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6:45 PM ET, December 4, 2011

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple licensed iOS scrolling patent to Nokia and IBM, offered license to Samsung  —  Until now, it's been assumed that Apple's paying absolute hardball in its various patent lawsuits around the world — that the company has no interest in licensing its patents, especially patents that cover fundamental parts of iOS.
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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.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Google Employees Are Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich OTAs On Their Nexus S Phones - Dogfooding Has Begun  —  Google has started the dogfooding process of testing the Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” update for the Nexus S, according to one of Google employees Adel Saoud.
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 …
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
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Carrier IQ denies responsiblity for insecure log files, suggests manufacturers are to blame  —  We've just returned from a long and wide-ranging interview with Carrier IQ's Vice President of Marketing, Andrew Coward.  We'll have much more on that discussion soon, but first there is one piece …
Discussion: Slate, Electronista and Daring Fireball
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Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
Intel Schedules Core i 3000 “Ivy Bridge” Desktop Processors Launch to Q2 2012  —  Intel Details First Breed of Desktop Core i “Ivy Bridge” Chips: Specifications Unleashed  —  Intel Corp. has notified its partners about its decision to introduce of its next-generation code-named Ivy Bridge processors in the second quarter of 2012.
Paul Roberts / threatpost:
Microsoft Research: Spammers Act Just Like HIV Virus In Avoiding Filters  —  Security researchers often use language and metaphors from the natural world to describe problems in the virtual world.  (Thus, our use of the terms “virus,” and “worm.")  Now it turns out that the links may not be so arbitrary …
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,” …
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Exploring The “Labs” Trend in Consumer Startups  —  Editor's note: TechCrunch contributor Semil Shah is an entrepreneur interested in digital media, consumer Internet, and social networks.  Shah is based in Palo Alto and you can follow him on twitter @semil
Susan P. Crawford / New York Times:
Internet Access and the New Divide  —  FOR the second year in a row, the Monday after Thanksgiving — so-called Cyber Monday, when online retailers offer discounts to lure holiday shoppers — was the biggest sales day of the year, totaling some $1.25 billion and overwhelming the sales figures racked …
 
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David Saleh Rauf / The Politico:
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Data caps a “crude and unfair tool” for easing online congestion
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Skype Flaw Can Expose Caller Locations
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Revealed: Apple's internal policies on employee social networking, speculating on rumors, leaking, blogging, and more