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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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:   Oracle's $1.3 billion verdict over SAP: Six big questions
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 …
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 4.8-inch Android smartphone with 1024x480 screen resolution
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer reveals Iconia dual-screen laptop / tablet, Clear.fi cloud …
Ray Willington / Hot Hardware:
Acer's “Alive” Digital Content Platform: A New App Store Emerges
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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 …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
A High-Tech Edge on Black Friday  —  Smartphone Apps Track the Latest Deals, What's in Stock; Reveal Your Location and Get a Coupon  —  Debbie Young has a secret weapon in her quest for Black Friday's best deals: her iPhone.  —  Using an app, or program, on her phone as a guide …
Discussion: PhoneArena
Andreas Constantinou / VisionMobile :: blog:
Apps is the new Web: sowing the seeds for Web 3.0  —  [With the phenomenal success of mobile apps, the world of content is migrating from web 2.0 to apps as the new format for creating, packaging, discovering, paying and interacting with information.  Andreas Constantinou analyses how apps …
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.
Jim Jansen / PewResearch.org:
The Better-Off Online  —  People in higher-income households are different from other Americans in their tech ownership and use.  —  Analysis of several recent surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Projects finds key differences between those who live …
Royal Pingdom:
Mobile web usage highest in Asia and Africa  —  We increasingly access the Web from our mobile phones, especially now that the rise of smartphones is making it easier than ever to get a decent web experience on the small screen.  —  However, the highest share of mobile web usage …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe and ReadWriteWeb
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flash Free: Aviary Hatches A Lightweight HTML5 Photo Editor For The Web  —  Aviary is very good at what they do.  That is, offering relatively powerful tools for amateur artists to edit content online.  But all of those tools are Flash-based.  And some of Aviary's partners didn't like that too much, feeling they were too cumbersome.
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.
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal:
Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback  —  One of the most potentially intrusive technologies for profiling and targeting Internet users with ads is on the verge of a comeback, two years after an outcry by privacy advocates in the U.S. and Britain appeared to kill it.
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 …
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
Indie App Stores Struggle  —  Long before Apple Inc. started selling trendy applications to iPhone users, there were online stores where consumers could download apps for their cellphones.  But Apple's dominance and the entry of other giants into the apps store business is forcing these smaller players to change tactics to survive.
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Scale Computing raises $17M to sell storage one terabyte at a time  —  Scale Computing, a provider of small-scale computer storage databases, announced today that it has raised $17 million in its third round of funding to triple its staff over the next three years.
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple Patent Case Against Motorola to Get Trade Agency Review  —  Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc.'s patent claims against Motorola Inc. will be reviewed by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which could issue an order banning Motorola phones from the U.S.
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: The Register, Pulse2 and Examiner
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.
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 …
 
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