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5:45 PM ET, November 10, 2011

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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Zynga's stock ‘scandal’  —  What did I do?  —  There is no joy in Cityville — the mighty Pincus was called a lout.  —  Zynga this morning woke up to a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal, accusing the social gaming company and its CEO Mark Pincus of strong-arming employees into giving up previously-granted stock options.
Discussion: Kotaku, @rk and Broken Toys
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Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Leans On Some Workers to Surrender Pre-IPO Shares  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Zynga Inc. Chief Executive Mark Pincus often gave shares rather than high salaries to his top talent as he built his online-game start-up.  —  But as Zynga grew into a multibillion-dollar company with hot games like …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Mark Pincus memo to Zynga employees  —  Earlier today the Wall Street Journal suggested that social gaming giant Zynga had strong-armed employees into giving up previously-granted stock options.  I wrote a follow-up post, arguing that the WSJ made things sound much worse than they really were.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Facebook to make all sharing related privacy settings ‘opt-in’ instead of ‘opt-out’  —  Facebook is near an agreement that will settle a case with the Federal Trade Commission by making all of its privacy settings opt-in instead of opt-out, reports the WSJ.  That means that you will not share anything …
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, FTC Near Privacy Settlement  —  Facebook Inc. is finalizing a proposed settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it engaged in deceptive behavior when changing its privacy settings, according to people familiar with the situation.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Voice behind Siri goes public despite warning from Apple  —  The voice behind the U.K.'s Siri speaks.  —  Former technology journalist Jon Briggs has revealed himself as the voice of Siri in the United Kingdom, despite a warning from Apple to keep silent.  —  In an interview …
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Matt Warman / Telegraph:
The voice behind Siri breaks his silence  —  Jon Briggs only discovered he was the voice of Apple's Siri in the UK when he saw it on television.  He speaks openly for the first  —  Jon Briggs, the voice of Siri  —  Apple has been keeping a secret from iPhone users: the company may call its new …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Katango, The Automatic Friend Sorter  —  Back in September we broke the news that Google was in talks to acquire Katango, a small Kleiner Perkins-backed startup that launched this past summer.  Today, they've made it official: Katango just announced that it's been acquired by Google …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Contextual Rich News Browsing Startup Apture To Beef Up Chrome  —  Google has acquired Apture, a startup that brings instantaneous search to content on the web, we've confirmed with both companies.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals New Powerful Gestures in the Works for iOS Devices  —  On November 10, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a series of new gestures that will provide users with a number of advantages.  It will allow users to view clusters …
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Josh Smith / NationalJournal.com:
Senate Blocks Resolution to Overturn Net-Neutrality Rules
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Releases Software Updated Designed to Fix iOS5 Battery Issues  —  Apple on Thursday issued a minor software update to the operating system that powers the iPhone designed to fix several bugs that Apple says are to blame for the lower-than-expected battery life some users have been seeing.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: Nokia, AT&T collaborating on Lumia 800 with LTE  —  We've learned from people familiar with the matter that Nokia's delayed entry into the US is partly due to the fact that it wants to attack with LTE — and that's a feature that Windows Phone 7.5 doesn't presently support.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google+ Isn't Going Away  —  There sure are a lot of Google+ haters out there.  —  “Google+ Is Dead,” Farhad Manjoo, a writer for Slate, proclaimed this week.  Mr. Manjoo wrote, “Google might not know it yet, but from the outside, it's clear that G+ has started to die — it will hang on for a year …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google's Chief Works to Trim a Bloated Ship  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Larry Page, Google's chief executive, so hates wasting time at meetings that he once dumped his secretary to avoid being scheduled for them.  He does not much like e-mail either — even his own Gmail …
Mary Himinkool / The Official Google Blog:
Supporting entrepreneurs around the world with Startup Weekend  —  We recognize the transformative power of startups and the entrepreneurs behind them that have the passion and courage to pursue a dream; the impact they can make on society can be significant.
Discussion: GeekWire, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Ashton Kutcher / A+K:
Twitter Management  —  Up until today I have posted virtually everyone of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become to big to be managed by a single individual.  When I started using twitter it was a communication platform that people could say what they are thinking in real …
Matias Duarte / Google+:
Hello Roboto  —  When we announced Ice Cream Sandwich I also got a chance to introduce Android's new typeface Roboto.  Today I'd like to talk about how Roboto was born — why we decided to create it, and the design choices we made in the process.  —  Why replace Droid?
Seth Fiegerman / Mainstreet.com:
Exclusive: Amazon's $79 Kindle Costs $84 to Make  —  NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Amazon's new $79 Kindle e-reader isn't just undercutting all competitors on price, it's also undercutting Amazon.  —  The soon-to-be-released e-reader costs $84.25 to manufacture, according to a new report …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Apple Over ‘iBrick’  —  A California woman accused Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) last year of using an underhanded trick to force iPhone users to buy a newer model.  This week she struck out in court after a federal judge concluded that Apple's software upgrades are free and do not qualify as a sale.
Discussion: Electronista
Bill Ray / The Register:
Is Apple nobbling iPhones to avoid more patent misery?  —  Android-like autocorrect discovered hidden in iOS 5  —  iOS 5 has a hidden autocorrect function, suggesting words along the top of the keyboard in an Android-like XT9 fashion, which can be enabled with a minor configuration tweak.
Discussion: Mobile and Engadget
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5 hides an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar, here's how to enable it
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nvidia Earnings, Revenue Nudge Past Estimates on Strong Graphics and Mobile Business  —  Nvidia on Thursday reported quarterly earnings that were just ahead of what analysts were expecting.  —  The chipmaker said it earned $178.3 million, or 29 cents per share, on revenue of $1.07 billion for the three months ended Oct. 30.
Discussion: Shiny Objects
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Nuance speech recognition comes to Mac App Store with Dragon Express  —  Nuance just dropped a new Dragon dictation product in the Mac App Store called Dragon Express ($49 introductory price), a scaled-back, less expensive version of their Dragon Dictate software.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile USA Sees iPhone 4S Leading to More Customer Defections  —  As part of its earnings report on Wednesday, T-Mobile USA warned that it could see a rise in churn as contract customers leave for one of its iPhone-carrying competitors.  —  The arrival of the iPhone 4S …
 
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Start-Ups Rethink Worth of Patents
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HTC Rides Anti-Apple Strategy to Top Spot in U.S. Smartphone Market: Tech
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
How Google+ And Other “Little Versions Of Facebook” Solve Social Media's “Big” Problem
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Yahoo set to boost Android in Japan with app store launch in 2012
Discussion: Asiajin
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Scoop: Walmart acquires venture-backed startup Grabble
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
ARM announces Mali-T658 GPU, claims ten times the graphical performance of today's smartphones
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Adds Another Nail To The Proverbial RSS Coffin, Kills Off ‘Import’ In Notes
Discussion: The Loop and Inside Facebook
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
RIM's BBX Phones Won't Look Like Bold, Will Support BES
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Amazon increases Kindle Fire orders
 

 
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