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2:15 PM ET, December 21, 2011

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Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Intel Shows Off Its Smart Phone and Tablet for 2012  —  Prototype devices show Intel chips running devices that could challenge the iPhone and iPad early next year.  —  The era of the personal computer dawned thanks in no small part to the chip maker Intel.
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Lee Mathews / Geek.com:
Intel shows off first Medfield-powered Android smartphone and tablet
Discussion: GMSV
Frank X. Shaw / TechNet Blogs:
2012 Marks Final CES Keynote for Microsoft  —  Our industry moves fast and changes faster.  And so the way we communicate with our customers must change in equally speedy ways.  To ensure it does, we constantly challenge our assumptions.  For example:  —  · What's the right time and place to make announcements?
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Nokia Flirted With RIM  —  Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. in recent months flirted with the idea of making a joint bid for Research In Motion Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The status of the talks remains unclear.  But the fact that the discussions took place …
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Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Exclusive: Amazon weighed buying RIM but interest cooled  —  (Reuters) - Research In Motion Ltd has turned down takeover overtures from Amazon.com Inc and other potential buyers because the BlackBerry maker prefers to fix its problems on its own, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Here's The Damning Letter A Massive AOL Shareholder Just Sent Tim Armstrong  —  Investment firm Starboard Value LP, which owns 4.5% of AOL, just sent a remarkably polite letter to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong telling him he is blowing it and that he needs Starboard's help.
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Anupreeta Das / Wall Street Journal:
Activist Fund Slams AOL's Strategy
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
TripAdvisor Dips Lower on First Day of Trading  —  TripAdvisor, which has collected more than 50 million reviews from travelers around the world, is facing a critique of its own on its first day trading on the Nasdaq.  —  The company, which was officially spun out of Expedia yesterday …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GeekWire and Pulse2
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
IPS Tablet Display Technology Shoot-Out Amazon Kindle Fire - Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet - Apple iPad 2  —  Introduction A new wave of Tablets has arrived just in time for Christmas... But as we have seen many times before, most new Tablets are poorly thought out contenders that just wash away with the next wave.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Kindle iOS app updated with new iPad UI for magazines, Send-to-Kindle cloud storage and more  —  The Kindle iPhone and iPad app were given a significant update, bringing it up to version 2.9 and introducing many new and highly requested features.  —  First up are a few iPad specific changes …
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC testing new models after patent case; shares jump  —  (Reuters) - HTC Corp has begun testing new phone models that work around technology cited in a patent lawsuit won by arch-rival Apple Inc, and HTC's chief executive voiced optimism over the company's ability to meet challenging market conditions.
Richard Allan / Facebook:
Facebook and the Irish Data Protection Commission  —  The people who use Facebook take privacy and data protection seriously and so do we.  We work closely with privacy commissioners and regulators around the world to demonstrate our compliance with legal requirements and to improve our policies and practices.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear  —  The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is delayed in Congress, but it is definitely not dead.  The media company lobbyists and their Congressmen (hello, Lamar Smith!) are simply regrouping.  Some of the more controversial aspects …
Discussion: The Next Web
The Mozilla Blog:
New Firefox for Android Experience Optimized for Tablets  —  Firefox for Android introduces a completely redesigned experience that is optimized for tablets and makes mobile browsing more intuitive.  New tools in Firefox enable developers to create interactive mobile Web experiences.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Amazon Finally Releases OTA Kindle Fire Update To Address Performance And Touchscreen Issues  —  Great news, Kindle Fire owners.  Amazon just announced the long overdue Kindle Fire update that's said to resolve many of the issues with the budget tablet.  Most of the common complaints are addressed …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google Voice for iPhone updated; adds multi-recipient texting, Sprint support and more  —  Google has pushed live a new update for its Google Voice iPhone application, bringing iPhone users up to speed with features that have been present in its Android equivalent.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Dear Congress: It's Not OK Not To Know How Search Engines Work, Either  —  Did watching elected representatives debate SOPA last week without understanding some fundamentals of the internet rattle your nerves?  Welcome to my world of watching the same thing happen about Google and search.
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Verizon: ‘4G LTE service returning to normal’  —  Late last night we discovered that many Verizon customers were not seeing 4G service on their phones.  Verizon support confirmed the issue, but it seems like the network is now back in business or at least on its way.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
1 Million Articles Auto-Shared Daily, So Yahoo! Expands Facebook Integration To 26 More Sites  —  Facebook's Frictionless Sharing integration has been a huge win for Yahoo! News US.  After just 2 months, 1 million articles are being shared to Facebook daily leading to 500,000 daily referrals.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Half a billion dollars: why Apple's acquisition of Anobit matters  —  Apple reportedly acquired the Israeli flash memory design firm Anobit in a deal that cost the company $500 million dollars.  Anobit management told its staff of the acquisition this week, according to Israeli newspaper Calcalist …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Distimo's Year-End Report Shows Why Developers Love iOS: iPhone 4x Android Revenue, iPad 2x  —  There are now over a million mobile applications available across the top seven major app stores, according to mobile analytics firm Distimo in its year-end report for 2011.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Sharing Scheduler App Buffer Raises $400,000, Gets Kicked Out Of US  —  First, the bad news for Buffer.  The startup of European expats in San Francisco is being kicked out of the country due to our stupid, self-destructive immigration laws.  They're temporarily relocating to Hong Kong while they try to figure things out.
Discussion: Buffer and GigaOM
Fergal Glynn / threatpost:
Quality Coding Takes A Break For The Holidays.  But Why?  —  I recently read a blog post by CloudFlare and Shawn Graham that asked a fantastic (and timely) question: “Do Hackers Take The Holidays Off?”  CloudFlare sees traffic for hundreds of thousands of websites and was able to answer the question.
Discussion: TechEye
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Intensifies Search for CEO (With Hulu's Kilar as One Dream Unicorn Candidate)  —  Whatever you want to call him or her — a silver bullet, the cure or, as I like to say, the last unicorn — Yahoo's ever-seeking and never-deciding board has now renewed its focus on finding a new CEO.
Discussion: Business Insider and GeekWire
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
What the heck is a ‘disposable’ iPhone camera?  —  Hipstamatic Disposable has only a tiny framing window.  —  A week ago, the Hipstamatic team added a new social camera app to its lineup, Hipstamatic Disposable.  And today, Sincerely is launching Dotti Disposable.
DAVID ASCHER:
You knew the old Mozilla, meet the new Mozilla  —  One of the notable things about working at Mozilla over the last few years right now is that our aims have gotten much more ambitious, but perception moves slower than reality, even among people who spend every working hour working on the project.
 
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Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Ex-Google Man Sells Search Genius to Rest of World
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's the World's First Steve Jobs Statue
Discussion: PR Newswire and TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google: AdMob Saw 8 Billion Tablet Ad Requests In November, Up 700 Percent From Last Year
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nokia Belle update kills Symbian name, coming in February 2012
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
On Twitter, people want to follow personal versus official accounts of journalists
Discussion: GigaOM and Global Voices
Chris Welch / The Verge:
SMS and social media banned in Congo, deaf residents lose critical means of contact
Discussion: Forbes and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Startups Return To Reality TV: Producer Of Bloomberg's TechStars Readies New Show
Discussion: Business Insider
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Archos fights Kindle Fire with $199 Honeycomb tablet
Discussion: CNET News, ReadWriteWeb and BetaNews
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
U.S. removes Baidu from “notorious markets” list
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Andy Rubin announces: 700,000 Android devices activated every day