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Craig Eisler / MSDN Blogs:
Kinect for Windows - Building the Future  —  Since announcing a few weeks ago that the Kinect for Windows commercial program will launch in early 2012, we've been asked whether there will also be new Kinect hardware especially for Windows.  The answer is yes; building on the existing Kinect …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft readies new Kinect hardware for Windows PCs  —  Summary: Microsoft is working on new Kinect sensor hardware tailored to work with the commercially-licensed version of Kinect for Windows PC development kit, which is due to launch in early 2012.  —  Microsoft is readying a new type …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Chief to Seek Hearing on AT&T Deal  —  WASHINGTON—The head of the Federal Communications Commission will seek an administrative hearing on AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile USA, according to a person close to the matter.  —  The move by Julius Genachowski …
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Tom Krazit / paidContent:
FCC Will Not Bless AT&T/T-Mobile, Asks For Hearing On Merger  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission does not like what it sees in the proposed mega-merger between AT&T (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile.  It has recommended that the merger undergo further scrutiny before an administrative law judge …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Facebook Phone: The “Slayer” That Wasn't  —  This is the third in a series of posts this week about the Facebook phone.  —  Facebook is now partnering with HTC to build an Android-based phone codenamed “Buffy” around its own social operating system platform, as we reported yesterday.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Facebook Not Building A Phone*
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 …
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
iPhone and Surface: The moment Apple and Microsoft diverged  —  Takeaway: In June 2007, both Apple and Microsoft were poised to reinvent computing.  Only one of them delivered, and it changed the destiny of both companies.  —  When the news broke recently about Microsoft launching …
Discussion: Technologizer
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Apple gets control over porn domain names  —  Owner of domain names agrees to give domain names to Apple after company filed complaint.  —  Apple is now the proud owner of iphonesex4s.com and six other (mostly) explicit domain names.  —  The company filed a complaint with World Intellectual Property Forum …
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
HP surprisingly emerges as No. 2 tablet maker  —  At least for now, Hewlett-Packard can lay claim to as the second most-popular tablet manufacturer behind Apple.  —  Too bad, it'll be a short-lived reign.  —  Sorry, Jon, the Touchpad is no more.  —  Despite all of the attention on Apple's iPad …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Becomes Second Most Popular Cameraphone on Flickr  —  Apple's newly launched iPhone 4S has quickly shot up to become the second most popular Cameraphone on Flickr.com.  Flickr's Camera Finder page shows graphs of the popularity of both smartphones and Point and Shoot cameras.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Heroku launches SQL database as a service  —  Platform-as-a-service provider Heroku is expanding its horizons by offering an on-demand version of the PostgreSQL database as a service.  The new service, aptly called Heroku Postgres, is a commercial version of what Heroku has been providing …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Up To 30 Gbps: New Chip Enables Record-Breaking Wireless Data Transmission Speed  —  It looks like we can expect faster wireless connections in the near future: Japanese electronic parts maker Rohm yesterday announced [JP] it has developed a chip that reached a wireless data transmission speed …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
First look: Android 4.0 on the ASUS Transformer Prime  —  We've already seen Android 4.0, also known as the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's mobile platform, on a mobile phone, but not on tablets.  On Tuesday, Google's revamp of the Android platform was finally shown off, albeit briefly, in a video.
Foster Kamer / Betabeat:
U CAN'T HAZ SADZ: The Hushed Dangers of Startup Depression  —  The most—or least—of one's worries.  —  EARLIER THIS MONTH, ON A SUNDAY MORNING, the startup world woke up to that rare stripe of news which quietly sends shockwaves reverberating throughout an entire culture of people: Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 22 years old, had passed away.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Pandora Slips 4%: FYQ3 Beats, But Q4 Loss Deeper Than Expected  —  Shares of online radio pioneer Pandora Media (P) are down 45 cents, or 4%,a t $11.40 in late trading after the company reported fiscal Q3 revenue and earnings per share ahead of expectations but forecast a deeper-than-expected loss per share this quarter.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
As Palm bidding continues, HP wants a sweet deal to keep webOS in printers (exclusive)  —  For some strange reason, HP is still really hot on the idea of mating webOS with its printers — to the point where it has become a crucial part of its negotiations to sell off its Palm assets.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: SV Angel's investment portfolio  —  SV Angel, the venture capital firm managed by Ron Conway and David Lee, has made over 80 new investments in 2011, according to confidential documents obtained by Fortune.  —  Some of the new deals are right in SV Angel's early-stage wheelhouse …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU regulator “concerned” over cellphone patents war  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators investigating Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) over their patents dispute are worried intellectual property rights may be unfairly used by some firms against their rivals, the EU antitrust chief said on Tuesday.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Announces (Black Friday) Holiday Sale for Friday, November 25th  —  As noted by MacStories, Apple has started posting teaser announcements about their Black Friday holiday sale for Friday, November 25th.  The teaser first appeared on their Australian online store and will likely be propagating around the world.
Michael Kelley / The Digital Shift:
Penguin Group USA to No Longer Allow Library Lending of New Ebook Titles  —  (This story has been updated from an earlier version to include comment from OverDrive.)  —  The number of ebooks available for libraries to loan has just shrunk as Penguin Group USA has decided, for now …
Roy Goldenberg / Globes Online:
Microsoft acquires video search co VideoSurf  —  VideoSurf was founded by four Israelis and investors include Pitango and Orbotech.  —  Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) has acquired VideoSurf for tens of millions of dollars in an effort to improve its position in the online video search field.
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Grooveshark Responds To Universal Music Lawsuit  —  As we reported on Monday, Universal Music Group has filed a new lawsuit alleging that the Grooveshark execs conspired to illegally upload more than 100,000 songs.  UMG asked the court to shut Grooveshark down immediately and is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Kyobo, Qualcomm make Mirasol color displays a reality, with the Kyobo eReader  —  Don't look now, but Mirasol has just arisen from the dead.  Today, Korea's Kyobo Book Centre and Qualcomm jointly unveiled the world's first Mirasol-coated e-reader, just a few months after CEO Paul Jacobs heralded …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Spotify, Rdio, And MOG On Artist Payments: Don't Blame Us  —  In the beginning, music industry watchers hailed subscription streaming services such as Spotify, MOG, Rdio, and Rhapsody as saviors of the industry, an alternative for listeners and labels to the tyranny of the 99-cent iTunes download.
Discussion: Electronista, Techland and Epicenter
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Online-Services Firms Catering to Businesses Look Good Again to Venture Investors  —  Online-Services Firms Catering to Businesses Look Good Again to Venture Investors  —  After taking a back seat in recent years to consumer Internet companies like social websites and mobile-apps makers …
 
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Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Wins Court Bid to Keep Report on Hurd's Departure Secret
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Xbox 360 fall dashboard going public December 6, Metro to the masses
Ken Segall / Observatory:
Steve Jobs talks PC vs. TV
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: AMD's Bulldozer server benchmarks are here, and they're a catastrophe
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Eric Mack / CNET News:
BlackBerry PlayBook dropping to $199 in time for holidays
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat, Pulse2 and IntoMobile
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Three Years Later, the Guardian Wants a Buyer for PaidContent
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube's HTML5 Player Gets Better
Discussion: 9to5Google, Ubergizmo and Electronista
Matt Stempeck / MediaShift Idea Lab:
DontBreakTheInternet: How The Web Became a Political Force vs. SOPA
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Soshable
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google just used its Search app to sneak most of Chrome OS onto the iPad