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6:35 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.
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   In Response To FTC Privacy Settlement, Facebook Splits The Chief Privacy Officer Role In Two
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 …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Google Maps 6.0 hits Android, adds indoor navigation for retail and transit
Discussion: PC World and BGR
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.
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.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T to Be Allowed to Pull T-Mobile Application  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission will approve AT&T Inc.'s request to pull its application for approval of its $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile USA, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.  —  An FCC spokesman had no immediate comment.
Discussion: CNET News, MediaFile and FierceWireless
Jim Cicconi / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
Withdrawal by Right  —  I read with interest Harold Feld's blog …
Discussion: Electronista
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 to address key feedback.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Surprise!  Microsoft's Dropbox And Google Apps Competitor No Longer Sucks  —  This morning, Microsoft unveiled a bunch of changes to SkyDrive, its free service for storing, sharing, and editing files online.  —  Although we haven't spent a ton of time with it yet, and only tested it on Microsoft products …
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.
Discussion: LockerGnome and IntoMobile
Ray Walters / ExtremeTech:   Cluzee for Android tested: Another awful Siri clone
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.
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 …
HP:   HP Refutes Inaccurate Claims; Clarifies on Printer Security
Jeff Bowen / News:
Introducing WordAds  —  Over the years one of the most frequent requests on 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.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:chadcat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Record Cyber Monday Online Spending Up Over 20 Percent To $1.2B  —  As of yesterday afternoon, Cyber Monday online sales were up 18 percent but apparently a surge of activity yesterday evening helped push the day's e-commerce sales to record amounts.  Cyber Monday online sales …
Discussion: BGR and VatorNews
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 …
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 …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Lenovo unveils the LePad S2007 and LePad S2010, both with Honeycomb and 1.5GHz dual-core chip  —  Oh no, it isn't just about the 5-inch tabletphone today.  Announced at the same event in Beijing just now are a couple of larger tablets from Lenovo: the LePad S2007 and the LePad S2010.
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.
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: ReadWriteWeb, The Verge and Techie Buzz
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8  —  Summary: Microsoft has released a new test build of Internet Explorer 10 that works on Windows 8 only.  It adds support for even more HTML5 technologies.  —  Microsoft made available for download its fourth “platform preview” …
John Pavlus / Fast Company's Co.Design:
A Newspaper For The Twitter Age: The Size Of A Sales Receipt, And Edited By You  —  A first look at an audacious new product from BERG which aims to reinvent personalized publishing, with printed news from Foursquare, Facebook, and The Guardian.  BERG bills itself as a design consultancy …
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
This Man Joined Marc Andreessen's Yahoo Meetings And Is A Likely CEO Candidate
Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Xbox 360 Sells Nearly 1M Consoles in Biggest Week in Xbox History
Discussion: WinRumors, The Next Web and
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Amazon to Congress: No, Silk won't invade people's privacy
Discussion: eWeek
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Security researcher responds to CarrierIQ with video proof
Michael Kan / PC World:
Protocol Deal to Bring Compatible Microsoft Apps to IOS, Android
Discussion: Microsoft and TechFlash
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
British Library newspaper archive puts 300 years of history online
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Software to Rate How Drastically Photos Are Retouched
Discussion: Nature, The Independent and PC World

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Jessica Goodman / Entertainment Weekly:
Adele's new album, 25, now available on Pandora despite not being on subscription streaming sites like Apple Music and Spotify

Alex Weprin / Politico:
CNN pivots HLN back toward news

Joe Mullin / Ars Technica UK:
US district judge sides with Rightscorp, says DMCA doesn't protect ISP Cox Communications in order ahead of December trial

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