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12:20 PM ET, November 24, 2011


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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
AT&T pulls T-Mobile application from FCC, records provisional $4bn loss  —  The FCC's decision to request a formal administrative hearing into AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA has caused the US carrier to take drastic action: AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have just announced …
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg:
AT&T to Record $4 Billion Costs This Quarter on T-Mobile Risks  —  AT&T Inc. (T), whose proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) is facing U.S. challenges, plans to record costs of $4 billion in the event the deal doesn't go through.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
The Closed, Unfriendly World Of Wikipedia  —  Right now, Wikipedia is busy asking for donations to stay afloat.  Here's a thought.  If it wants donations, maybe open things up so that outsiders feel like they can contribute expert knowledge without wasting their time.  —  A Debate Over Notability
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Black Friday: $100 Kinect, free Windows Phone, discounts on Office and games  —  Microsoft's growing retail footprint, in stores and online, comes with an obligation to participate in the annual Black Friday sales — at least if it wants to keep up with the competition in the madness …
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Royal Pingdom:
Ubuntu Linux losing popularity fast.  New Unity interface to blame?  —  Don't panic Ubuntu fans but your favorite desktop Linux distribution has fallen to fourth place in DistroWatch's latest ranking.  —  Ubuntu has been overtaken by Fedora, Mint, and openSUSE.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Removes Big Fish Game Subscription Service From Its App Store  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) removed Big Fish Games Inc.'s subscription service from its App Store, reversing a move that would have given iPad users access to dozens of video games for a monthly fee.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Are Un-Friending Social Media  —  Tech IPOs floated like butterflies.  Now they're stinging like bees.  —  Limiting the share float as part of their initial public offerings helped Groupon, LinkedIn and Pandora Media achieve bubbly valuations early on.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft planning beta of next-generation Office 15 suite in January  —  Microsoft is planning the first beta of its Office 15 software in January, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant is currently preparing final milestone builds of Office 15 in preparation for a full beta in late January …
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID 4 Scheduled to Launch December 8, Same Day as the Galaxy Nexus?  —  Could the DROID 4 find its way into stores on December 8 alongside the Galaxy Nexus?  According to the latest info from our friends at Verizon, that's exactly what the plan is.  Well, the Nexus is still up in the air …
Felix Salmon:
Why Apple's customers cripple its user experience  —  Apple products have always cost more than the equivalent products elsewhere.  It's one of the reasons that Apple has historically had very high brand loyalty and very low market share — a classic luxury-good combination.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Wary Of SOPA, Reddit Users Aim To Build A New, Censorship-Free Internet  —  Users of the social news and community site Reddit don't like the way the government seems to be muscling in on the Internet.  So they plan to build a new one.  —  Redditors have flocked over the last week …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Costs Hollywood More Than US BitTorrent Piracy  —  The movie industry claims that piracy is costing them billions of dollars a year.  —  Luckily for Hollywood, many Americans choose to consume their online media through legal services such as Netflix.
Rich Trenholm / Crave:
Europe rules your ISP can't be forced to block pirate sites … Good news from Europe: your ISP can't be forced to monitor or block you from using the Web.  A European court has ruled that record labels and film studios can't use the courts to instruct your broadband company to track you or try to block you.
Liau Yun Qing / ZDNet Asia:
SPH sues Yahoo for copyright infringement  —  Singapore media organization Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Yahoo for reproducing content from its stable of newspapers.  The Web giant has refuted the charge, however, saying it intends to “vigorously defend” itself.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Zinio Raises $20 Million For Digital Newsstand  —  Zinio, which bills itself as the world's largest digital newsstand and bookstore, has raised $20 million in new funding according to an SEC filing.  —  Zinio provides global access to thousands of magazine titles from most major publishers in a variety of languages.
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