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9:30 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 …
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.
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Sarah Frier / Business Week:
Mozilla's Catch-Up Strategy for Mobile  —  The Firefox browser, a force in PCs, is nowhere in smartphones  —  When Gary Kovacs ran the New York City marathon this year—his first ever—the chief executive officer of Mozilla wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of the Web browser made by his nonprofit.
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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.
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Matt Macari / The Verge:
Apple gives Samsung some work-around options for its iPhone and iPad design patents
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
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
SAP to Buy SuccessFactors for $3.4 Billion  —  SAP of Germany announced plans on Saturday to buy SuccessFactors, a Web-based enterprise software company, for $40 a share, or $3.4 billion.  —  The all-cash transaction, which is expected to close early next year, offers SuccessFactors' shareholders …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Considering Building Huge New Data Center in Oregon  —  OregonLive.com reports that Apple is currently deciding whether to commit to building a major new data center in Prineville, Oregon that would complement its newly-opened facility in Maiden, North Carolina.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Kindle Touch compared to Nook Simple Touch, Kobo Touch, and Kindle 4  —  Amazon's new Kindle Touch, Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch (my review), and the Kobo Touch are surprisingly similar.  —  Nook Simple Touch, Kindle Touch, and Kobo Touch  —  They all have the same E-Ink Pearl screen …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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