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5:35 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 …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Spotify Becomes a Music Platform  —  At a posh press event in Manhattan's Greenwich Village on Wednesday, freemium music subscription service Spotify revealed the “new direction” at which it has been hinting: a new API (application programming interface) that will let any developer …
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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?
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
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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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
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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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 …
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: Techie Buzz and AppleInsider
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: SlashGear, Thanks:rsingel
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
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 …
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
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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Zynga aims for $10 billion valuation in IPO  —  Facebook games developer Zynga Inc is seeking a lower-than-expected $10 billion valuation for its initial public offering, which is to be priced on December 15, two people close to the process said on Wednesday.
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.
Discussion: Fortune, TechCrunch, PC World and VatorNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
MasterCard Backs And Partners With Mobile Banking Company mFoundry To Expand Reach Of NFC  —  After announcing a new partnership with Intel, MasterCard is revealing a new collaboration to help spread the use of its NFC technology through its PayPass program.
Discussion: GigaOM, AllThingsD and FT Tech Hub
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Netflix Viewing Seen Swelling U.S. Cable Bills  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and U.S. pay- TV companies, weighing how to profit from surging Internet demand spurred by Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Hulu, are on the verge of instituting new fees on Web-access customers who use the most.
Discussion: Digital Trends, TechSpot, GigaOM and PC World, Thanks:sarahfrier
AJ Glasser / Inside Facebook:
TL;DR: Facebook Increases Status Update Character Limit From 5K to 60K+  —  Facebook said today that it has increased the maximum character count in status updates to over 60,000.  This is 12 times the original character count of 5,000.  The change was originally spotted by All Facebook on a post on the Facebook+Journalists Page.
Discussion: Mashable!, All Facebook and TechCrunch
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: No Silverlight 5 release in November
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Dell Will Drop the Flashy Vegas Act for CES This Year
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