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6:25 AM ET, December 16, 2011

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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Exclusive: Made in Texas: Apple's A5 iPhone chip  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc is famous for relying on low-cost Asian manufacturers to both source and assemble its popular gadgets, but the consumer device giant recently started receiving a critical component in its iPad and iPhones from closer to home - Texas.
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Jamie Keene / The Verge:   Apple's A5 processors made on $3.6 billion Samsung production line in Texas, says Reuters
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
SOPA votes derailed by politician's ‘offensive’ tweet  —  A marathon debate today in the House of Representatives on the Stop Online Piracy Act wasn't derailed by procedural questions, even though not one hearing had been held on how the law would actually work.
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
House Judiciary Committee Has More Work to do With SOPA Markup  —  After a 12-hour Thursday hearing, Smith says it will be a “long hard day” on Friday  —  After a 12-hour hearing that saw a parliamentary inquiry prompted by a tweet and some heated exchanges, the House Judiciary Committee still …
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Why RIM Needed To Fire Its Co-CEOs Months, If Not Years Ago  —  The two Waterloo Wallys running Research in Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) have presided over the incredible destruction of shareholder wealth in 2011 by misleading the public again and again about its ability to compete in mobile.
Discussion: ZDNet
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The PlayBook Is Killing RIM
Discussion: Electronista and Tech Trader Daily, Thanks:joemfbrown
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIMM Slips 7%: Q4 BB Shipments Falling to 11M to 12M
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Matt Lynley / Business Insider:   INSIDE ZYNGA: Meet The Man Charged With Making The Biggest Tech IPO Since Google Just A Footnote
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:   Zynga Confirms Its Billion-Dollar Public Offering
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Zynga Elaborates on Its IPO Risks After Google's Eric Schmidt Praises CEO
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Apple Makes Siri iPhone 4 Port Legally Possible With Today's iOS 5.0.1 Update  —  Siri is by far the iPhone 4S's most-desired feature, and many non-4S users have been clamoring for hackers to make the voice assistant available on older iOS devices.  While Siri ports have been demoed to the public before …
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Chris Burns / SlashGear:
iPhone 4S gets new iOS 5.0.1 build, file system now accessible by PC  —  For those of you on the developer tip, you're more than likely already working on the update that goes by the number 5.1, but for us lowly peasants, there a new build of 5.0.1 out there today for the iPhone 4S that goes by the name 9A406.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Horses**t  —  Last night I tweeted at John Gruber and MG Siegler: “What a load of horses**t.  All due respect, but horses**t.”  The tweet was in reference to a post on Daring Fireball citing MG's “review” of the Galaxy Nexus.  Now, I won't take issue with his review overall.
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parislemon:
“Horses**t”  —  Wow.  Josh Topolsky is mad.  And that by itself is fine — he's clearly passionate about technology, which is great.  What's not fine is the fact that he's way off-base in his rant.  So far off-base that I need to respond.  —  First and foremost, Topolsky has decided …
Discussion: Washington Post
Christian Science Monitor:
Exclusive: Iran hijacked US drone, says Iranian engineer  —  In an exclusive interview, an engineer working to unlock the secrets of the captured RQ-170 Sentinel says they exploited a known vulnerability and tricked the US drone into landing in Iran.  —  ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
UMG claims “right to block or remove” YouTube videos it doesn't own  —  Universal Music Group has responded to Megaupload's request for a temporary restraining order barring the music giant from further interference with the distribution of its “Mega Song.”  UMG insists that it had a right …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
In SOPA's shadow, Megaupload strikes back against Universal
Discussion: TeleRead and Ars Technica
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Dell quits netbooks, says 'thin and powerful is where it's at'  —  While very few are still buying netbooks, many manufacturers have continued to release the small Intel Atom-powered computers (see Asus, Toshiba, etc.).  However, Dell isn't going to be one of those companies.
Nielsen Wire:
New Mobile Obsession: U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage  —  Teens have officially joined the mobile Data Tsunami, more than tripling mobile data consumption in the past year while maintaining their stronghold as the leading message senders.  Using recent data from monthly cell phone bills …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome 15 puts IE8 in rear-view mirror, takes No. 1 spot  —  First time in years that a non-Microsoft browser has been top dog  —  Google's Chrome 15 has jumped into the number one spot, replacing Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as the world's most popular browser edition.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Verizon stores sell out of Galaxy Nexus within hours, but Amazon has it for $149  —  We just returned from our local Verizon Wireless store where the Galaxy Nexus sold out within the first hour.  The store we visited only received 30 units, but we overheard that more were arriving daily.
Discussion: 9to5Google, PhoneArena and Electronista
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Mick Johnson / Facebook Blog:
Timeline Now Available on Mobile  —  Timeline gives you an easy way to see the things you've shared, and collect all your best moments in a single place.  In addition to making timeline available on the web , today we're also launching timeline on Android and m.facebook.com.
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Jake Smith / 9to5Mac:
Digitimes: Apple to begin producing 7.85-inch iPads in Q2 2012  —  Digitimes has published an interesting report this evening, saying Apple will begin the production of a 7.85-inch iPad in Q2 2012.  Apple will reportedly begin selling the smaller iPads prior to Q4 2012 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Source Reveals Facebook Is Swimming In Cash  —  A well-placed mole has forwarded us the Silicon Valley equivalent of hard-core pornography: an explicit look at Facebook's finances.  They're even more staggering than we expected.  A gusher of profits has left the social network with a cash hoard …
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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook's Revenue Numbers Just Leaked, And The Numbers Look Underwhelming
Discussion: Digiday
Rick Marshall / Digital Trends:
Square Enix servers hacked, 1.8 million users affected  —  This is shaping up to the year of high-profile hacker attacks in the gaming world, as game developer Square Enix announced this week that 1.8 million user accounts were compromised as a result of a recent online security breach.
 
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Katy Tur / nbcnewyork.com:
Pair of Robbers Want Only iPhones, No BlackBerries
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Would You Pay $20 A Month For Spotify?
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Angry Birds maker eyes 2013 Hong Kong IPO: report
Discussion: GigaOM and VG247
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Windows 8 activity sinking among early adopters, claims study
Discussion: Chitika Insights
 Earlier Items: 
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Zennstrom Said to Plan Skype-Like Wireless With FreedomPop
Discussion: Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Ramps Up Security For The Enterprise; Debuts Partnership With Intel
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog:
OwnCloud: An open-source cloud to call your own
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The most reliable (and unreliable) blogging services of 2011
Discussion: WebProNews and AllThingsD