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12:00 AM ET, December 6, 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: ClickZ, Betabeat and CNN
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: PC World and GigaOM
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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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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 …
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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Rise of Google, the Ascent of Facebook and the Decline of Everyone Else  —  If you pay the slightest bit of attention to Internet advertising, you know this.  But it's always good to see it spelled out: Look how ginormous Google is!  —  This exclamation point comes courtesy of Zenith Optimedia …
Felix Salmon:
Why Apple's cheap  —  I'm going to take one last bite at the Apple valuation question, since I'm happier now about why Apple's trading where it's trading than I was when I wrote my original post.  —  The first thing to note, as pointed out by Tadas Viskanta, is that Apple's now a megacap, and that changes quite a few things.
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: Techie Buzz, MacRumors and Electronista
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.
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, Electronista and Gizmodo
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
IBM Makes Revolutionary Racetrack Memory Using Existing Tools  —  Racetrack memory could someday supersede flash in terms of density and cost.  —  IBM has shown that a revolutionary new type of computer memory—one that combines the large capacity of traditional hard disks with the speed …
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
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Starbucks apps account for 26M mobile payments and $110M in card reloads  —  The Starbucks brand may be synonymous with pricey lattes, but the coffee conglomerate has pushed a number of mobile initiatives in 2011 to make its name also stand for digital innovation.  New numbers released Monday suggest that the strategy is working.
Discussion: The Seattle Times and Mashable!
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.
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
Electronista:
Cox TV Connect brings in-home iPad TV streaming  —  Cox TV Connect relies on local link for live TV  —  Cox on Monday tried its formal hand at a live TV streaming app with the formal rollout of Cox TV Connect for the iPad (free, App Store).  As with those from most other cable providers …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
The Nerdy Address Of Facebook's New Headquarters?  1 Hacker Way  —  Apple has 1 Infinite Loop, Genentech has 1 DNA Way, and now Facebook has its own vanity headquarters address: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, 94025.  Seen here on a brand new business card of a Facebook employee …
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Graphical Math Calculator To Search Results  —  Google announced their answer to Wolfram Alpha's advanced math skills with math graphing functionality on Google search results.  —  All you need to do is type basic and complex math functions into the Google search box and Google will return neat graphics.
Agam Shah / PC World:
Tablet Priced Under $100 With Android 4.0 Surfaces  —  A first-of-its-kind tablet with Google's Android 4.0 priced under US$100 is now available in China, and will reach other countries soon, according to companies that helped build the device.  —  Ainol's Novo7 tablet has a 7-inch capacitive screen …
 
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Battles Brain Drain
Discussion: CNET News, ITworld.com, TechFlash and Digits
Juan Carlos Perez / Techworld:
Google plans to seek Books lawsuit dismissal
Discussion: Slashdot
Mark Scott / DealBook:
With a Little Help, East London Embraces Tech Industry
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Ill-Advised Hack Brings Siri to Jailbroken iPhone 4
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Samsung shows us what's possible with a transparent flexible AMOLED
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Sony to drop Ericsson brand in mid-2012, focus only on smartphones
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Available apps across major mobile platforms approaching million-app milestone
Discussion: Fast Company and 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
Jason Cornwell / Gmail Blog:
Designing Gmail's new left navigation
Discussion: 9to5Google
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside iPhone 4S US mobile data: AT&T vs Sprint vs Verizon
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Dell drops Streak 7, backs out of Android tablets in US
 

 
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