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9:10 PM ET, December 9, 2011

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HP:
HP to Contribute webOS to Open Source  —  HP to enable creativity of the community to accelerate the next-generation web-centric platform  —  HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community.  —  HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HP's Whitman: We'll Make WebOS-Powered Tablets In 2013  —  Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman finally announced the fate of operating system WebOS this morning, after the company previously announced that it was ceasing the development of all smartphones and tablets running Palm's webOS platform.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP open sources WebOS: The fallout  —  Summary: WebOS' ultimate open source fate remains to be seen, but rest assured there could be some disruption ahead for the smartphone industry.  —  Hewlett-Packard has decided to open source its WebOS in a bet that the mobile operating system …
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
H.P.'s Nondecision Decision on WebOS
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Mobility wins German patent suit against Apple, overcomes FRAND defense  —  At 9 AM today, the Mannheim Regional Court pronounced its ruling on one of the patent infringement lawsuits Motorola Mobility brought against Apple in Germany in April 2011.  This is the first substantive ruling in this dispute.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple: Motorola Patent Win Won't Keep iPhones From German Holiday Shoppers  —  Motorola Mobility scored a victory in its ongoing intellectual property battle with Apple today, when the Mannheim Regional Court granted it an injunction banning the import of iPhones and 3G-capable iPads into Germany.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Motorola Wins Preliminary Injunction, Could Bar Sales of iPhone and 3G iPad in Europe
Discussion: Examiner, GigaOM and FOSS Patents
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Seeks to Delay AT&T Trial  —  In a setback for AT&T Inc., a Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge Friday the agency wants to postpone its antitrust case seeking to block the acquisition of T-Mobile USA.  —  The request, if approved by the judge …
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Washington Post:
How AT&T fumbled its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile  —  The phone call hit like a one-two punch.  —  Days before Thanksgiving, AT&T's heavyweight lobbying team was busy setting up meetings with antitrust authorities scrutinizing the company's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile.
Bloomberg:
AT&T Judge Will Weigh Shutting Down T-Mobile Antitrust Trial
Discussion: Engadget, mocoNews and GeekWire
Marc Andreessen / pmarca:
A Clarification With Respect to Yahoo  —  Over the last several weeks, there have been erroneous reports in the press that my partner Jeff Jordan and/or I might become an operating executive of Yahoo in some capacity.  —  To be crystal clear, neither Jeff, nor I, nor any of our partners …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:   Andreessen Says He Has No Plans For “An Operating Role” At Yahoo
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
What it was like at this morning's Grand Central Apple Store opening  —  I missed Apple's new retail store opening this morning in New York's Grand Central Terminal, but my friend Arlo files this report and these photos.  Thanks! … Also: Commerce as content, shopping through art
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Wall Street Journal:
At Apple's Grand Central Store, iPhones Aren't the Only Draw
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Meet Google's Biggest U.S. Search Advertisers  —  New Kantar Estimate: IAC, Amazon.com, AT&T, Expedia, Experian and Microsoft Top the List  —  Google likes to talk about display and brand advertising these days but the vast majority of its revenue still comes from its revolutionary core product: search.
Paul Miller / The Verge:
The condescending UI  —  I have a kneejerk reaction to most modern computer user interfaces (also, all microwave user interfaces).  I've used plenty of excuses over the years: my “eye for design,” my love of minimalism, a sense of utility.  Today, I finally put my finger on it …
Toshi Tajima / Google Mobile Blog:
Now playing: Faster movie search on Android and iPhone  —  (Cross-posted on the Inside Search blog)  —  With the December movie season in full swing, we've just made it even faster and easier to discover movies, showtimes and theaters, all from your smartphone.
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Hillary Clinton: Hero and Villain of the Internet  —  As Congress sinks its teeth into an alternative to the widely loathed anti-piracy legislation that some fear will lead to Internet censorship, Hillary Clinton is standing up for the ideals of an open web.
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New York Times:
In Hague, Clinton Urges Countries Not to Restrict Internet
BBC:
Tweets cause US death row conviction to be overturned  —  Erickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted in 2010 of killing a 17-year-old  —  A juror's tweets have caused the murder conviction of a death row inmate to be overturned by a court in the US.  —  Arkansas Supreme Court judges …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer takes charge of retail division as search for Ron Johnson replacement continues  —  The Grand Central Terminal store opening had Steve Cano and Bob Bridger in attendance  —  Until November 1, 2011, Apple's widely successful retail branch was headed by Ron Johnson, J.C. Penney's new CEO.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Lync mobile clients for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone ready to roll  —  Summary: Microsoft looks to be ready to roll out its Lync unified communications client for Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, Symbian and the iPad on December 12.  —  Microsoft is ready to launch …
Matt Lynley / Business Insider:
Sarah Lacy And Mike Arrington Are Starting TechCrunch 2.0  —  Former managing editor of TechCrunch Sarah Lacy is doing what many people expected her to do after she left TechCrunch last month — building a brand new version of it.  —  Lacy is working on starting a new tech news site, according to multiple sources.
YouMail's Blog:
We're Baaaacck!  —  “In aviation, a chain of events, often called the error chain, is a term referring to the concept that many contributing factors typically lead to an accident, rather than one single event” (from Wikipedia) Good news.  YouMail is back in the Android Market, or will be shortly.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Sean Parker: There are Too Many Startups and VCs  —  At LeWeb this afternoon, TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis and Menlo Ventures Shervin Pishevar were joined by Napster co-founder, Facebook founding president and Spotify investor Sean Parker for a keynote interview.
Discussion: memeburn and TechCrunch
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Silverlight 5  —  Summary: Microsoft released to the Web on December 9 Silverlight 5, which could be the last major release of Microsoft's  —  Microsoft made available on December 9 for download the gold version of Silverlight 5, the latest version of its browser plug-in and Web …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Seek TV Exec for Xbox  —  Microsoft Corp. is seeking to hire a television executive to develop original shows as part of a drive to expand its Xbox Live game and video service, according to people with knowledge of the company's plans.  —  Microsoft has hired Tom Schneider …
Discussion: Business Insider
 
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