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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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Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
Stephen Elop interview: US Lumia launch, Nokia tablet, and criticism of the Android experience  —  I had the chance to sit down with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop after the launch of its first series of Windows Phone products — the Lumia 800 and 710 — here at Nokia World 2011 in London.
Discussion: CNET News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Why no front-facing camera on first Windows Phones from Nokia?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
iPad 3's dense display a challenge for manufacturers  —  Apple Retina Display.  —  The 10-inch-class screen on Apple's upcoming iPad 3 will be one of its most remarkable features.  But getting to the higher resolutions is a big step, according to a source who spoke to CNET.
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
What does Sony control of Sony Ericsson really mean?  —  Sony has just announced that it's buying out the remaining 50 percent of the world's sixth-largest handset maker, Sony Ericsson, from its Swedish partner, in a deal worth €1.05 billion ($1.46 billion).
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sony Will Buy Out Ericsson's Stake In Sony-Ericsson Mobile For $1.47 Billion
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: Cult of Mac, CNET News and 9to5Mac, Thanks:speedmaster
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Andreessen Horowitz Raising Huge New $900 Million Fund III  —  You can't accuse Andreessen Horowitz of spending money too slowly.  Their first fund, $300 million, was raised in 2009 and was promptly invested in companies like Skype and Fusion.io.  In late 2010 they raised Fund II …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Corning's new Lotus Glass promises higher-resolution displays, more  —  Corning, the developers of Gorilla Glass, announced the launch of a new display material named Lotus Glass for use with LCD and OLED screens today in a press release.  The company says Lotus Glass has more …
Amy Pyett / Reuters:
Australian court to fast-track Samsung appeal on tablet ban  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics won Australian court approval for fast-tracking its appeal against a ban on the sale of its new Galaxy tablet computer in the country, part of an ongoing global legal battle with iPad maker Apple Inc.
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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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Paid Over $1.4B for 57 Acquisitions in 2011  —  Google acquired a whopping 57 companies of various assets through September, according to an SEC filing.  With three months left to go in the year, anyone want to guess what else is on the radar?  —  Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Google Paid $151 Million For Zagat
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
“Revolution in the Valley,” revisited  —  It's one thing to look back on a project with the power of hindsight and recognize that project's impact.  It's quite another to realize a project will be profound as it's still playing out.  —  Andy Hertzfeld had that rare experience when he was working on the original Macintosh.
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.
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.
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: The Register and Amazon.com
Guardian:
BlackBerry outage: RIM faces US class action  —  US and Canadian users seek damages for breach of contract and negligence after three-day service failure  —  Consumers in the US and Canada have sued Research in Motion for a three-day service outage on BlackBerry devices that rippled across the world earlier this month.
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Inside Facebook's massive cyber-security system  —  FACEBOOK has released details of the extraordinary security infrastructure it uses to fight off spam and other cyber-scams.  —  Known as the Facebook Immune System (FIS), the massive defence network appears to be successful …
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple overtakes Nokia in China as iPhone brand, sales surge  —  Apple's smartphone brand has surged ahead of Nokia among Chinese buyers' preference for their next 3G handset, as more than a third express a preference for iPhone, twice that for Nokia's models.
 
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Google Declines To Remove Police Brutality Videos, Still Complies With 63% Of Gov't Takedown Requests
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Righthaven hit with largest fine yet: $119,488
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Broadband company's demise puts taxpayers on hook for $74 million loan
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Pastebin Surpasses 10 Million “Active” Pastes
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
First look: Apple's Cards offers quality & convenience at a low price
Discussion: GigaOM
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple ‘expected’ to release LTE 4G iPhone in 2012
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Steve Jobs Wanted Intel Chips for the iPad
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