December 30, 2012, 11:55 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 …
Josh Miller / Medium:
Tenth Grade Tech Trends  —  A few months ago, my fifteen-year-old sister told me that Snapchat was going to be the next Instagram.  Many months before that she told me that Instagram was being used by her peers as much as Facebook.  Both times I snickered.
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Electronic Devices on Planes Are Dangerous Because of F.A.A. Rules  —  A pilot uses the FlySmart with Airbus app on an Apple iPad.  The F.A.A. has no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane's avionics, but it still perpetuates such claims.  —  Over the last year …

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