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5:55 AM ET, November 24, 2011

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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Removes Big Fish Game Subscription Service From Its App Store  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) removed Big Fish Games Inc.'s subscription service from its App Store, reversing a move that would have given iPad users access to dozens of video games for a monthly fee.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More  —  Since January 2011, Google has been filtering “piracy-related” terms from its ‘Autocomplete’ and ‘Instant’ services.  —  Google users searching for terms like “torrent”, “BitTorrent” and “RapidShare” will notice that no suggestions …
Discussion: SlashGear and Pulse2
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft's Craig Mundie On Siri: Been There, Done That (Video)  —  Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie isn't nearly as impressed with Siri, the voice recognition interface for the Apple iPhone 4S, as a lot of other people.  Mundie, in fact, contends that Apple …
Royal Pingdom:
Ubuntu Linux losing popularity fast.  New Unity interface to blame?  —  Don't panic Ubuntu fans but your favorite desktop Linux distribution has fallen to fourth place in DistroWatch's latest ranking.  —  Ubuntu has been overtaken by Fedora, Mint, and openSUSE.
Carl Franzen / TPM Idea Lab:
Hackers Leak Facebook Law Enforcement Guidelines  —  A group of hackers claiming to represent Anonymous's Antisec movement hijacked two Gmail accounts belonging to a retired California Department of Justice cybercrimes investigator, now a private investigator, and on November 18 published 38,000 private emails …
Felix Salmon:
Why Apple's customers cripple its user experience  —  Apple products have always cost more than the equivalent products elsewhere.  It's one of the reasons that Apple has historically had very high brand loyalty and very low market share — a classic luxury-good combination.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Barack Obama Joins Google+, White House Itself Still Not There  —  First Britney Spears takes the top Google+ spot away from Google CEO Larry Page today.  Now the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has opened an account.  —  Not Yet Verified, But Yes, Real  —  Is it really him?
Business Week:
Palantir, the Vanguard of Cyberterror Security  —  The Silicon Valley up-and-comer fuses fingerprints, DNA, video, and manifold other data to provide the best heads-up technology yet  —  In October, a foreign national named Mike Fikri purchased a one-way plane ticket from Cairo to Miami, where he rented a condo.
Discussion: Beyond Search and Business Insider
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Microsoft Signs Nondisclosure Agreement With Yahoo  —  Microsoft has signed a nondisclosure agreement with Yahoo, according to a person briefed on the matter, formally lining itself up as another potential bidder for the struggling Internet company.  —  By signing the agreement …
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Eric Jackson / Tech and China:
Why Yahoo!'s Board Wants A Deal Before January 7th
Discussion: Business Insider
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
IPOs stoke San Francisco housing market  —  (Reuters) - Adam Holm has been looking to sell his three-bedroom Victorian house in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood all year, but he needs one thing to happen first: gaming-company Zynga's initial public offering.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Exhibit on Display at U.S. Patent Office Museum  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week opened a new exhibit honoring Steve Jobs at its museum in Alexandria, Virginia.  Located in the atrium of the office's Madison Building headquarters, the free museum offers interactive exhibits …
Minjae Ormes / YouTube Blog:
Welcoming your favorite Disney movies to rent on YouTube  —  Today, the first of hundreds of The Walt Disney Studios movies from Disney, Disney  ·Pixar and DreamWorks Studios are coming to YouTube.  These titles join thousands of full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios …
E! Online:
Steve Jobs Movie: “Something I'm Strongly Considering,” Says Social Network's Aaron Sorkin  —  Aaron Sorkin is taking on one tech mogul at a time!  Earlier this year, Sorkin won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his Facebook flick The Social Network.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
As Investors Flee Groupon, Outlook for I.P.O.'s Darkens  —  Unable to break a three-day slide, shares of Groupon tumbled again on Wednesday, as more investors dumped shares.  —  For the first time since it went public earlier this month, Groupon broke below its offering price of $20 per share.
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
AT&T to Record $4 Billion Costs This Quarter on T-Mobile Risks  —  AT&T Inc. (T), whose proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) is facing U.S. challenges, plans to record costs of $4 billion in the event the deal doesn't go through.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cisco to HP: Please Stop Suing Those Employees We Poach  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems would like to stop hearing so often from lawyers at rival Hewlett-Packard.  More specifically, it would like HP to stop suing ex-HP employees seeking jobs at Cisco.  —  In a Cisco blog post …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Could Be Ready for Commercial Production by Feb. 2012  —  There may be more to Apple's developing relationship with Sharp than simple supply-chain diversification and OLED panels for future iPhones and iPads.  The Japanese company is said to be playing a role in the production of the long-rumored Apple television.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Oink Hits 100K Downloads, With 100K Items Added In Under Three Weeks  —  In two and a half weeks since its launch, micro-recommendation app Oink has clocked in a 100k downloads, with a symmetrical 100k items added and tagged.  A product of Kevin Rose's Milk Studios, Rose tells me that the app …
Caroline Ross / MIT:
Important step toward computing with light  —  Research at MIT produces long-sought component to allow complete optical circuits on silicon chips.  —  David L. Chandler, MIT News Office  —  There has been enormous progress in recent years toward the development of photonic chips …
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon, EBay Pop Up on Retail's Turf to Grab Holiday Sales: Tech  —  Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc., aiming to get more consumers to shop online this holiday season, are taking their fight to brick-and-mortar retailers' home turf on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Discussion: GeekWire
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Google going after YouTube typo domains that lead to survey scams  —  Google is going after several popular typos of the web address YouTube.com, all owned by the same person.  —  Each typo domain leads unsuspecting users to a site that looks confusingly similar to the official YouTube site …
Discussion: Silicon Republic and TechCrunch
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Carrier IQ retracts cease and desist letter sent to security researcher, says it doesn't track Android users  —  It looks like the unabashed fury of the Android hacking community was too much for data-collection developer Carrier IQ to take: the company has apologized and retracted the cease …
 
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Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
House panel to meet on spectrum bill December 1
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Personal Audio strikes again, has the Kindle Fire in its patent trolling sights
Discussion: The Register, paidContent and BGR
New York Post:
Apple on track for Dec. 9 Grand opening
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Cuts Off Another Group of Ad Players, Including Google
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 Earlier Items: 
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Cuts Sales Forecast on Competition From Apple, Samsung
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
4sqwifi Uses Foursquare To Show You Nearby WiFi Locations And Their Passwords
Discussion: apas.gr and ReadWriteWeb
Steve Silberman / NeuroTribes:
The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google responds to Galaxy Nexus volume bug: ‘we have a fix’