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5:25 AM ET, November 23, 2011

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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
Discussion: LAUNCH
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Expands Subscription Service to Games  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is letting a video-game company offer its titles by subscription on the iPad, expanding the role of a feature typically used by magazine and newspaper publishers.  —  Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based game publisher …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Production starts for iPad 3 QXGA display: Analyst  —  A 10-inch-class 2048x1536 display is not easy to make in the volumes that Apple demands.  Will Apple brand the next-generation iPad display ‘Retina’?  —  Production has started on the high-resolution displays destined for the next-generation iPad …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Reported Retina Display iPad 3 with J2 codename shows up in hidden iOS 5 code  —  Digitimes recently reported that their supplier-based contacts say that Apple is currently prototyping two versions of the third-generation iPad.  The site says the iPad 3′s are codenamed J1 and J2 and Apple …
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
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Nokia's Microsoft Phones May Not Get Traction, Analyst Says  —  Microsoft and Nokia have yet to prove whether their marriage will give birth to healthy handset sales.  One analyst is not expecting much.  —  James Faucette, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities, cut his forecast …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
At Apple, Cloud Experts Wanted  —  Apple Inc. has been taking small but important steps toward a shift in the way its customers access their digital content beyond the downloadable software that has been vital to the company's success.  —  In recent weeks, Apple has been looking …
Annalyn Censky / CNN Money:
Malls track shoppers' cell phones on Black Friday  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Attention holiday shoppers: your cell phone may be tracked this year.  —  Starting on Black Friday and running through New Year's Day, two U.S. malls — Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Announces Plans To Shutter Knol, Friend Connect, Wave, And More  —  Since Google CEO Larry Page took the helm this past spring, one of the company's most visible initiatives has been to trim and shut down its products that haven't taken off.  These have included Aardvark, Google Desktop …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Amazon will take over Android app distribution  —  Assume the Kindle Fire will sell very well, even though it needs a lot of help.  —  The only way most Kindle Fire owners are going to be installing apps is from the Amazon Appstore for Android.  The Fire doesn't ship with Google Market …
Kyle McInnes / BlackBerry Cool:
BlackBerry PlayBook Native Email, Contacts and Calendar Screenshots and Details  —  Today at the BlackBerry Innovation Forum, RIM gave a demo of the native email, contacts and calendar functionality on the BlackBerry PlayBook.  We can't yet post video of the demo but we do have screenshots …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: Samsung Galaxy Nexus U.S. Launch Is In December  —  There's been a lot of confusion as to when Samsung and Google's Galaxy Nexus would launch in the U.S.  —  When the phone was first announced, the company said it would be available in November.  —  Well, November is almost over.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
An MIT student is developing a lie detector for the Internet  —  I'm as bad as the next writer when it comes to making a spelling error now and again.  Fortunately, ubiquitous spell check has made that a lot less of a problem.  For some writers, however, a grammar goof or a typo are about to become a much lighter concern.
Ben Worthen / Digits:
H-P Offers Customers Path Away From Maligned Chip  —  Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday offered help to customers who want to shift away from systems that use a microprocessor called Itanium.  But H-P insists it is not dumping the chip, nor reacting to a nasty dispute with Oracle over the technology.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
50% Of Ecommerce Site Visitors Are Logged In To Facebook  —  Ecommerce sites should consider how they can personalize their sites using Facebook data, as a new study shows 50% of visitors to ecommerce sites are currently logged in to Facebook.  Using Facebook social plugins and Connect integrations …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman: Google's Blogger Needs a Terrorist-Flagging Feature  —  Last week, the New York Police Department arrested Jose Pimentel for building a pipe bomb that he planned to use to hurt and potentially kill U.S. military personnel (though whether he was actually capable of doing so remains in doubt).
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Black Friday 2011 deals revealed: discounts on iPad, iPod, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and accessories  —  A trusted tipster has provided us with the details on Apple's Black Friday (November 25th) 2011 sale.  The sale is very similar to Apple's offerings in past years …
Discussion: Apple Bitch, I4U News and The Next Web
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google mail crypto tweak makes eavesdropping harder  —  ‘Forward secrecy’ protects data for the long term  —  Google engineers have enhanced the encryption offered in Gmail, Google Docs, and other services to protect users against retroactive attacks that allow hackers to decrypt communications months or years after they were sent.
 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon updates Messages app with multiple device sync, fresh UI, more (hands-on)
Discussion: Softpedia News
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Confusion Center: Feds Now Say Hacker Didn't Destroy Water Pump
Discussion: Examiner and CNET News
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Amazon Could Sell 12 Million Fires in 2012
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Restrict Google Results to Mobile Apps
Discussion: IntoMobile
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nuance gets awareness boost from Apple's Siri, smartphones
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Grooveshark Responds To Universal Music Lawsuit
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
Foster Kamer / Betabeat:
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Heroku launches SQL Database-as-a-Service
Dan Primack / Fortune:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
First look: Android 4.0 on the ASUS Transformer Prime
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Facebook Phone: The “Slayer” That Wasn't