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11:45 AM ET, December 16, 2011

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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Exclusive: Made in Texas: Apple's A5 iPhone chip  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc is famous for relying on low-cost Asian manufacturers to both source and assemble its popular gadgets, but the consumer device giant recently started receiving a critical component in its iPad and iPhones from closer to home - Texas.
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Jamie Keene / The Verge:   Apple's A5 processors made on $3.6 billion Samsung production line in Texas, says Reuters
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple to launch 7.85-inch iPad in 2012, say sources  —  Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad prior to the fourth quarter of 2012 in addition to a new iPad scheduled to be released at the end of the first quarter, according to sources in the supply chain.
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Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Digitimes: Apple to begin producing 7.85-inch iPads in Q2 2012  —  Digitimes has published an interesting report this evening, saying Apple will begin the production of a 7.85-inch iPad in Q2 2012.  Apple will reportedly begin selling the smaller iPads prior to Q4 2012 …
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Apple Makes Siri iPhone 4 Port Legally Possible With Today's iOS 5.0.1 Update  —  Siri is by far the iPhone 4S's most-desired feature, and many non-4S users have been clamoring for hackers to make the voice assistant available on older iOS devices.  While Siri ports have been demoed to the public before …
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Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Why RIM Needed To Fire Its Co-CEOs Months, If Not Years Ago  —  The two Waterloo Wallys running Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) have presided over the incredible destruction of shareholder wealth in 2011 by misleading the public again and again about its ability to compete in mobile.
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The PlayBook Is Killing RIM  —  RIM finally eked out a decent quarter.  Beat analyst estimates, even.  That is, if you don't count the $485 million bath the company took on unsold tablets.  The PlayBook—ill conceived, poorly executed—is RIM's worst product.  And it might just take down the whole company.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Shares Pop 10 Percent To $11 On First Trade, Valued At $7.7 Billion  —  Zynga has finally hit the public markets today, marking the largest technology IPO since Google.  Yesterday, the social gaming giant priced its IPO at $10 a share, which was on the higher end of the $8.50 …
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
INSIDE ZYNGA: Meet The Man Charged With Helping The Company Grow Up
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Confirms Its Billion-Dollar Public Offering
Ben Elowitz / AllThingsD:
With Siri TV, Apple Will Dismantle the TV Networks  —  Steve Jobs died without fully transforming television, but the day after he passed away, Apple unveiled Siri, its natural language interface.  Though it's currently only embedded in the new iPhone 4S, Siri could eventually change the face of the TV industry.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
SOPA votes derailed by politician's ‘offensive’ tweet  —  A marathon debate today in the House of Representatives on the Stop Online Piracy Act wasn't derailed by procedural questions, even though not one hearing had been held on how the law would actually work.
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
The nightmarish SOPA hearings
Mike / Cydia Blog:
New iPad 3 Internal Replacement Part Appears, hints Major Redesign  —  As any new Apple product launch gets nearer, the frequency of leaks of supposed parts, and components increases.  A new replacement part for iPad 3 Microphone Mic Flex Cable Ribbon has just been surfaced on a Chinese iPhone parts reseller website, TVC-Mall.
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
“I'd love if tech writing as a whole held itself to a higher standard:” What notable journalists are thinking about their craft  —  There's an old expression that we get the politicians we deserve — ie if you don't like it, don't vote them into office.  Over the past few months I've …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
UMG claims “right to block or remove” YouTube videos it doesn't own  —  Universal Music Group has responded to Megaupload's request for a temporary restraining order barring the music giant from further interference with the distribution of its “Mega Song.”  UMG insists that it had a right …
Christian Science Monitor:
Exclusive: Iran hijacked US drone, says Iranian engineer  —  In an exclusive interview, an engineer working to unlock the secrets of the captured RQ-170 Sentinel says they exploited a known vulnerability and tricked the US drone into landing in Iran.  —  ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome 15 puts IE8 in rear-view mirror, takes No. 1 spot  —  First time in years that a non-Microsoft browser has been top dog  —  Google's Chrome 15 has jumped into the number one spot, replacing Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as the world's most popular browser edition.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
‘For Dummies’ Publisher Sues BitTorrent Users to “Educate and Settle”  —  During October, John Wiley and Sons became the first book publisher to go after BitTorrent users in the US.  With this lawsuit the company followed mostly in the footsteps of movie studios, who together have sued …
Discussion: The Pondering Primate
parislemon:
“Horses**t”  —  Wow.  Josh Topolsky is mad.  And that by itself is fine — he's clearly passionate about technology, which is great.  What's not fine is the fact that he's way off-base in his rant.  So far off-base that I need to respond.  —  First and foremost, Topolsky has decided …
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Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Horses**t  —  Last night I tweeted at John Gruber and MG Siegler …
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Dell quits netbooks, says 'thin and powerful is where it's at'  —  While very few are still buying netbooks, many manufacturers have continued to release the small Intel Atom-powered computers (see Asus, Toshiba, etc.).  However, Dell isn't going to be one of those companies.
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Ebay-owned StubHub acquires Zvents for event listings  —  Ticketing giant StubHub, owned by eBay, has acquired local event-discovery and promotion service Zvents, according to eBay's internal employee blog eBayInk.  Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Katy Tur / nbcnewyork.com:
Pair of Robbers Want Only iPhones, No BlackBerries  —  The snobby robbers turn their noses up at phones that aren't the ever-coveted iPhones  —  A pair of would-be robbers targeting Columbia students in upper Manhattan seem to be rather picky as they prowl.
 
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Julie Bort / Business Insider:
This Is Like The Third Reorg Since Cisco Hit The Panic Button Last Year
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Yelp, YouTube and 23andMe Co-Founders All Working on New Start-Ups
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
SigFig Shows Its iOS-Owning Investors Big on AAPL, Its Android-Owning Ones Not So Big On GOOG
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku's official iPhone remote app is available, has gesture control and channel selection for all
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Verizon stores sell out of Galaxy Nexus within hours, but Amazon has it for $149
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