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8:25 AM ET, November 24, 2011

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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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More  —  Since January 2011, Google has been filtering “piracy-related” terms from its ‘Autocomplete’ and ‘Instant’ services.  —  Google users searching for terms like “torrent”, “BitTorrent” and “RapidShare” will notice that no suggestions …
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 …
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.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft's Craig Mundie On Siri: Been There, Done That (Video)  —  Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie isn't nearly as impressed with Siri, the voice recognition interface for the Apple iPhone 4S, as a lot of other people.  Mundie, in fact, contends that Apple …
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Oink Hits 100K Downloads, With 100K Items Added In Under Three Weeks  —  In two and a half weeks since its launch, micro-recommendation app Oink has clocked in a 100k downloads, with a symmetrical 100k items added and tagged.  A product of Kevin Rose's Milk Studios, Rose tells me that the app …
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.
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.
Carl Franzen / TPM Idea Lab:
Hackers Leak Facebook Law Enforcement Guidelines  —  A group of hackers claiming to represent Anonymous's Antisec movement hijacked two Gmail accounts belonging to a retired California Department of Justice cybercrimes investigator, now a private investigator, and on November 18 published 38,000 private emails …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Barack Obama Joins Google+, White House Itself Still Not There  —  First Britney Spears takes the top Google+ spot away from Google CEO Larry Page today.  Now the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has opened an account.  —  Not Yet Verified, But Yes, Real  —  Is it really him?
Business Week:
Palantir, the Vanguard of Cyberterror Security  —  The Silicon Valley up-and-comer fuses fingerprints, DNA, video, and manifold other data to provide the best heads-up technology yet  —  In October, a foreign national named Mike Fikri purchased a one-way plane ticket from Cairo to Miami, where he rented a condo.
Discussion: Beyond Search and Business Insider
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Exhibit on Display at U.S. Patent Office Museum  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week opened a new exhibit honoring Steve Jobs at its museum in Alexandria, Virginia.  Located in the atrium of the office's Madison Building headquarters, the free museum offers interactive exhibits …
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
IPOs stoke San Francisco housing market  —  (Reuters) - Adam Holm has been looking to sell his three-bedroom Victorian house in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood all year, but he needs one thing to happen first: gaming-company Zynga's initial public offering.
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 …
Minjae Ormes / YouTube Blog:
Welcoming your favorite Disney movies to rent on YouTube  —  Today, the first of hundreds of The Walt Disney Studios movies from Disney, Disney  ·Pixar and DreamWorks Studios are coming to YouTube.  These titles join thousands of full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios …
E! Online:
Steve Jobs Movie: “Something I'm Strongly Considering,” Says Social Network's Aaron Sorkin  —  Aaron Sorkin is taking on one tech mogul at a time!  Earlier this year, Sorkin won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his Facebook flick The Social Network.
Caroline Ross / MIT:
Important step toward computing with light  —  Research at MIT produces long-sought component to allow complete optical circuits on silicon chips.  —  David L. Chandler, MIT News Office  —  There has been enormous progress in recent years toward the development of photonic chips …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cisco to HP: Please Stop Suing Those Employees We Poach  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems would like to stop hearing so often from lawyers at rival Hewlett-Packard.  More specifically, it would like HP to stop suing ex-HP employees seeking jobs at Cisco.  —  In a Cisco blog post …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Could Be Ready for Commercial Production by Feb. 2012  —  There may be more to Apple's developing relationship with Sharp than simple supply-chain diversification and OLED panels for future iPhones and iPads.  The Japanese company is said to be playing a role in the production of the long-rumored Apple television.
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Google going after YouTube typo domains that lead to survey scams  —  Google is going after several popular typos of the web address YouTube.com, all owned by the same person.  —  Each typo domain leads unsuspecting users to a site that looks confusingly similar to the official YouTube site …
Discussion: Silicon Republic and TechCrunch
 
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Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon, EBay Pop Up on Retail's Turf to Grab Holiday Sales: Tech
Discussion: GeekWire
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
House panel to meet on spectrum bill December 1
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Personal Audio strikes again, has the Kindle Fire in its patent trolling sights
Discussion: The Register, paidContent and BGR
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
As Investors Flee Groupon, Outlook for I.P.O.'s Darkens
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Cuts Off Another Group of Ad Players, Including Google
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Cuts Sales Forecast on Competition From Apple, Samsung
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
4sqwifi Uses Foursquare To Show You Nearby WiFi Locations And Their Passwords
Discussion: apas.gr and ReadWriteWeb
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple's Black Friday: $101 off Macs, up to $61 off iPad 2?
Steve Silberman / NeuroTribes:
The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Microsoft Signs Nondisclosure Agreement With Yahoo
 

 
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