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1:00 AM ET, December 13, 2011

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Microsoft Replaces Lees as Head of Windows Phone Business  —  Microsoft is moving the current head of its Windows Phone business, Andy Lees, to a new role, AllThingsD has learned.  —  Terry Myerson, the corporate VP who has led engineering efforts for the phone unit …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Did Steve Ballmer just promote or demote Windows Phone chief?  —  I'm scratching my head wondering.  You want to answer that one?  If you work for Microsoft, I'd love your anonymous response.  —  This afternoon, in an email sent to Microsoft employees, CEO Steve Ballmer announced …
Discussion: WinRumors and BGR
Wall Street Journal:
A Rare Apple Compromise  —  Apple Inc. is learning to compromise.  —  Facing challenges winning over advertisers for its iAd mobile advertising service, Apple is softening its approach to advertisers as it loses ground to Google Inc. in the fast-growing mobile ad market.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:   IDC offers scathing prediction of certain death for Apple's iAd program
Michael Morisy / Muckrock:
FBI: Carrier IQ files used for “law enforcement purposes”  —  The spook in your pocket  —  A recent FOIA request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ” was met with a telling denial.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The FBI is using Carrier IQ data in investigations? Not so fast...
Discussion: Examiner
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Wikipedia Mulls Total Blackout to Oppose SOPA  —  Later this week, the Senate's House Judiciary Committee will vote on the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA).  —  Supporters of the bill say it's needed to safeguard the interests of rightsholders who claim their businesses are threatened by online piracy.
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Google chairman says online piracy bill would ‘criminalize’ the Internet
Thanks:gnagesh
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish Network Seeks to Partner With T-Mobile USA If AT&T Acquisition Fails  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH), the second largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, is seeking to partner with T-Mobile USA if AT&T Inc. (T)'s takeover bid fails, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Clayton said in an interview.
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AppleInsider:
Apple adds ability to delete individual Photo Stream pics in iOS 5.1 beta 2  —  Apple on Monday provided developers with a second beta of iOS 5.1, with the latest update granting the ability to delete individual photos synced to the iCloud Photo Stream feature.
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Why Twitter Engineers And Execs Keep Quitting - One Insider's Explanation  —  From the outside, Twitter seems like it's doing very well.  It has 2,400 advertisers and 100 million active users, 50 million of whom send 250 million tweets every day.  The company is worth $8 billion on secondary markets.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon  —  Summary: The iPad-optimized version of Microsoft OneNote is out, and the Lync mobile client for the iPad, iPhone, Android and Symbian phones is coming “shortly.”  —  The early warning indicators were right.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Doesn't Need to ‘Like’ Wall Street  —  Mark Zuckerberg should unfriend Wall Street.  —  Facebook's founder has come a long way from his Harvard University dorm room, where the idea of a social-networking site first took shape.  As The Wall Street Journal reported recently …
Discussion: memeburn
GSMArena:
EXCLUSIVE: Big Sony Ericsson Arc HD (Nozomi) live shots pop up  —  Now look what we found in our mailbox this morning.  We just received photos of the upcoming Sony Ericsson flagship and some specs to go with them.  Unfortunately, we didn't get the name cleared out so we don't know if the earlier …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Blogger Gets “The First of Many Google+ Features”  —  Blogger has announced “the first of many Google+ features” today, launching an automatic +snippet sharing box after you publish a blog post.  It only saves a few clicks, but this makes it as easy as humanly possible to share Blogger posts to your Google+ circles.
Discussion: Blogger Buzz and 9to5Google
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Modern Warfare 3 Passes $1 Billion in Sales in 16 Days  —  Modern Warfare 3, the first-person shooter video game, passed $1 billion in sales in just 16 days, according to Activision Blizzard, the game's distributor.  Modern Warfare 2, an earlier installment of the game, took 60 days to reach the same milestone.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
AT&T, Verizon test 4G LTE Nokia Lumia phone  —  A version of Nokia's Lumia 800 with 4G LTE is in labs at AT&T and Verizon right now.  —  Behind the scenes, Nokia is making some headway with the big two carriers in the U.S.  —  The Finnish handset vendor, eager for a comeback …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Are We Suffering Global Gadget Fatigue?  —  Are people suffering from gadget overload?  Are they exhausted by the consumer equivalent of the brain fatigue — information overload — that is caused by a constant updates of devices and online media?  —  Underwriters Laboratories …
Discussion: The Verge, TechCrunch and MediaFile
Chris Martin / Inquirer:
O2 starts an Apple Iphone 4S rental scheme  —  UK MOBILE OPERATOR O2 has announced it has started a rental scheme for the Iphone 4S smartphone.  —  The service is called O2 Lease, which it claims is the UK's first smartphone leasing service.  The system allows customers to rent specifically …
LucianParfeni / Softpedia News:
Firefox Source Code Is So Big, It Hit the 32-Bit Virtual Address Space Limit  —  Mozilla, or rather the Firefox team, is facing a somewhat unusual problem that is holding up development in some cases.  Firefox can't reliably be compiled because the linker runs out of virtual address space.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple tells MFI's to get busy building next-gen iOS accessories with Airplay over Bluetooth 4.0  —  AirPlay, a proprietary protocol by Apple allowing for worry-free wireless streaming of audio, video, photos and related metadata between certified devices, is about to gain an enhanced support …
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
Jive Software Prices IPO At $12 Per Share  —  Enterprise social networking company Jive Software has priced its IPO at $12 per share, according to the WSJ.  —  Jive sold 13.4 million shares, up from previous plans to sell 11,700,470 shares priced between $8 and $10 per share.  The total offering is $160.8 million.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iTunes 10.5.2 with iTunes Match and Audio Distortion Fixes  —  Apple today released iTunes 10.5.2, an update bringing improvements to iTunes Match and fixes for an audio distortion issue experienced with certain CDs. … The download is currently available via Apple's downloads page …
Discussion: Computerworld, 9to5Mac, BGR, iPhone and SlashGear
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
A Very Rare Video of Steve Jobs Telling the History of Apple  —  This very rare video was recorded in the 1980s.  It shows Steve Jobs talking about the origin of Apple.  It's fascinating to see how he hints at the Next Big Thing, back when the Macintosh was still a secret project in development.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone SMS attack discovered, reboots device and disables messaging hub  —  Microsoft's range of Windows Phone devices suffer from a denial-of-service attack that allows attackers to disable the messaging functionality on a device.  —  The flaw works simply by sending an SMS to a Windows Phone user.
Discussion: Neowin.net, Electronista and 9to5Mac, Thanks:tomwarren
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Music and Movies Debut in 16 Latin American Countries, Brazil Gets iTunes Match
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9to5Mac
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing Private Messages Between People and Pages
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
News Aggregator Thoora Shuts Down After Taking 2 Years To Launch
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
AMD prepping ultrathin laptops to compete with Intel's ultrabooks
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
AOL Will Combine Dial-Up, Web Services in Reorganization
Discussion: CNET News and Business Insider
Billy Steele / Engadget:
ASUS delays Transformer Prime's release until WiFi fix is found (update: Prime to be released the week of 12/19)
Discussion: Business Insider and BGR
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Apple's MacBook Air to dominate ultrabook market, says analyst
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
The pirates of YouTube  —  The real villains of YouTube …
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