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5:10 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  —  Following reports that the company as a whole had been acquired, Gowalla today announced that its founders and several team members have joined Facebook and will move to its Palo Alto headquarters.
Dan Rosenberg / 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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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
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 …
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.
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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple vs. Samsung ruling divulges secret details  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. court error on Friday offered a brief glimpse at information that Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have tried to shield from the public during their high-stakes patent litigation.
Discussion: MacRumors
Kevin Murphy / The Register:
Bankrupt Borders flogs 65,536 IP addresses at $12 a pop  —  Scarce network numbers offloaded to healthcare biz  —  The bankrupt bookseller Borders wants to sell its stash of 65,536 IP addresses to healthcare software vendor Cerner for $12 per address.  —  The bust high street chain filed …
Discussion: CircleID and DomainIncite
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Coming next year: Ting, the less-evil mobile carrier  —  Cellular carriers are evil.  —  Or dumb.  Because what but an evil or dumb company would punish its best customers for underestimating the amount of their product that they want?  Cellular overage charges are insultingly high.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Technologizer
Jason Cornwell / Gmail Blog:
Designing Gmail's new left navigation  —  One of our goals for the Gmail's new look was to make Gmail feel more like a native application with independently scrolling panels rather than a website that scrolls as a single page.  This design approach brings with it many advantages …
Discussion: 9to5Google
Abby Rogers / Business Insider:
Over 100,000 XXX Domain Names Are Going Live Tomorrow At 11 EST  —  The next generation of online porn launches tomorrow at 11 AM EST.  —  We asked the guy behind XXX domain names who stands to benefit from the changeover.  —  ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley has been working …
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, DSLreports and Mobiledia
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Ever Heard of the App Touch?  Nobody Has, but 12M People Already Use It.  —  An under-the-radar Canadian start-up with more than 12 million users for its free texting app is now trying to break out as a mobile social leader.  —  Enflick, which makes the popular PingChat …
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 …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Grading the Digital School: Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jesse Roe, a ninth-grade math teacher at a charter school here called Summit, has a peephole into the brains of each of his 38 students.  —  He can see that a girl sitting against the wall …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Microsoft delays Windows Phone 7 China delivery to 2012  —  Microsoft had planned to launch the operating system in China in late 2011  —  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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Sony to drop Ericsson brand in mid-2012, focus only on smartphones  —  Sony has said that it will drop the Ericsson brand from smartphone devices in mid-2012 following its acquisition of Ericsson's 50% stake in the Sony Ericsson joint venture for €1.05 billion in October.
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, Electronista and Gizmodo
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Former HP Chairman Patricia Dunn, Central Figure in Pretexting Case, Dies
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Available apps across major mobile platforms approaching million-app milestone
Discussion: PhoneArena
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Advertising: History Channel and FiOS Try Selling Items Instantly via TV
Discussion: Reuters
Steve Smith / Ordered List Blog:
Ordered List Acquired by GitHub
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
France Launches Open Data Repository
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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, silicontap.com and mFoundry
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Samsung, Toshiba and Lenovo tipped to lead Windows 8 on ARM tablets
Discussion: DigiTimes, Computerworld and The Verge
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Cheap Willl Be Smart. Expensive Will Be Dumb.