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1:55 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
Discussion: ClickZ, Betabeat and CNN
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 …
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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JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Confirmed: Verizon Galaxy Nexus won't support Google Wallet (but will receive Google updates)  —  With the launch of Verizon's Galaxy Nexus growing closer, rumors about the device are starting to pour out at a breakneck speed.  As such, I thought now might be a good time to do a quick round of fact vs. fiction.
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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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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Battles Brain Drain  —  Internet Company Braces for Wave of Exits After Holidays  —  To the catalog of problems facing Yahoo Inc., add employees like Greg Cohn.  —  Mr. Cohn joined Yahoo six years ago as a business strategist, working his way up to become a senior director in charge of generating revenue for new initiatives.
Discussion: CNET News, ITworld.com, TechFlash and Digits
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
You'll Never Guess Which Venture Capital Firms Won The IPO Battle This Year  —  A cluster of five companies generated nearly $10 billion in value for a few venture capital firms, according to our analysis of SEC filings.  —  Pandora, Groupon and a few others brought in huge returns …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
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.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
StumbleUpon's Mobile Growth Rockets 800%; Company Unveils Major Redesign With 250 Brand Partners  —  StumbleUpon, the discovery engine that enables its users to “Stumble” onto personalized web content, unveiled a major redesign Monday, introducing a slew of upgrades that include a streamlined interface …
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
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!
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.
 
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Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Move Over, Picasso: Smartphone Photos Become Works of Art
Juan Carlos Perez / Techworld:
Google plans to seek Books lawsuit dismissal
Discussion: Slashdot
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Ill-Advised Hack Brings Siri to Jailbroken iPhone 4
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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: 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
Electronista:
Dell drops Streak 7, backs out of Android tablets in US