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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
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day  —  At this point quite a few internet companies have protested H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in creative ways.  Held by many to be the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet if it passes …
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 …
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
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Suggested Events Feature Based On Checkins  —  We're creatures of habit.  We go where we've already gone.  That's why Facebook's new Suggested Events feature I just discovered is so powerful — it knows where we've been thanks to our checkins.
Discussion: CNET News, All Facebook and Mashable!
Rachel Swaby / Wired.com:
With Sync Solved, Dropbox Squares Off With Apple's iCloud  —  In early 2009, just months after Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi launched Dropbox, a service that promised to sync users' photos, music, and documents across computers, Apple's MobileMe team suggested the pair come by for a chat.
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 …
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
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Louis CK's digital distribution experiment clears $1M in 12 days  —  Comedian Louis CK's recent digital distribution experiment to sell his latest standup performance independently has generated over $1 million, he announced in a statement on his website yesterday.
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 …
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Amazon recruiting engineers and researchers for Cambridge office, slated to open in February  —  Amazon's Massachusetts strategy in the past could be described with two words: free shipping.  When the tech giant has acquired local companies, it has shipped the products and people out to Seattle.
Discussion: Xconomy
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: PadGadget, IntoMobile and BGR, Thanks:jdalrymple
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Rhapsody tops 1M paying subscribers, and its president has the shaved head to prove it  —  Rhapsody's Jon Irwin, before and after 1 million subscribers.  —  Rhapsody says it has surpassed 1 million paying subscribers — leveraging its MetroPCS partnership, its recent acquisition of Napster …
Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
New app makes Siri dictate for Mac  —  A developer is tapping Siri's brain for dictation.  —  Typing with your hands is so retro.  —  Own an iPhone 4S and Mac computer?  Check out a new hands-free typing app called Air Dictate.  —  There are no public APIs for using the Siri voice-activated assistant …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
EFF Reverse-engineers Carrier IQ, Requests Help in Deciphering Data  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a continued bid to fight against injustices related to emerging technologies, has cracked open the Carrier IQ software package.  Since first contacted by Trevor Eckhart after being issued …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts Store To Recommend ‘Best Of’ Digital Books, Apps, Movies, Software, Music And More  —  Amazon is making it easier for its users to discover recommended content today with the launch of a new ‘best of’ digital store, where consumers can find recommendations from Amazon's team …
Discussion: Amazon.com and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Fusion Garage's Chandra Rathakrishnan... post-fallout
Discussion: Liliputing, Electronista and Technologizer, Thanks:nikcub
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
MySpace plans Japan exit as Twitter, Facebook continue to grow there
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
LinkedIn open sources code from IndexTank acquisition
Discussion: The H Open Source and Macworld
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Silver Lake Founders Said to Cut Stake
Discussion: Deal Journal
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
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
How the iPhone Zapped Carriers
Discussion: Forbes
Chris Dixon:
The TripAdvisor IPO  — Great startup story.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime tablet
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
The truth about Microsoft and CES