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3:30 PM ET, November 24, 2011

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
AT&T pulls T-Mobile application from FCC, records provisional $4bn loss  —  The FCC's decision to request a formal administrative hearing into AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA has caused the US carrier to take drastic action: AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have just announced …
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Reuters:
AT&T braces for T-Mobile deal collapse  —  (Reuters) - AT&T said it would take a $4 billion charge in case its takeover of T-Mobile USA fails, reflecting the dwindling chances for the deal seen as job-destroying by powerful political opponents.  —  The telecommunications group …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
The Closed, Unfriendly World Of Wikipedia  —  Right now, Wikipedia is busy asking for donations to stay afloat.  Here's a thought.  If it wants donations, maybe open things up so that outsiders feel like they can contribute expert knowledge without wasting their time.  —  A Debate Over Notability
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Black Friday: $100 Kinect, free Windows Phone, discounts on Office and games  —  Microsoft's growing retail footprint, in stores and online, comes with an obligation to participate in the annual Black Friday sales — at least if it wants to keep up with the competition in the madness …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft planning beta of next-generation Office 15 suite in January  —  Microsoft is planning the first beta of its Office 15 software in January, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant is currently preparing final milestone builds of Office 15 in preparation for a full beta in late January …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Quad-core ASUS Transformer Prime tablet now available for pre-order  —  The highly anticipated sequel to ASUS' convertible Android tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer, is now available for pre-order in North America.  Set for release some time next month, the Transformer Prime features …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Are Un-Friending Social Media  —  Tech IPOs floated like butterflies.  Now they're stinging like bees.  —  Limiting the share float as part of their initial public offerings helped Groupon, LinkedIn and Pandora Media achieve bubbly valuations early on.
Discussion: @jspepper
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Costs Hollywood More Than US BitTorrent Piracy  —  The movie industry claims that piracy is costing them billions of dollars a year.  —  Luckily for Hollywood, many Americans choose to consume their online media through legal services such as Netflix.
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID 4 Scheduled to Launch December 8, Same Day as the Galaxy Nexus?  —  Could the DROID 4 find its way into stores on December 8 alongside the Galaxy Nexus?  According to the latest info from our friends at Verizon, that's exactly what the plan is.  Well, the Nexus is still up in the air …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Forget Shopping, Friday Is Update Your Parents' Browser Day!  —  Thanksgiving is coming up, that time when families gather together to share food, extend gratitude, and marvel at how Dad still uses Internet Explorer 6.  No, seriously, Dad, how can you be using a browser developed during the Clinton administration?
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.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Wary Of SOPA, Reddit Users Aim To Build A New, Censorship-Free Internet  —  Users of the social news and community site Reddit don't like the way the government seems to be muscling in on the Internet.  So they plan to build a new one.  —  Redditors have flocked over the last week …
 
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba.com posts slowest quarterly growth in almost 2 years
Discussion: TechCrunch and MarketWatch
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Oink Hits 100K Downloads, With 100K Items Added In Under Three Weeks
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IPOs stoke San Francisco housing market
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon, EBay Pop Up on Retail's Turf to Grab Holiday Sales: Tech
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Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
House panel to meet on spectrum bill December 1
Discussion: Electronista
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Removes Big Fish Game Subscription Service From Its App Store
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft's Craig Mundie On Siri: Been There, Done That (Video)