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9:10 PM ET, November 28, 2011

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Shayndi Raice / 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
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook: Worth $100 billion after IPO?
Discussion: @mathewi
DealBook:
Silver Lake Consortium Is Said to Seek Yahoo Stake  —  A consortium of investors led by Silver Lake and Microsoft is one of several parties that will be submitting a plan to take a minority stake in Yahoo, according to people briefed on the matter.  —  TPG Capital is also expected to submit a proposal …
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Will Marc or Won't He?  Andreessen Mulling Yahoo Leadership Role in Bid  —  As bidders ready their offers for all or parts of Yahoo this week, a lot of the eyes for one of the more aggressive ones will likely be on well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and powerful VC Marc Andreessen.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds first iOS 5.1 beta, Xcode 4.3 beta (release notes included)  —  Apple has just seeded iOS 5.1 to developers, a pre-release version of iOS that runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.  In addition, Apple has released Xcode 4.3 beta to developers, a required version of Xcode …
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Apple iOS 5.1 beta seeded to developers, hints at new iPad model
Discussion: CNET News and MacRumors
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
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.
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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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.
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?
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
“Music Everywhere”: Spotify's “New Direction”  —  Hey!  Remember last week, when Spotify sent out that cryptic announcement about a press conference they're holding this week, and said they're headed in a “new direction”?  —  Here's what the music service is likely to announce …
Discussion: Electronista
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
Annalyn Censky / CNN Money:
Malls stop tracking shoppers' cell phones  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Two malls are axing their plans to track shoppers' cell phones, after a U.S. senator raised privacy concerns over the weekend.  —  As CNNMoney first reported last week, the Promenade Temecula in southern California …
Christina Cacioppo / Union Square Ventures:
What comes next  —  Now is a great time to be an internet entrepreneur.  While much of the global economy sputters, tech companies post growth numbers other industries haven't seen in years.  Their success hasn't gone unnoticed, and the pace of tech-company creation has quickened.
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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
It's A Cyber Monday Internet Stock Sell-A-Thon!
Discussion: AllThingsD
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Cyber Monday Mobile Payment Volume Up Over 500 Percent
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires The Tech Behind WhoGlue, A Company That Sued It In 2009
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
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 OK 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%
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Times & LA Times Both Come Out Against SOPA & PIPA
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Programmer: We Do The Funny Portrait Placement Thing Because It Works
Discussion: Softpedia News
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
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Zynga's Tough Culture Risks a Talent Drain