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2:05 AM ET, December 20, 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
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Sprint Wins the Argument, but It's Still Losing the War  —  Shares of Sprint are rallying by about 6 percent in after-hours trading, on word that AT&T has abandoned its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile.  —  That's really only a jump of 13 cents per share — a figure that says a lot about the pickle …
Discussion: CNET News and IntoMobile
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Despite AT&T's defeat, wireless deals will continue
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.
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.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Wearing Your Computer on Your Sleeve
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney.com:
What's really behind Twitter's staff exodus  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Twitter's transformation from startup to power player has hit its rocky adolescent stage.  In the past six months, more than a dozen high-level employees have departed.  The sudden exodus set Silicon Valley chattering: What's going on at Twitter?
Discussion: ITworld.com and Tech Daily Dose
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
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Shrinking Margins Loom on Cloud Push  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s push into cloud computing will help the company compete with Google Inc. (GOOG), Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) It also will hurt profit margins.  —  The company's cloud software lets corporate customers pay …
Discussion: Internet Evolution
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.
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Source: Groupon Doesn't Have The Cash to Build Its New Data Center  —  In the run up to its recent IPO, a number of outlets reported that the daily deal giant Groupon was running short on cash.  Over at the Motley Fool, Evan Niu noted that the company had $243.9 million in cash and equivalents …
Discussion: Business Insider
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Two days in the desert with Apple's lost founder, Ron Wayne  —  “I have to ask you something,” Ron Wayne begins, as we stand to leave his office, signaling the close of our day-long conversation.  He takes a slightly dramatic pause, adding, “compared to other people, is my life really that interesting?”
Discussion: TUAW
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 …
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 …
Karim Temsamani / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
A look back at 2011  —  Mobile turned a corner this year.  As smartphones and tablets became a part of our everyday lives, business owners' conversations shifted from ‘Why should I advertise on mobile or build a mobile website?’ to ‘How do I get started?’.  —  Five major industry trends emerged …
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 …
Lori Grunin / CNET News:
A more secure SD for HD content  —  Panasonic, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony, and Toshiba today announced an agreement to develop new content-protection technology for SD cards and embedded flash.  Dubbed “Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative,” the press release claims the as-yet undeveloped technology …
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: VentureBeat, MediaFile and Electronista
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!
Chris Dixon:
An internet of people  —  Over the past few years, a bunch of web-based marketplaces have gotten popular - Etsy, Kickstarter, AirBnb, to name a few.  Many of these business ideas had been tried before but are succeeding only now.  —  When a trend like this emerges, it's always interesting to ask “why now?”
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Sprint Sues Time Warner, Comcast Over Digital Phone Technology  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), the third- largest U.S. wireless operator, accused Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and two other cable-TV companies of infringing patents related to transmitting phone calls over digital lines.
Paul Boutin / Technology Review:
The Law of Online Sharing  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will eventually have to deal with the fact that all growth has limits.  —  The idea of limitless growth gives sleepless nights to environmentalists, but not to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  He espouses a law of social sharing …
 
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
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Red Hat third quarter solid, better than expected
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Andrew Hampp / Billboard:
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IBM ‘5 in 5’ predicts no more passwords, mind-reading smartphones
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google gives out customised Galaxy Nexus handsets to employees for Christmas
Bradley Horowitz / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: A few big improvements before the New Year