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9:30 AM ET, December 14, 2011

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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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Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Microsoft Just Gave Every iPhone User 25 GB Of Cloud Storage  —  Microsoft just launched SkyDrive for iPhone, the company's cloud storage and document collaboration service.  —  It will let you upload, store, and share things like videos, pictures, and documents.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine, LiveSide.net and ZDNet
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Google's response to Siri is codenamed Majel, could be released by end of year  —  I wrote about Google's response to Apple's Siri voice assistant several months ago and over the last couple weeks I received further details about the secret project.  For starters it is codenamed Majel …
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.
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 …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:   F.A.A. Approves iPads in Cockpits, But Not for Passengers
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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Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing New Coupon Posts and Ads
Discussion: All Facebook and Silicon Republic
Anthony Ha / Adweek:
SAY Media Acquires Tech Blog ReadWriteWeb Dan Frommer joins as editor-at-large  —  SAY Media has acquired popular tech blog ReadWriteWeb.  —  Founded in 2003 by Richard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb became one of the most-respected news sites in the tech world, establishing a voice that's often more serious and in-depth than its competitors.
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Tweetbot rides the NewNewTwitter wave  —  For a strong take on what people don't like about the new Twitter iPhone app, read John Gruber's article, “R.I.P. Tweetie.”  And then, you might want to check out Tweetbot, which seems to be the unofficial-Twitter-app-of-choice on the iPhone these days.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Outbrain Raises $35M In Series D Funding For Content Discovery Platform  —  Today, content discovery platform Outbrain is announcing it has secured $35 million in Series D funding in a round led by Index Ventures.  Existing investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in the round.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
As Facebook Aims at Millions of Users, Some Are Content to Sit Out  —  Tyson Balcomb quit Facebook after a chance encounter on an elevator.  He found himself standing next to a woman he had never met — yet through Facebook he knew what her older brother looked like, that she was from a tiny island off …
Discussion: The Verge and Bits
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: @ryanchris and @nivi
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Caltech sets 186Gbps Internet speed record, makes our 5Mbps look even more inadequate (video)  —  Did you know that the Large Hadron Collider at CERN has already produced 100 petabytes of data that needed to be sent out to labs across the world for analysis?
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 …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Battle Of The Browsers: iOS 5′s Browser Is Still (Slightly) Better Than Android's  —  Alright, fanboys: get your flamethrowers ready.  HTML5 framework development house Sencha has just put a wide array of performance tools to use to answer one of life's geekiest questions: Who's got the better browser, Android 4 or iOS 5?
Discussion: Sencha Blog
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 …
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
TaskRabbit Raises $17.8 Million, Brings in Eisner as Adviser  —  TaskRabbit, the Bay Area-based start-up that outsources human “rabbits” to perform odious chores for neighbors, has raised its second cash pile in eight months.  —  It's also bringing former Disney chief executive officer Michael Eisner on board as a strategic adviser.
Simla Ceyhan / The LinkedIn Blog:
Buzzwords 2011: Who's been ‘creative’ and ‘effective’ this year?  —  With the New Year right around the corner, the LinkedIn team thought it would be a great time to refresh one of our most popular analyses from last year - overused professional buzzwords!  Maybe during the last year …
Discussion: TechCrunch and SocialTimes.com
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.
Amy Or / WSJ Blogs:
Now Trending: Turning Tweets Into Trades  —  It's time to stop calling Derwent Capital “the Twitter hedge fund,” because it's no longer the only one plumbing social media for investment ideas.  —  Derwent made a splash earlier this year after pioneering a strategy that involved digging through …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Tweet justice: Journalists can now live-tweet in UK courts without asking permission  —  A top UK judge is to make it easier for journalists to use Twitter in court, with the press no longer required to seek permission to live-tweet during court cases.  In new practice guidance notes released …
Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
Sony Walkman gets killer music locker service  —  Music Unlimited hits the Walkman.  —  Walkman owners now have the ability to transfer any song from Sony's 10 million-track Music Unlimited library to their device with no restrictions, as often as possible.
Discussion: Engadget
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Louis CK declares $5 standup special a success, sells 110k copies for $200k profit in 3 days  —  Comedian Louis CK has announced some numbers related to his recent experiment to sell his latest comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater, for $5 online, instead of offering it through a distributor.
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.”
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lookout's 2012 Mobile Security Threat Predictions: SMS Fraud, Botnets And Malvertising  —  Lookout, a company that offers security services for a number of smartphone platforms, is releasing its 2012 Mobile Malware Predictions, based on data collected from its Mobile Threat Network …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Hipstamatic Goes Social With Communal Photo Albums  —  Hipstamatic — which kick-started the artsy filtered photo craze with its iPhone app a couple years ago, but got upstaged by Instagram and its social network* — is now trying for some social pixie dust of its own, through a cute idea …
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and MacNN
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
An Honest-to-Goodness App Store You Can Walk Into  —  Nope, it's not run by Apple, Google or even Amazon.  —  A new start-up, Openspace, is launching a physical store where consumers can visit and discover the latest mobile applications.  —  “If your iPhone has a problem, you take it to Apple.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Appboy Blog and CNET News
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
Europe regulators called on to end mobile network, VoIP traffic bandwidth dispute  —  Companies that provide voice-over-IP services, like Microsoft and Google, are calling on European Commission officials and telecoms regulators to penalise landline operators that relegate voice traffic.
 
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU accepts IBM antitrust concessions, ends probe
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Life360 pulls in $3.5M round, hits 10 million users
Discussion: VatorNews and TechCrunch
Bloomberg:
Twitter, Gilt Groupe CEOs Fight SEC's 500-Shareholder Rule
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
AOL Looking For New HuffPo Media Group President
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online gaming giant Nexon raises $1.2B in Toyko IPO (updated)
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus hitting Costco on December 15? (update: VZW stores too)
Katya Kazakina / Bloomberg:
Founding Apple Contract Sells for $1.6M
Peter Farago / The Flurry Blog:
App Developers Bet on iOS over Android this Holiday Season
 

 
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