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: Washington Post, Kotaku, Betabeat, I4U News, @rk and Broken Toys
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: Report: Zynga redistributing stock ahead of IPO
Shane McGlaun / I4U News: Zynga Wants some Employees to Give Up Pre-IPO Stock
Ryan King / @rk: So if Zynga wants to take stock options back from people who don't deserve their compensation, why not, you know, fire them for low perf?
Scott Jennings / Broken Toys: Bobby Kotick Still Insanely Grateful At Continued Existence And Business Practices Of Mark Pincus
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.
Discussion: Business Insider, Pulse2 and The Technology Chronicles
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider: Employee Stock Clawbacks Prove Mark Pincus Is The Kind Of Cutthroat CEO Public Shareholders Will Love
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus Demands Stock Back From Employees
Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Chief Seeks to Claw Back Stock — 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 “FarmVille” and …
Discussion: ITworld.com, VG247, Kotaku, TechFlash, Associated Press, Digits, DealBook, Neowin.net, Business Insider, CNET News and @evelynrusli
Chris Nerney / ITworld.com: Way to build employee morale, Zynga
Brenna Hillier / VG247: Zynga boss: Stock scandal “hearsay and innuendo”
San Francisco / TechFlash: Zynga seeking to get shares back from workers before IPO
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook: Zynga: Bully or Meritocracy?
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Did Zynga ask employees to give back stock options?
Tom Johansmeyer / Business Insider: Mark Pincus to Zynga Employees: YOU DON'T DESERVE TO BE RICH
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Zynga to employees: Give back our stock or you'll be fired
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.
Foster Kamer / Betabeat: Today, in Facebook Failure: Jersey Schoolteachers and Connecticut Divorcees
Dennis K. Berman / @dkberman: Breaking from WSJ: Facebook is going opt-in! To settle government case, it agrees to make all new privacy settings opt-in, not opt-out.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Facebook close to privacy settlement with FTC
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters: Facebook near privacy settlement with FTC: report
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: Report: Facebook, FTC close to settlement on privacy
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider: Soon, The FTC Might Force Facebook Into Making Every New Privacy Feature Opt-In
Josh Constine / @joshconstine: Facebook Public Policy Director Andrew Noyes tells us “We're declining to comment” on whether it has settled with FTC http://t.co/EBo6N6nL
Danny Sullivan / @dannysullivan: wow, first google, now facebook likely to deal with 20 year privacy agreement with FTC http://t.co/3EQAu8Iw
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!: Facebook Readying FTC Settlement Over Privacy [REPORT]
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, The Verge, VentureBeat, Computerworld, PC Magazine, New York Times, TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Elinor Mills / CNET News: FTC, Facebook reportedly settling 2009 privacy complaint
Joseph L. Flatley / The Verge: Facebook hashing out settlement with FTC over privacy violations
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat: Facebook to settle 2009 privacy charge with the FTC
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld: Facebook may be close to privacy deal with FTC
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: Report: FTC, Facebook Reach Privacy Settlement
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: Facebook Is Said to Be Near F.T.C. Settlement on Privacy
Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Settles With FTC To Make New Privacy Changes Opt-In
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo: Government Forcing Facebook to Not Suck at Privacy
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 …
Discussion: Telegraph, App Advice, GottaBeMobile, iDownloadBlog.com, TUAW, Washington Post, everythingiCafe, Technologizer and The Next Web
Christopher Williams / Telegraph: Apple tried to silence voice of Siri
Bryan M. Wolfe / App Advice: Say Hello To The Voice Behind Siri - In The U.K.
Josh Smith / GottaBeMobile: How I Use Siri to Save Time
Steven Sande / TUAW: The man who provided Siri's voice in the UK
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: Siri's British voice speaks for himself
Christopher Meinck / everythingiCafe: The Voice Behind Siri That Apple Doesn't Want You To Know
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: The UK's Siri Speaks Out
Matt Brian / The Next Web: Apple tells artist behind Siri's ‘Daniel’: Keep quiet on your involvement, our products
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
The voice behind Siri breaks his silence
The voice behind Siri breaks his silence
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider: This Man Is The Voice Of Siri In The U.K., But Apple Doesn't Want You To Know About Him
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab: Voice of UK's Siri Is Now Speaking Out (to Apple's Chagrin)
Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat: Apple warned the British voice behind Siri to keep silent
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: Today in Tech: Wal-Mart releases Black Friday ad, Siri's British voice speaks up; Apple updates iOS 5 bugs
Jordan Golson / MacRumors: Voice Behind UK Siri Voice “Daniel” Speaks Out [iOS Blog]
Mike Anderson / NBC Bay Area: Voice of Apple's Siri Revealed in the UK
Sammual James McLoughlin / PalmAddicts: British voice of Siri only found out about it when he heard himself on TV
Adario Strange / PC Magazine: Man Behind Siri's U.K. Voice Revealed
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Jon Briggs Is The Voice Behind Siri
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: Siri's British Voice Didn't Know He Was Siri
James / Phones Review: News on iPhone 4S
Dave Neal / Inquirer: Voice of Apple's Siri speaks
Gary Cutlack / Gizmodo: The (British) Voice of Siri Asked to Keep Quiet by Apple
Nick Clayton / Tech Europe: Apple Fails to Silence British Voice of Siri
Richard Goodwin / Know Your Mobile: Former tech-journo revealed as voice behind UK version of Siri
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Apple tries to silence Siri's voice
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo, CNET News, SlashGear and iDownloadBlog.com
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: A New Gesture Appears In Apple Patent: Hold-And-Swipe
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo: iOS Doesn't Need More Stupid Gestures
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News: New speedy swipe gesture may be on the way to iOS
Chris Burns / SlashGear: iOS Swipe then Hold gesture found in patent application
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Search Engine Land, AllThingsD, SiliconFilter, ReadWriteWeb, SlashGear and MediaFile
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat: Katango, after help from Facebook, gets acquired by Google
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD: Google Buys Automated Friend Manager Katango
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter: Making Circles Smarter: Google Acquires Katango to Improve Google+
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb: Google Buys Katango To Solve The Labor Of G+ Circles
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile: Google's Two-Deal Thursday: Katango and Apture in the bag
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.
Discussion: MediaPost, Digits, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, 9to5Google, @rafat, WebProNews, CNET News, MarketingVox News & Trends, silicontap.com, socalTECH.com and AllThingsD
Amir Efrati / Digits: Google Acquisition Binge Continues With Apture, Katango
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Google Chrome Will Add Search Inside of Every Web Page With Apture Acquisition
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat: Google buys Apture to improve Chrome browsing experience
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Google Acquires Apture
Rachel King / CNET News: Google buys Apture to bolster Chrome browser
ACLU Blog of Rights:
It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neutrality! — Today in the Senate there was a major win for freedom of speech and the Internet. In a largely partisan vote Senate Democrats defeated a resolution introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) which would have overturned …
Discussion: Threat Level, paidContent, InfoWorld, Reuters, @timkarr, GMSV, DSLreports, Blog of Rights and Betabeat
Ryan Singel / Threat Level: Republican Bid to Kill Internet Openness Rules Fails
Jeff Roberts / paidContent: Senate Shoots Down Attempt to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules
@timkarr: Here's the roll call on today's #NetNeutrality vote: http://t.co/JS5hFqOS Sens. McCain and Inouye not voting
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: A win for net neutrality, but for how long?
DSLreports: Senate Votes to Uphold Network Neutrality Rules - Latest Chapter in Increasingly Silly Debate Ends
Ben Popper / Betabeat: Net Neutrality Lives to Fight Another Day
Josh Smith / NationalJournal.com:
Senate Blocks Resolution to Overturn Net-Neutrality Rules
Senate Blocks Resolution to Overturn Net-Neutrality Rules
Discussion: Neowin.net, Ars Technica and L.A. Times Tech Blog
John Callaham / Neowin.net: US Senate blocks effort to overturn net neutrality rules
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica: Senate votes down anti-Net Neutrality resolution
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.
Tom Warren / WinRumors: Nokia planning U.S. AT&T launch at CES 2012
Chris Davies / SlashGear: AT&T Lumia 800 LTE tipped as Nokia's 2012 attack
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch: Will An LTE-Friendly Lumia 800 Hit U.S. Shores Next Year?
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Rumor Mill: AT&T to launch LTE-enabled Nokia Lumia 800
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times: Nokia to launch first U.S. Windows phones at CES?
Will Shanklin / Geek.com: Did Microsoft and Nokia just drop the ball on the Lumia 800?
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Nokia Lumia 800 with LTE may hit AT&T
Todd Haselton / BGR: AT&T and Nokia may announce a 4G LTE Windows Phone at CES 2012
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo: Report: When Lumia Hits the US, It'll Be an LTE Spitfire
Steve Kovach / Business Insider: RUMOR: This Is Why You'll Have To Wait Until 2012 To Get Nokia's New Windows Phone
Malcolm Williams / Windows Phone Sauce: CDMA, LTE still coming, HVGA is dead, long live WVGA?
Brian Ambrozy / Icrontic Gaming:
Steam user database compromised — Today a message will be going out to all Steam users. According to Valve, the Steam forums were compromised on November 6th, but further investigation revealed that the damage went further than just the forums: The Steam user database was also compromised.
Discussion: Technologizer, GeekWire, Kotaku, Ars Technica and TechCrunch, Thanks:icrontic
Jared Newman / Technologizer: Steam Hacked, Valve Urges Credit Card Vigilance
Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Valve says intruders accessed Steam customer database
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: PSA: Steam Hacked, User Info May Be Stolen, But Personal Data Safe
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.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine, The Next Web, Mashable!, eWeek, TechCrunch, @0xcharlie, BGR, Ars Technica, The Loop, BetaNews, GigaOM, The Verge, IntoMobile, Gizmodo, Macworld, Engadget, Lifehacker and The Seattle Times
Michael A. Prospero / LAPTOP Magazine: iOS 5.0.1 Update Tested: Better Battery Life for iPhone 4S, But How Much?
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 update to fix iPhone 4S battery issues, available OTA as well
Christina Warren / Mashable!: How to Get Apple's First Over-the-Air iOS Update
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Apple iOS 5, iPhone 4S Receive Battery Patch
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Apple Releases iOS 5.0.1 To Fix iOS 5 Battery Issues
Charlie Miller / @0xcharlie: Apple released 5.0.1 which is supposed to fix the flaw I pointed out. Please upgrade to get the fix.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR: Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica: iOS 5.0.1 arrives with purported battery life fixes
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: ∞ Apple releases iOS 5.0.1
Chris Ziegler / The Verge: iOS 5.0.1 starts rolling out to iPhones and iPads, battery life fixes in tow
Roberto Baldwin / Gizmodo: iOS 5.0.1 Is Here To Fix Your Battery Issues
Dante Cesa / Engadget: Apple releases iOS 5.0.1, fixes bugs plaguing battery life and document syncing
Adam Dachis / Lifehacker: iOS 5.0.1 Update Now Available to Install and Improve Your Battery Life, Add Multitasking Gestures to iPad
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
What's next for the iPod Shuffle/Nano? A Speaker Clip of Course — On November 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple's mini media players such as the iPod shuffle and iPod nano.
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9to5Mac, MacRumors, iPodNN, Gadget Lab, MacDailyNews and Geek.com
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple patent roundup: Dual OLED backlit iPad 3, speakers for iPod nano, and swipe and hold iOS gestures
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab: Apple Patent Suggests Clever New iPod Features
Will Shanklin / Geek.com: iPod nano speaker patent could be for a camera
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, TechCrunch and Google Code Blog
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat: Google teams up with Startup Weekend, provides trainings on Google technology
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Google Signs Two-Year, Global Partnership Agreement With Startup Weekend
Scott Knaster / Google Code Blog: Startup Weekend and GTUGs
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 …
Discussion: FierceCIO News, Datamation.com, Digiday, GigaOM and Beyond Search
Caron Carlson / FierceCIO News: Google+ Pages: Love it or hate it?
Mike Elgan / Datamation.com: Why Your Company Needs Google+ ASAP
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: Why we shouldn't be so quick to write Google+ off
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Quote to Note: Google Plus Surely Doomed?
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Start-Ups Rethink Worth of Patents — As Silicon Valley behemoths such as Apple Inc. engage in what some fear is patent Armageddon by challenging competitors' technology, smaller tech companies and venture capitalists are changing their long-held view that it isn't worthwhile for start-ups to file for patents.
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica, The Loop, Softpedia News, Computerworld, MacRumors and GigaOM
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Dragon Express offers Lion users lower-cost speech-to-text
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Dragon Express for OS X Lion
Jonny Evans / Computerworld: Apple's attempt to silence Siri speaks volumes
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: Get a taste of Siri on OS X with Nuance's Dragon Express
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pandora CTO Reveals Half of The U.S. Pays $0 For Music — Today at GigaOm's RoadMap conference in San Francisco, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad revealed that his company aims to monetize the vast majority of listeners who pay little or nothing per year for music. Conrad explained that …
Charles West / IntoMobile: Pandora CTO: Half of Americans don't pay for music
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable!, Gizmodo, SlashGear, Inquirer, Electronista, Business Insider, Computerworld and VatorNews
Chris Taylor / Mashable!: Siri in the Kindle? Amazon Buys a Voice Recognition Startup
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo: Whoa: Amazon's $79 Kindle Costs $84 to Make
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Amazon preps for Kindle Fire with Android Appstore refresh
Dean Wilson / Inquirer: Amazon sells its latest Kindle at a $5.25 loss
Eleanor Miller / Business Insider: BI Research Express 11/10/2011
Nathan Pensky / VatorNews: Amazon's Kindle Fire to feature ‘thousands’ of apps
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Twitter wins dispute over highly trafficked typo domain Twiter.com — Twitter, Inc. has won a dispute over the highly trafficked typo domain name Twiter.com that led visitors to an online scam survey site. — A panel with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ruled in favor of Twitter.
Discussion: The Verge, The Next Web and Search Engine Land, Thanks:fusible
Joseph Parish / The Verge: Twitter nabs ‘twiter.com’ from the hands of scammers
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web: Twitter Wins Dispute Against Typosquatting Domain Twiter
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: SearchCap: The Day In Search, November 10, 2011
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, Gizmodo, Mashable!, @mathewi, The Next Web, CNET News, Soshable, Underwire, TMZ.com and Business Insider
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: Ashton Kutcher's Joe Paterno tweet: Should celebs manage own Twitter feeds?
Sophie Schillaci / Hollywood Reporter: Ashton Kutcher Relinquishes Control of Personal Twitter Account
Mat Honan / Gizmodo: Ashton Kutcher Is A Cowardly Quitter
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!: Ashton Kutcher: I'm Taking a Break From Twitter
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: Kutcher seems surprised that Twitter has become a “publishing platform” and that tweets make news: http://t.co/bL1zuqet
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web: We forgive you Ashton Kutcher, but you've made yet another Twitter mistake
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News: Ashton Kutcher freezes his tweets after Paterno pratfall
Harrison Kratz / Soshable: Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword
Lewis Wallace / Underwire: Ashton Kutcher, Don't Be a Twitter Quitter!
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
German state to sue Facebook over facial recognition feature — Summary: German authorities are looking to sue Facebook over its use of facial recognition technology. The argument is over opt-in versus opt-out. Facebook insists the latter is compliant with the law.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, Deutsche Welle and The Next Web