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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 …
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Sprint says it ‘uses Carrier IQ to help maintain our network performance’
Discussion: MobileBurn.com
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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Thomas / Blog for Choice:
Apple's CEO Responds to a Siri-us Matter
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider and Betabeat
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: 9to5Google and GottaBeMobile
New York Post:
State probing Apple's deal for a new store in Grand Central  —  State watchdogs are probing Apple's sweet deal for a new store in Grand Central Terminal, The Post has learned.  —  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has launched an investigation into whether the Metropolitan Transportation …
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Inside Facebook, VatorNews and GigaOM, Thanks:jhstrauss
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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
MTV in talks to license Vevo videos  —  MTV, once the king of cable-TV music videos, may be close to ending a feud with Vevo, the Web music-video service supported by three of the top four record companies.  —  Sources close to the negotiations told CNET that the two companies are in talks …
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: Reuters
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Khosla, Google Ventures And Hearst Put $4M In Social TV Platform Miso  —  The social app for TV content Miso has just raised $4 million in new funding from Khosla Ventures, with existing investors Google Ventures and Hearst Interactive Media participating in the round.  This brings Miso's total funding to $6 million.
Discussion: VatorNews, AllThingsD and Lost Remote
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
WikiLeaks Unveils 160 Firms' Surveillance Gear Sales Docs, Still No Submissions System  —  WikiLeaks is still in the secret-spilling business.  But not, apparently, in the business of accepting those secrets through the anonymous dropbox that was once its trademark.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Ex-Twitter engineer Mike Abbott joins Kleiner Perkins  —  VC firm nabs man responsible for endangering the Fail Whale.  —  Mike Abbott is joining venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a senior partner in its digital media group, less than two months after stepping down as vice president of engineering at Twitter.
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: Gizmodo, Inquirer and VR-Zone
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.
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint swoops in with $1.6B deal to save Clearwire
Chris Williams / The Huffington Post:
Protect IP Act: Eric Schmidt Suggests Alternative To Online Piracy Bill
Discussion: WebProNews
Bill Howard / ExtremeTech:
Will the other guy run a red light? MIT algorithm figures the odds, tells you to brake
Discussion: PC Magazine and The Register
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
The University of Utah is The Startup King
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What Cash Crunch? Revolution Growth Raises $450M for Its First Fund.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
MasterCard Backs And Partners With Mobile Banking Company mFoundry To Expand Reach Of NFC
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Netflix Opens Door to Leaving Amazon Web Services
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
New Apple Board Member Bob Iger Buys $1M In AAPL Shares
Discussion: AllThingsD
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
Android 4.0 for x86 processors released to developers
 

 
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