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5:35 PM ET, December 10, 2011


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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)  —  Over the last two years, Apple has been engaged in vicious legal battles over smartphone patents, many of which are aimed at squelching (or squeezing money out of) manufacturers of devices running Android.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Browser Study Sheds Light On Firefox's Insecurity (And Google Approves This Message)  —  Illustration by Galit Weisberg.  Click on the image to see his original.  —  Updated with a response from Mozilla.  —  When Google funds a study on browser security and allows it to be published …
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
iPhone 4S Receives Network Access Permit, Set to Go On Sale in China This Month  —  Finally.  Apple's iPhone 4S has made progress towards debuting in China.  On December 6, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), has officially issued the network access permit for the iPhone 4S.
Gareth Beavis /
Microsoft: NFC already supported in Windows Phone  —  Exclusive: ‘Exciting things coming through soon’  —  Microsoft has told TechRadar that its current Windows Phone 7.5 platform already supports Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, but no manufacturer has enabled it as yet.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Senator Wants Answers from DHS Over Domain Name Seizures  —  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said Friday he would demand answers from the Department of Homeland Security about its domain seizure program known as Operation in Our Sites after it was revealed that the government kept …
Patrick Condon / Associated Press:
To thwart porn, colleges are buying up .xxx sites  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Kansas is buying up website names such as and  But not because it's planning a Hot Babes of Kansas site or an X-rated gallery of the Nude Girls of the Land of Aaahs.
Discussion: CNET News, Mashable!, Pulse2 and Mashable!
The White House:
We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Announces $2 Billion in Resources to Support Job-Creating Startups  —  Today, the White House announced administrative and private sector actions that will help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create jobs by increasing their access to capital and resources.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Business Week
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Boss: If The Chinese Censor The Internet Without A Problem, Why Can't The US?  —  The MPAA is getting pretty desperate, it seems.  MPAA boss Chris Dodd was out trying to defend censoring the internet this week by using China as an example of why censorship isn't a problem.  It's kind of shocking, really.
Eric Goldman / Techdirt:
The Good And The Bad Of The New OPEN Bill From Wyden And Issa  —  Sen. Wyden and Rep. Issa have released a draft of OPEN: Online Protection & ENforcement of Digital Trade Act, intended as an alternative to SOPA/PROTECT-IP.  See my prior posts opposing SOPA and linkwrapping the discussion.
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
The Crunchpad is proof of obviousness in the iPad design  —  The patent case between Apple and Samsung regarding the iPad and Galaxytab has been an ongoing issue.  Apple won an injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Australia, then saw the decision reversed, only for it to be re-applied by a higher court.
Discussion: TechCrunch, OSNews and Gizmodo
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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Universal Censors Megaupload Song, Gets Branded a “Rogue Label”  —  This morning we published an article on a new campaign by cyberlocker service Megaupload.  —  Site founder Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak he had commissioned a song from producer Printz Board featuring huge recording artists including P Diddy …
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