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1:15 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 …
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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Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Can CES survive without Microsoft?
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Don Southard / MacStories:
Evernote Releases Skitch for iPad  —  Skitch is a popular tool for annotating screenshots and images with the ability to quickly share them with others.  It was purchased by Evernote back in August of this year and today they are proud to present Skitch for iPad.
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
How SOPA's ‘circumvention’ ban could put a target on Tor  —  A little-noticed section of the Stop Online Piracy Act could make it illegal to distribute Tor and other software that can “circumvent” attempts by the U.S. government to block pirate Web sites.  —  The controversial Hollywood …
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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 …
Discussion: The Next Web, iClarified and 9to5Mac
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Kindle Fire no longer blocks Android Market website  —  Earlier this week, I grilled Amazon for attempting to control web browsing activities on its Kindle Fire.  Any attempts to browse Google's Android Market website were redirected to Amazon's own AppStore on the tablet.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Citi Survey: 27 Percent Watch Netflix Online Versus 15 Percent For Hulu  —  Both Netflix's brand and shares have been battered this year after price hikes last summer and the botched attempt to spin off the DVD rental business.  Netflix was roundly criticized for its miscommunication with customers, but what's been the actual effect?
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 …
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 …
Tony Hicks / Contra Costa Times:
People: Steve Jobs awarded a Grammy  —  Steve Jobs has won a Grammy.  —  Which makes sense, since he revolutionized the music industry by managing to shrink everyone's record collection into something that will fit in their pocket, among other achievements.
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
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.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Exclusive: a look at Kinect Fusion and Lightspace from Microsoft labs  —  As you might have seen in our second episode of On The Verge, our own Joshua Topolsky recently toured Microsoft's Building 99, where the company conducts a variety of wild research.  Today we're pleased to share a look …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
Study Shows AT&T's LTE Network Is Faster Than Verizon's — For Now  —  4G LTE provides significantly improved download speeds over 3G, AT&T's slightly faster than Verizon's.  Image: Metrico Wireless  —  Verizon has been touted as having the biggest, baddest, fastest 4G around.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Radeon HD 7970 official: 28nm, 2,048 Stream processors, and a $549 price for January 9th  —  AMD today launches the Radeon HD 7970, its first graphics card built at a 28nm production process and the first member of its Southern Islands family of GPUs.  As its name suggests …
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: The H Open Source
High Gear Media Network Feed:
In-Car Video Chat And 4G Streaming From OnStar  —  Detroit's North American International Auto Show is typically thought of as the kick-off of the year's major auto shows.  —  As automakers continue to integrate technology more and more into their vehicles, however, the Consumer Electronics Show …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
SetJam acquired by Motorola Mobility  —  Video discovery startup SetJam just got acquired by Motorola Mobility, founder and CEO Ryan Janssen wrote in an email Thursday morning.  Financial details of the deal weren't disclosed, but Janssen wrote: … SetJam used to compete with companies …
Discussion: TechCrunch, AllThingsD and WebProNews
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
MySpace plans Japan exit as Twitter, Facebook continue to grow there  —  It was once one of the Internet's heavyweights, but these days MySpace is a pale shade of its former glory.  Proof in point, word has it that the News Corp owned company will close its Japan office on February 1 next year …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Surprise — The Most Popular Facebook Game of 2011 Wasn't Made by Zynga  —  Facebook has released its list of the 10 most popular social games for 2011, and while the chart was dominated by Zynga titles, other companies received the top two slots.  —  The list revealed some other surprises, too.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Done Deal - Akamai Buys Rival Cotendo For $268 Million
Mark M. Jaycox / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Bloomberg:
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Tracks Grabs $1 Million To Build “The Experience Graph”; Adds Photobucket Founder To Its Board
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Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Evernote's ‘Clearly’ Clean-Reading Extension Comes to Firefox
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The Comeback of Xerox PARC
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Aol Shareholders Freak Out Over Exec Departures — As They Should
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Actually, Searches For “Google+” Are Petering Out
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