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10:55 PM ET, December 12, 2011

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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Microsoft Replaces Lees as Head of Windows Phone Business  —  Microsoft is moving the current head of its Windows Phone business, Andy Lees, to a new role, AllThingsD has learned.  —  Terry Myerson, the corporate VP who has led engineering efforts for the phone unit …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Did Steve Ballmer just promote or demote Windows Phone chief?
Discussion: WinRumors and BGR
Michael Morisy / Muckrock:
FBI: Carrier IQ files used for “law enforcement purposes”  —  The spook in your pocket  —  A recent FOIA request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for “manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ” was met with a telling denial.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The FBI is using Carrier IQ data in investigations? Not so fast...
Discussion: Examiner
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish Network Seeks to Partner With T-Mobile USA If AT&T Acquisition Fails  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH), the second largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, is seeking to partner with T-Mobile USA if AT&T Inc. (T)'s takeover bid fails, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Clayton said in an interview.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Wikipedia Mulls Total Blackout to Oppose SOPA  —  Later this week, the Senate's House Judiciary Committee will vote on the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA).  —  Supporters of the bill say it's needed to safeguard the interests of rightsholders who claim their businesses are threatened by online piracy.
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Google chairman says online piracy bill would ‘criminalize’ the Internet
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Wall Street Journal:
A Rare Apple Compromise  —  Apple Inc. is learning to compromise.  —  Facing challenges winning over advertisers for its iAd mobile advertising service, Apple is softening its approach to advertisers as it loses ground to Google Inc. in the fast-growing mobile ad market.
DigiTimes:
Next generation iPads to be available in 3-4 months, say sources  —  The next generation iPads are expected to be available in the next 3-4 months as makers in the supply chain have started delivering parts and components for the new tablets to OEM contractors while reducing those prepared for iPad 2 …
AppleInsider:
Apple adds ability to delete individual Photo Stream pics in iOS 5.1 beta 2  —  Apple on Monday provided developers with a second beta of iOS 5.1, with the latest update granting the ability to delete individual photos synced to the iCloud Photo Stream feature.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft iPad mania: New OneNote app today; new Lync app soon  —  Summary: The iPad-optimized version of Microsoft OneNote is out, and the Lync mobile client for the iPad, iPhone, Android and Symbian phones is coming “shortly.”  —  The early warning indicators were right.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Why Twitter Engineers And Execs Keep Quitting - One Insider's Explanation  —  From the outside, Twitter seems like it's doing very well.  It has 2,400 advertisers and 100 million active users, 50 million of whom send 250 million tweets every day.  The company is worth $8 billion on secondary markets.
GSMArena:
EXCLUSIVE: Big Sony Ericsson Arc HD (Nozomi) live shots pop up  —  Now look what we found in our mailbox this morning.  We just received photos of the upcoming Sony Ericsson flagship and some specs to go with them.  Unfortunately, we didn't get the name cleared out so we don't know if the earlier …
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Blogger Gets “The First of Many Google+ Features”  —  Blogger has announced “the first of many Google+ features” today, launching an automatic +snippet sharing box after you publish a blog post.  It only saves a few clicks, but this makes it as easy as humanly possible to share Blogger posts to your Google+ circles.
Discussion: Blogger Buzz and 9to5Google
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple TV Set-Top Box Predicted to Sell 4 Million Units, Grab 32% Market Share in 2011  —  Market research firm Strategy Analytics today reported on the release of its new research report covering “connected TV players” such as the current Apple TV and Roku boxes.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Are We Suffering Global Gadget Fatigue?  —  Are people suffering from gadget overload?  Are they exhausted by the consumer equivalent of the brain fatigue — information overload — that is caused by a constant updates of devices and online media?  —  Underwriters Laboratories …
Discussion: The Verge, TechCrunch and MediaFile
Apple:
Apple's Mac App Store Downloads Top 100 Million  —  Apple® today announced that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac® App Store™ in less than one year.  With thousands of free and paid apps, the Mac App Store brings the App Store experience to the Mac …
LucianParfeni / Softpedia News:
Firefox Source Code Is So Big, It Hit the 32-Bit Virtual Address Space Limit  —  Mozilla, or rather the Firefox team, is facing a somewhat unusual problem that is holding up development in some cases.  Firefox can't reliably be compiled because the linker runs out of virtual address space.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
A Very Rare Video of Steve Jobs Telling the History of Apple  —  This very rare video was recorded in the 1980s.  It shows Steve Jobs talking about the origin of Apple.  It's fascinating to see how he hints at the Next Big Thing, back when the Macintosh was still a secret project in development.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
AT&T, Verizon test 4G LTE Nokia Lumia phone  —  A version of Nokia's Lumia 800 with 4G LTE is in labs at AT&T and Verizon right now.  —  Behind the scenes, Nokia is making some headway with the big two carriers in the U.S.  —  The Finnish handset vendor, eager for a comeback …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iTunes 10.5.2 with iTunes Match and Audio Distortion Fixes  —  Apple today released iTunes 10.5.2, an update bringing improvements to iTunes Match and fixes for an audio distortion issue experienced with certain CDs. … The download is currently available via Apple's downloads page …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Computerworld, BGR and iPhone
Kate Rose / YouTube Blog:
Opening up a world of educational content with YouTube for Schools  —  When I was in school during the 90s, watching videos in the classroom was a highlight of any week.  The teacher would roll in a television on a cart, pop in a VHS tape, and then we'd enjoy whatever scratchy science video …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple tells MFI's to get busy building next-gen iOS accessories with Airplay over Bluetooth 4.0  —  AirPlay, a proprietary protocol by Apple allowing for worry-free wireless streaming of audio, video, photos and related metadata between certified devices, is about to gain an enhanced support …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Apple's MacBook Air to dominate ultrabook market, says analyst  —  Apple's MacBook Air will generate huge sales and retain its dominant market share despite the growing onslaught of rival ultrabooks, says a new report from J.P. Morgan.  At least for now.  —  As other vendors try …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
News Aggregator Thoora Shuts Down After Taking 2 Years To Launch  —  Just 3 months after its public launch following 2 years of private beta, content discovery engine Thoora today announced that it will shut down.  Thoora's website, Android tablet app, WordPress plugin …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
AMD prepping ultrathin laptops to compete with Intel's ultrabooks  —  When AMD announced it was planning to shift focus in 2012, many assumed it was moving towards phones and tablets, but the company's stated it intends to power an “ultrathin” line of laptops that competes with Intel's ultrabook line.
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Doesn't Need to ‘Like’ Wall Street
John P. Mello Jr. / PC World:
Adults Now Spend More Time With Mobile Devices Than With Print Media
Discussion: eMarketer, Digits and TechCrunch
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing Private Messages Between People and Pages
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
AOL Will Combine Dial-Up, Web Services in Reorganization
Discussion: CNET News and Business Insider
Billy Steele / Engadget:
ASUS delays Transformer Prime's release until WiFi fix is found (update: Prime to be released the week of 12/19)
Discussion: BGR and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
The pirates of YouTube  —  The real villains of YouTube …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Trojan Horse: Don't Underestimate The Kindle Fire
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Megaupload to Sue Universal, Joins Fight Against SOPA
Sung-won Shim / Reuters:
Samsung says sells over 300 million mobile handsets in 2011