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4:30 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?
DealBook:
Yahoo to Consider Sale of Asian Assets  —  Yahoo's board will consider a deal to sell its holdings in Alibaba Group and its Japanese affiliate back to their majority owners in a complicated tax-free deal valued at about $17 billion, according to people briefed on the matter.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:   Yahoo is only worth $1 billion?
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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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA: Someone Else Is Pirating Through Our IP-Addresses  —  Over the past week we've had fun looking up what governments, Fortune 500 companies, and even the most dedicated anti-piracy groups download on BitTorrent.  All we had to do is put their IP-addresses into the search form on YouHaveDownloaded and hit after hit appeared.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
How hackers gave Subway a $3 million lesson in point-of-sale security  —  Update: this story has been corrected and amended based on information received from Richard James of sendpace.com  —  For thousands of customers of Subway restaurants around the US over the past few years …
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Ex-Google Man Sells Search Genius to Rest of World  —  MC Srivas brings Google's ‘secret sauce’ to everyone else.  Photo: MapR  —  M.C. Srivas is amazed by Google's search engine.  And he helped build Google's search engine.  —  He's amazed that if you search for “2005 Accord,” …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's the World's First Steve Jobs Statue  —  Here is a tutorial for public relations professionals: Some of you think that sending pitches with the subject line IN ALL CAPS is a good idea.  Others send out mass emails that begin “Item?”  Most of you send pitches about things I will never, ever care about.
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Circa, The Stealthy ‘News Experience’ Startup From Ben Huh And SimpleGeo Founder Matt Galligan  —  As we heard in August, SimpleGeo founder Matt Galligan left the company to pursue other interests.  SimpleGeo was then bought by UrbanAirship in November, and fellow co-founder Joe Stump left …
Discussion: GeekWire
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another $40 million for Jawbone from Kleiner Perkins, Deustche Telecom  —  Jawbone, a San Francisco-based company that makes mobile lifestyle accessories such as Jambox and Up, a personal health device, has raised another $40 million in new funds from Deutsche Telekom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Business Insider
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, GigaOM and alarm:clock
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Streamglider Takes On Flipboard And Pulse With Sleek Social Interest And News Reader For The iPad  —  Streamglider is launching its iPad app today, hoping to disrupt the tablet news consumption and social reader space.  Despite competition from Flipboard, Pulse, and many others …
Discussion: Nova Spivack
Liz Ahlberg / News Bureau:
Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce waste  —  Self-healing electronics.  Microcapsules full of liquid metal sit atop a gold circuit.  When the circuit is broken, the microcapsules rupture, filling in the crack and restoring the circuit.  —  « Click photo to enlarge
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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Grant McCool / Reuters:
Internet poker owner says he broke U.S. gambling law
Discussion: Bloomberg, Daily Mail and Forbes
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sony PlayStation Vita review (Japanese edition)
Discussion: The Verge
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google: AdMob Saw 8 Billion Tablet Ad Requests In November, Up 700 Percent From Last Year
Discussion: Electronista
Fergal Glynn / threatpost:
Quality Coding Takes A Break For The Holidays. But Why?
Discussion: TechEye
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, Engadget and Geekosystem
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Startups Return To Reality TV: Producer Of Bloomberg's TechStars Readies New Show
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Archos fights Kindle Fire with $199 Honeycomb tablet
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Amazon Finally Releases OTA Kindle Fire Update To Address Performance And Touchscreen Issues
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Distimo's Year-End Report Shows Why Developers Love iOS: iPhone 4x Android Revenue, iPad 2x
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