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8:45 AM ET, November 30, 2011

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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)
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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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
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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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Impending crisis for Microsoft: Office tablet pricing  —  Summary: If Microsoft is readying a version of Office for the iPad, it better be prepared for the ripple effect in its other business.  —  ZDNet reported yesterday that Microsoft is getting a version of Office ready for the iPad.
Thanks:jkendrick
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 …
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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
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 …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Steve Jobs Was Right: Google IS Turning Into Microsoft  —  Last spring as Larry Page was preparing to retake the helm at Google, he asked Steve Jobs for advice.  —  Jobs told him to focus on fewer things and do them really well.  —  Jobs later recounted the conversation to his biographer Walter Isaacson.
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 …
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.
Brian Bergstein / Technology Review:
Mark Pincus on What Makes Zynga Hum: Short Attention Spans  —  A booming business in virtual goods adds up to huge profits for the online gaming company.  —  Online games company Zynga is planning to raise $1 billion by selling a small portion of its shares in an IPO that is expected to occur before the end of the year.
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
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 …
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Paul Allen calls for ‘open science’ and wider sharing of data  —  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen makes the case for broader sharing of scientific data — an “open science” model - in a newly published opinion piece (subscription required) in the Wall Street Journal, drawing from the experiences …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
United Nations hacked - email addresses and passwords leaked  —  Passwords and login details belonging to the United Nations have been published on the internet by a hacking group who believe that the UN is guilty of corruption.  —  The TeaMp0isoN hacking gang has leaked over one hundred usernames …
Kate Rose / YouTube Blog:
Announcing YouTube Analytics - the next generation in Insight  —  Video can transcend language and cultural barriers.  It can showcase real human moments all across the globe, even the silly ones.  Take the video of the talking twin babies.  That video was shot in Brooklyn …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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 …
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.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Stross: publishers' insistence on DRM “hands Amazon a stick with which to beat them”  —  Charlie Stross unloads both barrels on the big six publishers and their insistence on using DRM in connection with their ebooks, arguing that their demands for DRM lock their customers into Amazon's Kindle platform …
Discussion: Charlie's Diary and Slashdot
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: Microsoft
 
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Proposal for E.U.-Wide Data Protection Regulation
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Roadshow: CEO Pincus Not Selling Shares in Upcoming Zynga IPO
Discussion: PC Magazine and The Snitch
Kim Hart / The Politico:
FCC releases damning report on AT&T/T-Mobile deal
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo trudging into the smart TV arena, plans LeTV launch in Q1 2012
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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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers new IE 10 preview for Windows 8