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6:40 AM ET, December 19, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plots Its TV Assault  —  Apple Inc. is moving forward with its assault on television, following up on the ambitions of its late co-founder, Steve Jobs.  —  In recent weeks, Apple executives have discussed their vision for the future of TV with media executives at several large companies …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:   WSJ: Apple discussing voice-powered TV, enhanced AirPlay, iCloud DVR service
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
British Telecom sues Google over six U.S. patents allegedly infringed by Android and various Google services  —  After Apple, Oracle, Microsoft, and eBay, British Telecommunications plc (commonly referred to as “British Telecom” or simply “BT") has just become the fifth large publicly-traded company …
Shaji Mathew / Bloomberg:
Prince Alwaleed Invests $300M in Twitter  —  Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the largest individual investor in Citigroup Inc. (C), and his Kingdom Holding Co. (KINGDOM) invested $300 million to buy a “strategic stake” in microblogging service Twitter Inc.  —  “The investment was the result …
Reuters:
Apple supplier Pegatron says small explosion at Shanghai plant  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc supplier Pegatron said a small explosion at its subsidiary in Shanghai, China had injured some workers but would not have a big impact on production.  —  Pegatron said in a statement released early …
Reuters:
Could RIM's survival mean abandoning the BlackBerry?  —  (Reuters) - It might seem like corporate heresy but an increasing number of technology investors and experts are asking whether Research in Motion (RIM.TO)(RIMM.O) needs to ditch its BlackBerry handset business to survive.
Discussion: asymco
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook For Android Finally Has More Daily Active Users Than Facebook For iPhone  —  For the first time, the Facebook for Android mobile app has eclipsed the daily active user count of Facebook for iPhone.  The Android app launched in September 2009 more than a year after its iPhone sister and has been playing catch-up ever since.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA and Homeland Security Caught Downloading Torrents  —  Last week we wrote about a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded using BitTorrent.  The Russian-based founders of the site gathered this data from public BitTorrent trackers, much like anti-piracy outfits …
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Fusion Garage Fired By Its Lawyers  —  News broke yesterday that Fusion Garage was fired by its PR firm, its website is offline and customers are pissed off that they haven't received their orders.  This is the company that we worked with for a year on the CrunchPad project, and eventually defrauded us.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
App Makers Face Holiday Cutoff for Apple Store  —  On Christmas morning, millions of people will unwrap new iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches — and immediately start downloading games and other applications for them.  It is the biggest day of the year for app sales, which can mean big money for developers.
Discussion: SlashGear, CNET News and GottaBeMobile
Inside Social Games:
What Does Life After IPO Look Like For Zynga?  —  With shares dipping 5%, Zynga's $1 billion initial public offering Friday shows that there's still a long way to go for the company that legitimized free-to-play social games in Western markets.  —  Following South Korea's Nexon …
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Zynga's Pincus Tries to Keep ‘That Startup Feeling’ After $1 Billion IPO
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing 3 Strikes Killed in Ireland, Government Promises Site Blocking  —  In February 2009, the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) reached an 11th hour out-of-court settlement with Irish ISP Eircom on the issue of illicit file-sharing.  The deal would see Eircom …
Discussion: The Irish Times and Business ETC
 
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