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10:30 AM ET, December 20, 2011

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AT&T:
AT&T Ends Bid To Add Network Capacity Through T-Mobile USA Purchase  —  AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said today that after a thorough review of options it has agreed with Deutsche Telekom AG to end its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, which began in March of this year.  The actions by the Federal …
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
T-Mobile to get seven-year 3G roaming deal, 128 markets of AWS spectrum from AT&T
Discussion: Deutsche Telekom and Phone Scoop
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
AT&T-Mobile deal is dead: Now what?  —  AT&T's $39 billion bid …
Discussion: Reuters, Deal Journal and TmoNews
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wins ITC ruling of narrow technical scope against HTC: a limited victory but just the beginning  —  After twice postponing its final ruling on Apple's first complaint against HTC, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has finally announced its decision.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC responds to ITC ruling, says it has a solution ready to address Apple patent violations
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google X's wearable technology isn't an iPod Nano, but rather a heads up display (glasses)  —  Google Goggles gets a new meaning  —  The New York Times today relayed an open secret among some in the Google community: the company is working on wearable technology in its secret off-campus Google X lair.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly puts the final ink on $400-500 million purchase of Anobit, an Israeli flash-storage company  —  Last week's big Apple rumor was Apple's purported talks to purchase an Israeli flash memory firm called Anobit.  Now, Israeli news website Calcalist reports that the rumored deal has actually been finalized.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Cable News Finally Realizing That SOPA And PROTECT IP Are Bad News  —  Well, well, well.  We've noted in the past that while the serious concerns about SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA) have been all over the web and newspapers, they've mostly been mostly been absent from cable news …
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Stanford Law Review:
Don't Break the Internet  —  Two bills now pending in Congress …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kindle Fire On Track For Hundreds Of Millions Of Monthly Ad Impressions; Growing Faster Than The iPad In Early 2010  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media is releasing its monthly data for November.  While Millennial, which is the largest independent mobile ad network, has focused on tracking iOS …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The parable of RIM  —  Here are the highlights from RIM's latest quarter:  — 14.1 million BlackBerry smartphones shipped, 13 million sold through  — 150k PlayBook shipped with sell-through slightly higher. 800k PlayBooks shipped so far.  — BlackBerry subscriber base up to 75 million
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brian s hall:
Blackberry ($RIMM) is worth less than the Apple App Store. …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook is suing Mark Zuckerberg  —  Summary: Israeli entrepreneur Rotem Guez has legally changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg.  It's his latest response to a legal battle he's fighting with the social networking giant over his Like Store.  —  Facebook is suing Mark Zuckerberg.
Deadline.com:
‘Wolverine’ Pirate To Serve Year In Prison  —  LOS ANGELES - A New York man who admitted illegally uploading to the Internet a pirated, nearly final “workprint” copy of the movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was sentenced this afternoon to one year in federal prison.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Amazon.com:
The Hottest Holiday Gift Just got Hotter: Free Two-Day Shipping on All Kindles - Including Kindle Fire - in Time for Christmas  —  It's not too late to order Amazon's most popular gifts in time for Christmas - customers who order by 8 pm PT on December 21 will receive free two-day shipping on the $79 Kindle …
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney.com:
What's really behind Twitter's staff exodus  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Twitter's transformation from startup to power player has hit its rocky adolescent stage.  In the past six months, more than a dozen high-level employees have departed.  The sudden exodus set Silicon Valley chattering: What's going on at Twitter?
Discussion: Washington Post
Electronista:
Nokia preps US Windows Phone event for January 9  —  Nokia Windows Phone event due at CES start  —  Nokia sent invitations to Electronista and the press confirming its plans for an event at the CES expo in Las Vegas.  The company's large presence at the show would include a presentation …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
YouTube in 2011: Over 1,000,000,000,000 Playbacks, 140 Views for Every Person on Earth  —  We'll leave it up to the cultural anthropologists of the future to unravel the cultural significance of the fact that Rebecca Black's “Friday” was the most watched video on YouTube in 2011.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Netflix Lines Up BBC For Early 2012 Launch In UK, Ireland  —  Starting in early 2012, when Netflix is set to make its debut in the UK and Ireland, registered members will be able to instantly stream available content on their television sets, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones.
Paul Sloan / CNET News:
Marc Andreessen: Predictions for 2012 (and beyond)  —  Marc Andreessen's view of the world boils down to software.  —  From where he stands, as the guy who co-founded Netscape Communications and now co-runs the powerful Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen-Horowitz, no industry is safe from software.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung officially announces Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy devices, coming in Q1 2012  —  Samsung has finally confirmed the release timeframe of Ice Cream Sandwich OS for its range of Galaxy devices.  Apart from Galaxy Nexus that already runs Android 4., Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note …
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Dell and China's Baidu launch new smartphone  —  Dell and China's largest search engine Baidu unveiled on Tuesday a new smartphone that aims to help the companies expand their mobile businesses in the country.  —  Dell and China's largest search engine Baidu unveiled on Tuesday a new smartphone …
Discussion: Direct2Dell and Techie Buzz
Shayndi Raice / Digits:
Groupon Launches Anti-Amazon Promotion of Sorts  —  Daily-deals site Groupon is firing back at Amazon by encouraging shoppers to buy local, not online.  —  Amazon, the world's biggest online retailer, on Dec. 10 offered customers discounts if they used its price-comparing smartphone app in a physical retail store.
Sinha / Pluggd.in:
Dave McClure: “We will Invest in atleast 5-10 Indian Startups in 2012”  —  As part of GOAP (Geeks on a Plane) trip to India, we had a conversation with Dave McClure on his India trip and importantly 500Startups' India plans.  In this short discussion, Dave talks about his India experience …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Next Web
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Source: Groupon Doesn't Have The Cash to Build Its New Data Center  —  In the run up to its recent IPO, a number of outlets reported that the daily deal giant Groupon was running short on cash.  Over at the Motley Fool, Evan Niu noted that the company had $243.9 million in cash and equivalents …
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Anonymous takes down key government websites in Egypt once again  —  It appears that Anonymous is currently in the process of taking down as many governmental Egyptian websites as it can.  —  The latest attack from the notorious group, which has lastest over 3 hours, comes in response …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Two days in the desert with Apple's lost founder, Ron Wayne  —  “I have to ask you something,” Ron Wayne begins, as we stand to leave his office, signaling the close of our day-long conversation.  He takes a slightly dramatic pause, adding, “compared to other people, is my life really that interesting?”
Discussion: TUAW
 
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Seagate now officially owns Samsung's hard drive business
Karim Temsamani / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
A look back at 2011  —  Mobile turned a corner this year.
Discussion: The inneractive Blog
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Sprint Sues Time Warner, Comcast Over Digital Phone Technology
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Shrinking Margins Loom on Cloud Push
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Hard drive manufacturers slash warranty periods
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Matthew Goldstein / Reuters:
Exclusive: Falcone's wireless company running out of cash
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google pays $18 million to shutter Apture, CloudFlare clones it in 12 hours
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia CEO says to keep headquarters in Finland: TV
Discussion: Engadget and PC Magazine
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IBM ‘5 in 5’ predicts no more passwords, mind-reading smartphones
Chris Dixon:
An internet of people  —  Over the past few years …
Discussion: TechCrunch and parislemon
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Nielsen Wire:
Friends & Frenemies: Why We Add and Remove Facebook Friends
Discussion: Mashable! and Digits