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8:00 AM ET, November 11, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Nears Settlement on Charges It Misled Users on Privacy  —  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.
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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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Logitech CEO: Google TV ‘cost us dearly,’ no Revue replacement coming  —  Yesterday, Logitech hosted an Analyst and Investor Day and during his remarks, CEO Guerrino De Luca pulled absolutely no punches in describing the “mistakes” the company made with its Logitech Revue Google TV set top box.
Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Users still seeing their battery life drain quickly after this morning's 5.0.1 update  —  Looking at the Apple support forums this afternoon, Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update that was released today isn't offering promised fixes of battery life (seen in the release notes) to everyone.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Releases Software Update Designed to Fix iOS 5 Battery Issues
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.
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
PARC scientist recalls Jobs' famous Xerox visits (video)  —  Summary: Hear about Steve Jobs' trips to Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, including the one where Jobs eyed the company's graphical user interface prototype — which ended up on Mac OS.  —  At a Churchill Club event in San Jose …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Sony CEO: We're building ‘a different kind of TV set,’ just like Apple  —  All eyes have been on Apple to reinvent the television set, but Sony CEO Howard Stringer recently confirmed that Sony, too, is working on re-imagining the TV.  “There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set …
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Morgan Stanley: Apple's share of world's largest PC market — China — set to grow from 5% to 21%  —  Chinese consumers rate Macs as most desirable, although only 7% can afford one  —  Click to enlarge.  —  In August, according to IDC, China overtook the U.S. as the world's largest consumer of personal computers.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
How does Sony make money?  Life insurance!  —  Sony's consumer electronics business — led by TVs, videogames, and computers — still generates about half of the company's sales.  —  But Sony's profits these days come from what may seem like an unexpected source: Its financial services business …
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Thousands Line Up for Hong Kong iPhone 4S Launch (video)  —  Over three thousand people gathered outside the Hong Kong Apple store for the launch of the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong, but Apple will only allow 1,250 people to line up.  A scuffle nearly broke out, and police were called to keep everything under control.
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 …
Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Amazingly, Ringtones Are Still A $2 Billion Business  —  Here's a breakdown of online music sales from Gartner, by way of Peter Kafka at All Things D. The most insane thing about this chart?  How important ringtones are.  —  Kafka says it better than we can:
Discussion: AllThingsD and Gizmodo
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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Sprint to Lock iPhone 4S SIMs Starting November 11th  —  Sprintfeed reports that Sprint will be SIM locking their iPhone 4S SIMs starting on November 11th. … The status of the Sprint iPhone 4S SIM slot has been the subject of some confusion.  One early report claimed that the Sprint iPhone 4S SIM slot would be ship unlocked.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Can A Twitter Account Be A Company Trade Secret?  —  There has been an ongoing tug-of-war between journalists and publishers over who gets to keep digital possessions after a break-up.  The debate took a new twist this week after a court issued a ruling in the case of a tech reporter who walked …
Discussion: Technology & … and The Register, Thanks:spark_pr
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Any.DO Launches A Social To Do List App With $1 Million In Funding  —  It's not often that an iPhone user gets jealous of an Android application, but that's definitely the case here with Any.DO, the gorgeous new social To Do list app for Android launching today.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
1% Of Nothing Launches To Get Startups Donating Equity  —  Shervin Pishevar and Matt Galligan have just formally announced the beta launch of their new organization 1% of Nothing.  It's aimed at inspiring early-stage companies to donate 1% of their equity to a cause of their choice.
Discussion: 1% of Nothing, Thanks:joshconstine
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Sony opens registration for PlayStation Suite SDK beta, lets devs build apps for Android and Vita  —  We first got wind of Sony's PlayStation Suite SDK back at the Tokyo Game Show in September, but the company just opened up the application process for a closed beta test …
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.
Bloomberg:
Groupon Stock Among Most-Expensive for Shorts to Bet Against  —  Groupon Inc., which just completed the biggest initial public offering by a U.S. Internet company since Google Inc. (GOOG) sold shares in 2004, is among the most difficult stocks for short sellers to borrow and bet against.
Stephen Schenck / pocketnow.com:
Amazon Updates Appstore in Anticipation of Kindle Fire Arrival  —  Amazon's first Android tablet, the Kindle Fire, is set to finally come out next week.  In advance of its arrival, Amazon is pushing-out an update for its Appstore, bringing the app up to version 2.0 and getting a makeover to fit with the new Fire aesthetic.
Discussion: Android Police and Engadget
 
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Luisa Beltran / PE Hub Blog:
Scoop: Elevation Partners Looks to Raise up to $1.9B for Growth Fund
Discussion: Fast Company
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Twitter wins dispute over highly trafficked typo domain Twiter.com
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pandora CTO Reveals Half of The U.S. Pays $0 For Music
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Start-Ups Rethink Worth of Patents
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google+ Isn't Going Away  —  There sure are a lot of Google+ haters out there.
Ashton Kutcher / A+K:
Twitter Management  —  Up until today I have posted virtually everyone …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: Nokia, AT&T collaborating on Lumia 800 with LTE