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3:50 PM ET, December 16, 2011

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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Stop Online Piracy Act Vote Delayed  —  The House Judiciary Committee is considering whether to send the Stop Online Piracy Act to the House floor abruptly adjourned Friday with no new vote date set — a surprise given that the bill looked certain to pass out of committee today.
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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: @hillary and @kevinmarks
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How SOPA 2.0 Sneaks In A Really Dangerous Private Ability To Kill Any Website
Discussion: Geekosystem
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
SOPA votes derailed by politician's ‘offensive’ tweet
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, Heather  —  Heather Harde, the business brains behind TechCrunch, will be stepping down at the end of the year as general manager of AOL's technology properties (including TechCrunch, Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW).  AOL GM Jay Kirsch, who oversees Autos, Finance, and Industry on the business side …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
IT'S OFFICIAL: TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde Has Left AOL  —  TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde has left AOL and resigned from the tech news blog, according to the site's founder Mike Arrington.  —  We first reported Harde was leaving in November when AOL's Brad Garlinghouse left the building.
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.
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Franken Still ‘Troubled’ by Carrier IQ Despite Company Responses  —  Sen. Al Franken this week said he is still “very troubled” by the technology deployed by Carrier IQ despite the fact that the company—as well as AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC—released details about how they use Carrier IQ software.
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Dan Seifert / MobileBurn.com:
Sprint: Carrier IQ has been disabled on our devices
Discussion: BGR and Geek.com
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
AT&T, Sprint, Samsung, and HTC detail Carrier IQ installations
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 …
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Zynga shares slump 10 percent below IPO in first day  —  Summary: While there was hope for Zynga, the largest technology flotation since Google's public debut in 2004, the company's share price dropped by nearly 10 percent in its first day.  —  At the end of Zynga's first day of public trading today …
Discussion: Financial Times and MarketWatch
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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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Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
BREAKING: Stanford Pulls Bid for New York Tech Campus  —  Stanford was the frontrunner in the application for an applied sciences sciences and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island.  But according to a press release from the Stanford news service, that's no longer the case.
Discussion: NYConvergence.com
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Android 4.0.3 announced, bringing ‘variety of optimizations and bug fixes’ to phones and tablets  —  Merely a day after Verizon's version of the Galaxy Nexus was gifted with v4.0.2, Google itself is announcing Android 4.0.3, a so-called “ incremental release of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) platform.”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Signing in with a picture password … The experience of signing in to your PC with touch has traditionally been a cumbersome one.  In a world with increasingly strict password requirements—with numbers, symbols, and capitalization—it can take upwards of 30 seconds to enter a long, complex password on a touch keyboard.
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.
 
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