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8:15 PM ET, December 19, 2011

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AT&T:
AT&T Ends Bid To Add Network Capacity Through T-Mobile USA Purchase  —  AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said today that after a thorough review of options it has agreed with Deutsche Telekom AG to end its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, which began in March of this year.  The actions by the Federal …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
AT&T-Mobile deal is dead: Now what?  —  AT&T's $39 billion bid for T-Mobile is finished: Thanks to the U.S. government's efforts to block the deal, AT&T is pulling out.  So, now what?  — AT&T will have to pay T-Mobile a $3 billion breakup fee, plus a large amount of wireless spectrum …
Discussion: Deal Journal and Sramana Mitra
Emily Chang / @emilychangtv:
AT&T pulls bid for T-Mobile USA, expects pre-tax charge of $4 billion in the fourth quarter via @BloombergTech
Discussion: Business Insider
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wins ITC ruling of narrow technical scope against HTC: a limited victory but just the beginning  —  After twice postponing its final ruling on Apple's first complaint against HTC, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has finally announced its decision.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC responds to ITC ruling, says it has a solution ready to address Apple patent violations  —  HTC on Monday responded to a ruling from the United States International Trade Commission that will ban the import of several HTC devices beginning April 19th, 2012.
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.
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google X's wearable technology isn't an iPod Nano, but rather a heads up display (glasses)  —  Google Goggles gets a new meaning  —  The New York Times today relayed an open secret among some in the Google community: the company is working on wearable technology in its secret off-campus Google X lair.
Discussion: @nickbilton, GigaOM and I4U News
Stanford Law Review:
Don't Break the Internet  —  Two bills now pending in Congress—the PROTECT IP Act of 2011 (Protect IP) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House—represent the latest legislative attempts to address a serious global problem: large-scale online copyright and trademark infringement.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Paul Sloan / CNET News:
Marc Andreessen: Predictions for 2012 (and beyond)  —  Marc Andreessen's view of the world boils down to software.  —  From where he stands, as the guy who co-founded Netscape Communications and now co-runs the powerful Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen-Horowitz, no industry is safe from software.
Discussion: Business Insider
John Tenanes / Facebook:
Our New Menlo Park Home  —  This morning, the final wave of employees walked through the doors of the new Facebook Menlo Park campus, and my team greeted them with coffee, snacks, and maps to help them find their new desks.  For years, we've been moving from one building to the next …
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.
Social Media Intelligence:
Friends & Frenemies: Why We Add and Remove Facebook Friends  —  To friend or to de-friend, that is the question.  New research from NM Incite, a Nielsen McKinsey company, reveals that there are innumerable factors that help Facebook users decide to add a friend or cull someone from the fold …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Twitter doesn't really raise money from Saudi prince  —  Prince Alwaleed's deal for Twitter isn't a traditional investment. deal for Twitter isn't a traditional investment.  —  Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal today announced that he has invested $300 million in Twitter, via his Kingdom Holding investment group.
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Shaji Mathew / Bloomberg:
Prince Alwaleed Invests $300M in Twitter
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google pays $18 million to shutter Apture, CloudFlare clones it in 12 hours  —  Even if you've never heard of Apture, you've probably used the company's products before.  If you've ever been on a site where you copied some text, and then had a box pop up that offered to show you context related …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Firefox 9 unofficially released, JavaScript performance improved by 20-30%  —  Ahead of an official release tomorrow, Firefox 9 has winged its way to various mirrors across the web and is now available to download from the official Firefox website — no messing around with a hammered Nightly FTP server this time, oh no!
Clay Johnson / Information Diet:
Dear Internet: It's No Longer OK to Not Know How Congress Works  —  This weekend I read a post titled “Dear Congress: It Is No Longer OK To Not Know How the Internet Works.”  The author, Joshua Kopstein, is right: it's not ok to not know about something before legislating or regulating it.
Discussion: Uncrunched and @tedr
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Quora Expands Beyond Q&A, Launches ‘Boards’ — A Way To Personally Curate Information  —  Quora is taking a step beyond Q&A this morning with its latest product launch, boards.  Users can now set up their own personal-themed bookmarking boards, sort of like a Pinterest for text-based information.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Skype to Offer Free Wifi in Over 50 U.S. Airports This Holiday Season  —  A few years ago, Google teamed up with a number of airports in the U.S. to provide travelers with free WiFi during the holidays.  This year, it's Skype's turn to make a similar offer.
Matthew Goldstein / Reuters:
Exclusive: Falcone's wireless company running out of cash  —  (Reuters) - The upstart wireless company that is being bankrolled by Philip Falcone's $5 billion Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund could run out of money during the second quarter of 2012, according to the company's financial statement.
Discussion: MediaFile and Electronista
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google gives out customised Galaxy Nexus handsets to employees for Christmas  —  It appears that Google employees are going to enjoy the latest and greatest Android smartphone that the search giant and Samsung have to offer after it emerged the company is giving its staff customised handsets as a Christmas thank you.
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sens. Herb Kohl and Mike Lee call for Google antitrust probe  —  The chairman and top Republican on the Senate antitrust subcommittee have asked regulators to investigate Google Inc.'s search practices, saying they were concerned the company was biasing results to favor its own products.
Andrew Hampp / Billboard:
Exclusive: MySpace Launches New Music Player, Search Function, Facebook Integration  —  After teasing a few key advertisers with a short presentation in September, MySpace has debuted its first major product offering under new owners Specific Media.  The new MySpace music player launches today …
Discussion: Electronista
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Facebook introduces private messages between business pages and fans  —  Facebook has begun introducing a new feature which allows business pages to receive private messages from their fans on the social network.  —  The new communications option, which has appeared for Asia-based admins only so far …
 
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Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Hard drive manufacturers slash warranty periods
Discussion: TechSpot, TechCrunch and Electronista
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia CEO says to keep headquarters in Finland: TV
Discussion: MarketWatch and FierceWireless
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Red Hat third quarter solid, better than expected
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IBM ‘5 in 5’ predicts no more passwords, mind-reading smartphones
Chris Dixon:
An internet of people  —  Over the past few years …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Cablevision and Time Warner to Offer ‘HBO Go’
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google's Schmidt teases possible Nexus tablet in the next 6 months
Svea Herbst-Bayliss / Reuters:
MIT to offer labs, certificates to virtual students
Discussion: CNET News and Pulse2