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4:25 PM ET, December 5, 2011

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Josh Williams / Gowalla Blog:
Gowalla is Going to Facebook  —  Three years ago Gowalla's journey began when I took a photograph of Lake Tahoe on my iPhone.  I had just finished a phone call with my dad, and I wanted nothing more than to share that photo and place with him.  Not just in a text message or status update sort of way …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Confirms It Will Shut Down As Founders and Team Members Join Facebook  —  Following reports that the company as a whole had been acquired, Gowalla today announced that its founders and several team members have joined Facebook and will move to its Palo Alto headquarters.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft upgrades Xbox Live with 40 entertainment services, live TV, and Kinect voice control  —  Xbox Live isn't just an online gaming service anymore.  Microsoft is announcing today that the new version of its Xbox Live user interface will help transform entertainment on the television.
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Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox Companion for Windows Phone coming December 6th
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:   Xbox TV: Live from Verizon in December; on-demand from Comcast in early 2012
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ready to talk to your TV? Microsoft's Xbox Live revamp bets big on voice navigation
Discussion: CNET News, TechFlash and WinRumors
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 will be ‘largely irrelevant’ to traditional PC users: IDC  —  Summary: IDC's top 10 system software predictions for 2012 are out.  One of them casts doubt on Microsoft's potential market for Windows 8 among traditional PC users.  —  It's that time of year: The time when prognosticators …
Heather Timmons / India Ink:
India Asks Google, Facebook to Screen User Content  —  The Indian government has asked Internet companies and social media sites like Facebook to prescreen user content from India and to remove disparaging, inflammatory or defamatory content before it goes online, three executives in the information technology industry say.
Electronista:
Dell drops Streak 7, backs out of Android tablets in US  —  Dell quits Android tablet arena in short term  —  Dell on Monday confirmed that it had stopped selling the Streak 7.  The tablet is no longer available online and is withdrawing just months after Dell axed the Streak 5.
Kevin Murphy / The Register:
Bankrupt Borders flogs 65,536 IP addresses at $12 a pop  —  Scarce network numbers offloaded to healthcare biz  —  The bankrupt bookseller Borders wants to sell its stash of 65,536 IP addresses to healthcare software vendor Cerner for $12 per address.  —  The bust high street chain filed …
Discussion: CircleID and DomainIncite
Jason Cornwell / Gmail Blog:
Designing Gmail's new left navigation  —  One of our goals for the Gmail's new look was to make Gmail feel more like a native application with independently scrolling panels rather than a website that scrolls as a single page.  This design approach brings with it many advantages …
Discussion: 9to5Google
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside iPhone 4S US mobile data: AT&T vs Sprint vs Verizon  —  Apple now sells iPhones that work on three of the top four national US mobile carriers.  Here's a look at how well you can expect Apple's latest smartphones to work on each of these mobile data networks, based on real world testing of each carrier's data throughput.
Discussion: CNET News, DSLreports and Mobiledia
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Coming next year: Ting, the less-evil mobile carrier  —  Cellular carriers are evil.  —  Or dumb.  Because what but an evil or dumb company would punish its best customers for underestimating the amount of their product that they want?  Cellular overage charges are insultingly high.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Techland
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Ever Heard of the App Touch?  Nobody Has, but 12M People Already Use It.  —  An under-the-radar Canadian start-up with more than 12 million users for its free texting app is now trying to break out as a mobile social leader.  —  Enflick, which makes the popular PingChat …
comScore, Inc.:
$6 Billion in ‘Cyber Week’ U.S. Online Spending Sets New Weekly Record as Three Individual Days Surpass $1 Billion Threshold  —  Free Shipping Incentive Used on Nearly Two-Thirds of Online Transactions During Most Recent Two Weeks  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
There And Back Again: A Lengthy Weighing Of The Galaxy Nexus And iPhone 4S  —  Before me sit two phones.  On the left is the iPhone 4S, which I bought (and signed my soul over to Verizon for) in October.  On the right sits a loaner GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, sporting Android 4.0.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple vs. Samsung ruling divulges secret details  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. court error on Friday offered a brief glimpse at information that Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have tried to shield from the public during their high-stakes patent litigation.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Grading the Digital School: Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jesse Roe, a ninth-grade math teacher at a charter school here called Summit, has a peephole into the brains of each of his 38 students.  —  He can see that a girl sitting against the wall …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Abby Rogers / Business Insider:
Over 100,000 XXX Domain Names Are Going Live Tomorrow At 11 EST  —  The next generation of online porn launches tomorrow at 11 AM EST.  —  We asked the guy behind XXX domain names who stands to benefit from the changeover.  —  ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley has been working …
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Advertising: History Channel and FiOS Try Selling Items Instantly via TV  —  Giving television viewers the ability to buy products they see on their screens with a click of a remote control — say the Manolo Blahniks on Carrie Bradshaw's feet or Ross's sweater on “Friends” …
Discussion: Reuters
 
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Sony to drop Ericsson brand in mid-2012, focus only on smartphones
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Available apps across major mobile platforms approaching million-app milestone
Discussion: PhoneArena
Steve Smith / Ordered List Blog:
Ordered List Acquired by GitHub
Olivia Rondonuwu / Reuters:
RIM's Indonesia CEO to be charged over sale stampede
Discussion: BGR, Electronista and Gizmodo
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
France Launches Open Data Repository
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and techPresident
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Apple Store will open at 7 AM Monday-Friday to accommodate commuters
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Kan / PC World:
Microsoft Delays Windows Phone 7 in China to First Half 2012
Discussion: BetaNews, WinRumors and Neowin.net
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel, MasterCard, Motorola Mobility Put $18M In Mobile Banking Platform mFoundry
Discussion: GigaOM, silicontap.com and mFoundry
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo tipped to lead Windows 8 on ARM tablets
Discussion: DigiTimes, Computerworld and The Verge
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Cheap Willl Be Smart. Expensive Will Be Dumb.
Susan P. Crawford / New York Times:
Internet Access and the New Divide