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11:45 AM ET, December 11, 2009

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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Countersues Nokia  —  Responding to a lawsuit brought against the company by Nokia, Apple® today filed a countersuit claiming that Nokia is infringing 13 Apple patents.  —  “Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours,” …
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AppleInsider:
Apple files countersuit against Nokia [u]  —  The battle between cell phone makers Apple and Nokia escalated Friday, as Apple announced that it has filed a countersuit alleging the Finnish company has infringed on 13 patents.  —  In October, Nokia sued Apple over the alleged use of patented wireless standards in the iPhone.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mozilla worker touts Bing over Google, citing privacy  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt is the latest Silicon Valley CEO to draw ire after suggesting that folks seeking privacy might not want to look to the Internet to find it.  —  “I think judgment matters,” Schmidt said, appearing on CNBC (see video below).
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Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Either Mark Zuckerberg got a whole lot less private or Facebook's CEO doesn't understand the company's new privacy settings.  —  When Facebook's new privacy settings were rolled out yesterday, many privacy gurus complained that the default setting was for “Everyone” to have access to your Facebook profile …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Facebook Changed Its Privacy Strategy
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Now, Facebook Lets Users Hide Friends From People Who Are Not Logged In
Discussion: CNET News, Mediaite and Facebook Blog
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft Is Losing Fight for Consumers, Analyst Says  —  Mark Anderson is the writer behind the Strategic News Service, a predictive newsletter with a wide following among technology executives and venture capitalists, which he publishes from the island redoubt of Friday Harbor …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software  —  The Deal reports that Microsoft will today announce it has acquired Opalis Software, “a venture-backed maker of IT process automation technology.”  —  Terms were not disclosed.  —  In early October, Opalis put out a relase touting a 104% increase in license bookings.
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Motorola Milestone sells out in less than 3 hours  —  eXpansys says it's the fastest-selling gadget in its 11-year history  —  Online retailer eXpansys, the exclusive stockist of the new Motorola Milestone, has revealed the new high-end handset has sold out in record time.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
4 Out of 5 Viewers Leave If a Stream Buffers Once  —  Whatever happened to patience?  More than 81 percent of all online video viewers click away if they encounter a clip rebuffering, according to a new study by Tubemogul.  The Emeryville-based video distribution and analytics startup took …
Discussion: AppScout
John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers root Motorola Droid  —  These are not the Droids you are hacking for  —  Updated Hackers have successfully rooted Motorola's Droid smartphone, allowing users to install applications or services of their choice outside the set menu offered by operators.
Discussion: I4U News and USA Today
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com:
No, Virginia, the Apple Tablet is a big fat Fairy Tale  —  Dear Rex:  —  I am 8 years old.  —  Some of my little friends say that Apple will be coming out with a cool device that's like an iPod Touch or iPhone, but only bigger — you know, like the rumor you started spreading in 2006 and lots of times since then.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
JBC / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia 5235 Comes With Music rolls into view  —  GLOBAL - The new Nokia 5235 Comes With Music promises to bring a plethora of free music to users at a price they might not expect.  Based on the 5230, this Comes With Music edition boasts the perfect mix of size, usability and of course as much music as users could ever want.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Google needs your help to improve Google Voice transcriptions  —  If you're anything like us, you take Google at its word that it's not evil, and that it hasn't been running rampant with your ... well, your life ... handing over your contacts, trusting it with your e-mail, and now your voicemail.
Lyle / GM-VOLT:
Chevy Volt Will Connect to Blackberry and iPhone Apps  —  It is GM's intention to make the Chevy Volt a very wired and connected high-tech car.  —  We have already known that charging will be programmable at least from the dash.  Drivers will be able to set the car to charge, for example …
AppleInsider:
Apple offers free taste of iTunes LP format with ‘Holiday Sampler’  —  Apple is promoting its new iTunes LP format with a free downloadable selection of 20 holiday songs from a variety of popular artists.  —  The free iTunes Holiday Sampler download includes a variety of artists from wide-ranging genres …
Nielsen Wire:
Six Million More Seniors Using the Web than Five Years Ago  —  While people 65 and older still make up less than 10 percent of the active Internet universe, their numbers are on the rise.  In the last five years, the number of seniors actively using the Internet has increased by more than 55 percent …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
With draft standard, 3D Web closer to reality  —  3D graphics became ordinary first in games, then in operating systems, and on Thursday, it took a significant step toward being built into Web browsers as well.  —  The Khronos Group, which oversees the OpenGL graphics interface …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Microsoft Users More Gullible When It Comes To Online Advertising?  —  Is there something about people who use Microsoft products that makes them more likely to click on an online ad?  Some data from search advertising network Chitika suggests so.  Earlier this week …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigates tamper-resistant hardware, iPod motion controls  —  New patent applications revealed this week show Apple has worked on new methods to discourage users from opening its hardware and voiding its warranty, as well as extending additional accelerometer controls to iPod playback.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Skype 4.2 beta for Windows adds call transfer, Chrome browser plugin  —  Skype has released a new beta version of its internet communication client.  Skype 4.2 beta for Windows includes a number of minor improvements and a couple of major new features including the ability to transfer calls.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
The iPhone moves from the quad to the classroom  —  Most college professors will tell students to put away their iPhone or iPod once class starts.  But not Ken Joy.  His class requires them.  —  Professor Joy teaches ECS 198H, Introduction To iPhone Application Development, to undergraduates at the University of California at Davis.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Rather than patch, Microsoft blocks buggy code  —  In a rare move, declines to fix multiple flaws in Windows 2000, XP  —  Computerworld - Microsoft has decided to disable a 17-year-old video codec in older versions of Windows rather than patch multiple vulnerabilities, according to the company's security team.
Discussion: ITworld.com
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone users suffering ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, analyst firm reckons  —  iPhone users are suffering from delusion akin to Stockholm Syndrome, says Strand Consulting in a weird little slice of research released this morning by this particular team of generally anti-iPhone analysts.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola prepping 3G module with support for AT&T and T-Mobile USA alike  —  T-Mobile's oddball 3G network makes creating a device that simply supports all forms of North American HSPA a challenge for a very simple reason: even triband HSPA radios are still a bit of a novelty …
Discussion: Android Central and TmoNews
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Google backs world's fastest net cable  —  • Undersea line set to run 5,000 miles across southeast Asia  —  • £245m cable marks latest investment in net infrastructure  —  In little more than a decade, Google has conquered the technology industry and become one of the world's most powerful companies.
 
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