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8:45 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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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Sprint Wins the Argument, but It's Still Losing the War  —  Shares of Sprint are rallying by about 6 percent in after-hours trading, on word that AT&T has abandoned its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile.  —  That's really only a jump of 13 cents per share — a figure that says a lot about the pickle …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
AT&T-Mobile deal is dead: Now what?  —  AT&T's $39 billion bid …
Discussion: Reuters, Deal Journal and Sramana Mitra
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  —  HTC on Monday responded to a ruling from the United States International Trade Commission that will ban the import of several HTC devices beginning April 19th, 2012.
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly puts the final ink on $400-500 million purchase of Anobit, an Israeli flash-storage company  —  Last week's big Apple rumor was Apple's purported talks to purchase an Israeli flash memory firm called Anobit.  Now, Israeli news website Calcalist reports that the rumored deal has actually been finalized.
Paul Sloan / CNET News:
Marc Andreessen: Predictions for 2012 (and beyond)  —  Marc Andreessen's view of the world boils down to software.  —  From where he stands, as the guy who co-founded Netscape Communications and now co-runs the powerful Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen-Horowitz, no industry is safe from software.
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung officially announces Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy devices, coming in Q1 2012  —  Samsung has finally confirmed the release timeframe of Ice Cream Sandwich OS for its range of Galaxy devices.  Apart from Galaxy Nexus that already runs Android 4., Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook is suing Mark Zuckerberg  —  Summary: Israeli entrepreneur Rotem Guez has legally changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg.  It's his latest response to a legal battle he's fighting with the social networking giant over his Like Store.  —  Facebook is suing Mark Zuckerberg.
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney.com:
What's really behind Twitter's staff exodus  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Twitter's transformation from startup to power player has hit its rocky adolescent stage.  In the past six months, more than a dozen high-level employees have departed.  The sudden exodus set Silicon Valley chattering: What's going on at Twitter?
Discussion: DealBook
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The parable of RIM  —  Here are the highlights from RIM's latest quarter:  — 14.1 million BlackBerry smartphones shipped, 13 million sold through  — 150k PlayBook shipped with sell-through slightly higher. 800k PlayBooks shipped so far.  — BlackBerry subscriber base up to 75 million
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brian s hall:
Blackberry ($RIMM) is worth less than the Apple App Store. …
Stanford Law Review:
Don't Break the Internet  —  Two bills now pending in Congress—the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House—represent the latest legislative attempts to address a serious global problem: large-scale online copyright and trademark infringement.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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.
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
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
Chris Dixon:
An internet of people  —  Over the past few years, a bunch of web-based marketplaces have gotten popular - Etsy, Kickstarter, AirBnb, to name a few.  Many of these business ideas had been tried before but are succeeding only now.  —  When a trend like this emerges, it's always interesting to ask “why now?”
Discussion: TechCrunch and parislemon
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
Nielsen Wire:
Friends & Frenemies: Why We Add and Remove Facebook Friends  —  To friend or to de-friend, that is the question.  New research from NM Incite, a Nielsen McKinsey company, reveals that there are innumerable factors that help Facebook users decide to add a friend or cull someone from the fold …
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
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.
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.
 
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Seagate now officially owns Samsung's hard drive business
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Sprint Sues Time Warner, Comcast Over Digital Phone Technology
Discussion: Light Reading
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Shrinking Margins Loom on Cloud Push
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Hard drive manufacturers slash warranty periods
Discussion: TechEye, The Tech Report and TechSpot
Matthew Goldstein / Reuters:
Exclusive: Falcone's wireless company running out of cash
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia CEO says to keep headquarters in Finland: TV
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IBM ‘5 in 5’ predicts no more passwords, mind-reading smartphones
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