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7:40 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
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.
Discussion: CNET News and bizjournals
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:   Exclusive: THL eyes buyout of Yahoo's U.S. business
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
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
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: AnandTech and Electronista
Adam Westlake / SlashGear:
ARM launches toolkit for Android - Promises better performance than Java code  —  Today, ARM announced their new Android development toolkit, Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE).  The free software will let Android developers create applications that can run up to four times faster than Java code on Android.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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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Bloomberg:
Chipmakers Lose Billions as IPad Challenges Computers
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The future of technology means making the computer disappear
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Sweet, you can now use Turntable.fm with Twitter
Discussion: @turntablefm, Thanks:thatdrew
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How many iOS devices will be sold in 2012?
Discussion: Fortune and VentureBeat
Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Confirmed: Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE release date; pre-order Tuesday
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Twitter Acquires Moxie Marlinspike's Encryption Startup Whisper Systems
Katya Kazakina / Bloomberg:
Apple Founding Contract Signed by Jobs Could Fetch $150,000 at Sotheby's