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12:00 PM ET, December 11, 2011

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Mercury News:
Google founders offer ‘100 percent’ funding to save Hangar One, but no word back from NASA  —  Hangar One, once home to the Navy's giant airships at Moffett Field, finally has a few willing benefactors: Google's top three executives have offered to salvage the historic landmark.  —  No word yet on NASA's response.
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
No Copyright Intended  —  On October 26, a YouTube user named crimewriter95 posted a full-length version of Pulp Fiction, rearranged in chronological order.  —  A couple things struck me about this video.  —  First, I'm surprised that a full-length, 2.5-hour very slight remix of a popular film …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Louis C.K. Doesn't Get Torrents, But Gets Distribution  —  Stand-up comedian Louis C.K is selling a direct download of his show at the Beacon Theater for 5 dollars.  No DRM, no forced email spam, no expensive middle-man - just value for value.  That's how easy and convenient video distribution …
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.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Browser Study Sheds Light On Firefox's Insecurity (And Google Approves This Message)  —  Illustration by Galit Weisberg.  Click on the image to see his original.  —  Updated with a response from Mozilla.  —  When Google funds a study on browser security and allows it to be published …
Shan Li / Los Angeles Times:
Furor surrounds Amazon's price-comparison app  —  Retailers and a senator denounce a one-day promotional offer that will give discounts to Amazon customers who use the Price Check app while browsing at physical stores.  —  Amazon's Price Check app has users identify a product by scanning its bar code …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Falcone's LightSquared Said to Disrupt 75% of GPS in Tests  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Philip Falcone's proposed LightSquared Inc. wireless service caused interference to 75 percent of global-positioning system receivers examined in a U.S. government test, according to a draft summary of results.
John Callaham / Neowin.net:
1.7 million Xbox 360s sold in the US in November  —  Xbox 360 hardware units went through the roof in November 2011, according to new figures from the NPD Group.  As posted on Microsoft's official blog, the company sold a whopping 1.7 million units of the game console in the US last month …
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft: NFC already supported in Windows Phone  —  Exclusive: ‘Exciting things coming through soon’  —  Microsoft has told TechRadar that its current Windows Phone 7.5 platform already supports Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, but no manufacturer has enabled it as yet.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Slipstream: Bill Would Let Video Consumers Disclose All Their Choices  —  IF Netflix has its way, Facebook members in the United States may soon be able to see which of their friends and family members have just video-streamed “Paranormal Activity” or “Boys Don't Cry.”
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Senator Wants Answers from DHS Over Domain Name Seizures  —  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said Friday he would demand answers from the Department of Homeland Security about its domain seizure program known as Operation in Our Sites after it was revealed that the government kept …
Patrick Condon / Associated Press:
To thwart porn, colleges are buying up .xxx sites  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Kansas is buying up website names such as www.KUgirls.xxx and www.KUnurses.xxx.  But not because it's planning a Hot Babes of Kansas site or an X-rated gallery of the Nude Girls of the Land of Aaahs.
 
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Eric Goldman / Techdirt:
The Good And The Bad Of The New OPEN Bill From Wyden And Issa
Discussion: WebProNews
The White House:
We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Announces $2 Billion in Resources to Support Job-Creating Startups
Discussion: Pulse2 and Business Week
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
iPhone 4S Receives Network Access Permit, Set to Go On Sale in China This Month
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Boss: If The Chinese Censor The Internet Without A Problem, Why Can't The US?
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
The Crunchpad is proof of obviousness in the iPad design
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo and OSNews
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Seek TV Exec for Xbox
BBC:
Tweets cause US death row conviction to be overturned
Discussion: Examiner and Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft releases Silverlight 5