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8:20 PM ET, December 14, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPhone Lover's Take On The Galaxy Nexus  —  You have to hand it to Google.  They know that I prefer Apple products and have been generally critical of many Google moves in the past couple of years.  And yet, they're unafraid to give me their newest products to test out.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus to finally launch tomorrow for $299.99  —  Verizon Wireless on Wednesday finally announced the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  The world's first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone with 4G LTE support will become available beginning tomorrow for $299.99 with a new two-year service agreement.
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple made Galaxy Tab a ‘household name’: Samsung  —  Asher Moses  —  Samsung Australia's mobile chief says that far from killing its Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple's court case was almost a blessing in disguise that made the product a “household name”.  —  Samsung's tablet will arrive in stores …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Verizon posts Galaxy Nexus simulator, doesn't cap your virtual data  —  Want to be an Ice Cream Sandwich champ before you even have a Galaxy Nexus in hand?  Big Red's just opened the e-freezer, launching its Samsung Galaxy Nexus support simulator, complete with programed hands-on tutorials …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
ReadWriteWeb Acquired by SAY Media  —  I'm thrilled to announce that ReadWriteWeb has been acquired by SAY Media, a digital publishing company headquartered in San Francisco.  ReadWriteWeb will anchor SAY Media's growing Technology channel, which reaches more than 75 million global consumers each month.
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Ben Parr / Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings:
Seismic Shifts Have Radically Altered the Tech News and Blogging World
Discussion: @mmasnick
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+ Hangouts: going beyond the status update  —  All too often, physical distance and frantic schedules get in the way of spending time together, especially during the holidays.  But you know what?  They don't have to.  —  With Google+ Hangouts, you can go beyond “status updates,” …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google+ Hangouts gets On Air broadcast and record, dial-in voice and ‘live’ notifications
Discussion: Robert Scoble
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 …
DigiTimes:
Apple may launch new MacBook Pro with 2880 by 1800 display resolution, say sources  —  Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
The fall of Microsoft's Andy Lees: inside the Windows Phone power shift  —  Over the past couple days we've gotten some additional details surrounding the circumstances that led to Andy Lees' removal from his role at the top of the Windows Phone org chart inside Microsoft.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Feds probing Carrier IQ  —  Federal investigators are probing allegations that Carrier IQ software found on about 150 million cellphones tracked user activity and sent the information to the cellphone companies without informing consumers, according to government officials.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:   Carrier IQ: We Volunteered to Be Grilled by the Feds
Rob Siltanen / Forbes:
The Real Story Behind Apple's ‘Think Different’ Campaign  —  This post was written by Rob Siltanen, chairman and chief creative officer at Siltanen & Partners.  —  Apple's remarkable rise, coupled with Steve Jobs' recent death, has prompted quite a few people to reflect on the historical impact of the …
Discussion: MacRumors and Macgasm
Zal Bilimoria / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Unveils a New iPad App  —  I'm Zal Bilimoria, and I'm a product manager at Netflix where I lead product innovation for mobile devices.  The new app is really a big step forward; it is much more immersive and provides greater focus on our growing catalogue by displaying twice as many titles than the previous interface.
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft replaces veteran Xbox design boss  —  The Xbox team, in 2000, with the chrome Xbox concept prototype.  Don Coyner, who led marketing for the console, is wearing the patterned shirt in the middle row, far right.  —  As Microsoft's Xbox group moves toward launching a successor to the Xbox 360 …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Flipboard's Phone Flips Beating iPad 2:1  —  Flipboard's iPhone application has clocked up a million downloads in the week since it went live, the company tells paidContent.  —  Interestingly, while Flipboard's iPad app was previously seeing around 650 million “page” flips per month …
Shayndi Raice / Digits:
Tagged Acquires Facebook Competitor Hi5  —  Hi5, once one of the top three global social networks, was acquired by San Francisco-based Tagged on Wednesday, as some of the remnants of the social network space clear out in the wake of Facebook's overwhelming dominance.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Will.i.am: I Did Not Authorize Megaupload Video Takedown  —  File-hosting service Megaupload sued Universal on Monday claiming that the label had sabotaged its viral advertising campaign.  The Hong Kong-based company said that Universal wrongfully claimed copyright over the Mega Song …
Discussion: MediaPost and Threat Level
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Google rolls out updated Gmail iOS app with custom signatures, vacation responders, Scribbles, more  —  Google has just started rolling out an update to the Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with a few new welcomed features.  First off, users now have the ability to set a custom signature …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
TeleNav launches browser-based turn-by-turn GPS navigation using HTML 5  —  TeleNav's been bringing the turn-by-turn goods to both Android and iOS for quite a while now, and has added plenty of nifty features to its GPS platform along the way — from personalized routes to offline access.
Nielsen Wire:
Video Streaming on Game Consoles on the Rise  —  Streaming video on game consoles is up over last year, according to Nielsen.  An October survey reveals that streaming and video-on-demand represent a larger weekly share of usage on Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii compared to last year.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LA-Based Startup Accelerator Amplify Launches $4.5M Fund With Backing From Mark Burnett, Brian Grazer, Eric Schmidt  —  Another startup accelerator is debuting in LA today—Amplify.  With the backing of some well-known Hollywood and Silicon Valley names, the Venice Beach-based incubator is launching a $4.5 million incubator and fund.
Discussion: AllThingsD and PE Hub Blog
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HP's proposed brand redesign project detailed in pictures and video  —  Since 2008, HP has been on a mission to rediscover its identity and express it better through a redesign of its logo and visual assets.  The company hired Moving Brands, a specialist in this area, to come up with one vision …
Erik Sherman / CBS News:
Amazon Big Brother patent knows where you'll go  —  Location tracking has become a hot privacy issue.  Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), and Microsoft (MSFT) have all stepped into massive PR messes over the question.  Now there's a new entry: Amazon (AMZN).  —  A patent, made public last week …
Discussion: Popular Science
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Silicon Valley execs blast SOPA in open letter  —  Many of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs and executives are warning of the dangers of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act in a new open letter to Washington, D.C.  —  It's signed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin …
Kaushik Sridharan / Google LatLong:
Mapping made easier with the new Google Map Maker  —  With 2012 approaching, we're getting a head start on our New Year's resolution to shed some excess weight and improve our overall appearance.  You may have seen our ongoing efforts to improve the look, feel, and user experience across many other Google products to date.
Bloomberg:
China-Based Hacking of 760 Companies Reflects an Undeclared Cyber Cold War  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) and Intel Corp. (INTC) were logical targets for China-based hackers, given the solid-gold intellectual property data stored in their computers.  An attack by cyber spies on iBahn …
Discussion: Times of India and ZDNet
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple has big lead over Intel in mobile chips, analyst says  —  Steve Jobs introducing the A5.  —  A chip analyst has written a sobering assessment of Intel's chip prowess vis-a-vis Apple in the mobile device race, an odd underdog position for the largest chipmaker.
Bloomberg:
Hollywood Said to Court Amazon for Online Sales  —  Hollywood studios, working to spur purchases of films and TV shows, are in talks to bring Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) back into their online system called UltraViolet, people with knowledge of the situation said.
 
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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Intel reportedly creating new mobile-focused business unit
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iTunes Match Starting to Roll Out Internationally - Spotted in UK, Europe, NZ, and Australia
Discussion: 9to5Mac, GigaOM and Apple Fan Site
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sonic Bringing 1 Gbps Fiber to San Francisco - Five Year Build Will Cover ‘Most’ of City
Ali Pasha / Google Affiliate Network Blog:
Introducing the Google Affiliate Network API
Bloomberg:
Glam Media Is Said to Plan to File for IPO by End of Second Quarter 2012
Claire Davenport / Globe and Mail:
Never mind the Euro crisis, 100 million EU citizens have never surfed the Web
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
Anyone can build a Messenger client—with open standards access via XMPP
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Mike Blumenthal / Understanding Google Maps …:
Google Places Check-in Offers Now Live
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
RUMOR: Google's Top Salesman Is A Leading Candidate To Be Yahoo CEO
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and VentureBeat
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Caltech sets 186Gbps internet speed record
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, Ubergizmo and CNET News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, Apple And Rackspace Rated Best Places To Work in 2012
Discussion: GeekWire, NBC Bay Area and CNET News