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6:30 AM ET, December 10, 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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Made A Deal With The Devil (No, Worse: A Patent Troll)  —  Over the last two years, Apple has been engaged in vicious legal battles over smartphone patents, many of which are aimed at squelching (or squeezing money out of) manufacturers of devices running Android.
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Electronista
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Universal Censors Megaupload Song, Gets Branded a “Rogue Label”  —  This morning we published an article on a new campaign by cyberlocker service Megaupload.  —  Site founder Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak he had commissioned a song from producer Printz Board featuring huge recording artists including P Diddy …
Brent Kendall / Dow Jones Newswires:
DOJ To File Withdrawal Motion Or Seek Stay In AT&T/T-Mobile Case  —  WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)—A Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge Friday the agency next week will file a motion that seeks to postpone court proceedings in its challenge to AT&T Inc.'s (T) proposed acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA.
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Bloomberg:
AT&T Judge Will Weigh Shutting Down T-Mobile Antitrust Trial
Discussion: Engadget, paidContent and GeekWire
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
The Crunchpad is proof of obviousness in the iPad design  —  The patent case between Apple and Samsung regarding the iPad and Galaxytab has been an ongoing issue.  Apple won an injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Australia, then saw the decision reversed, only for it to be re-applied by a higher court.
Discussion: TechCrunch, OSNews, Gizmodo and Baekdal.com
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Boss: If The Chinese Censor The Internet Without A Problem, Why Can't The US?  —  The MPAA is getting pretty desperate, it seems.  MPAA boss Chris Dodd was out trying to defend censoring the internet this week by using China as an example of why censorship isn't a problem.  It's kind of shocking, really.
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
iPhone 4S Receives Network Access Permit, Set to Go On Sale in China This Month  —  Finally.  Apple's iPhone 4S has made progress towards debuting in China.  On December 6, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), has officially issued the network access permit for the iPhone 4S.
Discussion: Engadget and Cult of Mac
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
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.
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Motorola Mobility wins German patent suit against Apple, overcomes FRAND defense
 
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BBC:
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Facebook speeds PHP development again with HipHop VM
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Chinese Internet Users Relish Irony Of SOPA's Great Firewall Of America
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
AOL's Patch Gets a Little Less Hyper-Local
Haavard / A Blog From Behind the Trenches:
Apple using patents to undermine open standards again