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5:15 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 …
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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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Evidence Supports Facebook's Plan To Monetize Mobile With Sponsored Story News Feed Ads
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
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 …
Discussion: The Register
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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
TaskRabbit Raises $17.8 Million, Brings in Eisner as Advisor  —  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 advisor.
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: Examiner, Stuff.co.nz and VentureBeat
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Life360 pulls in $3.5M round, hits 10 million users  —  Life360, a mobile family safety app that we've followed, has been on a tear and is now up to 10 million users.  That growth has helped the San Francisco location start-up pull in a $3.5 million Series A round from Fontinalis Partners …
Discussion: VatorNews
Bloomberg:
Twitter, Gilt Groupe CEOs Fight SEC's 500-Shareholder Rule  —  Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc., Gilt Groupe Inc. and other Internet startups urged Congress to pass legislation easing financial-reporting rules for closely held companies.  —  Twitter Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo …
 
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
ITC pushes back final ruling in Apple suit against HTC to Dec. 19
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
AOL Looking For New HuffPo Media Group President
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
A Japanese movie just set the record for most tweets per second
Discussion: @twittercomms and TechCrunch, Thanks:thatdrew
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online gaming giant Nexon raises $1.2B in Toyko IPO (updated)
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
A look at the Mac App Store, 100 million downloads later
Discussion: Fonehome and iPhone in Canada Blog
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Back To Square One In The Google Books Lawsuit
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Judge dismisses “Other OS” class-action suit against Sony
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Verge and Slashdot
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Moving to The Verge
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Google updates Chrome with multiple user profiles
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Universal: Artists didn't consent to Megaupload video
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Techdirt, Thanks:jank0
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Skype rolls out version 2.6 for Android, now lets users send photos and videos
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Kinectimals for iPhone and iPad: yes, Microsoft just released an iOS game
 

 
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