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7:05 PM ET, December 1, 2011

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: We Stopped Supporting Carrier IQ With iOS 5  —  Apple has finally weighed in on the Carrier IQ debacle.  In a statement issued moments ago, the company said while it has used Carrier IQ's network diagnostic software in the past, it recently stopped supporting it and plans to remove …
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Al Franken:
Sen. Franken Demands Answers from Company Accused of Secretly Logging Location and Private Information of Millions of Smartphone Users  —  “Consumers need to know that their safety and privacy are being protected by the companies they trust with their sensitive information,” said Sen. Franken.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
AT&T, Sprint confirm use of Carrier IQ rootkit software on handsets  —  Verizon, RIM, Nokia insist their handsets don't support the software  —  Amid what's snowballing into a major privacy controversy, AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Samsung today confirmed that that their mobile phones integrate …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google Nexus Android phones and original Xoom tablet do not include Carrier IQ tracking software
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Phone ‘Rootkit’ Maker Carrier IQ May Have Violated Wiretap Law In Millions Of Cases
Wikileaks:
The Spyfiles  —  Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for ‘political opponents’ are a reality.
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Thomas / Blog for Choice:
Apple's CEO Responds to a Siri-us Matter  —  More on Siri, the personal-assistant application on Apple's iPhone 4S:  —  Yesterday, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing her concerns that Siri was not giving women accurate answers …
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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.
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.
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 …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
StatCounter: Chrome Grabs 25.7% Of Global Market, Overtaking Firefox
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
YouTube's New Homepage Goes Social With Algorithmic Feed, Emphasis On Google+ And Facebook  —  YouTube is launching what the company calls the biggest redesign in its history today, including sweeping changes to its homepage and channel pages.  The goal is better personalized video discovery and viewing …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Store Opens December 9th, State Probing Lease Deal  —  In line with previous rumors, Apple has officially revealed that its massive new retail store inside Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal will be opening on Friday, December 9th.
Discussion: PC Magazine and SlashGear
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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.
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents Digital Device Handshake using Next-Gen Cameras & Invisible Inks  —  On December 1, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all new way of sharing data quickly and securely between two or more devices in consumer, retail and/or enterprise applications.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google+ Now Lets You Conference People Into Hangouts With Free Voice Calls  —  Hangouts could be the new way to conference call.  Google employee Jarkko Oikarinen has just announced that free voice calls to people in the US and Canada can now be made from within Hangouts with extras.
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Dentist charges patient for negative Yelp reviews, suit says  —  Online reviews are sticky little things.  —  I recently stayed at a hotel that someone on TripAdvisor had described as having filthy—in fact, sticky—conditions and I found it perfectly nice.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's new Windows 8 Resilient File System (ReFS) will be server only  —  Microsoft's new file system for Windows 8 will only be available in server variants of the operating system, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software maker is currently readying a new file system as an offshoot …
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Complaints Pop Up for Jawbone's UP  —  Like previous Jawbone product launches, its newest slick device, called UP — a digital wristband that tracks your health — hit the market amid high interest and positive reviews.  —  But, just over three weeks after its launch, it seems that some users are down on UP.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Vending Machine Operators Tap Google Wallet for Easy Payments  —  There might now be one less reason to kick the office vending machine — consumers will soon be able to pay for their snacks with a smartphone, as well as send real-time complaints about their Snickers stuck in a spiral.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
With Facebook At Its Core, Color Will Relaunch As Champion Of The Video Status Update  —  Color is almost ready for round two.  —  The company — which famously raised $41 million and launched last spring only to watch its initial product bomb (which in turn spurred plenty of Schadenfreude) …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Wealthfront Finally Launches, Aimed at Silicon Valley's “Richie Rich” Newbies  —  Wealthfront, the Silicon Valley start-up with more than $10 million in its own kitty, finally officially launched its long-planned Online Financial Advisor product today, with a focus on attracting techies interested in more easily managing their money.
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and GigaOM
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, MIT and TechSpot
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google: Parked Domains, Scraper Sites Targeted Among New Search Changes  —  In what's now to be a monthly update on search changes, a new Google “Inside Search” blog post today tells us that life is getting tougher for those with parked domains, life may get better for those plagued …
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Hires Former Skype Executive and FCC Advisor to Head Government Relations
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Peter Thiel's Founders Fund Raises $625 Million
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Would Curb Exports of Spyware
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
SOPA Will Be Changed to Meet Some Objections, Says Movie Industry Supporter
Reuters:
IPhone surpasses celebs, news as most searched on Web
Discussion: MediaFile and Betabeat
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
MTV in talks to license Vevo videos
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Khosla, Google Ventures And Hearst Put $4M In Social TV Platform Miso
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint swoops in with $1.6B deal to save Clearwire
Reuters:
Intel, Total Immersion working on augmented reality chipsets
Discussion: Gizmodo
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
The University of Utah is The Startup King
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
HP CEO: Apple likely to take away PC leadership position next year
Discussion: Computerworld and Macworld
 

 
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