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2:00 PM 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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SOPA Markup Day 1: We Don't Understand This Bill, It Might Do Terrible Things, But Dammit, We're Passing It Now  —  So, if you weren't paying attention, yesterday was a marathon session of SOPA amendments... It ran for 11.5 hours, with just one tiny break, and it looks like they didn't even get through half of the amendments.
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Bryce Roberts / Bryce Dot VC:
SOPA Casts Light on the Growing Technology Divide  —  Two articles grabbed my attention yesterday that touched on a growing concern I've been wrestling with far longer than SOPA/PIPA or any individual bill has been bouncing around; namely, that the people making decisions about legislating …
Discussion: @kevinmarks
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How SOPA 2.0 Sneaks In A Really Dangerous Private Ability To Kill Any Website
Discussion: Geekosystem and Balkinization
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
SOPA votes derailed by politician's ‘offensive’ tweet
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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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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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 …
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
Discussion: Bloomberg
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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Ben Elowitz / AllThingsD:
With Siri TV, Apple Will Dismantle the TV Networks  —  Steve Jobs died without fully transforming television, but the day before 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.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
This Is The First Pitch Deck Foursquare Ever Showed Investors  —  Foursquare is one of the biggest, buzziest startups in New York.  —  Scratch that — anywhere.  —  The local check-in startup raised $50 million this past summer from Andreessen Horowitz and Spark Capital.
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 …
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.
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
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
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Cox To Sell Wireless Licenses To Verizon Wireless For $315 Million  —  MSO and Wireless Carrier Will Resell Each Other's Residential and Commercial Products  —  Cox Communications has joined three of its cable peers in the Verizon Wireless camp, announcing Friday that it has struck an agreement …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 4S Debuts in Over 20 New Countries, Pricing Starts as High as $1400  —  In line with our report from earlier this month, Apple has launched the iPhone 4S in a number of new countries today.  Based on an examination of Apple's site and those of its carrier partners …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Yelp, YouTube and 23andMe Co-Founders All Working on New Start-Ups  —  In recent weeks, I've stumbled onto a few fresh new start-ups from the departed co-founders of current influential tech companies.  None of them are talking about what they're doing yet, but I thought I'd see what I could find out.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
This Is Like The Third Reorg Since Cisco Hit The Panic Button Last Year  —  Cisco has been poaching executives from other companies and has now given them the authority to run some major business units.  —  In yet another reorg, recently added talent from rival Juniper and partner VMware …
Tim Bray / Android Developers Blog:
Introducing Android Training  —  [This post is by Reto Meier, Android Developer Relations Tech Lead.  — Tim Bray]  —  Today I'm thrilled to announce the beta launch of Android Training — a collection of classes that we hope will help you to build better Android apps.
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Foxconn, Nvidia to set up joint venture R&D center in China
Discussion: Softpedia News
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Adobe Pays $400 Million for Efficient Frontier
Tom Loftus / Digits:
Dell Resurrects Venture Capital Arm
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Ebay-owned StubHub acquires Zvents for event listings
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
SigFig Shows Its iOS-Owning Investors Big on AAPL, Its Android-Owning Ones Not So Big On GOOG
Discussion: VentureBeat
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku's official iPhone remote app is available, has gesture control and channel selection for all
 Earlier Items: 
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Verizon stores sell out of Galaxy Nexus within hours, but Amazon has it for $149
Discussion: 9to5Google, PhoneArena and Electronista
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC detail Carrier IQ installations
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Would You Pay $20 A Month For Spotify?
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows 8 activity sinking among early adopters, claims study
Discussion: Chitika Insights
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Dell quits netbooks, says 'thin and powerful is where it's at'