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12:30 AM ET, November 24, 2010

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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer introduces 7-inch and 10.1-inch Android tablets, shipping April 2011  —  Shocker of shockers, folks — Acer's getting into the tablet game, too.  With the holidays too close for comfort, the outfit's giving everyone pause that was considering that janky Android tablet on sale for Black Friday.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer reveals Iconia dual-screen laptop / tablet, Clear.fi cloud-based media sharing system  —  Here in New York at Acer's Global press event, the company's talking touch.  Lots and lots of touch.  It'll be introducing a veritable smorgasbord of equipment as the minutes roll on …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer reveals 4.8-inch Android smartphone with 1024x480 screen resolution  —  Acer may be calling this “100 percent smartphone.  100 percent tablet.,” but something just doesn't add up there.  That being said, we have to agree that a 1024x480 screen resolution on a 4.8-inch smartphone is downright drool-worthy.
Ray Willington / Hot Hardware:
Acer's “Alive” Digital Content Platform: A New App Store Emerges
Discussion: VentureBeat
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
iOS 4.3 To Launch In Mid-December With App Subscriptions  —  iOS 4.2 went public yesterday, but Apple is already aiming at a mid-December release for the next major update of its mobile operating system, iOS 4.3.  Before we get into the details and we try to put the pieces together …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Patent Office Agrees To Facebook's “Face” Trademark  —  Facebook is just a payment away from trademarking the word “Face.”  As of today the U.S. Patent And Trademark Office has sent the social networking site a Notice of Allowance, which means they have agreed to grant the “Face” trademark to Facebook.
Nielsen Wire:
Kids in the U.S. Eyeing Big-Ticket Tech This Holiday Season  —  With Black Friday rapidly approaching, parents may want to get up early Friday morning to find deals, as a recent survey shows their kids are eyeing some wallet-stretching electronics this holiday season.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Fans Throw Eggs At Houses Blurred In Google Street View  —  Some people who chose to blur their houses on Google Street View in Germany received an unexpected real life blurring: Google fans who threw eggs at their homes.  —  Deutsche Welle reports that on Saturday …
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
SAP Must Pay Oracle $1.3 Billion Over Unit's Downloads  —  SAP AG, the world's largest maker of business application software, must pay $1.3 billion to Oracle Corp. for copyright infringement by a now-defunct software maintenance unit, a federal jury in California decided.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Oracle-SAP: Closing Statements Followed by Closing Insults
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
James Fee / James Fee GIS Blog:
What Steve Coast's Move to Bing Really Means  —  OK, sure — there is a rush to blog the news.  Steve Coast joined Bing.  But leaving it at just that news misses the whole point of what Bing/Microsoft wants and why Steve would go join the Bing Maps team.  Remember this news a couple months ago?
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Embraces OpenStreetMap, Hires Founder
Discussion: SteveC, Bing, Pulse2 and ReadWriteWeb
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Amazon Black Friday deal: $89 Kindle 2  —  Alert.  Amazon just slipped a little Black Friday deal onto its Facebook page: $89 for its second-generation Kindle.  —  Here's the full text of the message: … We don't know how long the deal will last (it starts at 9 a.m. PT) but the price seems somewhat enticing.
Discussion: Gizmodo, BGR, Erictric, CrunchGear and eWeek
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Beatles Aren't Yesterday, After All: Two Million Songs, 450,000 Albums in a Week  —  Question every Internet wisenheimer had last week: “Doesn't every Beatles fan already have every Beatles song?”  —  Answer: Nope.  Consumers had room for two million Fab Four songs …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
RockYou CEO Lance Tokuda Steps Down  —  RockYou founder and CEO Lance Tokuda is no longer leading the company, we've confirmed.  Tokuda helped found RockYou back in 2005, and led it through several funding rounds totalling nearly $130 million.  The change comes at a critical time in RockYou's life …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google Fired an Apple Legend for Leaking Internal Memo  —  The saga of Randy Wigginton is long and lively.  He was employee number six at Apple.  A distinguished engineer at PayPal and eBay.  And now word out of Google is that he's been fired there for leaking a raise.
Discussion: Pulse2 and The Register
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures arms HTC with big patent trove  —  Mobile phone maker HTC today announced a licensing deal that gives it acess to a large collection of patents owned by Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue-based firm run by Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft chief technology officer.
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Getting your “baggage” handled by the TSA?  Yeah, there's a badge for that  —  Foursquare's irreverent sense of humor couldn't have come into play at a better time.  As millions of travelers prepare for the US's busiest travel weekend of the year, foursquare has released a new badge picking up on America's latest punchline, the TSA.
Reuters:
Wozniak says he was wrong about Nuance/Apple deal  —  Retired Apple Inc co-founder Steve Wozniak said he was “totally wrong” in recently suggesting the iPhone maker had bought speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. Nuance's shares had touched a 2-1/2-year high on Tuesday …
Eric Lempel / PlayStation Blog:
Stream HD Movies Instantly with VUDU Application - Available Today  —  Last week, we announced a partnership with VUDU that will bring you the ability to stream thousands of movies straight from the cloud to your PlayStation 3.  Today, that announcement becomes reality as the VUDU application launches …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
RIM: Kik was pulled from App World over ‘breached contractual obligations’  —  Looks like RIM has made a final decision on the Kik situation after having pulled the wildly popular upstart instant messaging app from the BlackBerry App World a few days ago — and for current and hopeful Kik users, the news isn't good (bold added by us):
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple analysts under SEC investigation for ‘channel checks’  —  The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission is investigating Wall Street analysts who cover Apple over the possibility that ‘channel checks,’ routine checks with suppliers and manufacturers, constitute insider trading.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ken Gagne / Computerworld:
Apple-1 goes for $213K in Christie's auction  —  It was No. 82 of about 200 Apple-1s made  —  Computerworld - Christie's auction house in London today sold an Apple-1 computer for £133,250, or $213,600.  —  The lot, which went up for auction at 9:30 a.m. ET today, had an estimated value of between $160,300 and $240,450.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this the Motorola Olympus Tegra 2 smartphone?  —  A tipster is shopping this device around the tech blog circuit this morning claiming it's the first of two “iPhone killer” Olympus Tegra 2 smartphones from Motorola.  At first glance, it looks like a Motorola Defy.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Stewart Buttefield built Flickr into a mass market tool.  Can he be a success in online games?  —  Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake built Flickr into the first great photo-sharing site on the web.  They sold it to Yahoo in 2005 and Butterfield stayed a few years at Yahoo.
Discussion: Eurogamer, VG247 and Joystiq
 
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites for Sharing User Data With Marketers
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Facebook Shares Get Sliced Into Derivatives as Value Surges
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Army launches video-sharing site for the military
Discussion: Pronet Advertising and Cisco Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Is “Extremely Pleased” With Playdom/Disney Litigation Settlement
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
Bubble or bust? Nobody knows anything
Discussion: DEMO.com and SAI