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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 …
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  —  Carrier IQ has responded to speculation that it's turning over your mobile data to law enforcement with an interesting rebuttal.  —  In an email to VentureBeat, a company spokesperson wrote …
Michael Morisy / Muckrock:
FBI: Carrier IQ files used for “law enforcement purposes”
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.
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.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:   IDC offers scathing prediction of certain death for Apple's iAd program
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: Techland
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 …
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?
Discussion: Electronista and WinRumors
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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: Business Insider and @eghosao
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Lamar Smith Proposes New Version Of SOPA, With Just A Few Changes  —  In preparation for his attempt to rush SOPA through Congress, Rep. Lamar Smith has put forth an updated version of the bill (pdf link and embedded below) as a “manager's amendment,” which will be used for the markup, to be held on Thursday.
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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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Skype rolls out version 2.6 for Android, now lets users send photos and videos  —  Just over two months after Skype 2.5 for Android rolled off the conveyor belt bringing video-calling to more handsets, the company has now announced version 2.6 for Android, letting users send photos and videos …
Discussion: The Big Blog, The Verge and TechCrunch
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Global smartphone penetration nearing 10%
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Pontiflex/Harris Survey: Incentive And Video Ads Turn Off Mobile Users
Discussion: Adweek, GigaOM and BizReport
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Fast Society Deadpools Its Messaging App, Preps Cameo For Launch
Discussion: GigaOM and Betabeat
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’
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Holiday online spending up 15% as Green Monday hits
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Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Kevin v the world: reformed pirate sues tech giants for millions
Discussion: The Register and Silicon Republic
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, IntoMobile and TUAW
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Blogger Gets “The First of Many Google+ Features”
 

 
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