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7:15 PM ET, December 9, 2011

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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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HP's Whitman: We'll Make WebOS-Powered Tablets In 2013  —  Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman finally announced the fate of operating system WebOS this morning, after the company previously announced that it was ceasing the development of all smartphones and tablets running Palm's webOS platform.
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
H.P.'s Nondecision Decision on WebOS
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.
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Seeks to Delay AT&T Trial  —  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 …
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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
Discussion: Engadget, paidContent and GeekWire
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 …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:   Andreessen Says He Has No Plans For “An Operating Role” At Yahoo
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
What it was like at this morning's Grand Central Apple Store opening  —  I missed Apple's new retail store opening this morning in New York's Grand Central Terminal, but my friend Arlo files this report and these photos.  Thanks! … Also: Commerce as content, shopping through art
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Wall Street Journal:
At Apple's Grand Central Store, iPhones Aren't the Only Draw
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Meet Google's Biggest U.S. Search Advertisers  —  New Kantar Estimate: IAC, Amazon.com, AT&T, Expedia, Experian and Microsoft Top the List  —  Google likes to talk about display and brand advertising these days but the vast majority of its revenue still comes from its revolutionary core product: search.
Paul Miller / The Verge:
The condescending UI  —  I have a kneejerk reaction to most modern computer user interfaces (also, all microwave user interfaces).  I've used plenty of excuses over the years: my “eye for design,” my love of minimalism, a sense of utility.  Today, I finally put my finger on it …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Lync mobile clients for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone ready to roll  —  Summary: Microsoft looks to be ready to roll out its Lync unified communications client for Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, Symbian and the iPad on December 12.  —  Microsoft is ready to launch …
Discussion: wpcentral
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Sean Parker: There are Too Many Startups and VCs  —  At LeWeb this afternoon, TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis and Menlo Ventures Shervin Pishevar were joined by Napster co-founder, Facebook founding president and Spotify investor Sean Parker for a keynote interview.
Discussion: memeburn
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Hillary Clinton: Hero and Villain of the Internet  —  As Congress sinks its teeth into an alternative to the widely loathed anti-piracy legislation that some fear will lead to Internet censorship, Hillary Clinton is standing up for the ideals of an open web.
Discussion: Salon and US Department of State
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New York Times:
In Hague, Clinton Urges Countries Not to Restrict Internet
Toshi Tajima / Google Mobile Blog:
Now playing: Faster movie search on Android and iPhone  —  (Cross-posted on the Inside Search blog)  —  With the December movie season in full swing, we've just made it even faster and easier to discover movies, showtimes and theaters, all from your smartphone.
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.
Christian Stefansen / Chromium Blog:
Games, apps and runtimes come to Native Client  —  Since we launched Native Client late last summer, our team has been working hard to make the technology more useful to developers.  Yesterday at an event held at Google we shared the progress we've made towards this goal and showcased work …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Silverlight 5  —  Summary: Microsoft released to the Web on December 9 Silverlight 5, which could be the last major release of Microsoft's  —  Microsoft made available on December 9 for download the gold version of Silverlight 5, the latest version of its browser plug-in and Web …
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.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Facebook speeds PHP development again with HipHop VM  —  Never content with good enough when it comes to speed, Facebook has taken its open-source, PHP-boosting HipHop technology to the next level for programmers.  With the new HipHop Virtual Machine, Facebook claims it has improved upon …
 
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer takes charge of retail division as search for Ron Johnson replacement continues
Discussion: MacRumors and Electronista
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Asus preparing swivel-screen ultrabook for September Windows 8 launch, says DigiTimes
Discussion: BGR, Neowin.net, DigiTimes and SlashGear
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Chinese Internet Users Relish Irony Of SOPA's Great Firewall Of America
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
AOL's Patch Gets a Little Less Hyper-Local
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AppleInsider:
Rare Apple '80s MultiServer, '70s Apple II ROM prototypes appear on eBay
Discussion: Gizmodo
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Verizon ends satellite deal, FiOS expansion as it partners with cable
Discussion: VentureBeat and DSLreports
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Spotify Radio gets a big makeover, goes truly unlimited
 

 
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