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12:10 PM ET, December 5, 2011

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft upgrades Xbox Live with 40 entertainment services, live TV, and Kinect voice control  —  Xbox Live isn't just an online gaming service anymore.  Microsoft is announcing today that the new version of its Xbox Live user interface will help transform entertainment on the television.
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Xbox Companion for Windows Phone coming December 6th  —  If you read the press release put out earlier today, you probably saw the huge list of partners coming soon to Xbox 360 and may have missed the paragraph about the Xbox Companion app coming this week, so I wanted to share a few more details about it.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Dashboard update review (fall 2011)  —  Kiss that old “New Xbox Experience” goodbye — the Xbox Dashboard just went full Metro.  Microsoft teased the console's latest overhaul back at E3, promising to “change living room entertainment forever.”  The following months saw leaks …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:   Xbox TV: Live from Verizon in December; on-demand from Comcast in early 2012
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ready to talk to your TV? Microsoft's Xbox Live revamp bets big on voice navigation
Discussion: CNET News, TechFlash and WinRumors
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Here's Gowalla CEO's Non-Denial Denial Email to Investors About Facebook Acquisition  —  Even Gowalla CEO Josh Williams isn't pretending a deal for Facebook to buy the location-sharing company isn't happening, as you can read below in an email he sent to his investors.
Electronista:
Dell drops Streak 7, backs out of Android tablets in US  —  Dell quits Android tablet arena in short term  —  Dell on Monday confirmed that it had stopped selling the Streak 7.  The tablet is no longer available online and is withdrawing just months after Dell axed the Streak 5.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside iPhone 4S US mobile data: AT&T vs Sprint vs Verizon  —  Apple now sells iPhones that work on three of the top four national US mobile carriers.  Here's a look at how well you can expect Apple's latest smartphones to work on each of these mobile data networks, based on real world testing of each carrier's data throughput.
Discussion: CNET News
Heather Timmons / India Ink:
India Asks Google, Facebook to Screen User Content  —  The Indian government has asked Internet companies and social media sites like Facebook to prescreen user content from India and to remove disparaging, inflammatory or defamatory content before it goes online, three executives in the information technology industry say.
Dan Rosenberg / vulnfactory.org:
It's Bugs All the Way Down  —  CarrierIQ: The Real Story  —  Since the beginning of the media frenzy over CarrierIQ, I have repeatedly stated that based on my knowledge of the software, claims that keystrokes, SMS bodies, email bodies, and other data of this nature are being collected are erroneous.
Discussion: SecurityWeek, Techland and Inquirer
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comScore, Inc.:
$6 Billion in ‘Cyber Week’ U.S. Online Spending Sets New Weekly Record as Three Individual Days Surpass $1 Billion Threshold  —  Free Shipping Incentive Used on Nearly Two-Thirds of Online Transactions During Most Recent Two Weeks  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
There And Back Again: A Lengthy Weighing Of The Galaxy Nexus And iPhone 4S  —  Before me sit two phones.  On the left is the iPhone 4S, which I bought (and signed my soul over to Verizon for) in October.  On the right sits a loaner GSM version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, sporting Android 4.0.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Hewlett-Packard Offers Box.net on Some Business PCs  —  Box.net is everywhere these days.  The cloud storage and collaboration platform has been gaining new customers at an impressive clip — 7 million users at 100,000 companies at last count — and landing new investments.
Michael Kan / PC World:
Microsoft Delays Windows Phone 7 in China to First Half 2012  —  Microsoft expects its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system to launch in China during the first half of 2012, rather than in late 2011 as originally planned, the company said Saturday.  —  The U.S. software giant is working to …
Discussion: BetaNews, WinRumors and Neowin.net
 
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
France Launches Open Data Repository
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Apple Store will open at 7 AM Monday-Friday to accommodate commuters
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel, MasterCard, Motorola Mobility Put $18M In Mobile Banking Platform mFoundry
Discussion: GigaOM and mFoundry
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
The Next Chapter For Apple vs. Android: HTC At The ITC This Week
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo tipped to lead Windows 8 on ARM tablets
Discussion: The Verge, PC World and DigiTimes
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Susan P. Crawford / New York Times:
Internet Access and the New Divide