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4:15 AM ET, November 29, 2011

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Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Targeting IPO For Between April and June 2012  —  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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple outs new iPad (iPad 2,4) in iOS 5.1 firmware (update: 3,3 as well)  —  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.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's next-generation Apple TV moves closer to reality, assigned J33 codename  —  iOS release history tells us that as a product in development moves even closer to release, it is assigned a proper codename.  Not only an identifier like “3,1″ but a codename such as N94 (iPhone 4S) or K48 (original iPad).
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” …
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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Burnouts, VC Cons And Slave Labor: A Marxian Drama … Jamie Zawinski takes issue with my post yesterday where I quoted him.  Here's his new post: … A few thoughts:  —  1. “He's trying to make the point that the only path to success in the software industry is to work insane hours …
Discussion: @briannorgard
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
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Grooveshark email: How we built a music service without, um, paying for music  —  Grooveshark deliberately set out to build a huge online following without paying for the music it streamed and shared in order to establish a stronger negotiating position with record labels, according to internal emails included in court records.
Discussion: Electronista and Business Insider
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
What the death of Cyber Monday says about our broadband habits  —  The effort to figure out the biggest online shopping day of the year is still in flux with Thanksgiving, so far, seeing the peak traffic for the shopping season according to Akamai.  Will this year be the one where Turkey day beats out Cyber Monday?
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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.
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?
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 …
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.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
U.S. leads the way in LTE subscribers — but not for long  —  North America has taken the early lead in Long Term Evolution smartphone and modem subscribers, according to a new study by TeleGeography.  That should come as little surprise given that the first flurry of LTE 4G deployments took place right …
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 and VentureBeat
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.
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
John Ribeiro / PC World:
AMD Introduces Branded Memory Modules for Desktops  —  Advanced Micro Devices' first branded desktop system memory modules, called AMD Memory, will be available in North America through major retailers, the company said Monday.  —  By offering its own branded memory modules for desktops …
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and TechEye
 
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Coding - the new Latin  —  The campaign to boost the teaching …
Discussion: ITworld.com and Computerworld
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Hulu reportedly working on expansion to Germany
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:jank0
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Games return to Android Market in South Korea
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flavors.me Heads Into Tumblr Territory With “Follow” Buttons & Plans To Support Content Creation
Discussion: Bits, Fast Company and The Next Web
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
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Looks Forward to an Early Christmas Present From Washington: An Okay for Admeld
Discussion: CNET News and 9to5Google
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google I/O Moved to June and Extended to 3 Days, Developers Will Have to Code for Tickets
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Twitter Acquires Moxie Marlinspike's Encryption Startup Whisper Systems
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's future Kinect 2 device will reportedly lip read and measure emotions
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Programmer: We Do The Funny Portrait Placement Thing Because It Works
Discussion: Softpedia News and Gawker
Ben Gomes / The Official Google Blog:
The evolution of search in six minutes