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7:50 AM ET, December 5, 2011


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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.
Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox Companion for Windows Phone coming December 6th  —  If you read the press release put out earlier today, you probably saw the huge list of partners coming soon to Xbox 360 and may have missed the paragraph about the Xbox Companion app coming this week, so I wanted to share a few more details about it.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Dashboard update review (fall 2011)  —  Kiss that old “New Xbox Experience” goodbye — the Xbox Dashboard just went full Metro.  Microsoft teased the console's latest overhaul back at E3, promising to “change living room entertainment forever.”  The following months saw leaks …
Discussion: AllThingsD, Electronista and Engadget
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: TechFlash, CNET News and WinRumors
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Google Employees Are Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich OTAs On Their Nexus S Phones - Dogfooding Has Begun  —  Google has started the dogfooding process of testing the Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” update for the Nexus S, according to one of Google employees Adel Saoud.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Here's Gowalla CEO's Non-Denial Denial Email to Investors About Facebook Acquisition  —  Even Gowalla CEO Josh Williams isn't pretending a deal for Facebook to buy the location-sharing company isn't happening, as you can read below in an email he sent to his investors.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple licensed iOS scrolling patent to Nokia and IBM, offered license to Samsung  —  Until now, it's been assumed that Apple's paying absolute hardball in its various patent lawsuits around the world — that the company has no interest in licensing its patents, especially patents that cover fundamental parts of iOS.
Zee / The Next Web:
Zuckerberg answers the big question “Is Google+ a threat?”  —  The BBC aired a one hour profile of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday (if you're in the UK, you can watch it here).  All in all, most of you will have heard every detail shared before; aside from perhaps one question …
Discussion: Guardian, and BBC
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Feds Seize Domain Names of Korean Movie Portals  —  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have confiscated another 11 domains names, all related to Korean movie portals.  —  The seizures are another iteration of “Operation In Our Sites” …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Slashdot
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Cheap Willl Be Smart.  Expensive Will Be Dumb.  —  I wrote about this a while back but I've been refining and sharpening my thinking on the question of which devices will be smart and which devices will be dumb.  It's an important question because it gets to what platforms developers should build on.
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 …
Susan P. Crawford / New York Times:
Internet Access and the New Divide  —  FOR the second year in a row, the Monday after Thanksgiving — so-called Cyber Monday, when online retailers offer discounts to lure holiday shoppers — was the biggest sales day of the year, totaling some $1.25 billion and overwhelming the sales figures racked …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo tipped to lead Windows 8 on ARM tablets  —  Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo will lead the Windows 8 on ARM platform, according to the latest supply chain leaks, with Microsoft putting Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA in the driving seat for choosing their development partners.
Discussion: DigiTimes
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Carrier IQ denies responsiblity for insecure log files, suggests manufacturers are to blame
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Microsoft Research: Spammers Act Just Like HIV Virus In Avoiding Filters
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Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
Intel Schedules Core i 3000 “Ivy Bridge” Desktop Processors Launch to Q2 2012
The Economic Times:
Facebook to hire thousands of employees over next year
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