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8:00 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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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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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Impending crisis for Microsoft: Office tablet pricing
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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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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 and TechNet Blogs
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Paul Allen calls for ‘open science’ and wider sharing of data
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Steve Jobs Was Right: Google IS Turning Into Microsoft
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Micron to tap IBM chip-stacking tech for fast memory
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Stross: publishers' insistence on DRM “hands Amazon a stick with which to beat them”
Discussion: Charlie's Diary and Slashdot
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Proposal for E.U.-Wide Data Protection Regulation
Discussion: TechEye, PC World and Inquirer
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Roadshow: CEO Pincus Not Selling Shares in Upcoming Zynga IPO
Discussion: PC Magazine and Fortune
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
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Key component’ said to be limiting Apple's iPhone 4S supply
Discussion: MacNN
 

 
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