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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?  —  I'm scratching my head wondering.  You want to answer that one?  If you work for Microsoft, I'd love your anonymous response.  —  This afternoon, in an email sent to Microsoft employees, CEO Steve Ballmer announced …
Discussion: WinRumors and BGR
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Softens Stance to Lure Mobile Ads  —  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.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:   IDC offers scathing prediction of certain death for Apple's iAd program
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Reportedly Buying Flash Memory Company Anobit For $400 Million - $500 Million  —  Apple is reportedly going to use part of its enormous pile of cash to buy an Israeli fabless semiconductor company that specializes in flash storage solutions.  Calcalist reports - in Hebrew …
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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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Exclusive Interview: Carrier IQ Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring
Discussion: Engadget
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The FBI is using Carrier IQ data in investigations? Not so fast...
Discussion: Examiner and SlashGear
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone SMS attack discovered, reboots device and disables messaging hub  —  Microsoft's range of Windows Phone devices suffer from a denial-of-service attack that allows attackers to disable the messaging functionality on a device.  —  The flaw works simply by sending an SMS to a Windows Phone user.
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Kevin v the world: reformed pirate sues tech giants for millions  —  Asher Moses  —  The Sydney entrepreneur who created Kazaa is a shareholder and chairman of a US company that is suing the biggest names on the internet, including Google and Amazon, for patent infringement in a case …
Discussion: The Register and Silicon Republic
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
Discussion: Go To Hellman, Thanks:gnagesh
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Music and Movies Debut in 16 Latin American Countries, Brazil Gets iTunes Match  —  Following closely after a previously-rumored launch date of December 8th, Apple has now turned on new iTunes Store music and movie content in 16 Latin American countries.
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J.B. / Fusible.com:
Microsoft using So.cl domain hack for private beta of its new social network  —  If you have been hoping to catch a glimpse of Microsoft's new social network, called Socl, you won't have any luck with the web address socl.com.  The service, which is in private beta, is currently only available to a very limited audience.
Discussion: SlashGear and Microsoft News
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
A Closer Look At Apple's Role In The E-book ‘Conspiracy’  —  In the mushrooming controversy over e-books, it's easy to understand the publishers' motives.  But what about Apple?  (NSDQ: AAPL) Did the company want to raise book prices in order to protect its iPad and blunt the rise of Amazon?
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.
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Modern Warfare 3 Passes $1 Billion in Sales in 16 Days  —  Modern Warfare 3, the first-person shooter video game, passed $1 billion in sales in just 16 days, according to Activision Blizzard, the game's distributor.  Modern Warfare 2, an earlier installment of the game, took 60 days to reach the same milestone.
Discussion: Pulse2 and investor.activision.com
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Europe Thinks Open Data Could Add €40 Billion To Its Economy  —  The European Commission is proposing to legislate to force all the continent's public bodies to open up their data for re-use by citizens and private developers, and also wants to give “internet survival packs” to hacktivists challenging repressive regimes.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Doesn't Need to ‘Like’ Wall Street  —  Mark Zuckerberg should unfriend Wall Street.  —  Facebook's founder has come a long way from his Harvard University dorm room, where the idea of a social-networking site first took shape.  As The Wall Street Journal reported recently …
Discussion: memeburn
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Rara Sells Streaming Music to Everyone Who Hasn't Heard of Streaming Music  —  You get your legal music on the Web from services like Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, and Pandora.  Also, perhaps, from services like Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio.  Etc.  —  Yet here comes one more, via Rara.com.
Discussion: mocoNews and Pocket-lint
John P. Mello Jr. / PC World:
Adults Now Spend More Time With Mobile Devices Than With Print Media  —  Adults are spending more time with their mobile devices than they're spending with print media, according to a report released Monday by eMarketer.  —  According to the New York-based market research firm …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
WordPress 3.3 Released To The Masses; Includes iPad Optimization, Tumblr Importer And More
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
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Discussion: AllThingsD
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probe Ties Chinese Cyberspying to Military
Discussion: ZDNet and SC Magazine US
Chris Martin / Inquirer:
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Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing Private Messages Between People and Pages
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Are We Suffering Global Gadget Fatigue?
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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
AMD prepping ultrathin laptops to compete with Intel's ultrabooks
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Google removes 22 Android apps due to RuFraud mobile attack
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A Very Rare Video of Steve Jobs Telling the History of Apple
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Firefox Source Code Is So Big, It Hit the 32-Bit Virtual Address Space Limit
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