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3:35 PM ET, December 13, 2011

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Reportedly Buying Flash Memory Company Anobit For $400 Million - $500 Million  —  Apple is reportedly going to use part of its enormous pile of cash to buy an Israeli fabless semiconductor company that specializes in flash storage solutions.  Calcalist reports - in Hebrew …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Nokia: Youths are fed up with iPhone, baffled by Android  —  EXCLUSIVE: We offer something different  —  Nokia?has claimed that the youth of today are fed up with the iPhone?and baffled by Android.  —  In an exclusive interview with Pocket-lint, Niels Munksgaard, director of Portfolio …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Clever Sense, Creator Of Local Recommendations App Alfred  —  Google is acquiring the Silicon Valley-based startup Clever Sense, both companies are announcing today.  Clever Sense, as you may recall, is the maker of the mobile application “Alfred,” which delivers personalized recommendations …
Peter Farago / The Flurry Blog:
App Developers Bet on iOS over Android this Holiday Season  —  At the recent Le Web conference in France, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt declared that “Android is ahead of the iPhone now.”  According to Schmidt, Android's success is due to “unit volume, Ice Cream Sandwich,” because …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Busted: BitTorrent Pirates at Sony, Universal and Fox  —  A few days ago we wrote about a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded on BitTorrent.  The Russian-based founders of the site developed the service so people can show their friends how public …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Exclusive Interview: Carrier IQ Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring  —  It's been a tumultuous few weeks for Carrier IQ, the mobile analytics outfit at the center of a continuing privacy brouhaha over what its diagnostic software does and does not do.
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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Carrier IQ: Actually, we don't give your data to the FBI — or any other law enforcement
Discussion: BetaNews
Richard Russo / New York Times:
Amazon's Jungle Logic  —  Camden, Me.  —  I FIRST heard of Amazon's new “promotion” from my bookseller daughter, Emily, in an e-mail with the subject line “Can You Hear Me Screaming in Brooklyn?”  According to a link Emily supplied, Amazon was encouraging customers to go into brick …
Discussion: Beyond Search and Techland
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.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Kinectimals for iPhone and iPad: yes, Microsoft just released an iOS game  —  Microsoft isn't a stranger to the iTunes App Store — that dates back all the way to 2008 with Seadragon — but today's Kinectimals is arguably something different entirely.  It's a game.
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by Patent Holder Over IPhone Caller-ID Technology  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), fighting to protect sales of the iPhone worldwide, was sued by a U.S. company contending its products infringe two patents for caller- identification technology.  —  Cequint Inc. of Seattle …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Softens Stance to Lure Mobile Ads  —  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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Software's Shares Pop 27 Percent On First Trade; Valued At Over $800 Million  —  Social enterprise giant Jive Software started trading this morning on the Nasdaq under the symbol ‘JIVE.’ The company priced its IPO last night at $12 per share, giving the company a $600 million. -plus valuation.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Went For $3M In Facebook Shares, And Many Investors Were Cool With That  —  What the headline says, basically, according to two sources.  That and multiple sources are telling me that a majority of Gowalla investors were cool with the deal being entirely in Facebook shares …
Discussion: ZDNet, Business Insider and @eghosao
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
How Many Downloads Does an App Need to Reach The Top of The Free Charts on iOS?  —  It's a question we often get from developers: how many downloads does it take to make it to the top?  —  App tracking company Distimo has revealed data for top apps on a country-by-country basis for the biggest markets.
Discussion: Distimo and Web 2.0 Asia Blog
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Google updates Chrome with multiple user profiles  —  Multiple user profiles in Chrome have been in the works for months and we first spotted this feature in the Chrome Canary build before it found its way into the beta channel.  Today, it gets official as the search Goliath announced …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Universal: Artists didn't consent to Megaupload video  —  The brouhaha around Megaupload's viral music video continues this week, with Universal Music (UMG) now claiming that several of its artists didn't consent to being used in the video.  Megaupload is disputing these claims in a lawsuit it filed in federal court today.
Discussion: Techdirt and TeleRead, more at Mediagazer », Thanks:jank0
Kei Kawai / The Official Google Blog:
Experience the tsunami-affected areas of Japan through Street View  —  Back in July, we announced our initiative to digitally archive the areas of Northeastern Japan affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.  Today, we're making good on that promise—after driving more than 44,000 kilometers through …
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Study: Tablet Buyers Use Wi-Fi, Not Cellular Data  —  Tablet owners overwhelming prefer Wi-Fi-only devices over those with cellular connections, according to a new study by Connected Intelligence, a service from market research firm The NPD Group.  —  Slate users are relying more and more on Wi-Fi for a number of reasons.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Rara Sells Streaming Music to Everyone Who Hasn't Heard of Streaming Music  —  You get your legal music on the Web from services like Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify and Pandora.  Also, perhaps, from services like Rhapsody, MOG and Rdio, etc.  —  Yet here comes one more, via Rara.com.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft releases SkyDrive app for Windows Phone and iPhone  —  Microsoft announced the availability of a new SkyDrive app for Windows Phone and iPhone on Tuesday.  —  The SkyDrive application follows a recent overhaul of Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Android and iOS Now Control Over 80% of Smartphone Sales in U.S.  —  Market research firm NPD today issued a press release discussing some of the trends in U.S. smartphone sales in 2011 compared to previous years, noting the strong growth in Android and iOS that has led the two platforms …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bottlenose Is a Web-Based Twitter Client for Power Users  —  It was nine months ago that Twitter told outside developers they should stop building new Twitter clients.  Since then Twitter bought and integrated power-user client TweetDeck, and tried to make all of its own clients simpler and more new-user-friendly.
Techland:
Facebook Aims to Prevent Suicide  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help.  —  A program launching Tuesday enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counselor through Facebook's “chat” messaging system.
Discussion: PC Magazine, Slashdot, Pulse2 and Mashable!
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Fiksu launches FreeMyApps to stimulate paid app downloads  —  Fiksu, a Boston-based start-up that helps developers obtain loyal app users, aims to drive paid downloads with a new service called FreeMyApps.  The product builds on work Fiksu has done to build traffic for free apps and creates …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Tag adding support for QR codes and NFC, says it sees room for alternatives  —  Reading an NFC signal with Microsoft Tag software.  (Microsoft image)  —  Microsoft is updating the mobile reader apps for its Microsoft Tag barcodes to also scan Quick Response (QR) …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Extends Free Google Talk Calls Within U.S. and Canada Through 2012  —  In what is becoming an annual ritual, Google today announced that it is extending its free calls promotion through Google Talk through 2012.  Thanks to this, Google's users can make free calls from Gmail within the U.S. and Canada for another year.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitvid launches its new social video network with 12 million users and a slick video discovery experience  —  Today, Twitvid is announcing that it is transforming its clip sharing site into a social video network that allows you to share video from any sources with friends and followers.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google Wallet stores too much unencrypted data in a rooted device—report  —  ViaForensics gives a report card of sorts to Google Wallet, noting that it securely stores passwords but doesn't encrypt other data that could be used in a social engineering attack.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
WordPress 3.3 Released To The Masses; Includes iPad Optimization, Tumblr Importer And More  —  After 14 million downloads of WordPress 3.2, WordPress 3.3 is being released to the wild today.  Codenamed “Sonny” in honor of the jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, WordPress 3.3 is available for download …
Discussion: WordPress News and ReadWriteWeb
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Travel Rewards Redemption Company ezRez Buys Social Loyalty Check-In App Topguest  —  ezRez, a software company that develops white-label travel commerce and loyalty redemption platform and a loyalty payments engine for digital wallets, has acquired social loyalty rewards startup Topguest.
 
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Skype rolls out version 2.6 for Android, now lets users send photos and videos
Discussion: The Verge, TechCrunch and The Big Blog
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Global smartphone penetration nearing 10%
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Pontiflex/Harris Survey: Incentive And Video Ads Turn Off Mobile Users
Discussion: Adweek
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Pay-to-Pitch Comes Creeping Back: How Much Is Too Much?
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
A Closer Look At Apple's Role In The E-book ‘Conspiracy’
Discussion: TeleRead
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Holiday online spending up 15% as Green Monday hits
Discussion: BGR
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Kevin v the world: reformed pirate sues tech giants for millions
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J.B. / Fusible.com:
Microsoft using So.cl domain hack for private beta of its new social network
Discussion: SlashGear and Microsoft News
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Music and Movies Debut in 16 Latin American Countries, Brazil Gets iTunes Match
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Modern Warfare 3 Passes $1 Billion in Sales in 16 Days
Chris Martin / Inquirer:
O2 starts an Apple Iphone 4S rental scheme
Discussion: MacGazette.net
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Doesn't Need to ‘Like’ Wall Street
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Did Steve Ballmer just promote or demote Windows Phone chief?
Discussion: eWeek, BGR and Digiday
 

 
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