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4:55 PM ET, December 2, 2011

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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 …
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Carrier IQ disputes spying accusations; security researchers agree  —  Carrier IQ, the beleagured online metrics company that has been accused of installing spy software on millions of smartphones, has broken its silence to say the critics have it wrong.  —  “While a few individuals …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Carrier IQ Speaks: Our Software Ignores Your Personal Info
Rhoda Alexander / iSuppli®:
Red-Hot Kindle Fire Blazes its Way to Second Place in Media Tablet Market  —  Just two weeks after its introduction, Amazon's Kindle Fire already is shaking up the market, with the device expected to surpass all other iPad rivals to take second place in the global media tablet business in the fourth quarter.
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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.
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. approves Google's AdMeld acquisition  —  The Justice Department on Friday gave the green light to Google's $400 million acquisition of AdMeld, a major display advertising company.  —  The agency said the deal can proceed without any major conditions, because a detailed analysis …
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon building a spectrum empire with cable deal  —  Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are selling off the spectrum remnants of their stillborn wireless venture, SpectrumCo, to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion.  The deal would allow Verizon to double-up on its LTE network …
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Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Comcast, Time Warner preparing to bid farewell to Clearwire
Discussion: GeekWire and Bloomberg
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 …
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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 …
Steve Souders / High Performance Web Sites:
Silk, iPad, Galaxy comparison  —  In my previous blog post I announced Loadtimer - a mobile test harness for measuring page load times.  I was motivated to create Loadtimer because recent reviews of the Kindle Fire lacked the quantified data and reliable test procedures needed to compare browser performance.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Zatz Not Funny!
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Social Games:
Confirmed: EA Acquires KlickNation, Source Says Price is Roughly $35M  —  Electronic Arts said it acquired KlickNation to beef up its RPG games on social networks after we broke the news about the deal yesterday.  The Sacramento, Calif.-based company will become part of BioWare's social gaming team.
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.
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.
Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
The internet as a diversion and destination  —  Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time.  On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time.  Many of them go online in purposeful ways, as well.
Matt Macari / The Verge:
Apple gives Samsung some work-around options for its iPhone and iPad design patents  —  Redacted public versions of the legal briefs tied to Apple's July request for a ban on Samsung's products began to trickle in over the last few days.  While we eagerly await the judge's decision on an injunction …
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Welcome to Androidland: Australia's (and the world's) first Android store  —  If you're an Android fan and happen to be local to the Australian city of Melbourne then you'll be pleased to know that the world's first dedicated Android store has opened, and it's called Androidland.
Facebook:
Facebook to Open Engineering Office in New York City in 2012  —  To keep up with its rapid growth, Facebook today announced plans to establish an engineering presence in New York City and tap into the remarkable technical talent that the region has to offer.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
2TB hard drive shortage hits Apple's BTO iMacs with 5-7 week wait  —  Build-to-order iMacs with 2-terabyte hard drives now have an estimated shipping time of 5 to 7 weeks, in what is potentially the first sign of Apple being hit by a lingering global hard drive shortage.
Discussion: Gizmodo, 9to5Mac and MacRumors
 
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Bill Powell / Fortune:
The war over Kai-fu Lee's biography
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Facebook Appoints A New Head Of Mobile Developer Relations
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Alibaba Group testing a new social networking product
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
SOPA on the ropes? Bipartisan alternative to 'Net censorship emerges
Discussion: PC World
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Cybersecurity bill approved by House panel
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Jon Martindale / thinq_:
Movie studios force Lovefilm to drop Flash streaming
Discussion: inside LOVEFiLM
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Researchers find big leaks in pre-installed Android apps
Discussion: InfoWorld and Gizmodo
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
New Wikileaks files expose iPhone, BlackBerry phone and Gmail hacking technology
Discussion: Guardian, Gizmodo and Computerworld
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Makes Flight Search Results Better Looking, More Useful
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YouTube Revamp Foreshadows Google's Vision of Media
 

 
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