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7:40 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.
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 …
Peter Pachal / Mashable!:
Carrier IQ and Your Phone: Everything You Need to Know  —  There's a storm of controversy flaring up over Carrier IQ, cellphone software that logs user activity and relays at least some of that information to wireless carriers.  The carriers say they'll use that data to improve their networks.
Al Franken:
Sen. Franken Demands Answers from Company Accused of Secretly Logging Location and Private Information …
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  —  LONDON — Wikileaks founder Julian Assange unveiled today the latest batch of released files from the whistleblowing organisation.  —  Speaking to a number of students and members of the press …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Guardian
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.
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: The Verge and The Tech Trade
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 …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Makes Flight Search Results Better Looking, More Useful
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
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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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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.
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 …
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.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Researchers find big leaks in pre-installed Android apps  —  Researchers at North Carolina State University have uncovered a variety of vulnerabilities in the standard configurations of popular Android smartphones from Motorola, HTC, and Samsung, finding that they don't properly protect privileged permissions …
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.
Jon Martindale / thinq_:
Movie studios force Lovefilm to drop Flash streaming  —  No more movies for older Mac and Linux users  —  DVD rental and movie streaming service Lovefilm has announced that it will be moving over to Microsoft's Silverlight for its video-on-demand from the previous Flash platform …
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) …
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 …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
British regulators extend scrutiny of Groupon  —  Less than a month after Groupon's controversial IPO, British regulators are carefully examining the company's advertising and trading methods.  —  The Office of Fair Trading — the U.K.'s equivalent of the Federal Trade Commission …
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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Vernon Silver / Bloomberg:
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Australia court extends Samsung Galaxy Tab sales ban
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