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5:30 PM ET, November 21, 2011

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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Adobe: Flash for Android 4.0 before end of 2011, no Flash for Android 5.0  —  Adobe has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it plans to release Flash for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of 2011, but it will be the last update going forward.  That means that there will be a Flash-free future for Android beyond ICS.?
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Daniel Fish / Google Mobile Blog:
The new Google Search app for iPad  —  (Cross posted on the Inside Search Blog)  —  Today, we're very pleased to be launching a significant redesign for the Google Search app for iPad.  As you can see in our video, whether you're doing research and comparing results, or exploring beautiful imagery …
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 …
Ron Johnson / HBR.org:
What I Learned Building the Apple Store  —  This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The Future of Retail.  —  When I announced that I was leaving Apple to take the reins as CEO of J.C. Penney this month, the business press (and lots of others) began speculating about whether …
Danny Ocean / 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.
Anil Dash:
Facebook is gaslighting the web.  We can fix it.  —  Facebook has moved from merely being a walled garden into openly attacking its users' ability and willingness to navigate the rest of the web.  The evidence that this is true even for sites which embrace Facebook technologies is overwhelming …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Says It's Headed in a “New Direction”  —  Apple launched its newest music offering a week ago.  Google went a few days later.  Now Spotify says it has something up its sleeve, too: The streaming music service just sent out a mysterioso invitation to a Nov. 30 press event in New York.
Charlie Demerjian / SemiAccurate:
Exclusive: Apple swaps GPU suppliers again  —  Never means 3 years in Cupertino  —  Remember when we said that AMD's (NYSE:AMD) Llano loss in the MacBook Air had repercussions?  Sources point to that deal as a big part of the reason why Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is in the next round of MacBooks, quite the repercussion.
AllThingsD:
The Facebook Phone: It's Finally Real and Its Name Is Buffy  —  This is the first in a series of posts this week about the Facebook phone.  —  After years of considering how to best get into the phone business, Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC to build a smartphone …
Discussion: Business Insider and SplatF
Stamped Blog:
Introducing Stamped  —  Today, after months of hard work, we're very excited to announce that Stamped is now available in the App Store.  It's been a fun journey building this product, and we wanted to take a moment to explain why we made it.  —  We built Stamped because we think social products can be useful, as well as fun.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Mix Sponsored Stories Ads With Content In The Site-Wide Ticker  —  Facebook has classically been very reluctant to adulterate its social content streams with advertisements.  But today, Facebook begins showing its Sponsored Stories ad units in the site-wide Ticker of real-time social activity stories.
Vanessa Grigoriadis / New York Magazine:
Maharishi Arianna  —  Atop AOL, hiring and borrowing freely from the old media, a new age news guru is building her grandest temple yet.  —  On a recent Sunday afternoon, ­Arianna Huffington, the 61-year-old editorial director of the newly merged AOL-Huffington Post …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals its online upgrade experience for Windows 8  —  Microsoft detailed a number of changes in its Windows 8 setup experience on Monday.  —  Microsoft's planning of Windows 8 involved looking closely at the setup experience on its next-generation operating system.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
iPad Magazine Readers to Publishers: More, Please  —  After an initial wave of excitement about iPad magazines, some publishers have dialed back their enthusiasm.  But the readers who have actually downloaded them like them quite a bit.  —  So says a survey commissioned by a publishers' trade group …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Piper Jaffray: Android app revenue is 7% of iPhone's  —  Apple to retain a 70%+ share of mobile app dollars, despite Android's 50%+ market share  —  Using data from Apple's public announcements and AndroLib (an Android app discovery tool), Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has analyzed the mobile app market and determined that:
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google Drops The Price Of Chromebooks to $299 And Polishes The Interface  —  Happy holidays, everyone!  Yours Truly, the Google Chromebook team!  —  Google just announced several Chromebook updates that should wash away the holiday blues.  First off, prices are dropping.
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
Hacker Says Texas Town Used Three Character Password To Secure Internet Facing SCADA System  —  In an e-mail interview with Threatpost, The hacker who compromised software used to manage water infrastructure for South Houston, Texas, said the municipality said the district had HMI …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Mixed Results as Google Enters Microsoft's Turf  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Michael O'Brien, vice president for information technology at Journal Communications, would prefer not to have the employees of the Milwaukee media company use Microsoft's Office software any more.
Ville Heiskanen / Bloomberg:
AT&T Tells Users of ‘Organized and Systematic’ Hack Attempt  —  Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. telephone company, notified customers of an effort by hackers to collect online account information.  “We recently detected an organized and systematic attempt to obtain information …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Testing Messenger for Windows Ticker+Chat Desktop Client  —  Facebook today began allowing a limited test group of users to download a new Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 desktop client.  It provides access to Chat, the Ticker feed, and notifications.
Discussion: WinRumors
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Peter Thiel To The New Yorker: “I Don't Consider [The iPhone] To Be A Technological Breakthrough”  —  Peter Thiel is a grump, but a special kind of grump.  He is a dystopian utopian (if such a person can exist).  The investor who wrote the first check for Facebook both believes in the power …
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Developer creates proxy server for Siri, controls thermostat with his voice (video)  —  Now that Siri's protocol has been freshly dissected and laid bare for the world to behold, hackers have been busy finding ways to move Apple's personal assistant beyond the realm of the iPhone 4S.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Site Explorer Closing Down Monday, November 21st  —  As expected Yahoo will be closing down Yahoo Site Explorer this year.  Yahoo has just announced the date for the closure.  This coming Monday, November 21, 2011, Site Explorer will cease to exist.  —  The short Yahoo blog post reads:
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Progress against SOPA  —  When I did my blog post about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) last week, things looked quite grim.  The fight isn't over, but there's been a lot of great developments in the last few days.  If you're not familiar with SOPA (and the PROTECT IP Act in the Senate), here's a video that covers the basics:
Thanks:mattcutts
Ben Parr / Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings:
2,446 Articles Later, A Goodbye to Mashable  —  Dear friends, family, colleagues and supporters,  —  Friday, November 18, was my last day at Mashable.  I want to thank the Mashable team for 3+ amazing years.  They truly have been the best years of my life.  —  I also want to thank everybody who has been part of my journey.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former Color Co-Founder Peter Pham Heads to Former Myspace CEO's L.A. Tech Studio (Video)  —  Well-known tech entrepreneur Peter Pham will be joining the Los Angeles-based start-ups lab, which was just launched by former Myspace CEO Mike Jones.  —  Pham, who was recently helming the high-profile …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
More Bad News For Netflix: It Needs To Raise Another $200 Million  —  Netflix is raising an additional $200 million in capital.  —  The stock is off 6% in after-hours trading on the news.  —  More to come ...  Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.  —  Join the conversation about this story »
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC dismisses S3 Graphics complaint against Apple: no violation  —  The US International Trade Commission has dismissed S3 Graphics' first complaint against Apple in its entirety.  —  The official notice states that “no violation [...] has been shown [...] and that the investigation is terminated”.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, Intel Hit by Government Tech Cuts  —  Seattle's chief technology officer, Bill Schrier, is bracing for a 6 percent budget cut in 2012, bigger than this year's, a sign of tighter spending that indicates slower sales gains for Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Intel Corp. (INTC)
Discussion: TechFlash
 
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Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Chief Rabbi blames Apple for helping create selfish society
Discussion: msnbc.com and Computerworld
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Galaxy Nexus hit with volume bug in Britain
Discussion: PC Magazine and Engadget
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Alleged WikiLeaks Source Bradley Manning Has A Court Date: 569 Days After His Arrest
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
iPhone 4S Finally Receives Network Access License in China?
Discussion: TUAW
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Western Digital ordered to pay $525 million to Seagate in settlement
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Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
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