products that haven't taken off.  These have included Aardvark, Google Desktop …
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
HP surprisingly emerges as No. 2 tablet maker  —  At least for now, Hewlett-Packard can lay claim to as the second most-popular tablet manufacturer behind Apple.  —  Too bad, it'll be a short-lived reign.  —  Sorry, Jon, the Touchpad is no more.  —  Despite all of the attention on Apple's iPad …
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.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Spotify, Rdio, And MOG On Artist Payments: Don't Blame Us  —  In the beginning, music industry watchers hailed subscription streaming services such as Spotify, MOG, Rdio, and Rhapsody as saviors of the industry, an alternative for listeners and labels to the tyranny of the 99-cent iTunes download.
Discussion: Forbes, Electronista, Techland and Epicenter
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Pandora Slips 4%: FYQ3 Beats, But Q4 Loss Deeper Than Expected  —  Shares of online radio pioneer Pandora Media (P) are down 45 cents, or 4%,a t $11.40 in late trading after the company reported fiscal Q3 revenue and earnings per share ahead of expectations but forecast a deeper-than-expected loss per share this quarter.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
First look: Android 4.0 on the ASUS Transformer Prime  —  We've already seen Android 4.0, also known as the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's mobile platform, on a mobile phone, but not on tablets.  On Tuesday, Google's revamp of the Android platform was finally shown off, albeit briefly, in a video.
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.
Foster Kamer / Betabeat:
U CAN'T HAZ SADZ: The Hushed Dangers of Startup Depression  —  The most—or least—of one's worries.  —  EARLIER THIS MONTH, ON A SUNDAY MORNING, the startup world woke up to that rare stripe of news which quietly sends shockwaves reverberating throughout an entire culture of people: Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 22 years old, had passed away.
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Heroku launches SQL database as a service  —  Platform-as-a-Service provider Heroku is expanding its horizons by offering an on-demand version of the PostgreSQL Database-as-a-Service.  The new service, aptly called Heroku Postgres, is a commercial version of what Heroku has been providing …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Up To 30 Gbps: New Chip Enables Record-Breaking Wireless Data Transmission Speed  —  It looks like we can expect faster wireless connections in the near future: Japanese electronic parts maker Rohm yesterday announced [JP] it has developed a chip that reached a wireless data transmission speed …
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Grooveshark Responds To Universal Music Lawsuit  —  As we reported on Monday, Universal Music Group has filed a new lawsuit alleging that the Grooveshark execs conspired to illegally upload more than 100,000 songs.  UMG asked the court to shut Grooveshark down immediately and is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement.
Discussion: The Next Web
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 new investments in 2011, according to confidential documents obtained by Fortune.  —  Some of the new deals are right in SV Angel's early-stage wheelhouse …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Restrict Google Results to Mobile Apps  —  Google's search engine for mobile apps is now available in the sidebar.  Just click “More” in the left sidebar and select “applications” to restrict the results to Android and iOS applications.  The results aren't only from Apple's App Store …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nuance gets awareness boost from Apple's Siri, smartphones
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Wins Court Bid to Keep Report on Hurd's Departure Secret
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Steve Jobs talks PC vs. TV
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Roy Goldenberg / Globes Online:
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: AMD's Bulldozer server benchmarks are here, and they're a catastrophe
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Eric Mack / CNET News:
BlackBerry PlayBook dropping to $199 in time for holidays
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
With iPad 3, Apple could ship more PCs than HP
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