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2:15 PM ET, December 9, 2011

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Mobility wins German patent suit against Apple, overcomes FRAND defense  —  At 9 AM today, the Mannheim Regional Court pronounced its ruling on one of the patent infringement lawsuits Motorola Mobility brought against Apple in Germany in April 2011.  This is the first substantive ruling in this dispute.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: Motorola Patent Win Won't Keep iPhones From German Holiday Shoppers  —  Motorola Mobility scored a victory in its ongoing intellectual property battle with Apple today, when the Mannheim Regional Court granted it an injunction banning the import of iPhones and 3G-capable iPads into Germany.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Motorola Wins Preliminary Injunction, Could Bar Sales of iPhone and 3G iPad in Europe
Discussion: GigaOM and FOSS Patents
HP:
HP to Contribute webOS to Open Source  —  HP to enable creativity of the community to accelerate the next-generation web-centric platform  —  HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community.  —  HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP open sources WebOS: The fallout  —  Summary: WebOS' ultimate open source fate remains to be seen, but rest assured there could be some disruption ahead for the smartphone industry.  —  Hewlett-Packard has decided to open source its WebOS in a bet that the mobile operating system …
Discussion: AllThingsD and BetaNews
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Faces New Setback on Deal  —  In a setback for AT&T Inc., a Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge Friday the agency wants to postpone its antitrust case seeking to block the acquisition of T-Mobile USA.  —  The request, if approved by the judge, would delay a trial slated …
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Washington Post:
How AT&T fumbled its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile  —  The phone call hit like a one-two punch.  —  Days before Thanksgiving, AT&T's heavyweight lobbying team was busy setting up meetings with antitrust authorities scrutinizing the company's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile.
Bloomberg:   AT&T Judge Will Weigh Shutting Down T-Mobile Antitrust Trial
Marc Andreessen / pmarca:
A Clarification With Respect to Yahoo  —  Over the last several weeks, there have been erroneous reports in the press that my partner Jeff Jordan and/or I might become an operating executive of Yahoo in some capacity.  —  To be crystal clear, neither Jeff, nor I, nor any of our partners …
Discussion: AllThingsD, @dannysullivan and @rafat, Thanks:kevinmarks
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:   Andreessen Says He Has No Plans For “An Operating Role” At Yahoo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Video: Thousands queue up for Apple's Grand Central store  —  And hundreds more crowd the terminal's main lobby to see what the fuss is about  —  Line-goers (middle left) pushing through the onlookers.  Photo: PED  —  What if Apple (AAPL) opened a new store and nobody came?  We may never know.
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Wall Street Journal:
At Apple's Grand Central Store, iPhones Aren't the Only Draw  —  Fans Collect Company's T-Shirts, Kept in Limited Supply; ‘Star Trek’ Model  —  When thousands of fans line up for Apple Inc.'s opening of its Grand Central Terminal store Friday, many won't be queuing to ogle iPads.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The New Twitter (R.I.P. Tweetie)  —  Twitter today unveiled a new UI, debuting first in updated versions of its official iPhone, Android, and web clients.  Coming soon: an updated version of their iPad app.  (No mention of the Mac app — a sign of the times.)  —  This is more than an update.
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Sarah Lacy And Mike Arrington Are Starting TechCrunch 2.0  —  Former managing editor of TechCrunch Sarah Lacy is doing what many people expected her to do after she left TechCrunch last month — building a brand new version of it.  —  Lacy is working on starting a new tech news site, according to multiple sources.
Haavard / A Blog From Behind the Trenches:
Apple using patents to undermine open standards again  —  A couple of years ago, I reported on how Apple was using patents to block a W3C specification.  —  The end-result was that the patent didn't seem to be relevant to the specification at all, and one or both of them were even rejected by the patent office.
YouMail's Blog:
We're Baaaacck!  —  “In aviation, a chain of events, often called the error chain, is a term referring to the concept that many contributing factors typically lead to an accident, rather than one single event” (from Wikipedia) Good news.  YouMail is back in the Android Market, or will be shortly.
Discussion: AllThingsD, TmoNews and GigaOM
Thomas Baekdal / Baekdal.com:
Apple Never Designed the iPad - They Undesigned it  —  You have probably heard about the continual struggle between Apple and Samsung over similarities in their designs.  Apple is suing Samsung and asking the courts to block the sale of the Galaxy Tab in many countries (and succeeding).
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google nabs Square Enix and other game developers to do native client Chrome games  —  Google announced today that its three-year effort to create a muscular browser technology that can run heavy duty apps such as console-like games is now ready for prime time.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T's 4G LTE network is live in San Francisco  —  New York City by the end of 2011?  How's about San Francisco by the end of December 8th?  We can't say for certain that it's lit up for good ("testing," you know), but at least for now it's absolutely screaming on our LTE-equipped AT&T handsets in downtown SF.
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Panasonic's 4.3-inch ultra-thin Android smartphone headed to Europe in March  —  Panasonic said it will launch smartphones in Europe starting this March, five years after abandoning the international phone market.  The move confirms earlier Nikkei reports that the Osaka-based company …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Investor Group Buys Web Security Company Blue Coat For $1.3 Billion In Cash  —  Blue Coat, which specializes in Web security and WAN optimization solutions, has agreed to be acquired by an investor group led by San Francisco-based PE firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at roughly $1.3 billion.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
BlackBerry Owners Want iPads And So Do Android And Windows Phone Owners: Survey  —  A new survey provides details on the percentage of non-Apple smartphone users who want to buy iPads.  —  Nearly two years after its debut, Apple's iPad still dominates tablet sales.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
AOL's Patch Gets a Little Less Hyper-Local  —  Consolidates Sites in New Jersey, California  —  At one time, AOL had hoped to reach 1,000 Patch sites by the end of 2011.  But now comes word that Patch is slightly scaling back its efforts in some markets, fueling speculation inside …
Discussion: Business Insider
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Twitter Bots Drown Out Anti-Kremlin Tweets  —  Thousands of Twitter accounts apparently created in advance to blast automated messages are being used to drown out Tweets sent by bloggers and activists this week who are protesting the disputed parliamentary elections in Russia, security experts said.
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
YouTube Buys Company That Processes Music Royalties  —  In an effort to streamline its often complex relations with music publishers, YouTube has acquired RightsFlow, an upstart company in New York that processes royalties for the music industry.  —  YouTube, which is owned by Google …
Discussion: RightsFlow and YouTube Blog
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Spotify Radio gets a big makeover, goes truly unlimited  —  Spotify has already had a busy year, what with international roll-outs, its Facebook tie-up and its recent ‘Spotify as a platform for apps’ announcement.  —  Now, Spotify has given one of its earliest features a complete makeover.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Motorola's Droid Xyboard tablets go up for sale at Verizon, prices start at $430 (update: in stores on December 12th)  —  Motorola's pair of Droid Xyboard tablets has finally gone up for order on Verizon's site this morning, fulfilling the promise that Big Red made earlier this week.
 
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AppleInsider:
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Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Apple Pulls ‘TV Shows’ Menu from Apple TV in Canada
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Koushik Dutta / Google+:
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