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11:00 PM ET, December 13, 2011

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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Nokia: Youths are fed up with iPhone, baffled by Android  —  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, Product Marketing & Sales at Nokia Entertainment Global explained …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia, iPhone, Android and wishful thinking  —  Man!  When will these guys from Nokia learn not to put their foot in their mouth.  Once again, yet another executive from Nokia is out dissing iPhone and Android.  Niels Munksgaard, director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales …
Mike Torres / The Windows Blog:
Introducing SkyDrive for iPhone and Windows Phone  —  SkyDrive is your personal cloud for your documents, notes, photos and videos.  Move your files into SkyDrive and immediately they're available from any web browser anywhere in the world.  As we detailed a few days ago …
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Naval / Startup Boy:
Why You Can't Hire  —  There isn't a shortage of developers and designers.  There's a surplus of founders.  —  The cost of starting a company has collapsed.  It's now just (minimal) salaries.  For entrepreneurs, desks are free, hosting is free, marketing is online, and company setup is cheap.
Discussion: @nivi and @ryanchris
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why apps are not the future  —  I hear it everywhere.  The web is dead, apps are the future.  —  I heard it first on the cover of Wired Magazine in March 1997 and again in August 2010.  I was so impressed I added it to my blogroll, as a reminder to all that you're reading a dead medium.
Bloomberg:
Facebook Plans First Foray Into Mobile Ads  —  Facebook Inc. plans its first push into mobile advertising by the end of March, giving the company a fresh source of revenue ahead of a possible initial public offering, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Evidence Supports Facebook's Plan To Monetize Mobile With Sponsored Story News Feed Ads
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 …
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 …
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core Blog:
FAA approves iPads in the cockpit; American Airlines to start Friday  —  In June the Allied Pilots Association noted that American Airlines (AA) conducted the first tests of iPads for all phases of flight.  AA pilots received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to test iPads …
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 …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Buys Clever Sense: An Answer To Siri?
Discussion: PC Magazine and eWeek
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires designer Jan-Michael Cart praised for his iOS interface concepts  —  Apple is hiring dozens of talented people on a daily basis, but this one deserves your attention.  Jan-Michael Cart, a mass media arts student from Georgia, is the brains behind a bunch of very insightful iOS …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Google Kills ‘Google Shoot View’ Video Game  —  Google has killed off “Google Shoot View,” a first-person shooter video game based on Google's Street View mapping product.  The game used Google's Street View database of 360 degree street-level photography, and imposed an automatic rifle sight and some sound effects on top of it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Stuff.co.nz
Bloomberg:
Verizon ‘Very Serious’ About Making Bid for Netflix, Banker Says  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), the second-largest U.S. phone company, is “very serious” about a bid to acquire online movie provider Netflix Inc. (NFLX), an investment banker said.  —  Verizon may kick off a bidding war …
Katya Kazakina / Bloomberg:
Founding Apple Contract Sells for $1.6M  —  A three-page contract that established Apple Computer Co. (AAPL) sold for $1.59 million at Sotheby's (BID) in New York today.  —  A phone bidder acquired the document, signed on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
Damon Poeter / PC Magazine:
Maker of Yanked Driver's License App Fires Back at Apple  —  The maker of a fake driver's license app that was yanked from Apple's App Store this week has fired back, saying the free app was “specifically and deliberately designed ... to prevent the creation of counterfeit identification.”
Discussion: Washington Post and WebProNews
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 …
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Microsoft offers free Windows phones to Android malware victims  —  Want a free Windows Phone?  Well, it turns out that you may be able to get one for free - all you need to do is tell Microsoft about the malware problems you've had with Android smartphones.  —  Yes, that's right.
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.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus hitting Costco on December 15? (update: VZW stores too)  —  That elusive Samsung Galaxy Nexus is still heading to Verizon, believe it or not, and we may actually be nearing the end of our frustrating quest to get our hands on one.  While we're still waiting …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's Windows 8 built-in music player revealed in leaked screenshots  —  Microsoft's built-in Windows 8 music player has been revealed.  —  Screenshots leaked to the Internet on Tuesday reveal an inbuilt music player for Windows 8 that can run side-by-side with Metro apps.
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 …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Judge dismisses “Other OS” class-action suit against Sony  —  Sony removed the ability to use the “Other OS” feature of the PlayStation 3 through a firmware update last year, and this made a small—but vocal—group of gamers very upset.  A judge has thrown out a class-action lawsuit trying …
Discussion: The Verge, TechCrunch and Slashdot
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 …
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing New Coupon Posts and Ads  —  Facebook is testing a new premium ad offering that allows pages to post a coupon to their fans and then use that post as an ad unit on the Facebook homepage.  —  Users who see the ad or the page post can click “Get Coupon.”  This action can be posted to a user's Wall.
Discussion: All Facebook
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Back To Square One In The Google Books Lawsuit  —  It's been more than six years since the Authors Guild first sued Google (NSDQ: GOOG) for scanning books.  Today, with a proposed settlement in tatters, the writers group took a fresh step to revive the case and move it towards a trial.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Moving to The Verge  —  As you know from reading WinRumors over the past year, the site has grown way beyond my imagination and has amassed a loyal and engaged community.  You may or may not know that I don't write at WinRumors full time and have a day job that pays my bills.
Discussion: LiveSide.net and Business Insider
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Investors Were Kicked Off The Twitter Board “For The Good Of The Company”  —  In digging around trying to investigate rumors that KPCB VC John Doerr lost his “board observer"status at Twitter two weeks ago, I came across the information that almost all investors including Doerr were told …
 
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
A Japanese movie just set the record for most tweets per second
Discussion: TechCrunch and @twittercomms, Thanks:thatdrew
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online gaming giant Nexon raises $1.2B in Toyko IPO (updated)
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
California Creates Special Unit to Fight Computer Crimes
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
A look at the Mac App Store, 100 million downloads later
Discussion: iPhone in Canada Blog
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouSendIt Ups Its Game With New Desktop & Mobile Apps
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
NTSB recommends full nationwide ban on cellphone use while driving
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Skype rolls out version 2.6 for Android, now lets users send photos and videos
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by Patent Holder Over IPhone Caller-ID Technology
Discussion: GeekWire, TechFlash and GottaBeMobile
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Went For $3M In Facebook Shares, And Many Investors Were Cool With That
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bottlenose Is a Web-Based Twitter Client for Power Users
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and VentureBeat
Richard Russo / New York Times:
Amazon's Jungle Logic
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