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8:45 PM ET, December 11, 2011


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Mercury News:
Google founders offer ‘100 percent’ funding to save Hangar One, but no word back from NASA  —  Hangar One, once home to the Navy's giant airships at Moffett Field, finally has a few willing benefactors: Google's top three executives have offered to salvage the historic landmark.  —  No word yet on NASA's response.
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No Copyright Intended  —  On October 26, a YouTube user named crimewriter95 posted a full-length version of Pulp Fiction, rearranged in chronological order.  —  A couple things struck me about this video.  —  First, I'm surprised that a full-length, 2.5-hour very slight remix of a popular film …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Falcone's LightSquared Said to Disrupt 75% of GPS in Tests  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Philip Falcone's proposed LightSquared Inc. wireless service caused interference to 75 percent of global-positioning system receivers examined in a U.S. government test, according to a draft summary of results.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Shockingly Unshocking: Two Congressional Staffers Who Helped Write SOPA/PIPA Become Entertainment Industry Lobbyists  —  Two high level Congressional staffers who have been instrumental in creating or moving forward both PROTECT IP (PIPA) and SOPA have left their jobs on Capitol Hill …
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
HP TouchPad gets one last fire sale on eBay, $99 for a refurbished unit  —  If you missed out on the original HP TouchPad fire sale but still want to get in on the webOS action after HP announced its open source move, it's not too late.  As originally leaked by TechCrunch …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Meet Niklas Zennstrom's New, Mysterious ‘Free Broadband’ Venture: FreedomPop  —  I'd never heard of FreedomPop until earlier this morning, when the company announced a partnership with U.S. wireless broadband network operator LightSquared.  —  FreedomPop, according to the press release …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Louis C.K. Doesn't Get Torrents, But Gets Distribution  —  Stand-up comedian Louis C.K is selling a direct download of his show at the Beacon Theater for 5 dollars.  No DRM, no forced email spam, no expensive middle-man - just value for value.  That's how easy and convenient video distribution …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Slipstream: Bill Would Let Video Consumers Disclose All Their Choices  —  IF Netflix has its way, Facebook members in the United States may soon be able to see which of their friends and family members have just video-streamed “Paranormal Activity” or “Boys Don't Cry.”
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Online Holiday Spending Approaches $25 Billion for the Season, Up 15 Percent vs. Year Ago  —  Upcoming “Green Monday” (Dec. 12) to Contend with Cyber Monday for Heaviest Online Spending Day of the Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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 …
Shan Li / Los Angeles Times:
Furor surrounds Amazon's price-comparison app  —  Retailers and a senator denounce a one-day promotional offer that will give discounts to Amazon customers who use the Price Check app while browsing at physical stores.  —  Amazon's Price Check app has users identify a product by scanning its bar code …
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.
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
India's pre-screening censorship plan may have been misreported after all
Discussion: Global Voices, NDTV and India IT Blog
Eric Goldman / Techdirt:
The Good And The Bad Of The New OPEN Bill From Wyden And Issa
Discussion: WebProNews
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The White House:
We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Announces $2 Billion in Resources to Support Job-Creating Startups
Discussion: Pulse2 and Business Week
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
iPhone 4S Receives Network Access Permit, Set to Go On Sale in China This Month
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Boss: If The Chinese Censor The Internet Without A Problem, Why Can't The US?
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
The Crunchpad is proof of obviousness in the iPad design
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo and OSNews