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11:00 PM ET, December 21, 2011

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Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Mystery: Who killed the Microsoft CES keynote?  —  So, just who nixed future Microsoft keynotes at the big Consumer Electronics Show?  It's a sticky question.  —  Microsoft said Wednesday that Steve Ballmer's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show next month will be the company's …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
F**k Me?  No. F**k You.  —  This morning, Microsoft made waves with a big move: they're pulling out of CES.  Frank Shaw, Microsoft's head of communications, made the announcement on the company blog, noting that this year's CES (which is in a few weeks) would be the last one featuring …
Frank X. Shaw / TechNet Blogs:
2012 Marks Final CES Keynote for Microsoft  —  Our industry moves fast and changes faster.  And so the way we communicate with our customers must change in equally speedy ways.  To ensure it does, we constantly challenge our assumptions.  For example:  —  · What's the right time and place to make announcements?
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
All the Companies Supporting SOPA, the Awful Internet Censorship Law—and How to Contact Them  —  Who's officially on the record backing what could be the worst thing to ever happen to the internet?  All of these companies listed below.  Don't take our word for it—this list comes straight from Congress.
Discussion: Neowin.net and CNET News
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Adam Savage / Popular Mechanics:
MythBuster Adam Savage: SOPA Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It  —  Soon the U.S. Congress will reconvene to consider the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  Mythbuster and PM contributing editor Adam Savage says that if these sweeping pieces of legislation pass …
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Coders Are Already Finding Ways Around SOPA Censorship
Discussion: Gizmodo and Lifehacker
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Yahoo is only worth $1 billion?
Discussion: WebProNews
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Goal: To Be a Blue Chip  —  As Company Readies 2012 IPO, It's Getting All Grown Up: Zuckerberg Swaps Flip-Flops for Real Shoes  —  Mark Zuckerberg spent Facebook Inc.'s early years trying to keep it cool.  But the founder and CEO of the social-networking giant has spent …
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Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:   Facebook Is Scripting Pretend Earnings Calls As It Prepares To Go Public
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
45 Privacy Changes Facebook Will Make To Comply With Data Protection Law  —  In 2012, Facebook will be making 45 privacy-related changes to comply with the recommendations of an audit by Ireland's Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) released today.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:grg
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Richard Allan / Facebook:
Facebook and the Irish Data Protection Commission
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Educating Users About Ads
Discussion: All Facebook and MediaPost
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA: Someone Else Is Pirating Through Our IP-Addresses  —  Over the past week we've had fun looking up what governments, Fortune 500 companies, and even the most dedicated anti-piracy groups download on BitTorrent.  All we had to do is put their IP-addresses into the search form on YouHaveDownloaded and hit after hit appeared.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Surprise — The Most Popular Facebook Game of 2011 Wasn't Made by Zynga  —  Facebook has released its list of the 10 most popular social games for 2011, and while the chart was dominated by Zynga titles, other companies received the top two slots.  —  The list revealed some other surprises, too.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
How hackers gave Subway a $3 million lesson in point-of-sale security  —  Update: this story has been corrected and amended based on information received from Richard James of sendpace.com  —  For thousands of customers of Subway restaurants around the US over the past few years …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Carrier IQ: Motorola, T-Mobile detail use  —  Motorola and T-Mobile responded Tuesday to requests from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) for more details on how they use Carrier IQ software.  In its letter to Franken, T-Mobile revealed that it uses the device on some of its premium smartphones including …
Discussion: The Verge, Engadget, GigaOM, Electronista and BGR
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The Verge Interview: Senator Al Franken on privacy, location tracking, and Carrier IQ
Discussion: Electronista
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Kindle Fire no longer blocks Android Market website  —  Earlier this week, I grilled Amazon for attempting to control web browsing activities on its Kindle Fire.  Any attempts to browse Google's Android Market website were redirected to Amazon's own AppStore on the tablet.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's ‘Complete My Album’ Feature Drops 180-Day Deadline for Upgrading  —  Yesterday, we noted that Apple had launched a new “Complete My Season Pass” feature for TV shows purchased through the iTunes Store, offering users who purchased individual episodes of a TV show season the ability …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another $40 million for Jawbone from Kleiner Perkins, Deutsche Telekom  —  Jawbone, a San Francisco-based company that makes mobile lifestyle accessories such as Jambox and Up, a personal health device, has raised another $40 million in new funds from Deutsche Telekom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Spotify For BlackBerry Officially Released, Only Supports Old Hardware  —  If you're a BlackBerry user and you've been waiting for a music service that's just a bit more compelling than BBM Music, then you may be in luck — emphasis on the “may.”  Spotify for BlackBerry was officially released today …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's the World's First Steve Jobs Statue  —  Here is a tutorial for public relations professionals: Some of you think that sending pitches with the subject line IN ALL CAPS is a good idea.  Others send out mass emails that begin “Item?”  Most of you send pitches about things I will never, ever care about.
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Ex-Google Man Sells Search Genius to Rest of World  —  M.C. Srivas is amazed by Google's search engine.  And he helped build Google's search engine.  He's amazed that if you search for “2005 Accord,” Google seems to understand you're looking for a family sedan, giving you links …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Here's The Damning Letter A Massive AOL Shareholder Just Sent Tim Armstrong  —  Investment firm Starboard Value LP, which owns 4.5% of AOL, just sent a remarkably polite letter to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong telling him he is blowing it and that he needs Starboard's help.
Tony Hicks / Contra Costa Times:
People: Steve Jobs awarded a Grammy  —  Steve Jobs has won a Grammy.  —  Which makes sense, since he revolutionized the music industry by managing to shrink everyone's record collection into something that will fit in their pocket, among other achievements.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google Voice for iPhone updated; adds multi-recipient texting, Sprint support and more  —  Google has pushed live a new update for its Google Voice iPhone application, bringing iPhone users up to speed with features that have been present in its Android equivalent.
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
IPS Tablet Display Technology Shoot-Out Amazon Kindle Fire - Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet - Apple iPad 2  —  Introduction A new wave of Tablets has arrived just in time for Christmas... But as we have seen many times before, most new Tablets are poorly thought out contenders that just wash away with the next wave.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Lingering Android security flaw lets apps do things without permission  —  Last week, ViaForensics pointed out that Google Wallet wrote transaction histories to unencrypted database files, and this week the security firm's demonstrating another Android flaw, namely that apps can do things …
Sharon Terlep / Wall Street Journal:
Transportation Chief Opposes Cell Driving Ban  —  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Wednesday he won't back a proposal to prohibit the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving, even hands-free devices, in the latest sign that the ban is unlikely to become law.
 
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Martina Johansson / Sony Ericsson Product Blog:
Ice Cream Sandwich coming to 2011 Xperia™ smartphones from end March/early April 2012
Kevin Shalvey / Click:
Germany Privacy Agency OK With Google Facial Recognition
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:michaelkrey
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
ComScore's 2011 Social Report: Facebook Leading, Microblogging Growing, World Connecting
Discussion: comScore, Inc.
Grant McCool / Reuters:
Internet poker owner says he broke U.S. gambling law
Discussion: Bloomberg, Daily Mail and Forbes
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Circa, The Stealthy ‘News Experience’ Startup From Ben Huh And SimpleGeo Founder Matt Galligan
Discussion: GeekWire
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sony PlayStation Vita review (Japanese edition)
Discussion: CNET News, The Verge and Joystiq
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Streamglider Takes On Flipboard And Pulse With Sleek Social Interest And News Reader For The iPad
Discussion: Nova Spivack
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
What the heck is a ‘disposable’ iPhone camera?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google: AdMob Saw 8 Billion Tablet Ad Requests In November, Up 700 Percent From Last Year
Discussion: Electronista
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Kindle iOS app updated with new iPad UI for magazines, Send-to-Kindle cloud storage and more
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Dear Congress: It's Not OK Not To Know How Search Engines Work, Either
Discussion: Techdirt and The Huffington Post
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC testing new models after patent case; shares jump
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Intel Shows Off Its Smart Phone and Tablet for 2012