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7:45 AM ET, December 1, 2011

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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 …
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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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?
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Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Say hello to Spotify Apps
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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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
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and netbooknews.com
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Techie Buzz
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Brightcove launches cloud-based mobile app platform  —  It's official: Brightcove isn't just about video distribution anymore.  After years of catering to media companies and video publishers with a white-label platform for delivering video online, the company is trying to do the same with a cloud-based approach to mobile app creation.
Discussion: Brightcove Blog and Business Wire, Thanks:erikashaffer
Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day, Apple valuation edition  —  Andy Zaky at Bullish Cross has a great post on Apple's valuation, showing the astonishing degree to which the market is discounting the value of a dollar of Apple's earnings today, compared to just two years ago.  Back then, it was worth $32; now, it's worth just $13.
Discussion: Bullish Cross and Daring Fireball
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.
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Netflix Opens Door to Leaving Amazon Web Services  —  Netflix designed its cloud architecture so that it has the option to move to an Amazon Web Services competitor, but doesn't expect a real competitor to emerge for a few years, a Netflix executive said on Wednesday.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Computerworld
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
The First Ice Cream Sandwich Android Tablet Surfaces In China  —  Right now the only way to officially taste Ice Cream Sandwich on a device is on the Galaxy Nexus.  Google stated that it would eventually hit tablets.  Well, the wait is over.  Somewhere in the bowels of China the first ICS tablet has appeared.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Lenovo will launch a Windows Phone in the second half of 2012, says LePhone product manager  —  We've already been teased by a LePhone S2 moonlighting as a Windows Phone last month, but it was only yesterday that Lenovo confirmed an upcoming product featuring said OS.
 
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Japan rumor: LTE iPad 3 coming in summer 2012, LTE iPhone 5 in Fall
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