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6:10 PM ET, November 28, 2011


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Jason Lewis / Telegraph:
Facebook faces a crackdown on selling users' secrets to advertisers  —  Facebook is facing a crackdown on how it exploits vast amounts of its users' most personal information to create bespoke advertising.  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg must address privacy concerns or face fines under a new EC Directive
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Ad Targeting — Both Facebook And The European Commission Have Explaining Left To Do  —  The European Commission is going after web companies over their failures to explain how their ad targeting systems work.  But it's not hitting the bulls-eye, because it's confusing targeting with data protection, which are not quite the same issue.
Katya Kazakina / Bloomberg:
Apple Founding Contract Signed by Jobs Could Fetch $150,000 at Sotheby's  —  On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs got together with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne to draft a three- page contract that established Apple Computer Co.  —  Next month, the contract, with the three founding partners' signatures, hits the auction block in New York.
Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Confirmed: Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE release date; pre-order Tuesday  — IT TOPICS:Devices, LAN/WAN/Broadband/Wireless, Linux & Unix, Mobile, Mobile Apps, Open Source, Operating Systems  —  What's the deal with the LTE Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless?  When's the release date, and when can we pre-order it?
Best Black Friday Ever for Kindle Family: Kindle Sales Increase 4X Over Last Year  —  Holiday shoppers made Kindle Fire the bestselling product across all of on Black Friday  —  Kindle Fire now the bestselling product across Amazon for 8 weeks running - ever since its introduction on September 28
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Black Friday Retail Store Sales were “off the charts”
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Zynga's Tough Culture Risks a Talent Drain  —  Zynga's chief executive, Mark Pincus, got an earful from employees last month.  —  In dozens of e-mails to a companywide list, frustrated workers complained about the long hours and stressful deadline periods.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining
Discussion: @ed, Business Insider and TechCrunch
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC says to tough out downturn, new models coming  —  (Reuters) - HTC Corp promised competitive new models early next year and said it would stick to its strategy in the face of its biggest challenge since rising to prominence in the smartphone market.  —  HTC has become the worst performer …
Best Buy cancels BlackBerry PlayBook orders, pulls listings  —  Best Buy sheds PlayBook as others follow  —  Best Buy raised questions on Thanksgiving weekend after it suddenly started cancelling Blackberry PlayBook orders.  Shoppers have frequently reported orders being dropped …
Ben Gomes / The Official Google Blog:
The evolution of search in six minutes  —  This summer we posted a video that takes a peek under the hood of search, sharing the methodology behind search ranking and evaluation.  Through this methodology, we make roughly 500 improvements to search in a typical year.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple iPhone spontaneously combusts aboard flight in Australia  —  An Apple iPhone spontaneously began smoking and emitting a red glow while aboard an airplane in Australia.  Passengers aboard Regional Express flight ZL319 were welcomed to their destination in Sydney, Australia on Friday by a frightening ordeal.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How many iOS devices will be sold in 2012?  —  There are several methods I turn to when estimating device sales.  —  Top-Down Demand analysis  —  The first is to look at so-called top-down views of the demand.  This method takes a view of the overall phone market and assumes share for smart devices and …
Discussion: Fortune
Amar Toor / Engadget:
ASUS Transformer Prime pre-order page points to December 8th release date  —  We were expecting ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime to hit the market sometime next month, but a new pre-order page on Newegg may have just revealed a slightly more specific date.  Of course, the Tegra 3-packing tablet …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Twitter Acquires Moxie Marlinspike's Encryption Startup Whisper Systems  —  The hacker and security researcher who goes by the name Moxie Marlinspike has spent the last years building a few of the most noteworthy inventions in applied cryptography, some independently and some for his mobile security startup, Whisper Systems.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google I/O Moved to June and Extended to 3 Days, Developers Will Have to Code for Tickets  —  In October, Google announced the dates for its annual developer conference Google I/O. Now, however, the company has decided to postpone the event in order to extent it to three days instead of two.
Abigail Holtz / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Catalogs is now available for Android tablets  —  For many of us, the arrival of piles of catalogs marks the start of the holiday shopping season.  But what if you could have all your favorite catalogs in one place, with the latest issues always available at your fingertips?
Christina Cacioppo / Union Square Ventures:
What comes next  —  Now is a great time to be an internet entrepreneur.  While much of the global economy sputters, tech companies post growth numbers other industries haven't seen in years.  Their success hasn't gone unnoticed, and the pace of tech-company creation has quickened.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and A VC
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's future Kinect 2 device will reportedly lip read and measure emotions  —  Microsoft's next-generation Kinect will feature lip reading support, according to reports.  —  The rumored support will allow developers to make use of an overhauled motion sensor and voice recognition unit.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Looks Forward to an Early Christmas Present From Washington: An Okay for Admeld  —  Google's deal to buy ad tech start-up Admeld, announced in June, looks like it is finally ready to close.  —  Industry sources expect the Department of Justice, who had been reviewing the $400 million transaction …
Discussion: CNET News and 9to5Google
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sweet, you can now use with Twitter
Discussion: @turntablefm, Thanks:thatdrew
Vernon Silver / Bloomberg:
Italian Firm Said to Exit Syrian Monitoring Project
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
It's Still A Feature Phone World: Global Smartphone Penetration At 27%
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Times & LA Times Both Come Out Against SOPA & PIPA
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Programmer: We Do The Funny Portrait Placement Thing Because It Works
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple now offering free shipping on all U.S online orders until December 22
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Serfing the Web: Sites Let People Farm Out Their Chores
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Why The PayPal “Mafia” Was So Great: Yammer CEO David Sacks Explains
L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
Horror Show: Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Cyber Monday retail sales may hit record
Nate Bolt / TechCrunch:
Why Instagram Is So Popular: Quality, Audience, & Constraints
Discussion: Business Insider