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5:00 AM ET, December 4, 2011

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Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Firefox faces uncertain future as Google deal apparently ends  —  Summary: It hasn't been a good year for Firefox.  Mozilla has lost share to Google, it's lost the loyalty of enterprise customers, and it's lost key talent.  And a deal with Google that supplied 84% of its revenue last year was scheduled to end in November.
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Sarah Frier / Business Week:
Mozilla's Catch-Up Strategy for Mobile  —  The Firefox browser, a force in PCs, is nowhere in smartphones  —  When Gary Kovacs ran the New York City marathon this year—his first ever—the chief executive officer of Mozilla wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of the Web browser made by his nonprofit.
Thanks:sarahfrier
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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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Denial of US preliminary injunction against Samsung shows low strategic value of Apple's design patents  —  Five months and one day after Apple filed its motion for a preliminary injunction in the United States against four Samsung products based on three design patents and one software patent …
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 …
The Economic Times:
Facebook to hire thousands of employees over next year  —  NEW YORK: Facebook has said it plans to hire thousands of employees over the next year and add an engineering team to its office in New York.  —  “We will hire as many high quality engineers as we can here in New York,” …
Susanna Kim / ABC News:
Tech Firm Implements Employee ‘Zero Email’ Policy  —  You've got mail-not.  Employees of tech company Atos will be banned from sending emails under the company's new “zero email” policy.  —  CEO Thierry Breton of the French information technology company said only 10 percent …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Considering Building Huge New Data Center in Oregon  —  OregonLive.com reports that Apple is currently deciding whether to commit to building a major new data center in Prineville, Oregon that would complement its newly-opened facility in Maiden, North Carolina.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
SAP to Buy SuccessFactors for $3.4 Billion  —  SAP of Germany announced plans on Saturday to buy SuccessFactors, a Web-based enterprise software company, for $40 a share, or $3.4 billion.  —  The all-cash transaction, which is expected to close early next year, offers SuccessFactors' shareholders …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Kindle Touch compared to Nook Simple Touch, Kobo Touch, and Kindle 4  —  Amazon's new Kindle Touch, Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch (my review), and the Kobo Touch are surprisingly similar.  —  Nook Simple Touch, Kindle Touch, and Kobo Touch  —  They all have the same E-Ink Pearl screen …
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 …
 
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David Saleh Rauf / The Politico:
PATRIOT Act clouds picture for tech
Discussion: Wired
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The NYT tries to get its readers to ‘level up’
Discussion: New York Times
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Data caps a “crude and unfair tool” for easing online congestion
Mobiledia / Forbes:
Skype Flaw Can Expose Caller Locations
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
With $2 Million In Funding, Senzari Prepares To Take On Pandora
Discussion: Pulse2
DPA / Haaretz:
Report: Syria bans iPhone to cover up crackdown on anti-Assad protests
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Bill Powell / Fortune:
The war over Kai-fu Lee's biography
Discussion: Seattle Times
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Silk, iPad, Galaxy comparison
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Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Comcast, Time Warner preparing to bid farewell to Clearwire