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9:30 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 …
Discussion: Gawker
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
Discussion: @briannorgard
Jeff Bowen / WordPress.com News:
Introducing WordAds  —  Over the years one of the most frequent requests on WordPress.com has been to allow bloggers to earn money from their blog through ads.  We've resisted advertising so far because most of it we had seen wasn't terribly tasteful, and it seemed like Google's AdSense was the state-of-the-art, which was sad.
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Next Web, WebProNews and Changing Way, Thanks:ed
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.
Discussion: CNET News and bizjournals
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: THL eyes buyout of Yahoo's U.S. business
Discussion: The Register
Bloomberg:
Chipmakers Lose Billions as IPad Challenges Computers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad is the bane of computer-memory makers, worsening the industry's losses as consumers choose the hand-held device that uses about 75 percent fewer of the chips than a typical laptop.
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
RIM to offer security features on iPhone, Androids  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is seeking to cash in as companies switch to rival smartphones with a new tool that offers some of its important security features for sexier devices like the iPhone.
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 …
Jennifer Baker / IT World:
Free Software activists to take on Google with new free search engine  —  Peer-to-peer search offers an alternative to the big incumbents  —  Free software activists have released a peer-to-peer search engine to take on Google, Yahoo, Bing and others.  —  The free, distributed search engine, YaCy, takes a new approach to search.
Discussion: FSFE, The Register, TG Daily and Slashdot
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
What the death of Cyber Monday says about our broadband habits  —  Updated: 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.  Update: Akamai noted on Monday night …
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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: paidContent and Electronista
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Software to Rate How Drastically Photos Are Retouched  —  From left to right, photographs show the five levels of retouching in a system by Hany Farid of Dartmouth.  The effect, from slight to drastic, may discourage retouching.  “Models, for example, might well say, 'I don't want to be a 5.
Discussion: The Next Web and Gawker
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The future of technology means making the computer disappear  —  GigaOM's recent RoadMap conference in San Francisco featured a number of thought-provoking speakers on the topic of the future of technology, including Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, venture investor Mike Moritz and former Sun Microsystems founder Andy Bechtolsheim.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
AMD shifting competitive focus away from Intel in 2012  —  AMD has been fighting a battle for processor supremacy with Intel for years, but it seems to be realizing it needs to compete with Qualcomm and Nvidia instead.  In a San Jose Mercury News profile, AMD spokesman Mike Silverman said …
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 …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU court adviser: copyright doesn't protect software functions  —  (Reuters) - U.S. computer software company SAS Institute cannot claim copyright protection for the functions performed by its programs, which have been replicated by a rival, an adviser to Europe's highest court said.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins a New Round of iPhone 4 Design Patents in China & Sues SGI  —  On November 10, 2010, Graphics Properties Holdings, Inc, formerly known as Silicon Graphics, Inc, sued Apple for allegedly infringing on their patent regarding floating point rasterization.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Passes 20 Billion Video Views In One Month  —  Online video viewership reached record levels in October, with YouTube passing the 20 billion views mark for the first time.  That number represents a little less than 50% of all videos watched in the U.S., according to the latest statistics shared by comScore.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Softpedia News
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Coding - the new Latin  —  The campaign to boost the teaching of computer skills - particularly coding - in schools is gathering force.  —  Today the likes of Google, Microsoft and other leading technology names will lend their support to the case made to the government earlier this year …
Discussion: ITworld.com and Computerworld
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Feds Play Movie Industry Messages On Seized Websites - Legality Unclear  —  Federal law enforcement agents celebrated cyber-Monday in their own peculiar fashion by seizing 150 websites to go with along with the 72 they bagged last year.  And now the agencies are using the captured trophies …
Discussion: The Register
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
 
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Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive Tested: 750GB at Near-SSD Speeds
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Acer will not give up netbook market, says VP
Discussion: Electronista and Fudzilla
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Startup hopes to hack the immigration system with a floating incubator
Discussion: Tech Europe
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Hulu reportedly working on expansion to Germany
Discussion: Gizmodo UK and VentureBeat, Thanks:jank0
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Flavors.me Heads Into Tumblr Territory With “Follow” Buttons & Plans To Support Content Creation
 Earlier Items: 
John Ribeiro / PC World:
AMD Introduces Branded Memory Modules for Desktops
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and TechEye
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
It's A Cyber Monday Internet Stock Sell-A-Thon!
Discussion: AllThingsD
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires The Tech Behind WhoGlue, A Company That Sued It In 2009
Abigail Holtz / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Catalogs is now available for Android tablets
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple iPhone spontaneously combusts aboard flight in Australia