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4:45 PM ET, December 13, 2011

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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Nokia: Youths are fed up with iPhone, baffled by Android  —  Nokia has claimed that the youth of today are fed up with the iPhone and baffled by Android.  In an exclusive interview with Pocket-lint, Niels Munksgaard, director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales at Nokia Entertainment Global explained …
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 …
Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
App Developers Bet on iOS over Android this Holiday Season  —  At the recent Le Web conference in France, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt declared that “Android is ahead of the iPhone now.”  According to Schmidt, Android's success is due to “unit volume, Ice Cream Sandwich,” because …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Busted: BitTorrent Pirates at Sony, Universal and Fox  —  A few days ago we wrote about a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded on BitTorrent.  The Russian-based founders of the site developed the service so people can show their friends how public …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Plans First Foray Into Mobile Ads  —  Facebook Inc. plans its first push into mobile advertising by the end of March, giving the company a fresh source of revenue ahead of a possible initial public offering, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Clever Sense, Creator Of Local Recommendations App Alfred  —  Google is acquiring the Silicon Valley-based startup Clever Sense, both companies are announcing today.  Clever Sense, as you may recall, is the maker of the mobile application “Alfred,” which delivers personalized recommendations …
Richard Russo / New York Times:
Amazon's Jungle Logic  —  Camden, Me.  —  I FIRST heard of Amazon's new “promotion” from my bookseller daughter, Emily, in an e-mail with the subject line “Can You Hear Me Screaming in Brooklyn?”  According to a link Emily supplied, Amazon was encouraging customers to go into brick …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Exclusive Interview: Carrier IQ Gets Transparent About Its Mobile Monitoring  —  It's been a tumultuous few weeks for Carrier IQ, the mobile analytics outfit at the center of a continuing privacy brouhaha over what its diagnostic software does and does not do.
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Google updates Chrome with multiple user profiles  —  Multiple user profiles in Chrome have been in the works for months and we first spotted this feature in the Chrome Canary build before it found its way into the beta channel.  Today, it gets official as the search Goliath announced …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Kinectimals for iPhone and iPad: yes, Microsoft just released an iOS game  —  Microsoft isn't a stranger to the iTunes App Store — that dates back all the way to 2008 with Seadragon — but today's Kinectimals is arguably something different entirely.  It's a game.
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.
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by Patent Holder Over IPhone Caller-ID Technology  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), fighting to protect sales of the iPhone worldwide, was sued by a U.S. company contending its products infringe two patents for caller- identification technology.  —  Cequint Inc. of Seattle …
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core Blog:
FAA approves iPads in the cockpit; American Airlines to start Friday  —  In June the Allied Pilots Association noted that American Airlines (AA) conducted the first tests of iPads for all phases of flight.  AA pilots received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to test iPads …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Moving to The Verge  —  As you know from reading WinRumors over the past year, the site has grown way beyond my imagination and has amassed a loyal and engaged community.  You may or may not know that I don't write at WinRumors full time and have a day job that pays my bills.
Kei Kawai / The Official Google Blog:
Experience the tsunami-affected areas of Japan through Street View  —  Back in July, we announced our initiative to digitally archive the areas of Northeastern Japan affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.  Today, we're making good on that promise—after driving more than 44,000 kilometers through …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Software's Shares Pop 27 Percent On First Trade; Valued At Over $800 Million  —  Social enterprise giant Jive Software started trading this morning on the Nasdaq under the symbol ‘JIVE.’ The company priced its IPO last night at $12 per share, giving the company a $600 million. -plus valuation.
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
How Many Downloads Does an App Need to Reach The Top of The Free Charts on iOS?  —  It's a question we often get from developers: how many downloads does it take to make it to the top?  —  App tracking company Distimo has revealed data for top apps on a country-by-country basis for the biggest markets.
Discussion: Distimo and Web 2.0 Asia Blog
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Went For $3M In Facebook Shares, And Many Investors Were Cool With That  —  What the headline says, basically, according to two sources.  That and multiple sources are telling me that a majority of Gowalla investors were cool with the deal being entirely in Facebook shares …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Universal: Artists didn't consent to Megaupload video  —  The brouhaha around Megaupload's viral music video continues this week, with Universal Music (UMG) now claiming that several of its artists didn't consent to being used in the video.  Megaupload is disputing these claims in a lawsuit it filed in federal court today.
Discussion: Techdirt and TeleRead, more at Mediagazer », Thanks:jank0
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bottlenose Is a Web-Based Twitter Client for Power Users  —  It was nine months ago that Twitter told outside developers they should stop building new Twitter clients.  Since then Twitter bought and integrated power-user client TweetDeck, and tried to make all of its own clients simpler and more new-user-friendly.
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Study: Tablet Buyers Use Wi-Fi, Not Cellular Data  —  Tablet owners overwhelming prefer Wi-Fi-only devices over those with cellular connections, according to a new study by Connected Intelligence, a service from market research firm The NPD Group.  —  Slate users are relying more and more on Wi-Fi for a number of reasons.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, SlashGear and WebProNews
Techland:
Facebook Aims to Prevent Suicide  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help.  —  A program launching Tuesday enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counselor through Facebook's “chat” messaging system.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
NTSB recommends full nationwide ban on cellphone use while driving  —  The National Transportation Safety Board today made a far-reaching recommendation to ban all non-driving-related use of personal electronic devices while in the driver's seat, including hands-free use.
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 and Rdio, etc.  —  Yet here comes one more, via Rara.com.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Android and iOS Now Control Over 80% of Smartphone Sales in U.S.  —  Market research firm NPD today issued a press release discussing some of the trends in U.S. smartphone sales in 2011 compared to previous years, noting the strong growth in Android and iOS that has led the two platforms …
Bloomberg:
Verizon ‘Very Serious’ About Making Bid for Netflix, Banker Says  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), the second-largest U.S. phone company, is “very serious” about a bid to acquire online movie provider Netflix Inc. (NFLX), an investment banker said.  —  Verizon may kick off a bidding war …
Naval / Startup Boy:
Why You Can't Hire  —  There isn't a shortage of developers and designers.  There's a surplus of founders.  —  The cost of starting a company has collapsed.  It's now just (minimal) salaries.  For entrepreneurs, desks are free, hosting is free, marketing is online, and company setup is cheap.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google Extends Free Google Talk Calls Within U.S. and Canada Through 2012  —  In what is becoming an annual ritual, Google today announced that it is extending its free calls promotion through Google Talk through 2012.  Thanks to this, Google's users can make free calls from Gmail within the U.S. and Canada for another year.
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Tag adding support for QR codes and NFC, says it sees room for alternatives
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Skype rolls out version 2.6 for Android, now lets users send photos and videos
Discussion: The Verge, TechCrunch and The Big Blog
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Global smartphone penetration nearing 10%
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google Wallet stores too much unencrypted data in a rooted device—report
 Earlier Items: 
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Pay-to-Pitch Comes Creeping Back: How Much Is Too Much?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
WordPress 3.3 Released To The Masses; Includes iPad Optimization, Tumblr Importer And More
Discussion: WordPress News and ReadWriteWeb
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
A Closer Look At Apple's Role In The E-book ‘Conspiracy’
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Kevin v the world: reformed pirate sues tech giants for millions
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Music and Movies Debut in 16 Latin American Countries, Brazil Gets iTunes Match
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Modern Warfare 3 Passes $1 Billion in Sales in 16 Days
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Did Steve Ballmer just promote or demote Windows Phone chief?
Discussion: eWeek, IntoMobile, BGR and Digiday