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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Flex it, baby!  Nokia's new interface is seriously twisted  —  The Nokia kinetic device scrolls through photos and music playlists when its edges are twisted.  —  LONDON—Multitouch revolutionized user interfaces, and if Nokia researchers get their way, a mobile device that's sensitive …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Why no front-facing camera on first Windows Phones from Nokia?  —  Summary: There are no front-facing cameras on Nokia's first two Windows Phone handsets.  Some users are asking why.  —  As I noted in a Nokia World blog post from earlier today, there are no front-facing cameras on the Lumia 800 or 710 Windows Phones.
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
Case Dismissed.  (Again.)  —  The reason tens of millions of people use Yelp every month to help them find a great local business is because they trust Yelp's review content.  We work hard to keep that trust by protecting the integrity of our review content, and use a number of methods …
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Richard Orange / Telegraph:
Facebook to build server farm on edge of Arctic Circle  —  Facebook is to build a multi-million ‘mini town’ on the edge of the Arctic circle to house all its computer servers, which would us as much electricity as a town of 50,000 people.  —  Luleå is situated at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple now has $81.5B in cash, 13.2M sq. ft. of facilities and 60K employees  —  Apple today filed its Form 10-K with the SEC that discloses information to stockholders and the commission.  In an amongst the normal legal statements there were a few interesting facts.
Discussion: CNET News, Cult of Mac and 9to5Mac, Thanks:speedmaster
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Don't look now, but AWS might be a billion-dollar biz  —  Analysts and shareholders spent yesterday being up in arms over Amazon's missed earning targets — a shortsighted mindset that we've addressed before — but the cloud computing watchers might have noticed something very noteworthy in Amazon's quarterly statement.
Discussion: Amazon.com and The Register
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America  —  As was unfortunately expected, the House version of PROTECT IP has been released (embedded below) and it's ridiculously bad.  Despite promises from Rep. Goodlatte, there has been no serious effort to fix …
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Fred Wilson / @fredwilson:   a good explanation of what's at stake with PIPA/E-Parasites act http://t.co/ySHuDQtJ i'm headed to DC tomorrow to try to talk some sense
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘Codify’ Brings Touch Based Programming to iPad  —  iOS developers TwoLivesLeft have just released an interesting new app called Codify, which brings touch based programming to the iPad.  —  The app allows users to create their own programs using the Lua programming language by typing code directly on your iPad.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Close to Announcing Video ‘Channels’  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is expected to announce as early as next week that it has signed a slew of partnerships with media companies and well-known personalities to produce original content for the popular video website, said people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Don Clark / Digits:
Steve Jobs Wanted Intel Chips for the iPad  —  Intel's stock price, and image, have suffered from the fact that its chips are not widely used in smartphones and tablet PCs.  But it turns out that the Silicon Valley giant had an inside track when it came to Apple's iconic iPad …
Discussion: CNET News, Shiny Objects and Techland
Reuters:
Groupon CEO says replacing 10 percent of sales staff  —  (Reuters) - Daily deals site Groupon is replacing the worst 10 percent of its sales staff as it pushes to win stronger deals from merchants and ensure it can keep growing, the company's chief executive told potential IPO investors on Wednesday.
Discussion: Business Insider and @kevinnorman
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
First look: Apple's Cards offers quality & convenience at a low price  —  One completely unexpected announcement made by Apple at this month's iPhone 4S media event was Cards, a new application that lets iPhone users quickly and easily order a custom-printed greeting card.
Discussion: GigaOM
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Google Maps rolls out business interiors in Street View  —  Google is taking its Street View feature indoors.  The company announced last May it would be taking interior shots of stores, but now it is moving out of its pilot phase with more 360 degree interiors cropping up online.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Coldplay latest act to freeze out streaming services (scoop)  —  Coldplay, one of the world's biggest music acts, has declined to offer songs from the company's new album “Mylo Xyloto,” to streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody, multiple sources told CNET.
Discussion: The Next Web and VatorNews
Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat:
Report: Netflix hogs 32 percent of peak Internet bandwidth  —  Netflix again leads the pack as North America's largest consumer of Internet bandwidth, creating 32 percent of peak downstream traffic, according to the 2011 Sandvine Internet Phenomena Report, which was released today.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Arianna Huffington Loses Ruling In Fight Over HuffPo Ownership  —  Two politicos who sued Arianna Huffington and her partner for stealing their idea for the Huffington Post will get to go forward after a New York judge refused to throw out the lawsuit.  —  The tale of intrigue amidst …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple ‘expected’ to release LTE 4G iPhone in 2012  —  Competition among 4G-capable long-term evolution smartphones is predicted to intensify in 2012, when industry insiders believe Apple will join the fray with its own LTE iPhone model.  —  In the U.S., most of the current 4G share …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Pastebin Surpasses 10 Million “Active” Pastes  —  It took 8 years for Pastebin.com (which, for the unassociated, is sort of like the Internet's clipboard.  Anyone can paste in a big ol' wall of text and share it with anyone else, often anonymously) to reach 1 million “active” (read: not spam or expired) pastes.
The Local:
Swedish password hacking scandal widens  —  Double click on a word to get a translation  —  A password hacking scandal which on Tuesday exposed login details of 90,000 Swedes, including several journalists and celebrities, has widened to include 180,000 users on nearly 60 websites.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mahalo Lays Off 25 Percent for Shift to Apps From Video  —  Mahalo, the often-pivoted company run by well-known entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, laid off a quarter of its staff earlier this month.  —  Mahalo President Jason Rapp downplayed the move in a phone interview with AllThingsD …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Notable: LSI buys SandForce for $400M  —  Venture capitalists have generally given semiconductor startups the cold shoulder for years now in favor of the web and software spaces.  But an acquisition announced Wednesday afternoon indicates it may be time for VCs to warm up to chip technology once again.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Google Paid $151 Million For Zagat  —  Google paid $151 million in cash to acquire Zagat in September, according to the company's latest quarterly filing with the SEC.  —  That's higher than the $125 million reported by the Wall Street Journal and would make Zagat the company's ninth-largest acquisition ever.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Potential Yahoo CEO David Kenny Now Much More Available  —  Akamai president David Kenny has stepped down after a year on the job — and in the midst of Yahoo's CEO search, where his name has come up as a possible replacement for fired CEO Carol Bartz.  —  Kenny is also a Yahoo board member …
Discussion: DealBook and Business Insider
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Righthaven hit with largest fine yet: $119,488  —  Nevada's homegrown copyright troll, Righthaven, started life with a plan to save the newspaper business through infringement lawsuits—but nearly staggering incompetence has left the company on the receiving end of fine after fine from federal judges.
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun
Jeffrey Meisner / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft Reaches Settlement with Piatti, dotFREE Group in Kelihos Case  —  Last month, I wrote about how Microsoft and our partners, Kyrus and Kaspersky, took down the Kelihos botnet and that for the first time, Microsoft took the step of naming specific defendants in a civil case involving a botnet.
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Oracle v. Google trial date pushed off to 2012
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Billion-Dollar Patent Lawyer Hunting Facebook, Twitter
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