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10:15 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 …
Discussion: Deal Journal
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).
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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.
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
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM moves to higher mobile ground with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion: Is it too late?  —  Summary: The new plan for RIM revolves around focusing on what it does best for mobile device management software—asset management, configuration, security policies, group administration and centralized management.
Discussion: Macworld
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.
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
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 …
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive Tested: 750GB at Near-SSD Speeds  —  Last year, Seagate threw the storage world a curve when it released the original Momentus XT, a 7,200 rpm 250 or 500GB hard drive with the ability to cache your most commonly-used files on its 4GB of Flash memory for faster app opens, boots, and other frequent reads.
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.
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: PC World and The Next Web
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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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
British Library newspaper archive puts 300 years of history online  —  Sixty-five million historic newspaper articles, covering the most significant events over the last 300 years, are now fully available online from today in a new archive created by the British Library.
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
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 and TG Daily
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 …
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
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.
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
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iTether App Offers Internet Tethering On Your iPhone for One Time Fee  —  Tether.com has somehow gotten App Store approval for their iPhone companion application “iTether”.  The $14.99 App Store app allows users to share their iPhone's internet connection with their Mac or PC computer over USB.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Wants to Optimize Your Information, Whatever That Means  —  Ever since Hewlett-Packard announced that it would spend $11.7 billion to acquire the British software firm Autonomy, there have been questions regarding how that company will fit within HP.  —  HP will answer some of those questions today …
 
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Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Acer will not give up netbook market, says VP
Discussion: Electronista and Fudzilla
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Feds Play Movie Industry Messages On Seized Websites - Legality Unclear
Discussion: The Register
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Passes 20 Billion Video Views In One Month
Discussion: Beet.TV
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Startup hopes to hack the immigration system with a floating incubator
Discussion: Tech Europe
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins a New Round of iPhone 4 Design Patents in China & Sues SGI
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Hulu reportedly working on expansion to Germany
Discussion: Gizmodo UK and VentureBeat, Thanks:jank0
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flavors.me Heads Into Tumblr Territory With “Follow” Buttons & Plans To Support Content Creation
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Grooveshark email: How we built a music service without, um, paying for music
Discussion: Electronista and Business Insider
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