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1:55 AM 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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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ready to talk to your TV?  Microsoft's Xbox Live revamp bets big on voice navigation  —  Using voice commands and Kinect to find content in the revamped Xbox Live dashboard.  —  Six years after the original Xbox 360′s debut, Microsoft this week is overhauling its video-game console …
Discussion: TechFlash and CNET News
Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
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.
Discussion: Engadget and WMPoweruser
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Dashboard update (Fall 2011) review
Discussion: AllThingsD, Engadget and Electronista
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
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.
Zee / The Next Web:
Zuckerberg answers the big question “Is Google+ a threat?”  —  The BBC aired a one hour profile of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday (if you're in the UK, you can watch it here).  All in all, most of you will have heard every detail shared before; aside from perhaps one question …
Discussion: BBC and bbc.co.uk
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 in an email he sent to his investors below.
Discussion: The Register, Pulse2 and All Facebook
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mint Founder's New Project, Swift, Studies Personal Maglev Vehicles  —  Aaron Patzer, the founder of Mint, has a new project that he is spending half his time on (he continues to spend the other half as VP of Product Innovation at Intuit, which acquired Mint two years ago for $170 million).
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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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 …
Discussion: The Verge, Pulse2 and Slashdot
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 …
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: Electronista and Slate
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