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8:00 AM ET, November 23, 2011

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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
Discussion: LAUNCH
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Black Friday 2011 deals revealed: discounts on iPad, iPod, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and accessories  —  A trusted tipster has provided us with the details on Apple's Black Friday (November 25th) 2011 sale.  The sale is very similar to Apple's offerings in past years …
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Know Your Meme's Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop  —  The pepper spray incident at the University of California Davis campus has gone viral.  And one place where people are expressing their reaction on the internet is on the Know Your Meme website, run by Seattle startup Cheezburger Network.
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Matthew Stevens / L.A. NOW:
‘Anonymous’ hackers target pepper-spraying UC Davis police officer  —  The Internet hacking group Anonymous has launched its latest attack on the UC Davis police officer accused of pepper-spraying student by posting a video online that lists his personal contact information.
Discussion: CNET News
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: Samsung Galaxy Nexus U.S. Launch Is In December  —  There's been a lot of confusion as to when Samsung and Google's Galaxy Nexus would launch in the U.S.  —  When the phone was first announced, the company said it would be available in November.  —  Well, November is almost over.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Production starts for iPad 3 QXGA display: Analyst  —  A 10-inch-class 2048x1536 display is not easy to make in the volumes that Apple demands.  Will Apple brand the next-generation iPad display ‘Retina’?  —  Production has started on the high-resolution displays destined for the next-generation iPad …
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Ben Worthen / Digits:
H-P Offers Customers Path Away From Maligned Chip  —  Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday offered help to customers who want to shift away from systems that use a microprocessor called Itanium.  But H-P insists it is not dumping the chip, nor reacting to a nasty dispute with Oracle over the technology.
Discussion: AllThingsD, thinq_ and Softpedia News
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
HP prods EU antitrust authorities against Oracle
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and TechEye
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 …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
At Apple, Cloud Experts Wanted  —  Apple Inc. has been taking small but important steps toward a shift in the way its customers access their digital content beyond the downloadable software that has been vital to the company's success.  —  In recent weeks, Apple has been looking …
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
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
More smartphones now sold in China than in U.S.  —  Smartphone adoption may be high in the U.S. but overall smartphone sales are highest in China.  A new research note published by Strategy Analytics on Wednesday estimates that 23.9 million smartphones shipped in China during the third quarter of 2011.
Annalyn Censky / CNN Money:
Malls track shoppers' cell phones on Black Friday  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Attention holiday shoppers: your cell phone may be tracked this year.  —  Starting on Black Friday and running through New Year's Day, two U.S. malls — Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Amazon will take over Android app distribution  —  Assume the Kindle Fire will sell very well, even though it needs a lot of help.  —  The only way most Kindle Fire owners are going to be installing apps is from the Amazon Appstore for Android.  The Fire doesn't ship with Google Market …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Lenovo also working on a 5-inch Android tablet, because pockets need love too  —  No matter how tempting the specs on Lenovo's leaked 10.1-inch tablet are, you might prefer something fairly more portable just for the sake of your regular pockets.  Well, it looks like Lenovo's got you covered, too.
Kyle McInnes / BlackBerry Cool:
BlackBerry PlayBook Native Email, Contacts and Calendar Screenshots and Details  —  Today at the BlackBerry Innovation Forum, RIM gave a demo of the native email, contacts and calendar functionality on the BlackBerry PlayBook.  We can't yet post video of the demo but we do have screenshots …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Nokia's Microsoft Phones May Not Get Traction, Analyst Says  —  Microsoft and Nokia have yet to prove whether their marriage will give birth to healthy handset sales.  One analyst is not expecting much.  —  James Faucette, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities, cut his forecast …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
50% Of Ecommerce Site Visitors Are Logged In To Facebook  —  Ecommerce sites should consider how they can personalize their sites using Facebook data, as a new study shows 50% of visitors to ecommerce sites are currently logged in to Facebook.  Using Facebook social plugins and Connect integrations …
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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 …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
An MIT student is developing a lie detector for the Internet  —  I'm as bad as the next writer when it comes to making a spelling error now and again.  Fortunately, ubiquitous spell check has made that a lot less of a problem.  For some writers, however, a grammar goof or a typo are about to become a much lighter concern.
 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon updates Messages app with multiple device sync, fresh UI, more (hands-on)
Discussion: Softpedia News
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Confusion Center: Feds Now Say Hacker Didn't Destroy Water Pump
Discussion: CNET News and Examiner
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Amazon Could Sell 12 Million Fires in 2012
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google mail crypto tweak makes eavesdropping harder
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Grooveshark Responds To Universal Music Lawsuit
Discussion: CNET News, Music Ally and The Next Web
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Heroku launches SQL Database-as-a-Service
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
First look: Android 4.0 on the ASUS Transformer Prime
 

 
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