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1:45 AM ET, November 18, 2011

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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Which tech companies back SOPA?  Microsoft, Apple, and 27 others  —  After writing a rather lengthy and somewhat firey post on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) yesterday, I realized this morning that I didn't know Microsoft's position on the matter.  As I edit our Microsoft channel …
Discussion: Geek.com and CNET News, Thanks:bradmccarty
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Peter Voskamp / The Wrap:
Online Piracy Act Dead?  Nancy Pelosi, Darrell Issa Both Come Out Against (Updated)  —  The tide seems to have turned against the Stop Online Piracy Act, as both Nancy Pelosi and Darrell Issa have come out against passage.  —  “Need to find a better solution than #SOPA #DontBreakTheInternet …
Rachel Webber / Tumblr Staff Blog:
Yesterday we did a historic thing.  We generated 87,834 phone calls to U.S. Representatives in a concerted effort to protect the Internet.  Extraordinary.  There's no doubt that we've been heard.  So just to keep you updated: The well-intentioned, but immensely flawed “Stop Online Piracy Act” is still in the House Judiciary Committee.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Adopts Resolution Against US Domain Seizures
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Citigroup Says Amazon Phone Coming 2012  —  Amazon just rolled out a full-fledged tablet.  Next year, says Citigroup's research department, it could have its own phone.  Here's the topline from analyst Mark Mahaney's newest note:  —  “Amazon smartphone may be coming next year …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
5 questions about the Amazon smartphone
Discussion: eWeek
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Amazon Can Bait Rumormongers Just as Well as Apple
Discussion: Business Insider and GottaBeMobile
Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
The Case For an Amazon Smartphone
Discussion: @asymco
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
TechCrunch CEO Reported Out After Clashing with HuffPost-ers  —  The resignations keep coming at AOL.  The latest to give notice, according to Business Insider, is TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde.  Harde, a former News Corp. executive who joined TechCrunch five years ago …
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Permanent Revolution at AOL: Six Months, 50% Turnover
The SF Egotist:
The end of an era: The Yahoo! billboard comes down.  —  It's been a San Francisco icon for more than a decade.  It's graced our skyline through the dot.com boom and bust.  And it's one of the most recognizable pieces of advertising the city has seen in a long time.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Galaxy Nexus review  —  We review the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich... finally!  To say I've been eagerly awaiting a chance to review the Galaxy Nexus would be an understatement.  As I mentioned last week, I've been thinking pretty seriously that this device would be the next phone I lay out cold cash for.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google+ continues battle with fading user interest, data say  —  One of technology's big unresolved dramas is whether Google can still cut into the giant social networking lead now held by rival Facebook — or if its Google+ service is already sunk.  —  Data on the subject have been sparse …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents Crack Resistant Glass Solutions for Portables  —  While Donald LeBuhn was filing a class action lawsuit against Apple back in January of this year, accusing the company of misleading customers as to the strength of the glass used in its iPhone 4, Apple was already well into inventing …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
PayPal Launches Facebook App for Sending Money to Friends [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Social payments are taking a giant leap forward.  PayPal has unveiled a Facebook app that lets you send money to friends.  —  The app, simply titled Send Money, is just as straightforward as its name.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
PayPal's Send Money App, and Why Facebook Never Built P2P Credits Payments
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Kindle Fire Costs About $203 to Build, Teardown Finds  —  Amazon.com's Kindle Fire tablet appears to cost about as much to make as it sells for — maybe a little more.  That's about $202, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli.  —  This essentially confirms what everyone has suspected …
Tom Loftus / Digits:
Would-Be iPhone Customers Still Facing Weeks-Long Waits  —  More than a month after the Apple iPhone 4S went on sale, the three largest U.S. wireless carriers are still struggling to keep up with customer demand for it.  —  Verizon Wireless customers may have to wait more than three weeks for the device …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Nook's Specs Are Exaggerated, Again  —  I had a lot of fun reviewing Amazon's new Kindles in my Times column this week.  (Yes, I had a Times column this week — it's just that it appeared on Monday, a few days earlier than its usual Thursday spot, thanks to Amazon's release schedule.)
Discussion: Hack Education
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Removes 'Texas Hold'em', its Only iOS Game, from App Store  —  In a bit of an interesting move, Apple has removed its Texas Hold'em game from the App Store, potentially marking the end of the only game Apple ever produced on its own for the App Store.  —  Texas Hold'em began life …
Royal Pingdom:
Apple's iPad owns 88% of global tablet web traffic  —  There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Apple's iPad is the biggest seller in the tablet space, but we have seen many iPad competitors come out over recent months, including Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Blackberry PlayBook, Amazon Kindle Fire, and many more.
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Nathan Pensky / VatorNews:
Dell, HP, and Acer scaling back tablet manufacturing
Violet Blue / Pulp Tech Blog:
Major Porn Sites Sue ICANN Over .XXX  —  The company behind major porn sites including YouPorn, PornHub, Brazzers, Xtube and Playboy.com have been joined by adult industry powerhouse Digital Playground to file an anti-monopoly lawsuit against ICANN over the dot-XXX TLD.
Discussion: CNET News and The Domains, Thanks:violetblue
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Poaching Etiquette: As Talent Tightens, New York Startups Try to Stay Civil  —  You can feel the love in Silicon Alley.  The city's tech scene is a brotherhood of mutual admiration and support.  “Proudly Made in NYC” proclaims Meetup's website; “Hatched in NYC” notes Aviary's.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Apple Expands ‘App Store’ Lawsuit Against Amazon  —  The hype surrounding the Kindle Fire appears to have caught Apple's attention.  The iPad maker cited Amazon's gadget and added a new claim in an amended complaint it filed yesterday as part of its on-going quest to own the phrase “app store.”
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Electronista
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Wolfram Alpha Offers New Twist On Flight Search: Literal Answers To What Planes Are Overhead
Discussion: The Next Web
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
SIM-based NFC gains global support from 45 mobile carriers, all huddled around GSMA's standard
Discussion: Electronista and NFC World
Reuters:
Exclusive: Lax security at Nasdaq helped hackers
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Google Overhauls Android.com With A Focus On Consumer Friendliness
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Microsoft's next generation Surface goes up for pre-order
Grant McCool / Reuters:
Fund manager charged in Groupon, Facebook scam
Discussion: Betabeat and Forbes
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft delivers near-final SQL Server 2012 code
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and The Next Web
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Yelp files for $100 million IPO
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ice Cream Sandwich Prompts Users To Join Google+, Enter Credit Card Information
Erik Sherman / CNET News:
Look out! Here comes Apple's killer location-services patent
Discussion: All Points Blog