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1:15 PM 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 …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
More Carrier IQ: Nokia, Google, O2, Verizon, Vodafone, Orange 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 …
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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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
ACLU asks Apple to fix Siri's birth-control glitch on iPhone
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 …
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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 …
ChangeWave Research:
New Owners Survey Shows iPhone 4S More Popular than its Apple Predecessor  —  BETHESDA, MD - A new ChangeWave Research survey of iPhone 4S owners shows customer satisfaction ratings for the latest Apple smart phone are higher than for its predecessor, the iPhone 4.  ChangeWave Research is a division of The 451 Group.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Quietly (Finally) Launches Self-Serve Ads  —  It's still just in test mode, and only open to a handful of advertisers.  But those who can use it can now buy ads directly via Twitter, using a credit card and a Web browser, without ever having to talk to a human being.
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: MobileBurn.com
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Smule builds social music app empire by buying Khush  —  Smule, the successful iOS music app start-up behind Ocarina, Magic Piano and I am T-Pain, is making its first acquisition.  On Thursday, Smule bought fellow social music start-up, Khush, in a bid to take command of what it believes …
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.
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: InfoWorld and Softpedia News, Thanks:rsingel
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Reports Q2 Net Loss Of $6.6M, Says NOOK Is Now A $220 Million Business  —  Barnes & Noble this morning reported sales and earnings for its second quarter ended October 29, 2011, and they're a mixed bag.  Total sales decreased slightly, from $1.9 billion to $1.89 billion, compared to the prior year.
Reuters:
Intel, Total Immersion working on augmented reality chipsets  —  (Reuters) - Total Immersion, a pioneer in emerging field of augmented reality (AR), is working with Intel to bring AR features, like gesture recognition, into Intel's chipsets, an executive of the privately held firm said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Inquirer and VR-Zone
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: Local Onliner, DealBook and Teds Take
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint swoops in with $1.6B deal to save Clearwire  —  We can stop wondering if Clearwire will default on its interest payment, for the time being anyhow.  Sprint, which owns almost half of Clearwire, has stepped up with a plan to spend $1.6 billion over the next four years …
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.
Discussion: Inquirer, Reuters, TG Daily and Mobile
DealBook:
Yahoo Board Said to Lean Toward Sale of Minority Stake  —  Updated  —  Yahoo's directors are leaning toward selling a minority stake in the company to an investor group instead of selling the business outright, after a meeting of the company's board on Wednesday, according to people briefed on the matter.
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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 …
Bill Howard / ExtremeTech:
Will the other guy run a red light?  MIT algorithm figures the odds, tells you to brake  —  You've got a traffic light that's just turned green.  Some idiot approaching the intersection at right angles doesn't appear to be slowing down.  Will he stop or will he sail through on red and give you a chance to test your side air curtains?
Discussion: PC Magazine
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Retailers in Talks on Fast-Delivery Service  —  In a potential strike against Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc. is in talks with major retailers and shippers to create a service that lets consumers shop for goods on the Web and receive orders within a day for a low fee, according to people familiar with the matter.
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
Discussion: WebProNews
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
The University of Utah is The Startup King
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Apple, Google & Facebook join coalition to create safe Internet for kids in Europe
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Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Netflix Opens Door to Leaving Amazon Web Services
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
New Apple Board Member Bob Iger Buys $1M In AAPL Shares
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