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9:20 AM ET, November 21, 2011

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Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Google Confirms no Flash for Ice Cream Sandwich, for the time being  —  If you lucky owners of the Galaxy Nexus in these first days of its release complete with the first iteration of Ice Cream Sandwich, you'll notice that you do not have Adobe Flash Player installed, nor do you have access …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Ebay's Got A Hunch, For Around $80 Million  —  Breaking this morning: Ebay will announce the acquisition of New York based startup Hunch, say sources.  The price tag will be somewhere around $80 million.  —  Hunch was founded by Chris Dixon, Caterina Fake (who left last summer to start …
Discussion: Business Insider
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Oh, You Don't Have A Galaxy Nexus Yet?  Because Woz Does.  —  Woz Spotting.  It's something of a tradition amongst tech circles — or, at least, amongst my particularly geeky tech circle.  Any time someone spots Woz wozzin' his way around the Valley, it feels weird not to tell everyone you know.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The trials and tribulations of HTML video in the post-Flash era  —  Adobe reversed course on its Flash strategy after a recent round of layoffs and restructuring, concluding that HTML5 is the future of rich Internet content on mobile devices.  Adobe now says it doesn't intend to develop …
Discussion: eWeek, BGR and The Register
Amy Vernon / SourceForge Community Blog:
The OS Wars: We Have A Winner  —  It's clear who has won the OS wars: The user.  —  Just a few short years ago, Apple computers were little more than afterthoughts outside of artists' circles.  They certainly were not the go-to computers for anyone serious about programming or software development.
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Man Survives Steve Ballmer's Flying Chair To Build ‘21st Century Linux’  —  Mark Lucovsky was the other man in the room when Steve Ballmer threw his chair and called Eric Schmidt a “f**king pussy.”  Yes, the story is true.  At least according to Lucovsky.  Microsoft calls it a “gross exaggeration …
Idannyocean / 9to5Mac:
Grand Central Apple Store, the biggest in the world, scheduled to be announced this Tuesday  —  We reported on the construction progress of the future Apple grand Central store earlier this month and have since received further information and pictures from our trip to the location and from the tech blog, Techfootnote.
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
8.9-inch Kindle Fire to launch in Q2 of 2012, says DigiTimes  —  DigiTimes cites supply chain sources in claiming that Amazon's followup to the 7-inch Kindle Fire will measure 8.9-inches and launch at the end of the second quarter of 2012.  That's a bit more specific than its original report …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Facebook Freaky Line  —  It seems everyone is getting freaked out by Facebook once again.  Molly Wood at CNET says that Facebook's automatic sharing features are ruining sharing.  That got everyone to pile on over on Techmeme.  —  First, what does this automatic sharing feature (otherwise known as “frictionless sharing") do?
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Feature: Can the iPhone 4S replace a “real” digital camera?  Ars investigates  —  When Apple announced the iPhone 4S, the company certainly talked up the improvements made to the smartphone's integrated camera hardware.  With 8 megapixels of resolution, a redesigned lens …
Discussion: @nytimesbits
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
McAfee: Nearly All New Mobile Malware In Q3 Targeted At Android Phones  —  Intel-owned McAfee has released its third quarter security report, which shows that malware targeted towards phones running on the Android operating system continues to be on the rise.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: For Teenagers, a Car or a Smartphone?  —  The auto industry has a lot of problems.  It has to worry about workers' pension and health care costs, too-frequent recalls and the rising cost of gas.  I think there is something else that should concern the automakers.  —  It's the iPhone.
Discussion: PhoneArena and textually.org
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman On Groupon's Big Advantage: Big Data  —  Fast Company is traveling with LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman (above, center) as part of “Silicon Valley Comes to the UK” (SVC2UK) this week.  In part two of our interview with him (part one is here), Hoffman talks about how big data …
Discussion: PSFK
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
A Personal Appeal TO Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales
Discussion: @djazzit, FAIL Blog and The Oatmeal
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
iPad Magazine Readers to Publishers: More, Please
Discussion: Electronista and PalmAddicts
comScore, Inc.:
Mobile Social Networking Audience Grew 44 Percent Over Past Year in EU5
Discussion: The Next Web and The Appside
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Copyright is Failing, Who Feeds the Artists? Asks EU Commissioner
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
China's Great Firewall Tests Mysterious Scans On Encrypted Connections
Chelsea Prince / Inside Facebook:
TrustedID Acquires Unsubscribe.com and its Social Monitor Application
activepolitic.com:
France to tax the internet to pay for music
Discussion: SlashGear
Bloomberg:
Gates May Face Cross-Examination at Trial Over Novell 1994 Monopoly Claims
Discussion: Deseret News and Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eyeing Deal Flow, Bain Capital Ventures Heads West; Opens Silicon Valley Office
New York Times:
For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper
Discussion: Washington Post
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Amazon's Prime moves
David Strom / ReadWriteWeb:
Go Daddy Has Lion's Share of IPv6 Address Space
Discussion: Softpedia News
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Mashable Fires Editor At Large And Top Writer Ben Parr
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The Apple Wireless Carrier (Part 2)
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
PlayStation Home lets friends watch free movies together now, UStream and radio next month
Discussion: PC Magazine and Electronista
Don Clark / Digits:
Oracle Says H-P and Intel Secretly Propped Up Dead Chip