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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
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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!
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box  —  Verizon will be rolling out a new Media Server product for its FiOS customers later next year, which will be a single hardware device that will eventually eliminate the need for a set-top box altogether.
Discussion: Electronista
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
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: The Next Web and Business Insider
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.
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Apps Are For Android, Games For the iPhone  —  The iPhone is the domain of the game.  Android is the land of the app. 2011 showed some very distinct trends in user activity on the two major mobile platforms.  A study done by Xylogic shows that of the top 25 app publishers for iOS, only one does not produce games.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Republic Wireless changes stance: unlimited will be truly unlimited, ‘no thresholds’ or asterisks  —  Credit where it's due: Republic Wireless has just made an about-face on the only major downfall we saw in its new wireless proposition.  While most of the big boys have had an asterisk by …
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
 
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Has More Online Shoppers Than Walmart
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
FCC approves AT&T-Qualcomm deal
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts Store To Recommend ‘Best Of’ Digital Books, Apps, Movies, Software, Music And More
Discussion: Amazon.com and ReadWriteWeb
Brian Heater / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Fusion Garage's Chandra Rathakrishnan... post-fallout
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MySpace plans Japan exit as Twitter, Facebook continue to grow there
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The TripAdvisor IPO  — Great startup story.
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