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4:10 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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google confirms: we have no ‘affiliation with Carrier IQ’
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
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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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.
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Makes Flight Search Results Better Looking, More Useful  —  In September Google did the first part of its integration with ITA, showing flight schedule information in search results and launching a separate flight search “portal” of sorts (Google.com/flights).  Here's what it looked like in Google.com results:
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.
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 …
Discussion: WinUnleaked.tk
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 …
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) …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Store Opens December 9th, State Probing Lease Deal  —  In line with previous rumors, Apple has officially revealed that its massive new retail store inside Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal will be opening on Friday, December 9th.
Discussion: SlashGear, PC Magazine and MacNN
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Mark Brown / Danger Room:
Crack This Code and Become a British Spy  —  The GCHQ — Britain's secretive agency of intelligence experts — wants to find new spies.  To make sure it has a candidate who's up to scratch, the agency is inviting hobbyist cryptanalysts to try and break a code online.
Thomas / Blog for Choice:
Apple's CEO Responds to a Siri-us Matter  —  More on Siri, the personal-assistant application on Apple's iPhone 4S:  —  Yesterday, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing her concerns that Siri was not giving women accurate answers …
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.
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.
Evelina Kurgonaite / Financial Times:
The EC to slam Google with 400+ page SO  —  The European Commission (EC) is expected to issue a statement of objections (SO) spanning more than 400 pages that will spell-out allegations of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) abuse of dominance early next year, sources close to the case told dealReporter.
Discussion: Business Insider and CNET News
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint:
Spotify iPad app in the works, devices possibly coming in the future too  —  EXCLUSIVE: UK MD talks to Pocket-lint  —  Spotify's UK MD Chris Maples has told Pocket-lint that the Spotify apps launch was just the first of a long line of announcements that the music streaming company has got planned …
 
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Vernon Silver / Bloomberg:
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Deletes 75,000 Associated Content Articles, Moves Rest To New Yahoo Voices Site
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Hires Former Skype Executive and FCC Advisor to Head Government Relations
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