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7:20 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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Versus Foursquare: Why Pretty Doesn't Always Win  —  Gowalla, the geo-social app, will soon be no more.  The founders will be joining Facebook and shutting down the product a couple months after trying to reposition the app as a social travel guide.
Discussion: Betabeat, ClickZ and CNN
Dan Rosenberg / It's Bugs All the Way Down:
CarrierIQ: The Real Story  —  Since the beginning of the media frenzy over CarrierIQ, I have repeatedly stated that based on my knowledge of the software, claims that keystrokes, SMS bodies, email bodies, and other data of this nature are being collected are erroneous.
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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 …
Jakob Nielsen / Alertbox:
Kindle Fire Usability Findings … Amazon.com's new Kindle Fire offers a disappointingly poor user experience.  Using the web with the Silk browser is clunky and error-prone.  Reading downloaded magazines is not much better.  Still, user testing with the Fire did help us understand …
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.
Discussion: MacRumors and Electronista
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: Technologizer, Gizmodo and Electronista
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Former HP Chairman Patricia Dunn, Central Figure in Pretexting Case, Dies  —  Patricia Dunn, the former HP chairman who was the central figure in the 2006 spying scandal that rocked the company's boardroom early during the tenure of then-CEO Mark Hurd, has died, sources confirm to AllThingsD.
Discussion: eWeek, Bits, CNET News and Business Insider
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and The Domains
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM Blindsided by Kindle Fire Pricing  —  If you recently purchased one of Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBooks at a significant discount, you may have Amazon to thank for it.  —  The move to slash $200 and then $300 from the device's retail price was evidently made to battle the Fire's loss-leading $199 price.
Discussion: GigaOM
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Android graphics, rendering, and hardware acceleration explained by Google  —  Dianne Hackborn, part of Google's Android engineering group, has taken to the company's Google+ social network to distribute some “true facts” about Android's graphics and rendering.
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
WSJ: Verizon's Galaxy Nexus to run $299.99 on contract  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that Verizon's version of the Galaxy Nexus will run $299.99 on a new two-year contract — standard fare alongside the HTC Rezound and Motorola Droid RAZR, both of which share that price point.
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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 …
Joichi Ito / New York Times:
In an Open-Source Society, Innovating by the Seat of Our Pants  —  The Internet isn't really a technology.  It's a belief system, a philosophy about the effectiveness of decentralized, bottom-up innovation.  And it's a philosophy that has begun to change how we think about creativity itself.
Discussion: Joi Ito's Web
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Betabeat
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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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.
Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
iOS version code-names  —  While Android's dessert-derived code-names like Cupcake and Ice Cream Sandwich are publicly pitched by Google and used by media, Apple's iOS code-names don't get anywhere nearly as much attention.  Developer Steve Troughton-Smith, however, gave them some Twitter love this morning.
OLED Info:
Samsung shows us what's possible with a transparent flexible AMOLED  —  Samsung Mobile Display produced a short Video (in Korean) showing a transparent, flexible 3D AMOLED display based tablet.  This is obviously just a concept device, and it'll take years before they'll be able …
 
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Rise of Google, the Ascent of Facebook and the Decline of Everyone Else
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Ill-Advised Hack Brings Siri to Jailbroken iPhone 4
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com and The Next Web
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Graphical Math Calculator To Search Results
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
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Grading the Digital School: Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Advertising: History Channel and FiOS Try Selling Items Instantly via TV
Discussion: Fast Company and Reuters
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Apple Store will open at 7 AM Monday-Friday to accommodate commuters
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel, MasterCard, Motorola Mobility Put $18M In Mobile Banking Platform mFoundry
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