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8:25 AM ET, December 19, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plots Its TV Assault  —  Apple Inc. is moving forward with its assault on television, following up on the ambitions of its late co-founder, Steve Jobs.  —  In recent weeks, Apple executives have discussed their vision for the future of TV with media executives at several large companies …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
WSJ: Apple discussing voice-powered TV, enhanced AirPlay, iCloud DVR service
Discussion: T3 News
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
British Telecom sues Google over six U.S. patents allegedly infringed by Android and various Google services  —  After Apple, Oracle, Microsoft, and eBay, British Telecommunications plc (commonly referred to as “British Telecom” or simply “BT") has just become the fifth large publicly-traded company …
Shaji Mathew / Bloomberg:
Prince Alwaleed Invests $300M in Twitter  —  Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the largest individual investor in Citigroup Inc. (C), and his Kingdom Holding Co. (KINGDOM) invested $300 million to buy a “strategic stake” in microblogging service Twitter Inc.  —  “The investment was the result …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Wearing Your Computer on Your Sleeve  —  Technology often has a way of fixing the problems it creates.  Here's one that needs solving.  —  The invention of the smartphone has created a world where millions of people stroll through life constantly staring into a mobile device, like Narcissus at the edge of a pond.
Discussion: 9to5Mac and SlashGear
Bradley Horowitz / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year  —  Today we're pleased to announce a goodie basket full of Google+ features and functionality for you to unpack and enjoy over the holidays.  Some of these were on nearly everyone's wishlist... and some we hope will be welcome surprises.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Reuters:
Apple supplier Pegatron says small explosion at Shanghai plant  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc supplier Pegatron said a small explosion at its subsidiary in Shanghai, China had injured some workers but would not have a big impact on production.  —  Pegatron said in a statement released early …
Reuters:
Could RIM's survival mean abandoning the BlackBerry?  —  (Reuters) - It might seem like corporate heresy but an increasing number of technology investors and experts are asking whether Research in Motion (RIM.TO)(RIMM.O) needs to ditch its BlackBerry handset business to survive.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech and asymco
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA and Homeland Security Caught Downloading Torrents  —  Last week we wrote about a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded using BitTorrent.  The Russian-based founders of the site gathered this data from public BitTorrent trackers, much like anti-piracy outfits …
Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Facebook Lawsuit Against Ads ‘Liked’ by Friends Can Proceed, Judge Rules  —  Facebook Inc., the world's most used social-networking service, can be sued by people who claim showing advertisements that their friends apparently like violates a California law regarding commercial endorsements.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
App Makers Face Holiday Cutoff for Apple Store  —  On Christmas morning, millions of people will unwrap new iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches — and immediately start downloading games and other applications for them.  It is the biggest day of the year for app sales, which can mean big money for developers.
Discussion: SlashGear, CNET News and GottaBeMobile
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Fusion Garage Fired By Its Lawyers  —  News broke yesterday that Fusion Garage was fired by its PR firm, its website is offline and customers are pissed off that they haven't received their orders.  This is the company that we worked with for a year on the CrunchPad project, and eventually defrauded us.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook For Android Finally Has More Daily Active Users Than Facebook For iPhone  —  For the first time, the Facebook for Android mobile app has eclipsed the daily active user count of Facebook for iPhone.  The Android app launched in September 2009 more than a year after its iPhone sister and has been playing catch-up ever since.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Chip executive outlook reveals bleak times ahead
Discussion: Gartner
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
File-Sharing 3 Strikes Killed in Ireland, Government Promises Site Blocking
Discussion: The Irish Times and Business ETC
Inside Social Games:
What Does Life After IPO Look Like For Zynga?
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
U.S. military, Taliban use Twitter to wage war
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Internet Gets Physical
Discussion: @timoreilly, Thanks:beet_tv
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘Find My Car Smart’ is the First Low Energy Bluetooth App for iPhone 4S
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and App Advice