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6:45 PM ET, November 28, 2011

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Jason Lewis / Telegraph:
Facebook faces a crackdown on selling users' secrets to advertisers  —  Facebook is facing a crackdown on how it exploits vast amounts of its users' most personal information to create bespoke advertising.  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg must address privacy concerns or face fines under a new EC Directive
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Ad Targeting — Both Facebook And The European Commission Have Explaining Left To Do  —  The European Commission is going after web companies over their failures to explain how their ad targeting systems work.  But it's not hitting the bulls-eye, because it's confusing targeting with data protection, which are not quite the same issue.
Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Confirmed: Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE release date; pre-order Tuesday  —  What's the deal with the LTE Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless?  When's the release date, and when can we pre-order it?  After all the foggy rumor shenanigans over Black Friday, we now have enough triangulation to be confident.
Katya Kazakina / Bloomberg:
Apple Founding Contract Signed by Jobs Could Fetch $150,000 at Sotheby's  —  On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs got together with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne to draft a three- page contract that established Apple Computer Co.  —  Next month, the contract, with the three founding partners' signatures, hits the auction block in New York.
Amazon.com:
Best Black Friday Ever for Kindle Family: Kindle Sales Increase 4X Over Last Year  —  Holiday shoppers made Kindle Fire the bestselling product across all of Amazon.com on Black Friday  —  Kindle Fire now the bestselling product across Amazon for 8 weeks running - ever since its introduction on September 28
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Black Friday Retail Store Sales were “off the charts”
Ben Gomes / The Official Google Blog:
The evolution of search in six minutes  —  This summer we posted a video that takes a peek under the hood of search, sharing the methodology behind search ranking and evaluation.  Through this methodology, we make roughly 500 improvements to search in a typical year.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC says to tough out downturn, new models coming  —  (Reuters) - HTC Corp promised competitive new models early next year and said it would stick to its strategy in the face of its biggest challenge since rising to prominence in the smartphone market.  —  HTC has become the worst performer …
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Zynga's Tough Culture Risks a Talent Drain  —  Zynga's chief executive, Mark Pincus, got an earful from employees last month.  —  In dozens of e-mails to a companywide list, frustrated workers complained about the long hours and stressful deadline periods.
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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining
Discussion: @ed and Business Insider
Ritchie / Ritchies Room:
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime - First Look  —  Welcome to the first ever Ritchie's Room TV segment!  Here we take a look at the new Transformer Prime from Asus.  Read on below for lots more detail and images.  —  The Transformer Prime is easily the most hyped of all upcoming tablets.
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Electronista:
Best Buy cancels BlackBerry PlayBook orders, pulls listings  —  Best Buy sheds PlayBook as others follow  —  Best Buy raised questions on Thanksgiving weekend after it suddenly started cancelling Blackberry PlayBook orders.  Shoppers have frequently reported orders being dropped …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Targeting 2nd-Quarter IPO Date  —  Facebook is targeting dates between April 2012 and June 2012 for an initial public offering of its stock.  The company is exploring raising $10 billion in an IPO that could value Facebook at more than $100 billion.  — Interactive: Track Tech IPO Performance
Discussion: Business Insider
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Twitter Acquires Moxie Marlinspike's Encryption Startup Whisper Systems  —  The hacker and security researcher who goes by the name Moxie Marlinspike has spent the last years building a few of the most noteworthy inventions in applied cryptography, some independently and some for his mobile security startup, Whisper Systems.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple iPhone spontaneously combusts aboard flight in Australia  —  An Apple iPhone spontaneously began smoking and emitting a red glow while aboard an airplane in Australia.  Passengers aboard Regional Express flight ZL319 were welcomed to their destination in Sydney, Australia on Friday by a frightening ordeal.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How many iOS devices will be sold in 2012?  —  There are several methods I turn to when estimating device sales.  —  Top-Down Demand analysis  —  The first is to look at so-called top-down views of the demand.  This method takes a view of the overall phone market and assumes share for smart devices and …
Discussion: Fortune
Abigail Holtz / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Catalogs is now available for Android tablets  —  For many of us, the arrival of piles of catalogs marks the start of the holiday shopping season.  But what if you could have all your favorite catalogs in one place, with the latest issues always available at your fingertips?
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google I/O Moved to June and Extended to 3 Days, Developers Will Have to Code for Tickets  —  In October, Google announced the dates for its annual developer conference Google I/O. Now, however, the company has decided to postpone the event in order to extent it to three days instead of two.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires The Tech Behind WhoGlue, A Company That Sued It In 2009  —  Facebook has confirmed to us this morning that it did indeed acquire the Baltmore-based software firm WhoGlue earlier this month.  WhoGlue builds social networking software for membership organizations …
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
 
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DealBook:
Silver Lake Consortium to Submit Offer for Stake in Yahoo
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sweet, you can now use Turntable.fm with Twitter
Discussion: @turntablefm, Thanks:thatdrew
Vernon Silver / Bloomberg:
Italian Firm Said to Exit Syrian Monitoring Project
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Looks Forward to an Early Christmas Present From Washington: An Okay for Admeld
Discussion: CNET News and 9to5Google
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's future Kinect 2 device will reportedly lip read and measure emotions
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
It's Still A Feature Phone World: Global Smartphone Penetration At 27%
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Times & LA Times Both Come Out Against SOPA & PIPA
Christina Cacioppo / Union Square Ventures:
What comes next  —  Now is a great time to be an internet entrepreneur.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and A VC
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Programmer: We Do The Funny Portrait Placement Thing Because It Works
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple now offering free shipping on all U.S online orders until December 22
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Why The PayPal “Mafia” Was So Great: Yammer CEO David Sacks Explains
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Cyber Monday retail sales may hit record