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2:10 PM ET, December 5, 2011

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Josh Williams / Gowalla Blog:
Gowalla is Going to Facebook  —  Three years ago Gowalla's journey began when I took a photograph of Lake Tahoe on my iPhone.  I had just finished a phone call with my dad, and I wanted nothing more than to share that photo and place with him.  Not just in a text message or status update sort of way …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Confirms It Will Shut Down As Founders and Team Members Join Facebook
Discussion: VatorNews, CNN and @edzitron
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 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.
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows 8 will be ‘largely irrelevant’ to traditional PC users: IDC  —  Summary: IDC's top 10 system software predictions for 2012 are out.  One of them casts doubt on Microsoft's potential market for Windows 8 among traditional PC users.  —  It's that time of year: The time when prognosticators …
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo tipped to lead Windows 8 on ARM tablets
Discussion: The Verge, PC World and DigiTimes
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.
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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.
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 and DSLreports
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.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Friend Count Up, Sharing Down: Path Only Works If You Reject Those Friend Requests  —  You're going to be tempted, but don't do it.  Don't add all your friends on Path.  Don't come anywhere near the 150-friend limit.  And make the tough decision to reject the friend requests of people you care about.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Grand Central Terminal Apple Store will open at 7 AM Monday-Friday to accommodate commuters  —  While Apple officially announced via a sign at the location that the mega Apple Store in New York's Grand Central Terminal will open its doors for the first time on December 9th, Apple has now noted this on its website.
Olivia Rondonuwu / Reuters:
RIM's Indonesia CEO to be charged over sale stampede  —  (Reuters) - Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion's Indonesia CEO will be charged with negligence after a sale last month of its smart phones turned into a stampede, police said on Monday.  —  The police said Andrew Cobham …
Discussion: BGR, Gizmodo and Electronista
 
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Jason Cornwell / Gmail Blog:
Designing Gmail's new left navigation
Discussion: 9to5Google
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Coming next year: Ting, the less-evil mobile carrier
Discussion: Techland
Steve Smith / Ordered List Blog:
Ordered List Acquired by GitHub
Discussion: The GitHub Blog and @orderedlist
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
France Launches Open Data Repository
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Hewlett-Packard Offers Box.net on Some Business PCs
Discussion: The Box Blog, VentureBeat, HP and TechCrunch
Michael Kan / PC World:
Microsoft Delays Windows Phone 7 in China to First Half 2012
Discussion: BetaNews, WinRumors and Neowin.net
 Earlier Items: 
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
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Cheap Willl Be Smart. Expensive Will Be Dumb.
Susan P. Crawford / New York Times:
Internet Access and the New Divide