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9:55 PM ET, November 21, 2011

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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 …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Facebook Not Building A Phone*  —  *No Facebook employee is actually on an assembly line building phone hardware.  —  There are two things I like about the AllThingsD (or as John Gruber likes to call them “some website") report on the “Facebook Phone”.  —  1) The complete and utter lack …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Despite Unproven Market, Facebook To Launch Custom Android OS Phone With HTC
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Double FacePalm: HP Blew Billions on webOS  —  Hewlett-Packard's decision to acquire Palm and “double down” on its webOS operating system has so far proven a regrettable and costly mistake.  How costly?  —  HP investors, grab your Mylanta ...  HP spent $1.2 billion to buy Palm in 2010.
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Michael Gorman / Engadget:
HP releases Q4 2011 earnings: $9.7 billion operating profit for fiscal year
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Meg Whitman's first HP analyst call: We'll get back to business fundamentals in 2012
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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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:   Android Needs a Heart
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Galaxy Nexus hit with volume bug in Britain
Discussion: The Verge, PC Magazine and Engadget
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 …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:   Google just used its Search app to sneak most of Chrome OS onto the iPad
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 …
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.
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Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat:
Ex-Googlers launch recommendation engine Stamped, with help from Google Ventures
Discussion: GigaOM
Paul Foy / Associated Press:
Gates: Microsoft Word was better than WordPerfect  —  SALT LAKE CITY - Microsoft's Windows 95 rollout presented the most challenges in the company's history, leading to several last-minute changes to technical features that would no longer support a rival software maker's word processor …
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 …
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 Elstrom / 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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Technology companies see ‘monster opportunity’ in federal shift to Apple, Google phones  —  Citrix Systems and Juniper Networks are among the technology vendors that could benefit from a U.S. government search for ways to secure Apple's smartphones and tablet computers for the use of federal employees.
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
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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:
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Foxconn: The Birds  —  At first I thought the birds in the trees at the Foxconn's largest plant in Shenzhen, China were fake.  They sang so sweetly that I was sure my hosts had planted speakers for my benefit - a sort of Potemkin aviary high in the branches.
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”.
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 …
Adrien / gaarf.info:
On Leaving Twitter  —  Four years ago, I signed up for a Twitter account.  I went through the typical new user hatching process.  For a year, I didn't get it.  I barely logged in.  When I tweeted, it was about how the Twitter website was down.  But eventually I started following someone interesting.
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
Anthony James / TechFlash:
Black Friday deals one day early may boost e-retailers  —  Holiday shoppers are buying online more and more instead of fighting the crowds in retail stores, and with the shift, Thanksgiving is now becoming Black Friday.  —  Retailers such as Target, Toys R Us, Best Buy and Walmart …
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.
 
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Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung in last-stage talks to launch Google TV: president
Megan Dickey / LAUNCH:
Bezos Gone Wild! Amazon Selling Every Non-iPhone Smartphone for One Penny
Discussion: CNET News
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
ASUS Padfone crops up in benchmark database, hides its S4 SoC out in the open
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
CTIA And ESRB To Unveil New Mobile App Rating System
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Chief Rabbi blames Apple for helping create selfish society
Discussion: msnbc.com and Computerworld
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals its online upgrade experience for Windows 8
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Site Explorer Closing Down Monday, November 21st
Discussion: SearchQuant
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former Color Co-Founder Peter Pham Heads to Former Myspace CEO's L.A. Tech Studio (Video)
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google Drops The Price Of Chromebooks to $299 And Polishes The Interface
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Mixed Results as Google Enters Microsoft's Turf