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6:45 AM ET, December 14, 2011

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Mike Torres / The Windows Blog:
Introducing SkyDrive for iPhone and Windows Phone  —  SkyDrive is your personal cloud for your documents, notes, photos and videos.  Move your files into SkyDrive and immediately they're available from any web browser anywhere in the world.  As we detailed a few days ago …
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Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
Microsoft Just Gave Every iPhone User 25 GB Of Cloud Storage  —  Microsoft just launched SkyDrive for iPhone, the company's cloud storage and document collaboration service.  —  It will let you upload, store, and share things like videos, pictures, and documents.
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why apps are not the future  —  I hear it everywhere.  The web is dead, apps are the future.  —  I heard it first on the cover of Wired Magazine in March 1997 and again in August 2010.  I was so impressed I added it to my blogroll, as a reminder to all that you're reading a dead medium.
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 …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:   F.A.A. Approves iPads in Cockpits, But Not for Passengers
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.
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Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing New Coupon Posts and Ads
Discussion: All Facebook
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Google's response to Siri is codenamed Majel, could be released by end of year  —  I wrote about Google's response to Apple's Siri voice assistant several months ago and over the last couple weeks I received further details about the secret project.  For starters it is codenamed Majel …
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.
Discussion: @ryanchris and @nivi
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
As Facebook Aims at Millions of Users, Some Are Content to Sit Out  —  Tyson Balcomb quit Facebook after a chance encounter on an elevator.  He found himself standing next to a woman he had never met — yet through Facebook he knew what her older brother looked like, that she was from a tiny island off …
Discussion: The Verge and Bits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia, iPhone, Android and wishful thinking  —  Man!  When will these guys from Nokia learn not to put their foot in their mouth.  Once again, yet another executive from Nokia is out dissing iPhone and Android.  Niels Munksgaard, director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Investors Were Kicked Off The Twitter Board “For The Good Of The Company”  —  In digging around trying to investigate rumors that KPCB VC John Doerr lost his “board observer"status at Twitter two weeks ago, I came across the information that almost all investors including Doerr were told …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Google Kills ‘Google Shoot View’ Video Game  —  Google has killed off “Google Shoot View,” a first-person shooter video game based on Google's Street View mapping product.  The game used Google's Street View database of 360 degree street-level photography, and imposed an automatic rifle sight and some sound effects on top of it.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires designer Jan-Michael Cart praised for his iOS interface concepts  —  Apple is hiring dozens of talented people on a daily basis, but this one deserves your attention.  Jan-Michael Cart, a mass media arts student from Georgia, is the brains behind a bunch of very insightful iOS …
Peter Farago / The Flurry Blog:
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
An Honest-to-Goodness App Store You Can Walk Into  —  Nope, it's not run by Apple, Google or even Amazon.  —  A new start-up, Openspace, is launching a physical store where consumers can visit and discover the latest mobile applications.  —  “If your iPhone has a problem, you take it to Apple.
Discussion: Appboy Blog, TechCrunch and CNET News
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
TaskRabbit Raises $17.8 Million, Brings in Eisner as Adviser  —  TaskRabbit, the Bay Area-based start-up that outsources human “rabbits” to perform odious chores for neighbors, has raised its second cash pile in eight months.  —  It's also bringing former Disney chief executive officer Michael Eisner on board as a strategic adviser.
Damon Poeter / PC Magazine:
Maker of Yanked Driver's License App Fires Back at Apple  —  The maker of a fake driver's license app that was yanked from Apple's App Store this week has fired back, saying the free app was “specifically and deliberately designed ... to prevent the creation of counterfeit identification.”
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's Windows 8 built-in music player revealed in leaked screenshots  —  Microsoft's built-in Windows 8 music player has been revealed.  —  Screenshots leaked to the Internet on Tuesday reveal an inbuilt music player for Windows 8 that can run side-by-side with Metro apps.
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 …
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Louis CK declares $5 standup special a success, sells 110k copies for $200k profit in 3 days  —  Comedian Louis CK has announced some numbers related to his recent experiment to sell his latest comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater, for $5 online, instead of offering it through a distributor.
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
Europe regulators called on to end mobile network, VoIP traffic bandwidth dispute  —  Companies that provide voice-over-IP services, like Skype-owned Microsoft and Google, are calling on European Commission officials and telecoms regulators to penalise landline operators that relegate voice traffic.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Battle Of The Browsers: iOS 5′s Browser Is Still (Slightly) Better Than Android's  —  Alright, fanboys: get your flamethrowers ready.  HTML5 framework development house Sencha has just put a wide array of performance tools to use to answer one of life's geekiest questions: Who's got the better browser, Android 4 or iOS 5?
Discussion: Sencha Blog
Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
Sony Walkman gets killer music locker service  —  Music Unlimited hits the Walkman.  —  Walkman owners now have the ability to transfer any song from Sony's 10 million-track Music Unlimited library to their device with no restrictions, as often as possible.
Discussion: Engadget
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Life360 pulls in $3.5M round, hits 10 million users  —  Life360, a mobile family safety app that we've followed, has been on a tear and is now up to 10 million users.  That growth has helped the San Francisco location start-up pull in a $3.5 million Series A round from Fontinalis Partners …
Discussion: VatorNews
Katya Kazakina / Bloomberg:
Founding Apple Contract Sells for $1.6M  —  A three-page contract that established Apple Computer Co. (AAPL) sold for $1.59 million at Sotheby's (BID) in New York today.  —  A phone bidder acquired the document, signed on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
 
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Bloomberg:
Twitter, Gilt Groupe CEOs Fight SEC's 500-Shareholder Rule
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
AOL Looking For New HuffPo Media Group President
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Online gaming giant Nexon raises $1.2B in Toyko IPO (updated)
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
A look at the Mac App Store, 100 million downloads later
Discussion: Fonehome and iPhone in Canada Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Back To Square One In The Google Books Lawsuit
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus hitting Costco on December 15? (update: VZW stores too)
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Moving to The Verge
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Google updates Chrome with multiple user profiles
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Skype rolls out version 2.6 for Android, now lets users send photos and videos
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Clever Sense, Creator Of Local Recommendations App Alfred