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5:50 AM ET, November 30, 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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Apologies of Zuckerberg: A Retrospective  —  At this point, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's pattern on privacy is clear.  Launch new stuff that pushes the boundaries of what people consider comfortable.  Apologize and assure users that they control their information, but rarely pull back entirely …
Discussion: CNET News
Eddie Kessler / The Official Google Blog:
The next stage in our redesign  —  Six months ago we started rolling out a new look and feel for Search, News, Maps, Translate, Gmail and a bunch of other products.  Our goal was to create a beautifully simple and intuitive user experience across Google.  —  We're now ready for the next stage …
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:   Google continues its massive facelift, intros new persistent nav bar (video)
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Microsoft plans to get its Office software suite on the iPad  —  Microsoft is planning a version of its Office business app for the iPad, The Daily has learned.  —  According to sources, the tech giant is actively working on adapting its popular software suite for Apple's tablet.
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Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
One Year Later, Path ‘Personal Network’ App Still Brings the Love
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Path's Second Iteration Is Less Photosharing And More Everything Sharing
Discussion: parislemon and @hunterwalk
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Researcher's Video Shows Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Everything  —  The Android developer who raised the ire of a mobile-phone monitoring company last week is on the attack again, producing a video of how the Carrier IQ software secretly installed on millions of mobile phones reports …
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 …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
The First Yahoo Bids Are Coming In, And They Look Pretty Low  —  At least two private equity groups placed bids on Yahoo today, and both bids valued the company at more than $20 billion.  —  A consortium led by Silver Lake bid $16.60 per share for a minority stake, according to Bloomberg.
Discussion: AllThingsD and Wall Street Journal
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
This Man Joined Marc Andreessen's Yahoo Meetings And Is A Likely CEO Candidate
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
iFixit:
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Teardown  —  It's here, it's here, it's finally here!  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the ice cream truck is driving up the street, playing its joyful tune.  We have our dollars ready, and we can't wait to grab ourselves some goodies.
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Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
Galaxy Nexus Getting Flash and AIR in December
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Siri's first real competition hits Android phones today [video]  —  Apple's Siri represents the birth of a new breed of voice-controlled smartphone assistant services, and it is only a matter of time before other companies begin to expand their offerings as a result.
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Ray Walters / ExtremeTech:
Cluzee for Android tested: Another awful Siri clone
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US judge orders hundreds of sites “de-indexed” from Google, Facebook  —  After a series of one-sided hearings, luxury goods maker Chanel has won recent court orders against hundreds of websites trafficking in counterfeit luxury goods.  A federal judge in Nevada has agreed that Chanel can seize …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Ultrabook prices may fall 5-10% in 1Q12, say makers  —  Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba are expected to lower retail prices for ultrabooks to below US$1,000 by the end of 2011, and with a US$100 marketing subsidy from Intel, prices may further drop 5-10% in first-quarter 2012, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Samsung tablet ban lifted  —  Samsung has won its fight against a court order banning the sale of its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia, but rival electronics maker Apple has already foreshadowed an appeal to the High Court.  —  The full bench of the federal court today unanimously reversed …
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Steven Levy / Wired:
The Revolution According to Steve Jobs  —  I can't find the tape of my first interview with Steve Jobs.  At some point in the past 28 years—the conversation took place in November 1983—it got lost.  But I do have the 43-page transcript, complete with the transcriber's misunderstandings …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft enables Android and iOS users to experience Windows Phone 7... via the web  —  Still tempted by the fruit of another?  If you're looking Microsoft's way, but aren't quite ready to toss your adoration for iOS or Android aside, the coders in Redmond are giving you an alternative to quitting cold turkey.
Facebook:
Most Shared Articles on Facebook in 2011  —  We recently looked at the most shared articles on Facebook over the past year.  The stories range from cute to thought provoking and represent the type of news people have been sharing and discovering with friends in 2011.
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify to Offer Apps, Open Platform to Developers  —  Spotify AB will begin offering Facebook-style apps that add various features and functions to its popular online-music service, according to people in the music industry, a move that could differentiate the company amid growing competition …
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 and WinRumors, Thanks:omarshahine
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Surprise! Microsoft's Dropbox And Google Apps Competitor No Longer Sucks
Discussion: TechNet Blogs
Kim Hart / The Politico:
FCC releases damning report on AT&T/T-Mobile deal  —  The FCC is allowing AT&T to withdraw its application to acquire T-Mobile and reapply at a later date.  But in a blow to the company, the commission released a staff report that concludes the deal would cause huge job losses and eliminate a key wireless competitor.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Stross: publishers' insistence on DRM “hands Amazon a stick with which to beat them”
Discussion: Charlie's Diary and Slashdot
Brian Bergstein / Technology Review:
Mark Pincus on What Makes Zynga Hum: Short Attention Spans
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Proposal for E.U.-Wide Data Protection Regulation
Discussion: TechEye, Inquirer and PC World
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Roadshow: CEO Pincus Not Selling Shares in Upcoming Zynga IPO
Discussion: Fortune and PC Magazine
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo trudging into the smart TV arena, plans LeTV launch in Q1 2012
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
New York City can't tax Expedia, Priceline fees: court
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
Facebook May Be Forced to Go Public Amid Market Gloom
Discussion: Telegraph
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Shazam Reacquires Its Audio-Recognition Intellectual Property
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Key component’ said to be limiting Apple's iPhone 4S supply
Discussion: MacNN
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
Exclusive: Millions of printers open to devastating hack attack, researchers say