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4:30 PM ET, December 22, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won't be able to compete, company source says  —  Bad products, horrible software and no cohesive vision have seemingly turned Research In Motion into a company without motion at this point.  Throw in a huge delay before BlackBerry 10 smartphones start shipping …
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM: Rumors About BlackBerry 10 Problems “Simply False”  —  Research In Motion has a simple rebuttal to rumors claiming it hasn't been truthful about the reasons behind the delay of its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system: They're bogus.  —  Responding to a Boy Genius Report post claiming …
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
RIM CEOs lied about BlackBerry 10 delay, report says  —  The BlackBerry PlayBook will be the only device running on RIM's next-generation platform until late next year.  —  RIM just can't get its act together.  —  The company's best hope for a recovery, its next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Google Will Pay Mozilla Almost $300M Per Year in Search Deal, Besting Microsoft and Yahoo  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Earlier this week, Google and Mozilla said they had struck a deal to renew their search royalty agreement for another three years.
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Matt McGee / Marketing Land:   Google Triples Its Spending To Keep Default Search Spot In Firefox
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
New iPhone?  No thanks, say cash-conscious Europeans  —  (Reuters) - Weakening economies and falling prices of rival smartphones are hurting sales of Apple iPhones across Europe, data from research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showed on Thursday.  —  The October roll-out of Apple's iPhone 4S boosted …
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's sinking share in France and Germany may be fueling patent wars
Matthias Inverardi / Reuters:
Apple nears German court rebuff in row with Samsung  —  (Reuters) - A German court rejected Apple's claims that Samsung Electronics' reworked tablet PC still looks like a copycat version of the iPad, in a preliminary assessment.  —  Apple is fighting several rival makers of smartphones …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Lab, Dies at 90  —  Jacob E. Goldman, a physicist who as Xerox's chief scientist founded the company's vaunted Palo Alto Research Center, which invented the modern personal computer, died on Tuesday in Westport, Conn. He was 90.  —  The cause was congestive heart failure, his son Melvin said.
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy's SOPA Support Sparks Calls for Boycotts and Domain Transfers  —  The list of companies that support the controversial piece of U.S. legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is fairly predictable.  It includes huge media conglomerates, music industry groups, pharmaceutical companies and the like.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Global Nerdy
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Experian Hitwise:
Facebook was the top search term for third straight year  —  Social network search term tops list for sixth straight year; Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian most popular public figure and top personality search New York, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2011 - Experian Hitwise, a part of Experian Marketing Services …
Jason Green / Mercury News:
Construction to begin soon on ‘prototype’ Apple store in downtown Palo Alto  —  Work is set to begin “any day now” on a prototype Apple store in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, according to city planning officials.  The city issued a building permit on Dec. 12 for the modern …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
The truth about Microsoft and CES  —  There's been a bit of back and forth today over Microsoft's announcement that it would be ending its long-standing CES keynote role, and will no longer have a booth at the show as it's done for many years.  Head of Microsoft's corporate communications …
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Alexandra Bruell / AdAge:
That Was Fast: Twitter, Edelman Part Ways  —  But Did the Social Network Need PR Help In the First Place?  —  Faster than you can type a 140-character tweet, the relationship between Twitter and PR giant Edelman is over.  —  The relationship went south within a few weeks …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Next Web
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Mossberg's Look at 2011's Biggest Tech Products  —  While other industries struggled, consumer technology seemed to march ahead as always in 2011, with important new products and services continuing to roll out.  Sure, some tech companies, like BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, suffered reverses.
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
LogMeIn provides free remote Mac access from iOS devices  —  LogMeIn has a nice holiday gift for iOS device owners this season: a new free app called simply LogMeIn (iTunes link) that provides remote viewing access and control of Macs and PCs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
White spaces are a go! (at least in Wilmington)  —  Ignoring the threats by Congress to kill off white spaces, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday green-lighted commercial operations of the first networks and devices to tap into the airwave gaps between TV broadcasts …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad gets 83% satisfaction rating  —  A new study from the Software Usability Research Laboratory (SURL) shows that Apple's iPad continues to satisfy its customers.  —  According to the research, 83.65 percent of respondents to the survey were satisfied with the iPad.
Discussion: BGR, Thanks:jdalrymple
Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies  —  We have an IPO market for web companies again.  I don't have all the names in front of me, but this year has brought IPOs for Pandora, LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, and TripAdvisor.  These five companies are all trading for north of $1bn market cap.
Discussion: Betabeat and Nick O'Neill
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime tablet  —  Don't say we didn't tell you so: Hasbro sued Asus over the name of its Transformer Prime tablet last week, in a Los Angeles court.  The toymaker is no doubt worried that the name could be confused with that of its Transformers franchise …
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Pinterest sees site visits increase by 4,000% in just 6 months  —  Pinterest, despite still being an invitation only site, is continuing to grow at pretty impressive rates, with the most recent spike seen in the past 6 months.  —  According to statistics announced by Hitwise …
Chris Dixon:
The TripAdvisor IPO  — Great startup story.  Raised a total of $4.2m in venture capital, sold to IAC/Expedia for $210M, and had some interesting adventures and pivots along the way.  They started out by trying to aggregate reviews from other websites and white label their product to Expedia and other large travel websites.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
LinkedIn open sources code from IndexTank acquisition  —  Solid engineering talent is such a prized resource nowadays that many tech firms have taken to doing acqui-hires, which is the practice of buying a company for its employees rather than for its products or technology.
Discussion: Macworld and The H Open Source
Brian Heater / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Fusion Garage's Chandra Rathakrishnan... post-fallout  —  If we learned anything from our last encounter with Chandra Rathakrishnan, it's that the Fusion Garage CEO is nothing if not candid when discussing his company's past failings.
Discussion: Technologizer, Liliputing and Electronista, Thanks:nikcub
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia And RIM To Battle Google Over Indoor Location Market  —  Indoor location positioning looks poised to be the next hot mobile service with its ability to enable smarter mobile offers and more accurate local searches.  Google has an early lead but an analysis …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
How the iPhone Zapped Carriers  —  Americans are glued to their mobile devices, obsessively calling, texting, emailing and downloading applications.  So why is the U.S. wireless industry in such straits, as shown by AT&T Inc.'s crucial but failed plan to buy T-Mobile USA?
Discussion: Forbes
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts Store To Recommend ‘Best Of’ Digital Books, Apps, Movies, Software, Music And More
Discussion: Amazon.com and ReadWriteWeb
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
MySpace plans Japan exit as Twitter, Facebook continue to grow there
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Done Deal - Akamai Buys Rival Cotendo For $268 Million
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Silver Lake Founders Said to Cut Stake
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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Exclusive: a look at Kinect Fusion and Lightspace from Microsoft labs
Discussion: TechNet Blogs
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Tracks Grabs $1 Million To Build “The Experience Graph”; Adds Photobucket Founder To Its Board
Discussion: VatorNews and Betabeat
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Evernote's ‘Clearly’ Clean-Reading Extension Comes to Firefox
Discussion: Evernote Blogcast and TechCrunch
David Talbot / Technology Review:
The Comeback of Xerox PARC
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Actually, Searches For “Google+” Are Petering Out
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Radeon HD 7970 official: 28nm, 2,048 Stream processors, and a $549 price for January 9th
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Kindle Fire no longer blocks Android Market website
 

 
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