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11:15 PM ET, November 16, 2011

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Takes Fight Against SOPA Up A Notch, ‘Censors’ User Dashboards  —  Congress is in the process of kneecapping the web as we know it with a House bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act (a similar bill, called the Protect IP Act, is in the Senate).  In a misguided attempt to curb piracy on the web …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
At Web censorship hearing, Congress guns for “pro-pirate” Google  —  The House Judiciary Committee today held an important hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act with a hugely stacked deck of witnesses—Google's lawyer was the only one of the six to object to the bill in a meaningful way.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Chief Sponsor Wavers on Web Censorship Bill in Charged Hearing  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, right, accompanied by Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., discuss their efforts to modify the internet's workings to fight copyright …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT  —  Congress may not want to hear from opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act at today's hearing, but that hasn't stopped a broad coalition of (often fierce) competitors representing the Internet's giants from placing an ad in today's NYT …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Don't Be Too Disappointed By Google Music's Lackluster Debut  —  The web is less than enthused by Google Music, which made its debut today with the usual fanfare.  The criticism is withering in the usual semi-entitled way.  “Where's the Spotify killer?”  “Rdio already does this!”
Discussion: Epicenter and Business Insider
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Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Google Music launching with EMI, Sony Music, and others; offering free, exclusive music  —  As rumored, Google Music launched its music store today with a range of new content partnerships, letting users buy millions of songs from the Google Marketplace.  Sony Music Entertainment …
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Google Music Purchases Can Be Billed Directly to T-Mobile Accounts
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Key AOL executive Brad Garlinghouse to leave  —  Brad Garlinghouse, President of the Applications and Commerce Group and head of AOL's Silicon Valley operations is leaving the beleaguered online service AOL, according to multiple sources.  Garlinghouse is well known in Silicon Valley …
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Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook identifies those behind coordinated spam attack  —  Summary: Facebook says it knows who orchestrated the coordinated spam attack resulting in the huge flood of links, videos, and images depicting pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality.
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David Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Porn Attack Was ‘Self-Inflicted JavaScript Injection’  —  It even sounds pornographic: A self-inflicted JavaScript injection was the method used to trigger the explosion of not-safe-for-work posts on Facebook earlier this week.  —  Attacks such as this are the bread and butter …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Steve Jobs Secret Meeting to Explore an iPod Phone is Revealing  —  In our special report today we present you with a fascinating account of one of Steve Jobs' secret meeting that involved creating the iPhone and how the iPod Phone almost came to be.  It was much closer to reality than any us could have ever imagined at the time.
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Gmail Blog:
Gmail app for iOS available in the App Store (again)  —  Two weeks ago, we introduced our Gmail app for iOS.  Unfortunately it contained a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, so we removed it from the App Store.  We've fixed the bug and notifications are now working, and the app is back in the App Store.
xda-developers:
The Rootkit Of All Evil - CIQ  —  And the spy and invasion of privacy saga continues, but this time XDA Recognized Developer TrevE seems to have hit the very core of most of what is happening with devices.  You may recall from a few articles back that we started talking about something called CIQ or Carrier iQ.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Verizon Welcomes Users To The Opt-Out, Ad-Targeting Party
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Google folds Checkout into Wallet  —  Google Checkout and Google Wallet are two Google products with very similar goals: storing your payment information and ushering commerce through Mountain View's ecosystem.  It was just a matter of time before the company got around to mixing them together …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung modified and relaunched Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, may steer clear of design right infringement  —  In its intellectual property spat with Apple, Samsung proves resilient, perseverant, and courageous.  If there ever was any doubt about those virtues (not on my part anyway) …
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Facebook tracking is under scrutiny  —  In recent weeks, Facebook has been wrangling with the Federal Trade Commission over whether the social media website is violating users' privacy by making public too much of their personal information.  —  Far more quietly, another debate is brewing …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Senate to hold hearing on Facebook tracking
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Another Member Of The Twitter Comms Team Leaves.  So What's Going On At Twitter?  —  Twitter Communication exec Sean Garrett's departure from the company last week was a shock to many in the press who had the pleasure of dealing with him and the Twitter Communications Team.
Discussion: @fromedome and @rafat
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Nook Tablet limits internal storage for non-B&N purchased content to 1GB  —  Well, this is definitely a bummer.  Barnes & Noble has spent a fair amount of time talking up all of the Nook Tablet's internal advantages over the Kindle Fire, a list that includes 16GB of storage to the Fire's 8GB.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Android sees a 472% increase in malware since July  —  Android sees a 472% increase in malware since July  —  Android is definitely winning... the race for the most malware, that is.  —  According to a new study from the Juniper Global Threat Center, malware on Android rose an incredible 472% since July 2011.
Kenneth Pennington / BriefMobile:
Amazon Releases Kindle Fire Source Code  —  Developers looking to “hack it up” with Amazon's latest, greatest, and only Android-powered tablet can now download the source code behind the Kindle Fire.  In order to comply with Android licensing agreements, Amazon's required to release this code for external developers.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC Vivid incites cease and desist letter from porn company claiming trademark infringement  —  HTC's flamboyant product naming scheme has gotten it into trouble once again.  Vivid Entertainment, one of the big adult movie studios (that very recently announced it's going to have a Google TV channel) …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Evernote Takes On Web Reading With Clearly  —  Evernote, an application that has gained momentum by providing an easy way for people to quickly capture things they want to remember, is determined to branch out past its humble note-taking origins.  —  First, the company bought Skitch …
 
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