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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Carrier IQ references discovered in Apple's iOS  —  To date, the user tracking controversy surrounding Carrier IQ has focused primarily on Android, but today details are surfacing that the company also may have hooks into Apple's iOS.  Well-known iPhone hacker Chpwn tweeted today that versions …
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Phone ‘Rootkit’ Maker Carrier IQ May Have Violated Wiretap Law In Millions Of Cases  —  A piece of keystroke-sniffing software called Carrier IQ has been embedded so deeply in millions of Nokia, Android, and RIM devices that it's tough to spot and nearly impossible to remove …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
More Carrier IQ Detail: Nokia, Google, O2, Verizon, Vodafone UK Say No Dice  —  Several days into the Carrier IQ story—which raised privacy concerns around software that claims to be an innocent diagnostics tool—and some handset makers and at least a few carriers are scrambling to clear …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google Nexus Android phones and original Xoom tablet do not include Carrier IQ tracking software  —  The Carrier IQ smartphone tracking scandal continues to grow, but we've just learned some interesting news from an extremely reliable source: the Google Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Apple Says Siri's Abortion Answers Are a Glitch  —  Apple said Wednesday that Siri's apparent inability to retrieve information about abortion clinics and women's health services in some areas was not intentional or deliberate.  —  The company attributed the problem to kinks in the product that are still being ironed out.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
StatCounter: Chrome Grabs 25.7% Of Global Market, Overtaking Firefox  —  According to Web analytics company StatCounter, Google Chrome has surpassed Mozilla Firefox to become the second most used Web browser in the world after Internet Explorer.  —  I'm always a bit wary about StatCounter's claims …
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime review  —  What does a laptop in the post-PC era look like?  Is it an ultrabook with familiar internals and software in a dramatically slimmed-down shell?  Or is it possible to use a modern mobile OS like Android, energy-efficient chips, and build something …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Asus Transformer Prime US release date official: Dec. 12 online, Dec. 19 retail
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
You Bet Apple TV Is Coming, Says Apple Guru Gene Munster — Here Are The Details  —  Apple analyst Gene Munster just reiterated his belief that Apple is going to launch a TV next year.  —  He made the comments at our IGNITION: Future of Media conference this morning.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Speculation on Apple's Television Set: Range of Sizes, Device Integration, Premium Pricing
Bloomberg:
Alibaba-Led Group Said to Prepare Yahoo Bid  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Softbank Corp. (9984) are in advanced talks with Blackstone Group LP (BX) and Bain Capital LLC about making a bid for all of Yahoo! Inc., said three people with knowledge of the matter.
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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Digital Music Meets Its Match in Apple iCloud  —  One of the more interesting ideas in the new wave of cloud-computing services is the music locker.  This is a service that lets consumers store their music collections on a remote server and access them from any device, either by streaming the tunes or downloading them.
Jessica Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Some Fear a Glut in Tech ‘Incubators’  —  The number of tech incubators has skyrocketed.  And that has investors and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs such as Max Levchin concerned.  —  Mr. Levchin, the PayPal co-founder who later sold start-up Slide Inc. to Google Inc. in 2010 …
Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
IE9 Leading Modern Browser on Windows 7 Worldwide  —  Browser market share numbers are always interesting because they can be interpreted in a variety of ways.  We've said for some time now that the thing we care about most is that the web experiences we all enjoy are getting better every …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Exclusive: Comedy of Errors Led to False ‘Water-Pump Hack’ Report  —  Jim Mimlitz on vacation in Russia last June with his wife and three daughters.  Photo courtesy of Jim Mimlitz.  —  It was the broken water pump heard 'round the world.  —  Cyberwar watchers took notice this month …
Discussion: Softpedia News and SlashGear, Thanks:rsingel
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Don't Trust Your Instincts?  Wal-Mart Uses Algorithms to Find Gifts People Want.  —  Wal-Mart has launched its first Facebook application that helps people buy better gifts for their friends.  —  The application, called Shopycat, makes product recommendations based on the items people have liked or talked about in their news feed.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
The University of Utah is The Startup King  —  With roughly one-third the budget of MIT, the University of Utah was named the number 1 school in the U.S. for creating startup companies.  It's the second year in a row that the University claimed the top spot.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Awe.sm Helps Developers Track All The Key Details In Social Sharing, Raises Cool $4 Million  —  There are plenty of companies out there that help you monitor social media activity.  Awe.sm has been going deeper into what's really going on, providing a service that lets developers track …
Discussion: VatorNews and GigaOM, Thanks:jhstrauss
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
Android 4.0 for x86 processors released to developers  —  Google's Android development team has released Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) for x86 chipsets as part of their promise to open up Android for Intel and AMD systems.  The release isn't fully stable — missing sound, camera …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
New Apple Board Member Bob Iger Buys $1M In AAPL Shares  —  Newly appointed Apple board member and Disney president and CEO Bob Iger purchased 2,670 shares of Apple stock on the open market, according to a filing with the SEC. The average purchase price of the shares was roughly $375, valuing the purchase at $1,001,250.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
What Cash Crunch?  Revolution Growth Raises $450M for Its First Fund.  —  Revolution Growth, a new investment vehicle led by former AOLers Steve Case, Ted Leonsis and Donn Davis has raised $450 million in their first investment fund.  —  Originally, as I reported in March …
Discussion: Teds Take
Jonathan Zitttrain / HLS News:
Zittrain in Technology Review: The personal computer is dead  —  The following op-ed by Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain appeared in the Nov. 30 edition of the Technology Review.  [Click here for audio.]  —  In addition to his HLS professorship, Zittrain is faculty co-director …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Spotify with apps pictures and hands-on  —  According to Spotify “There's a new world inside Spotify” and that means apps.  But do you want them, are they any good, or is the music streaming service just jumping on the apps bandwagon in an attempt to make us all believe that it is something more than just a streaming music service?
Mia Lamar / Wall Street Journal:
Clearwire Signs Deals With Sprint, Makes Debt Payment  —  Clearwire Corp. said it has signed agreements with Sprint Nextel Corp. potentially worth up to $1.6 billion over the next four years, giving the wireless-service provider much-needed funds and extending a relationship between the two companies.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
HP CEO: Apple likely to take away PC leadership position next year  —  HP's new chief executive Meg Whitman told journalists Apple was doing “a great job” and that her company's once much smaller rival could likely pass HP to become the world's leading PC maker next year.
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Acer to cut ultrabook prices to US$799-899 in 2Q12, says company president  —  Acer expects its ultrabook prices will be able to drop from US$1,000 currently to US$799-899 in the second quarter of 2012, a decline of 20%, and will drop further to US$499 in 2013 as other PC brand vendors …
 
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Chris Williams / The Huffington Post:
Protect IP Act: Eric Schmidt Suggests Alternative To Online Piracy Bill
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Bill Howard / ExtremeTech:
Will the other guy run a red light? MIT algorithm figures the odds, tells you to brake
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Apple, Google & Facebook join coalition to create safe Internet for kids in Europe
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Brightcove launches cloud-based mobile app platform
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EE Times:
PCI Express 4.0 drives to 16 GT/second
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: No Silverlight 5 release in November
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