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12:45 PM ET, December 14, 2011

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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 …
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
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.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Tech CEO report card: Approval ratings drop for Ballmer, Bezos and others  —  Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Skype's Tony Bates announce the deal in May.  —  Glassdoor.com is rolling out its annual “Naughty and Nice” list for technology CEOs.  And, as it turns out, it looks …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, Apple And Rackspace Rated Best Places To Work in 2012  —  Glassdoor, a jobs and career community where employees can anonymously rate companies and CEOs, has just released its fourth annual Employees' Choice Awards, listing the top 50 “Best Places to Work,” based on surveys collected from U.S. employees in 2011.
Discussion: CNET News and All Facebook
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.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, MacDailyNews and TechEye
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Boss Tries To Defend SOPA & PIPA To The NY Times  —  With the NY Times coming out against SOPA & PIPA, the RIAA apparently felt it needed to open its mouth... and stick another foot in it.  RIAA boss Cary Sherman sent a letter to the NY Times defending the bills with some claims that don't hold up to much scrutiny.
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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
Discussion: CNET News and DailyTech
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.
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone SMS flaw, working on a fix  —  Microsoft has confirmed that the bug in Windows Phone that allows an SMS message is disable the messaging app and reboot the phone is indeed legitimate and the company is actively investigating.
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Groupon co-founders invest $1M-plus into an anti-Groupon: New Belly Digital  —  Belly, a loyalty and customer rewards program for small and medium sized businesses, launched today in Chicago, announcing it has received more than $1 in seed capital from Lightbank, the firm owned by the co-founders of Groupon.
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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Intel gets serious about NFC, signs deal for chip technology  —  Chipmaker Intel has been getting some NFC religion lately as it looks to incorporate the short-distance radio technology into its chipsets.  The latest sign is an agreement with French NFC chip maker Inside Secure, which will provide NFC technology and products to Intel.
Discussion: Digits, Inquirer and TechEye
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.
Discussion: BGR, GPS Tracklog and TUAW
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google+ Hangouts gets On Air broadcast and record, dial-in voice and ‘live’ notifications  —  Google has today anounced the ability to begin a Hangout video chat from any conversation on Google+.  In addition, it has announced that users can have members dial-in to a hangout even without a webcam.
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: Business Insider
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: AllThingsD and TechCrunch
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Caltech sets 186Gbps internet speed record  —  A delicious combination of high-energy physicists, engineers, and computer scientists from Caltech and the University of Victoria have broken the world record for sustained, computer-to-computer transfer over a network.
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.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests Its Hotel Finder As A New Comparison Ad Atop Search Results  —  Hotel industry, you're on notice: Google appears to be running a test that places its own Google Hotel Finder at the top of very competitive, hotel-related queries.  —  Search Engine Land reader Alex …
Discussion: 9to5Google
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: ReadWriteWeb and Sencha Blog
 
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Hipstamatic Goes Social With Communal Photo Albums
Discussion: GigaOM, MacNN and VentureBeat
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Tweet justice: Journalists can now live-tweet in UK courts without asking permission
Amy Or / WSJ Blogs:
Now Trending: Turning Tweets Into Trades
Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
Sony Walkman gets killer music locker service
Discussion: Engadget
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
Europe regulators called on to end mobile network, VoIP traffic bandwidth dispute
Discussion: Guardian, Reuters and Tech Europe
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
An Honest-to-Goodness App Store You Can Walk Into
Discussion: Appboy Blog, TechCrunch and CNET News
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Life360 pulls in $3.5M round, hits 10 million users
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Investors Were Kicked Off The Twitter Board “For The Good Of The Company”
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's Windows 8 built-in music player revealed in leaked screenshots
Damon Poeter / PC Magazine:
Maker of Yanked Driver's License App Fires Back at Apple
Discussion: Examiner, SlashGear and Washington Post
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Google Kills ‘Google Shoot View’ Video Game
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