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4:20 PM ET, November 22, 2011

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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 …
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Facebook is bringing people closer, users now separated by 4.74 degrees
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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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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Xbox 360 fall dashboard going public December 6, Metro to the masses  —  Microsoft's new Xbox 360 dashboard will be made available on December 6.  —  The software giant announced the date on Tuesday.  The Verge reports that starting December 6, the update will be made available publicly to all xbox 360 owners.
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 …
Eric Mack / CNET News:
BlackBerry PlayBook dropping to $199 in time for holidays  —  The Playbook's price has dropped $300 since its launch earlier this year.  —  It's official—the price of BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet will soon be dropping into the Kindle Fire range at a number of big-time retailers... for a limited time.
Discussion: GigaOM, IntoMobile, VentureBeat and Pulse2
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
With iPad 3, Apple could ship more PCs than HP  —  According to new estimates by analyst firm Canalys, Apple could sell more PCs than current market leader HP during the first half of 2012.  The key to Apple's market dominance, however, is counting the category-busting iPad in addition to Mac sales.
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 …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
NETFLIX: Oh, And By The Way, We're Going To Lose Money Next Year  —  Five months ago, Netflix was a $300 stock.  —  Now it's a ~$75 stock.  —  It's raising $400 million at its new, clobbered stock price to fund all its new content investments.  —  And... it's going to lose money next year!
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: AMD's Bulldozer server benchmarks are here, and they're a catastrophe  —  The desktop benchmark scores for AMD's new Bulldozer architecture didn't make happy reading for fans of the chip company, with the new design sometimes failing to beat AMD's own predecessor architecture, let alone Intel's comparable offerings.
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