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12:10 PM ET, December 20, 2011

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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  —  Deutsche Telekom now is detailing the consolation prize it's getting from AT&T in the aftermath of its failed acquisition of T-Mobile — and in looking through the details, calling it a “consolation prize” really doesn't do it justice.
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Sprint Wins the Argument, but It's Still Losing the War
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Despite AT&T's defeat, wireless deals will continue
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
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly puts the final ink on $400-500 million purchase of Anobit, an Israeli flash-storage company  —  Last week's big Apple rumor was Apple's purported talks to purchase an Israeli flash memory firm called Anobit.  Now, Israeli news website Calcalist reports that the rumored deal has actually been finalized.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
YouTube in 2011: Over 1,000,000,000,000 Playbacks, 140 Views for Every Person on Earth  —  We'll leave it up to the cultural anthropologists of the future to unravel the significance of the fact that Rebecca Black's “Friday” was the most watched video on YouTube in 2011.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The parable of RIM  —  Here are the highlights from RIM's latest quarter:  — 14.1 million BlackBerry smartphones shipped, 13 million sold through  — 150k PlayBook shipped with sell-through slightly higher. 800k PlayBooks shipped so far.  — BlackBerry subscriber base up to 75 million
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Blackberry ($RIMM) is worth less than the Apple App Store. …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
iPhones, iPod Touches still on iOS 3.1.3 can't download new apps directly from the App Store  —  While fragmentation is a rare(r) problem on iOS there's still quite a few users rocking older versions on their devices.  Unfortunately for them, ever since a recent update on the 16th …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
After Years Of Patent Litigation, Nuance Acquires Vlingo  —  In what Vlingo CEO Dave Grannan calls a ‘good outcome’ on Twitter, the voice-to-text technology company has just been acquired by speech recognition king Nuance.  —  Notably, Nuance has repeatedly sued Vlingo over patent infringement …
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.
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 …
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.
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Apple Claims Samsung Tablet, Phone Cases Infringe Patents  —  Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., which on Dec. 9 lost a bid to keep Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy 10.1 tablet out of Australia, claims the case for the device and cases for Samsung phones infringe its patents and registered design.
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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: Betabeat and VentureBeat
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
Hyperbolic Headlines: Five Ways the Zynga IPO Changes Everything!!!  —  The Zynga IPO changes everything!!!!  Well, not really but the last few days have been a torrent of conjecture about the future of social games, tech IPOs and Mark Pincus' management style.
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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?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Puts $94M In Solar Projects; Clean Energy Investments Nearing $1B In Total  —  Google is ending 2011 with an investment that brings its total of renewable energy investments to an impressive $915 million.  The online search and advertising juggernaut this morning announced …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: WebProNews
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
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
U.S. Considers Combating Somali Militants' Twitter Use  —  NAIROBI, Kenya — The United States government is increasingly concerned about the Twitter account of the Shabab militant group of Somalia, with American officials saying Monday that they were “looking closely” at the militants' use …
Discussion: The Verge
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The End of the Web?  Don't Bet on It.  Here's Why  —  Fred Wilson recently posted a great video on his blog with the CEO of Forrester Research, George Colony.  The money slide is the graphic below.  —  The chart shows three scarce resources and their improvements over time.
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.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Interview: Cornell's Dean Huttenlocher, On Expanding Into NYC And Building A Tech Ecosystem  —  Cornell University has won the bid to build the big new technology campus on Roosevelt Island that New York City has been looking to create.  The plan is to foster a strong technology ecosystem …
Discussion: nyc.gov
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 …
 
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Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Anonymous takes down key government websites in Egypt once again
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Dell and China's Baidu launch new smartphone
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Seagate now officially owns Samsung's hard drive business
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Source: Groupon Doesn't Have The Cash to Build Its New Data Center
Discussion: Business Insider
Karim Temsamani / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
A look back at 2011  —  Mobile turned a corner this year.
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 Earlier Items: 
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Two days in the desert with Apple's lost founder, Ron Wayne
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Shrinking Margins Loom on Cloud Push
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Hard drive manufacturers slash warranty periods
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
Paul Sloan / CNET News:
Marc Andreessen: Predictions for 2012 (and beyond)
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Chris Dixon:
An internet of people  —  Over the past few years …
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