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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, TechCrunch, GigaOM, Pulse2, IntoMobile, VoIP Watch and techfootnote
Cornelius Rahn / Bloomberg: AT&T to Record $4 Billion Costs This Quarter on T-Mobile Risks
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM: AT&T backs off the T-Mobile fight
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: AT&T getting ready to pay $4 billion to T-Mobile due to fears that their merger will not be approved
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Move-Negotiation Tactic
AT&T braces for T-Mobile deal collapse — (Reuters) - AT&T said it would take a $4 billion charge in case its takeover of T-Mobile USA fails, reflecting the dwindling chances for the deal seen as job-destroying by powerful political opponents. — The telecommunications group …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: A doomed deal? AT&T withdraws T-Mobile bid at the FCC
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: AT&T Pulls T-Mobile Merger Application From FCC, Will Take $4B Charge
Matt Brian / The Next Web: AT&T pulls FCC application for T-Mobile USA deal, expects $4 Billion charge
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog: AT&T, T-Mobile temporarily withdraw bid for FCC merger approval
Amar Toor / Engadget: AT&T, Deutsche Telekom withdraw FCC application for T-Mobile merger, look toward DoJ
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog: AT&T foresees T-Mobile merger to fail, claims $4 billion in charges
Chris Davies / SlashGear: AT&T yanks T-Mobile FCC bid, cops $4bn pre-emptive charges
Edward Wyatt / New York Times: AT&T Deal With T-Mobile Takes a Step Back
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: AT&T to Take $4 Billion Charge for T-Mobile Deal
Nathan Eddy / eWeek: ATandT to Take $4 Billion Hit Over T-Mobile Merger
Mel Martin / TUAW: AT&T withdrawing merger application with the FCC while pursuing win with the Justice Department
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 …
Discussion: BetaNews, Pulse2, Neowin.net, Softpedia News, PhoneArena and I4U News
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews: 11 things Microsoft should be thankful for in 2011
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Microsoft Drops Price On Kinect, Windows Phone, Office, and Games For Black Friday
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Black Friday 2011: Microsoft Store offers up some goods
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Microsoft Store Black Friday 2011 Deals Unveiled
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 …
Discussion: Techie Buzz, Pulse2, Neowin.net, Softpedia News, SlashGear and Electronista, Thanks:ivordavies59
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Microsoft Office 15 Beta Suite Expected To Arrive In January
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Rumor: First beta of Microsoft Office 15 due in January
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Quad-core ASUS Transformer Prime tablet now available for pre-order — The highly anticipated sequel to ASUS' convertible Android tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer, is now available for pre-order in North America. Set for release some time next month, the Transformer Prime features …
Discussion: ITProPortal, 9to5Google, IntoMobile and AndroidGuys
Desire Athow / ITProPortal: Lenovo Preparing 5-Inch Tablet
Graham Smith / 9to5Google: ASUS Transformer Prime available for pre-order
Charles West / IntoMobile: Lenovo's 5-inch Android tablet gets spied
Vincent Messina / AndroidGuys: Lenovo working on a 5-inch, dual-core Android device
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.
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.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog, Inquirer, ServicesANGLE, The Register, OStatic blogs, DistroWatch.com and Softpedia News, Thanks:pingdom
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog: Ubuntu sees massive slide in popularity, Mint sprints ahead ... but why?
Lawrence Latif / Inquirer: Ubuntu popularity falls as Linux Mint flourishes
Klint Finley / ServicesANGLE: As Ubuntu Declines, Can Desktop Linux Stay Relevant in the Era of Cloud and Mobile?
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever
Susan Linton / OStatic blogs: Is Ubuntu Still Your Favorite?
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.
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, PhoneArena, IntoMobile, SlashGear, Phones Review, Fonehome, Pocket-lint, Pocketables, Softpedia News, GottaBeMobile, Electronista, Android Phone Fans and Unwired View
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Galaxy Nexus LTE shows off its extra bulk
James / Phones Review: News on Motorola Droid 4
Hunter Skipworth / Pocket-lint: Droid 4 launch to coincide with Galaxy Nexus in US?
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans: Droid 4 Could Launch on December 8
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Forget Shopping, Friday Is Update Your Parents' Browser Day! — Thanksgiving is coming up, that time when families gather together to share food, extend gratitude, and marvel at how Dad still uses Internet Explorer 6. No, seriously, Dad, how can you be using a browser developed during the Clinton administration?
Discussion: Ars Technica, WinBeta, The Windows Blog, Neowin.net, Lifehacker, GeekWire, ReadWriteWeb, techPresident, Naked Security, GottaBeMobile and The Windows Blog
Kristina Libby / The Windows Blog: What About the Parents? Upgrade Your Parents' Browser Day and Gifts for the Ones Who Raised You.
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker: How to Switch Your Parents' Web Browser Without Them Knowing
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb: Why You Should Update Your Parents' Web Browser This Friday
Nick Judd / techPresident: First POST: Advice
Carole Theriault / Naked Security: Thanksgiving: eat the bounty, hang out with family and update web browsers
K. T. Bradford / GottaBeMobile: Friday Is Update Your Parents' Browser Day
Scott Armstrong / The Windows Blog: Get Ready For “Update your Parents' Browser” Day!
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 …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba.com posts slowest quarterly growth in almost 2 years — (Reuters) - Alibaba.com, China's largest e-commerce firm, posted an 11.9 percent rise in quarterly net profit, its slowest growth in nearly two years, with the company raising concerns due to a weak trade outlook stemming from debt woes in Europe and the United States.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MarketWatch