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1:30 AM ET, November 22, 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 …
Discussion: @karaswisher and VentureBeat
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Despite Unproven Market, Facebook To Launch Custom Android OS Phone With HTC
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  —  With the announcement of its new Search app, Google gave iPad users more than just a slick and well-made native search app that bests the experience on any Android tablet.  It also managed to squeeze the core elements of Chrome OS into Apple's ecosystem.
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
Facebook:
Anatomy of Facebook  —  Think back to the last time you were in a crowded airport or bus terminal far from home.  Did you consider that the person sitting next to you probably knew a friend of a friend of a friend of yours?  In the 1960s, social psychologist Stanley Milgram's …
Discussion: CNET News and New York Times
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Facebook is bringing people closer, users now separated by 4.74 degrees
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
Megan Dickey / LAUNCH:
Bezos Gone Wild!  Amazon Selling Every Non-iPhone Smartphone for One Penny  —  Through next Monday, Amazon is selling all non-iPhones for one penny with a new two-year contract.  —  Smartphones on sale for $0.01 include the Motorola Droid Razr, which Verizon sells for $299 with a two-year contract …
Discussion: Computerworld and Kindle Review
Chikodi Chima / VentureBeat:
Ex-Googlers launch recommendation engine Stamped, with help from Google Ventures  —  A team of former Googlers has launched an iPhone app, funded by Google Ventures, for recommending experiences you might want to partake in.  —  Stamped connects to your Facebook and Twitter networks.
Discussion: GigaOM
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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 …
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:
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Todd Ogasawara / Inside Mobile Apps:   Piper Jaffray's Estimate of Android Vs. iOS Ecosystem Revenue is Flawed
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 …
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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 …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Android Needs a Heart  —  There's not enough to love about Google's confusing, overstuffed mobile operating system.  —  Even Android 4.0's most-impressive new features don't feel like they're part of a well-thought-out vision  —  In mid-October, a big yellow truck pulled into the Google campus …
Discussion: Google Watch
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Adobe: Flash for Android 4.0 before end of 2011, no Flash for Android 5.0
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 …
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung in last-stage talks to launch Google TV: president  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world's top TV maker, is in last-stage talks with Google to roll out Google TV, the head of Samsung's TV division told reporters on Tuesday.  —  Yoon Boo-keun, president of Samsung's TV division …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP: Hard drive shortages hitting Google, Facebook DIY servers  —  Summary: Google and Facebook may already be squeezed by hard drive shortages, says HP's CEO.  —  The do-it-yourself server crowd is apparently having trouble procuring hard drives due to the floods in Thailand.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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 …
Matt Macari / The Verge:
Google's trying to get its own lock screen patent, facing difficulties  —  Despite being a very vocal opponent of software patents and how they're used, Google recently applied for a patent on its variant of a slide-to-unlock feature.  If you've ever participated in, or even observed …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Reveals: The Largest Seed And Angel Fundings From The Past Thirty Days  —  As many of you already know, CrunchBase is a big, free resource for anyone trying to get the latest information on hot new startups, or competitors to their own hot new startups, the investing focus of various investors, and much more.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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