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11:50 PM ET, December 18, 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  —  The Wall Street Journal published a lengthy report that details everything known about Apple's upcoming television set rumored to be called iTV.  —  The report sources information from meetings with media companies and Apple during recent weeks.
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.
Discussion: Pulse2, Electronista and TeleRead
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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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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook updates its iPhone app; delivers Timeline, Friend Lists and more  —  Having finally rolled out Timeline access to its 800 million+ users in the browser and on Android devices, Facebook has today pushed live a new update for its iPhone application, delivering a slick new mobile Timeline view and various other improvements.
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 …
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 …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Internet Gets Physical  —  THE Internet likes you, really likes you.  It offers you so much, just a mouse click or finger tap away.  Go Christmas shopping, find restaurants, locate partying friends, tell the world what you're up to.  Some of the finest minds in computer science …
Discussion: @timoreilly, Thanks:beet_tv
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Some Thoughts On The Louis CK “Experiment”  —  Since the early days of this blog, it has been filled with musings on how creativity will be rewarded in the internet age.  It is a theme I've come back to again and again.  These thoughts have worked their way into our investment thesis and our portfolio.
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘Find My Car Smart’ is the First Low Energy Bluetooth App for iPhone 4S  —  Earlier this year, Apple introduced a new version of Bluetooth in some of their products.  This new version of Bluetooth is known as “Bluetooth Low Energy” or Bluetooth 4.0.  The Mac mini and MacBook Air …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and App Advice
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Talks to Sell T-Mobile Assets Go Cold  —  Talks on asset sales intended to help AT&T Inc. win approval for its acquisition of T-Mobile USA have gone cold, according to people familiar with the matter, the strongest sign yet that AT&T may abandon the $39 billion deal.
Discussion: Electronista
 
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