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9:50 AM ET, December 2, 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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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Carrier IQ Speaks: Our Software Ignores Your Personal Info  —  Carrier IQ, maker of a network diagnostic tool installed on millions of smartphones, has a simple rebuttal to accusations that its software logs keystrokes on the devices on which it is installed:  —  It doesn't.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Samsung And HTC Hit By Wiretapping Lawsuit Over Tracking Software  —  The swirling controversy over a company that reportedly installed tracking software on users' mobile phones has already produced its first two lawsuits.  On Thursday, plaintiffs sued the company, Carrier IQ …
Discussion: Computerworld
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Apple Questioned by German Data Regulator About Carrier IQ  —  A German data regulator asked Apple Inc. (AAPL) to answer questions about privacy issues regarding the usage-tracking software Carrier IQ on mobile phones.  —  The Bavarian State Authority for Data Protection sent a letter …
Discussion: GigaOM and 9to5Mac
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
AT&T, Sprint confirm use of Carrier IQ 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 …
Chip Cummins / Wall Street Journal:
RIM to Take $485 Million Charge Related to Tablet  —  TORONTO—Research in Motion Ltd. on Friday said it would take a $485 million, mostly noncash charge in its fiscal third quarter after marking down the value of its large inventory of PlayBook tablets.  The company also revised its revenue guidance downward.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Ups the Ante on IPO to Raise as Much as $1.15 Billion  —  Zynga is officially on its way to IPO-Ville.  —  The company has filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission to raise between $850 million to $1.15 billion.  At the high-end that would be roughly $15 million more than it had previously indicated it would raise.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Video: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus Pitches IPO To Investors  —  In traditional form, Zynga's founder and CEO Mark Pincus had donned a suit for his roadshow presentation to investors.  As we reported this morning, Zynga has set the price range of its IPO at $8.50 and $10 per share.
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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Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
New Wikileaks files expose iPhone, BlackBerry phone and Gmail hacking technology
Discussion: Gizmodo and Guardian
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Verizon Wireless prepping two 4G Droid tablets for this month  —  The 8-inch Droid Xyboard (left) and its 10-inch brother.  —  Verizon Wireless will launch two more tablets, both carrying the premium Droid brand, before the end of the year, CNET has learned.
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Nicole Scott / netbooknews.com:
3-4M Amazon Kindle's Shipped, 5M Expected by 2012  —  We knew that the Amazon Kindle was a popular tablet but just how popular is slowly becoming clear.  Water cooler talk in Taipei points to Amazon shipping between 3-4M Kindle Fire's and they are continuing to increase orders for the popular Android tablet.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The public Windows 8 beta will be released in late February  —  Sources close to Microsoft have informed TNW that the public Windows 8 beta will be released in late February of 2012.  —  The timing of the public beta launch has been the subject of much debate in the technology community.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Siri Can't Find Abortion Clinics & How It's Not An Apple Conspiracy  —  “I'm standing in front of a Planned Parenthood,” the CNN reporter says, “And Siri can't find it when I search for abortion clinic.”  No, it can't.  It's not because Apple is pro-life.  It's because Planned Parenthood doesn't call itself an abortion clinic.
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Thomas / Blog for Choice:
Apple's CEO Responds to a Siri-us Matter
Discussion: textually.org, BBC and PC World
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to drop Desktop App from Windows 8 ARM tablets?  —  Summary: Microsoft may have done an about-face and decided against offering the Desktop App and thus non-Metro-style apps, on Windows 8 ARM tablets.  —  Back in September, there was controversy as to whether Microsoft planned to allow …
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 …
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Mike Isaac / Epicenter:
YouTube Revamp Foreshadows Google's Vision of Media
Evelina Kurgonaite / Financial Times:
The EC to slam Google with 400+ page SO  —  This article is provided to FT.com readers by dealReporter—a news service focused on providing insightful intelligence on event driven situations to investors. www.dealreporter.com  —  Story The European Commission (EC) is expected to issue …
Bloomberg:
Google's AdMeld Deal Said to Win U.S. Antitrust Recommendation  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s $400 million acquisition of AdMeld Inc. has been recommended for antitrust approval by U.S. Justice Department staff attorneys, two people familiar with the matter said.  —  The staff urged approval …
TorrentFreak:
Swiss Govt: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal  —  In Switzerland, just as in dozens of other countries, the entertainment industries have been complaining about dramatic losses in revenue due to online piracy.  —  In a response, the Swiss government has been conducting a study …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Targets Amazon's ‘Prime’ With 1-Day Delivery  —  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.
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Amir Efrati / Digits:
Delivery Plan Makes Google More Foe, Less Friend to Amazon
Discussion: New York Times and The Verge
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Cybersecurity bill approved by House panel  —  (Reuters) - A bill to let U.S. spy agencies share intelligence on cyber threats with private companies was backed by a House of Representatives intelligence panel on Thursday.  —  In a 17-1 vote, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence approved …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
SOPA on the ropes? Bipartisan alternative to 'Net censorship emerges
Discussion: National Review
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
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Vernon Silver / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Fast Company
Chris Welch / The Verge:
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint:
Spotify iPad app in the works, goal to be on every device possible
Amy Pyett / Reuters:
Australia court extends Samsung Galaxy Tab sales ban
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Deletes 75,000 Associated Content Articles, Moves Rest To New Yahoo Voices Site
Discussion: WebProNews and Yodel Anecdotal
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's new Windows 8 Resilient File System (ReFS) will be server only
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Store Opens December 9th, State Probing Lease Deal
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents Digital Device Handshake using Next-Gen Cameras & Invisible Inks