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11:40 AM ET, December 3, 2011

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Laurie Segall / CNN Money:
Facebook buys Gowalla  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Facebook has acquired location sharing service Gowalla for an undisclosed sum, according to a source close to Gowalla.  —  Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  —  Most of Gowalla's employees, including founder Josh Williams …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge rejects Apple bid to halt Galaxy sales  —  (Reuters) - Apple failed to convince a U.S. judge to block Samsung Electronics from selling some Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the U.S. market, depriving the iPhone and iPad maker of crucial leverage in a global patent battle between the two companies.
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Matt Macari / The Verge:
Apple gives Samsung some work-around options for its iPhone and iPad design patents  —  Redacted public versions of the legal briefs tied to Apple's July request for a ban on Samsung's products began to trickle in over the last few days.  While we eagerly await the judge's decision on an injunction …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
$2.7 billion PER YEAR, possibly $16 billion in total: that's the bond Apple wants Motorola to post in case of early enforcement of German patent injunctions  —  Today I watched a hearing in another patent infringement lawsuit brought by Motorola against Apple in Mannheim.
Discussion: Electronista and MacRumors
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Revealed: Apple's internal policies on employee social networking, speculating on rumors, leaking, blogging, and more  —  With some of the Apple news spotlight this week on the firing of an Apple employee (and last month) over a Facebook rant, we thought the best way to clear up this employee's claims of …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The NYT tries to get its readers to ‘level up’  —  The New York Times launched a new commenting system this week that has a number of features, but by far, the most significant one is that certain readers with a history of good behavior will be awarded “trusted” status, which allows them to post comments without having them moderated.
Discussion: New York Times
David Saleh Rauf / The Politico:
PATRIOT Act clouds picture for tech  —  Cloud computing is a gold mine for the U.S. tech industry, but American firms are encountering resistance from an unexpected enemy overseas: the PATRIOT Act.  —  The Sept. 11-era law was supposed to help the intelligence community gather data on suspected terrorists.
Discussion: Wired
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Data caps a “crude and unfair tool” for easing online congestion  —  Internet providers argue that they need to impose monthly data caps on their users in order to slay the “bandwidth hogs” running wild and free through their networks, goring ordinary users with their tusks when all those users …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With $2 Million In Funding, Senzari Prepares To Take On Pandora  —  There are two main complaints that always crop up whenever you mention Pandora: its music catalog is too small and it's not available outside the U.S. That's room enough for another startup to move into the streaming radio space …
Mobiledia / Forbes:
Skype Flaw Can Expose Caller Locations  —  Skype may expose a user's location by exposing a their Internet Protocol address, scientists say, which may pose a significant security threat for video calling services.  —  Researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University initiated video calls …
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Comcast, Time Warner preparing to bid farewell to Clearwire  —  Cable providers Comcast and Time Warner Cable are planning to end their wholesale relationship with Comcast as a result of the Verizon Wireless deal, CNET has learned.  —  Clearwire is losing a few of its key wholesale customers.
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon building a spectrum empire with cable deal
DPA / Haaretz:
Report: Syria bans iPhone to cover up crackdown on anti-Assad protests  —  Statement issued by Customs Department of the Syrian Finance Ministry says, ‘The authorities warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria’; at least six demonstrators reported killed in Syria on Friday.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple Sends Match.com's App To The Dog House For Untaxed Subscription Payments  —  Those looking for love won't find it in the App Store.  Apple has removed Match.com's iOS app because it allowed the lonely to pay for Match subscriptions with a credit card through an external link rather than using the in-app purchases system.
The United States Department of Justice:
Statement of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division on Its Decision to Close Its Investigation of Google Inc.'s Acquisition of Admeld Inc.  —  WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division issued the following statement today after announcing the closing of its investigation …
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