December 30, 2012, 6:20 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Intel's Cable TV Service And Set Top Box Will Soon Roll Out City By City  —  Intel is preparing to launch its rumored virtual cable TV service and set top box and has a plan to overcome licensing hurdles.  Rather than roll out nationwide, the launch will happen on a city-by-city basis so Intel …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Looks Like PBS Made A ‘Silicon Valley’ TV Show That Could Really Be Worth Watching  —  Those who dreaded the ‘Silicon Valley’ reality TV series that aired this past year on Bravo did not have much to worry about after all.  The show received mostly negative reviews and had a lackluster performance …
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Facebook Poke and the Tedium of Success Theater  —  There's a big problem in social media right now.  —  It's boring.  —  A crucial and indispensable source of news and information, absolutely.  But more often than not, it's also tedious and predictable.
More: GigaOMTweets: @pkafka
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC judge wants Samsung to post a bond of 88% of its U.S. smartphone sales due to Apple patent case  —  An October 24, 2012 preliminary ruling that held Samsung to infringe four Apple patents could have more drastic consequences for Samsung's U.S. business than previously known.
Dave McClure:
Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution.  —  abstract: menus suck. … everyone eats, everyone is online; what the hell we waiting for?  —  disclosure: 500 Startups is an investor in E la Carte, and other food-tech startups like Blissmo, Chewse, ClubW, CraftCoffee …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Michigan Becomes Latest State To Protect Citizens From Employers And Schools Snooping On Private Social Feeds  —  Employers and schools in Michigan, the greatest state in the Nation, are now prohibited from asking employees and students for passwords to their personal email and social media accounts.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
I Can Has Funding: Cheezburger Raises $5M From Foundry, Madrona , Softbank For LOLcats, FAIL Blog And Other Memes  —  Cheezburger, the internet publisher responsible for LOLcats, FAIL Blog, and other memes, has raised $5 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Which headline terms trended in 2012 on Techmeme?  —  “Help!  I'm trending!”  —  Forget all those other tacky end-of-year lists, and sit back and enjoy Techmeme's latest awesome end-of-year lists.  Yep, it's finally time to dive into the terms that trended up or down the most in Techmeme headlines this year.

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