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1:05 PM ET, December 3, 2011


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Laurie Segall / CNN Money:
Facebook buys Gowalla  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Facebook has acquired location sharing service Gowalla for an undisclosed sum, according to a source close to Gowalla.  —  Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  —  Most of Gowalla's employees, including founder Josh Williams …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge rejects Apple bid to halt Galaxy sales  —  (Reuters) - Apple failed to convince a U.S. judge to block Samsung Electronics from selling some Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the U.S. market, depriving the iPhone and iPad maker of crucial leverage in a global patent battle between the two companies.
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 …
David Saleh Rauf / The Politico:
PATRIOT Act clouds picture for tech  —  Cloud computing is a gold mine for the U.S. tech industry, but American firms are encountering resistance from an unexpected enemy overseas: the PATRIOT Act.  —  The Sept. 11-era law was supposed to help the intelligence community gather data on suspected terrorists.
Discussion: Wired
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Carrier IQ Admits Holding ‘Treasure Trove’ of Consumer Data, But No Keystrokes  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — An embattled phone-monitoring software maker said Friday that its wares, secretly installed on some 150 million phones, have the capacity to log web usage, and to chronicle …
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Carrier IQ disputes spying accusations; security researchers agree
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The NYT tries to get its readers to ‘level up’  —  The New York Times launched a new commenting system this week that has a number of features, but by far, the most significant one is that certain readers with a history of good behavior will be awarded “trusted” status, which allows them to post comments without having them moderated.
Discussion: New York Times
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Revealed: Apple's internal policies on employee social networking, speculating on rumors, leaking, blogging, and more  —  With some of the Apple news spotlight this week on the firing of an Apple employee (and last month) over a Facebook rant, we thought the best way to clear up this employee's claims of …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Data caps a “crude and unfair tool” for easing online congestion  —  Internet providers argue that they need to impose monthly data caps on their users in order to slay the “bandwidth hogs” running wild and free through their networks, goring ordinary users with their tusks when all those users …
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Firefox faces uncertain future as Google deal apparently ends  —  Summary: It hasn't been a good year for Firefox.  Mozilla has lost share to Google, it's lost the loyalty of enterprise customers, and it's lost key talent.  And a deal with Google that supplied 84% of its revenue last year was scheduled to end in November.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With $2 Million In Funding, Senzari Prepares To Take On Pandora  —  There are two main complaints that always crop up whenever you mention Pandora: its music catalog is too small and it's not available outside the U.S. That's room enough for another startup to move into the streaming radio space …
Mobiledia / Forbes:
Skype Flaw Can Expose Caller Locations  —  Skype may expose a user's location by exposing a their Internet Protocol address, scientists say, which may pose a significant security threat for video calling services.  —  Researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University initiated video calls …
Discussion: PC World
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
$2.7 billion PER YEAR, possibly $16 billion in total: that's the bond Apple wants Motorola to post in case of early enforcement of German patent injunctions  —  Today I watched a hearing in another patent infringement lawsuit brought by Motorola against Apple in Mannheim.
Discussion: Electronista and MacRumors
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