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11:40 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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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Why Greedy Stockholders and A $100 Billion IPO Could Hurt Facebook  —  Facebook will IPO in April or June 2012, right on time with our prediction and when it would need to start filing public financial reports, according the the Wall Street Journal.  The outlet's sources say Facebook …
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.
Discussion: bizjournals
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: THL eyes buyout of Yahoo's U.S. business  —  (Reuters) - Thomas H. Lee Partners is interested in buying the U.S. operations of Yahoo Inc, breaking away from other bidders that are for now eyeing either a minority stake or teaming up with the Internet giant's partners in Asia, sources familiar with the matter said.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple outs new iPad (iPad 2,4) in iOS 5.1 firmware  —  In the just released beta of iOS 5.1, Apple has outed yet another new device.  We recently brought you the first references to the upcoming, faster Apple TV internally dubbed 3,1, and now we have iPad 2,4 on our hands.
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
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.
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
AT&T's 11th-Hour Plan to Save Its Deal With T-Mobile  —  About an hour after AT&T announced its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile in March on a Sunday afternoon, I got a call at home.  It was Randall L. Stephenson , AT&T's chairman and chief executive.  Mr. Stephenson, an affable man …
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
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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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?
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
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
It's A Cyber Monday Internet Stock Sell-A-Thon!  —  Wow, that was an awesome day for the stock market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 291 points, or 2.6%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite up 3.5%.  —  At least, it was an awesome day as long you stayed away from the shares of recent Internet IPOs.
Discussion: AllThingsD
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Cyber Monday Mobile Payment Volume Up Over 500 Percent  —  Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day brought record mobile engagement for PayPal, with 511 percent and a 538 percent increase in global mobile payment volume when compared to Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2010, respectively.
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Amazon.com:
Best Black Friday Ever for Kindle Family: Kindle Sales Increase 4X Over Last Year
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 …
Jamie Zawinski / jwz:
Watch a VC use my name to sell a con.  —  Normally I just ignore navel-gazing tech-industry articles like this, but people keep sending it to me, so I guess this guy is famous or something.  Michael Arrington posted this article, “Startups Are Hard.  So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining” …
Discussion: @jwz
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.
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.
 
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John Ribeiro / PC World:
AMD Introduces Branded Memory Modules for Desktops
Discussion: Electronista
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
U.S. leads the way in LTE subscribers — but not for long
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires The Tech Behind WhoGlue, A Company That Sued It In 2009
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
 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: GottaBeMobile and Gizmodo
Electronista:
Best Buy cancels BlackBerry PlayBook orders, pulls listings