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1:55 PM ET, November 29, 2011

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Our Commitment to the Facebook Community  —  I founded Facebook on the idea that people want to share and connect with people in their lives, but to do this everyone needs complete control over who they share with at all times.  —  This idea has been the core of Facebook since day one.
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Federal Trade Commission:
Facebook Settles FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers By Failing To Keep Privacy Promises  —  The social networking service Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Facebook's Settlement With FTC Confirmed: Privacy Changes Must Be Opt In
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
Exclusive: Millions of printers open to devastating hack attack, researchers say  —  Could a hacker from half-way around the planet control your printer and give it instructions so frantic that it could eventually catch fire?  Or use a hijacked printer as a copy machine for criminals …
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:   Hackers Can Remotely Set Ablaze HP Printers, Researchers Say
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Targeting IPO For Between April and June 2012  —  Facebook is targeting dates between April 2012 and June 2012 for an initial public offering of its stock.  The company is exploring raising $10 billion in an IPO that could value Facebook at more than $100 billion.  — Interactive: Track Tech IPO Performance
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Why Greedy Stockholders and A $100 Billion IPO Could Hurt Facebook
Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
A new frontier for Google Maps: mapping the indoors  —  “Where am I?” and “What's around me?” are two questions that cartographers, and Google Maps, strive to answer.  With Google Maps' “My Location” feature, which shows your location as a blue dot, you can see where you are on the map …
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Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Google Maps 6.0 hits Android, adds indoor navigation for retail and transit  —  Google's already put its stamp on the great outdoors, what with its Street View fleet chronicling the well-trodden ways of our world for Maps.  Which is precisely why Mountain View's turning its attention inward for that next …
Discussion: BGR, IntoMobile and silicontap.com
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
RIM to offer security features on iPhone, Androids  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is seeking to cash in as companies switch to rival smartphones with a new tool that offers some of its important security features for sexier devices like the iPhone.
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Jeff Bowen / WordPress.com News:
Introducing WordAds  —  Over the years one of the most frequent requests on WordPress.com has been to allow bloggers to earn money from their blog through ads.  We've resisted advertising so far because most of it we had seen wasn't terribly tasteful, and it seemed like Google's AdSense was the state-of-the-art, which was sad.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
iTether is pulled from App Store  —  Summary: Now you see it ... and now you don't!  —  It seems that Apple has pulled the plug on the USB tethering app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that it had earlier approved.  —  The app was called iTether and is available for $14.99.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iTether App Offers Internet Tethering On Your iPhone for One Time Fee
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
AT&T's 11th-Hour Plan to Save Its Deal With T-Mobile  —  About an hour after AT&T announced its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile in March on a Sunday afternoon, I got a call at home.  It was Randall L. Stephenson , AT&T's chairman and chief executive.  Mr. Stephenson, an affable man …
Jamie Zawinski / jwz:
Watch a VC use my name to sell a con.  —  Normally I just ignore navel-gazing tech-industry articles like this, but people keep sending it to me, so I guess this guy is famous or something.  Michael Arrington posted this article, “Startups Are Hard.  So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining” …
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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:   Burnouts, VC Cons And Slave Labor: A Marxian Drama
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Zynga's IPO roadshow begins Monday  —  Zynga is about to kick off its IPO process.  —  Social gaming company Zynga is planning to begin its IPO road show this coming Monday, Fortune has learned.  —  The company's bankers began telling clients about the road show this morning …
Bloomberg:
Chipmakers Lose Billions as IPad Challenges Computers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad is the bane of computer-memory makers, worsening the industry's losses as consumers choose the hand-held device that uses about 75 percent fewer of the chips than a typical laptop.
Discussion: PadGadget and Techie Buzz
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Consumers' interest in Windows tablets plummets, study claims  —  Summary: Users' interest in Windows tablets is waning and Microsoft has missed the peak of consumer desire for a Windows 8-based iPad competitor, a new study claims.  —  Just a couple months after one study claimed the majority …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
British Library newspaper archive puts 300 years of history online  —  Sixty-five million historic newspaper articles, covering the most significant events over the last 300 years, are now fully available online from today in a new archive created by the British Library.
Oliver Haslam / Redmond Pie:
iOS 5.1 Beta References Next Generation iPhone, iPad, Apple TV  —  It's one of the most exciting parts of a new iOS beta being seeded to developers, and people just love digging around for it.  “It” is any kind of reference to a new iDevice or Apple TV hidden inside the latest betas to ship out of Cupertino …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's next-generation Apple TV moves closer to reality, assigned J33 codename
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive gets simple app-centric sharing for Office, powerful file management, HTML5 upload, other updates  —  Last week, we shared our approach to designing a personal cloud storage service for billions of people.  Today, we're excited to release an upgrade to SkyDrive.com to address key feedback.
Discussion: LiveSide.net, WinRumors and WMPoweruser, Thanks:omarshahine
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Software to Rate How Drastically Photos Are Retouched  —  From left to right, photographs show the five levels of retouching in a system by Hany Farid of Dartmouth.  The effect, from slight to drastic, may discourage retouching.  “Models, for example, might well say, 'I don't want to be a 5.
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive Tested: 750GB at Near-SSD Speeds  —  Last year, Seagate threw the storage world a curve when it released the original Momentus XT, a 7,200 rpm 250 or 500GB hard drive with the ability to cache your most commonly-used files on its 4GB of Flash memory for faster app opens, boots, and other frequent reads.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Verizon FiOS Customers Can Now Sign Up For New Xbox 360 Service, Will Let You Control Live TV With Your Hands  —  Last month, Verizon and Microsoft announced a partnership that will bring live HD TV channels to Xbox 360 customers who have active Xbox Live Gold subscriptions.
 
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Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Security researcher responds to CarrierIQ with video proof
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Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Cisco: Global cloud traffic will increase 12-fold by 2015
Discussion: GigaOM, NBC Bay Area and Reuters
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Is The Feds' New PR Campaign Against Film Piracy Even Legal?
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU court adviser: copyright doesn't protect software functions
Discussion: ITworld.com, ReadWriteWeb and OSNews
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The future of technology means making the computer disappear
Discussion: TechCrunch
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Coding - the new Latin  —  The campaign to boost the teaching …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
What the death of Cyber Monday says about our broadband habits
Discussion: WebProNews and SmartBear Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Grooveshark email: How we built a music service without, um, paying for music
Discussion: The Register
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
“Music Everywhere”: Spotify's “New Direction”
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