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1:15 AM ET, December 15, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus to finally launch tomorrow for $299.99  —  Verizon Wireless on Wednesday finally announced the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  The world's first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone with 4G LTE support will become available beginning tomorrow for $299.99 with a new two-year service agreement.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPhone Lover's Take On The Galaxy Nexus  —  You have to hand it to Google.  They know that I prefer Apple products and have been generally critical of many Google moves in the past couple of years.  And yet, they're unafraid to give me their newest products to test out.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Verizon posts Galaxy Nexus simulator, doesn't cap your virtual data  —  Want to be an Ice Cream Sandwich champ before you even have a Galaxy Nexus in hand?  Big Red's just opened the e-freezer, launching its Samsung Galaxy Nexus support simulator, complete with programed hands-on tutorials …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
My new job at ReadWriteWeb, and what it means for SplatF  —  If you follow me on Twitter, or follow tech news in general, you may have seen the announcement this morning that I'll be joining ReadWriteWeb as Editor At Large starting in January.  —  SAY Media, my business-side partner for SplatF, just acquired RWW.
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Ben Parr / Ben Parr's Entrepreneurial Musings:
Seismic Shifts Have Radically Altered the Tech News and Blogging World
Discussion: @mmasnick
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
The fall of Microsoft's Andy Lees: inside the Windows Phone power shift  —  Over the past couple days we've gotten some additional details surrounding the circumstances that led to Andy Lees' removal from his role at the top of the Windows Phone org chart inside Microsoft.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Universal has ‘Tech News Today’ episode yanked from YouTube for reporting on MegaUpload promo video  —  We're still not sure what to make of the strange war that's erupted between file sharing service MegaUpload and Universal Media Group after MegaUpload posted a promo video that appears …
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Will.i.am: I Did Not Authorize Megaupload Video Takedown
Discussion: MediaPost
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+ Hangouts: going beyond the status update  —  All too often, physical distance and frantic schedules get in the way of spending time together, especially during the holidays.  But you know what?  They don't have to.  —  With Google+ Hangouts, you can go beyond “status updates,” …
Delicious Blog:
New Look on Delicious  —  We've received a lot of helpful suggestions from the Delicious community, and if you mosey on over to Delicious.com, you'll see we've been listening.  —  Updating the Design  —  We've begun a comprehensive overhaul of how the Delicious UI deals with information density …
Discussion: The Next Web
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Feds probing Carrier IQ  —  Federal investigators are probing allegations that Carrier IQ software found on about 150 million cellphones tracked user activity and sent the information to the cellphone companies without informing consumers, according to government officials.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Carrier IQ: We Volunteered to Be Grilled by the Feds
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
Akshay Kannan / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Cloud Print picks up steam  —  Last April, we announced our plans for Google Cloud Print (GCP), the service that powers printing on Chromebooks as well as a new generation of connected apps and devices.  The goal of GCP is to enable simple, secure printing from any app on any device to any printer …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Stolen iPhone?  Your iMessages may still be going to the wrong place  —  Those who have had a phone lost or stolen are familiar with the horrors that follow: the thief (or the person he sold your phone to) starts to send texts as you to your family and friends, leaving you scrambling to de-activate the device as soon as possible.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Rob Siltanen / Forbes:
The Real Story Behind Apple's ‘Think Different’ Campaign  —  This post was written by Rob Siltanen, chairman and chief creative officer at Siltanen & Partners.  —  Apple's remarkable rise, coupled with Steve Jobs' recent death, has prompted quite a few people to reflect on the historical impact of the …
Discussion: Macgasm and MacRumors
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft replaces veteran Xbox design boss  —  The Xbox team, in 2000, with the chrome Xbox concept prototype.  Don Coyner, who led marketing for the console, is wearing the patterned shirt in the middle row, far right.  —  As Microsoft's Xbox group moves toward launching a successor to the Xbox 360 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Neowin.net
Zal Bilimoria / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Unveils a New iPad App  —  I'm Zal Bilimoria, and I'm a product manager at Netflix where I lead product innovation for mobile devices.  The new app is really a big step forward; it is much more immersive and provides greater focus on our growing catalogue by displaying twice as many titles than the previous interface.
DigiTimes:
Apple may launch new MacBook Pro with 2880 by 1800 display resolution, say sources  —  Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry …
Kaushik Sridharan / Google LatLong:
Mapping made easier with the new Google Map Maker  —  With 2012 approaching, we're getting a head start on our New Year's resolution to shed some excess weight and improve our overall appearance.  You may have seen our ongoing efforts to improve the look, feel, and user experience across many other Google products to date.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Intel reportedly creating new mobile-focused business unit  —  An internal Intel memo issued Wednesday has revealed the company's plans to form a new business unit that will roll up four existing divisions into a single “mobile and communications group,” according to CNN Money …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sonic Bringing 1 Gbps Fiber to San Francisco - Five Year Build Will Cover ‘Most’ of City  —  Sonic.net has announced that the company is bringing 1 Gbps fiber to the home service to San Francisco.  According to the company, the initial deployment will cover an initial pilot region …
Mary Beth Quirk / The Consumerist:
PayPal Throwing Its Hat In The Online Daily Coupon Ring  —  PayPal is planning its own daily deal program in the U.S., joining the already crowded online arena where Groupon and LivingSocial are currently duking it out to offer the best discount.  It's all about options, these days.
Discussion: Bloomberg and reDesign
Erik Sherman / CBS News:
Amazon Big Brother patent knows where you'll go  —  Location tracking has become a hot privacy issue.  Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), and Microsoft (MSFT) have all stepped into massive PR messes over the question.  Now there's a new entry: Amazon (AMZN).  —  A patent, made public last week …
Discussion: Popular Science
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Flipboard's Phone Flips Beating iPad 2:1  —  Flipboard's iPhone application has clocked up a million downloads in the week since it went live, the company tells paidContent.  —  Interestingly, while Flipboard's iPad app was previously seeing around 650 million “page” flips per month …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
GrubWithUs Now Wants To Plan YOUR Group Meals (And Do All The Legwork)  —  You're hungry.  You're feeling social.  But you're also feeling laaaaazy, and planning a big group meal can be so much work that you end up hating everyone at the table by the end of it.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Google rolls out updated Gmail iOS app with custom signatures, vacation responders, Scribbles, more  —  Google has just started rolling out an update to the Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with a few new welcomed features.  First off, users now have the ability to set a custom signature …
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
Anyone can build a Messenger client—with open standards access via XMPP  —  We've previously talked about the principles that guide us as we strive to continue delivering the most convenient ways to chat with the people who matter the most to you.  Today we're taking another step …
Alex Williams / ServicesANGLE:
Amazon Web Services First Major Cloud Provider to Open in South America with New Sao Paulo Data Center  —  Amazon Web Services (AWS) is opening a new data center in Sao Paolo, Brazil, making it the first major cloud provider to launch in South America.  It's the eighth data center for AWS …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
As Banks Start Nosing Around Facebook and Twitter, the Wrong Friends Might Just Sink Your Credit  —  Can't pay?  Well, what about your friends?  —  Let's take a trip with the Ghost of Christmas Future.  The year is 2016, and George Bailey, a former banker, now a part-time consultant …
 
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Bloomberg:
China-Based Hacking of 760 Companies Reflects an Undeclared Cyber Cold War
Discussion: Times of India and ZDNet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LA-Based Startup Accelerator Amplify Launches $4.5M Fund With Backing From Mark Burnett, Brian Grazer, Eric Schmidt
Bloomberg:
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Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Apple made Galaxy Tab a ‘household name’: Samsung