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Al Franken:
Sen. Franken Demands Answers from Company Accused of Secretly Logging Location and Private Information of Millions of Smartphone Users  —  “Consumers need to know that their safety and privacy are being protected by the companies they trust with their sensitive information,” said Sen. Franken.
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
AT&T, Sprint confirm use of Carrier IQ rootkit software on handsets  —  Verizon, RIM, Nokia insist their handsets don't support the software  —  Amid what's snowballing into a major privacy controversy, AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Samsung today confirmed that that their mobile phones integrate …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: We Stopped Supporting Carrier IQ With iOS 5  —  Apple has finally weighed in on the Carrier IQ debacle.  In a statement issued moments ago, the company said while it has used Carrier IQ's network diagnostic software in the past, it recently stopped supporting it and plans to remove …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google Nexus Android phones and original Xoom tablet do not include Carrier IQ tracking software  —  The Carrier IQ smartphone tracking scandal continues to grow, but we've just learned some interesting news from an extremely reliable source: the Google Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Phone ‘Rootkit’ Maker Carrier IQ May Have Violated Wiretap Law In Millions Of Cases  —  A piece of keystroke-sniffing software called Carrier IQ has been embedded so deeply in millions of Nokia, Android, and RIM devices that it's tough to spot and nearly impossible to remove …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Apple Says Siri's Abortion Answers Are a Glitch  —  Apple said Wednesday that Siri's apparent inability to retrieve information about abortion clinics and women's health services in some areas was not intentional or deliberate.  —  The company attributed the problem to kinks in the product that are still being ironed out.
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Thomas / Blog for Choice:
Apple's CEO Responds to a Siri-us Matter  —  More on Siri, the personal-assistant application on Apple's iPhone 4S:  —  Yesterday, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing her concerns that Siri was not giving women accurate answers …
Wikileaks:
The Spyfiles  —  Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for ‘political opponents’ are a reality.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
StatCounter: Chrome Grabs 25.7% Of Global Market, Overtaking Firefox  —  According to Web analytics company StatCounter, Google Chrome has surpassed Mozilla Firefox to become the second most used Web browser in the world after Internet Explorer.  —  I'm always a bit wary about StatCounter's claims …
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Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
IE9 Leading Modern Browser on Windows 7 Worldwide  —  Browser market share numbers are always interesting because they can be interpreted in a variety of ways.  We've said for some time now that the thing we care about most is that the web experiences we all enjoy are getting better every …
ChangeWave Research:
New Owners Survey Shows iPhone 4S More Popular than its Apple Predecessor  —  BETHESDA, MD - A new ChangeWave Research survey of iPhone 4S owners shows customer satisfaction ratings for the latest Apple smart phone are higher than for its predecessor, the iPhone 4.  ChangeWave Research is a division of The 451 Group.
New York Post:
State probing Apple's deal for a new store in Grand Central  —  State watchdogs are probing Apple's sweet deal for a new store in Grand Central Terminal, The Post has learned.  —  State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has launched an investigation into whether the Metropolitan Transportation …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Store Opens December 9th, State Probing Lease Deal
Discussion: SlashGear and MacNN
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Dentist charges patient for negative Yelp reviews, suit says  —  Online reviews are sticky little things.  —  I recently stayed at a hotel that someone on TripAdvisor had described as having filthy—in fact, sticky—conditions and I found it perfectly nice.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Quietly (Finally) Launches Self-Serve Ads  —  It's still just in test mode, and only open to a handful of advertisers.  But those who can use it can now buy ads directly via Twitter, using a credit card and a Web browser, without ever having to talk to a human being.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google+ Now Lets You Conference People Into Hangouts With Free Voice Calls  —  Hangouts could be the new way to conference call.  Google employee Jarkko Oikarinen has just announced that free voice calls to people in the US and Canada can now be made from within Hangouts with extras.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents Digital Device Handshake using Next-Gen Cameras & Invisible Inks  —  On December 1, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all new way of sharing data quickly and securely between two or more devices in consumer, retail and/or enterprise applications.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Vending Machine Operators Tap Google Wallet for Easy Payments  —  There might now be one less reason to kick the office vending machine — consumers will soon be able to pay for their snacks with a smartphone, as well as send real-time complaints about their Snickers stuck in a spiral.
Discussion: 9to5Google and GottaBeMobile
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Wealthfront Finally Launches, Aimed at Silicon Valley's “Richie Rich” Newbies  —  Wealthfront, the Silicon Valley start-up with more than $10 million in its own kitty, finally officially launched its long-planned Online Financial Advisor product today, with a focus on attracting techies interested in more easily managing their money.
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and GigaOM
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Exclusive: Comedy of Errors Led to False ‘Water-Pump Hack’ Report  —  Jim Mimlitz on vacation in Russia last June with his wife and three daughters.  Photo courtesy of Jim Mimlitz.  —  It was the broken water pump heard 'round the world.  —  Cyberwar watchers took notice this month …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Retailers in Talks on Fast-Delivery Service  —  In a potential strike against Amazon.com Inc., Google Inc. is in talks with major retailers and shippers to create a service that lets consumers shop for goods on the Web and receive orders within a day for a low fee, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
The University of Utah is The Startup King  —  With roughly one-third the budget of MIT, the University of Utah was named the number 1 school in the U.S. for creating startup companies.  It's the second year in a row that the University claimed the top spot.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Reports Q2 Net Loss Of $6.6M, Says NOOK Is Now A $220 Million Business  —  Barnes & Noble this morning reported sales and earnings for its second quarter ended October 29, 2011, and they're a mixed bag.  Total sales decreased slightly, from $1.9 billion to $1.89 billion, compared to the prior year.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint swoops in with $1.6B deal to save Clearwire  —  We can stop wondering if Clearwire will default on its interest payment, for the time being anyhow.  Sprint, which owns almost half of Clearwire, has stepped up with a plan to spend $1.6 billion over the next four years …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Awe.sm Helps Developers Track All The Key Details In Social Sharing, Raises Cool $4 Million  —  There are plenty of companies out there that help you monitor social media activity.  Awe.sm has been going deeper into what's really going on, providing a service that lets developers track …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, GigaOM and VatorNews, Thanks:jhstrauss
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Smule builds social music app empire by buying Khush  —  Smule, the successful iOS music app start-up behind Ocarina, Magic Piano and I am T-Pain, is making its first acquisition.  On Thursday, Smule bought fellow social music start-up, Khush, in a bid to take command of what it believes …
 
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Reuters:
IPhone surpasses celebs, news as most searched on Web
Discussion: PhoneArena
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
MTV in talks to license Vevo videos
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Khosla, Google Ventures And Hearst Put $4M In Social TV Platform Miso
Discussion: VatorNews, AllThingsD and Lost Remote
Reuters:
Intel, Total Immersion working on augmented reality chipsets
Discussion: Gizmodo, VR-Zone and Inquirer
Chris Williams / The Huffington Post:
Protect IP Act: Eric Schmidt Suggests Alternative To Online Piracy Bill
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Howard / ExtremeTech:
Will the other guy run a red light? MIT algorithm figures the odds, tells you to brake
Discussion: PC Magazine and The Register
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
What Cash Crunch? Revolution Growth Raises $450M for Its First Fund.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
MasterCard Backs And Partners With Mobile Banking Company mFoundry To Expand Reach Of NFC
Discussion: GigaOM
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
HP CEO: Apple likely to take away PC leadership position next year
Discussion: Computerworld and Reuters
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime review
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Digital Music Meets Its Match in Apple iCloud
Jessica Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Some Fear a Glut in Tech ‘Incubators’
Discussion: Business Insider, Thanks:jvascellaro