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6:25 PM ET, December 21, 2011

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Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Intel Shows Off Its Smart Phone and Tablet for 2012  —  Prototype devices show Intel chips running devices that could challenge the iPhone and iPad early next year.  —  The era of the personal computer dawned thanks in no small part to the chip maker Intel.
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Lee Mathews / Geek.com:
Intel shows off first Medfield-powered Android smartphone and tablet
Discussion: GMSV
DealBook:
Yahoo to Consider Sale of Asian Assets  —  Yahoo's board will consider a deal to sell its holdings in Alibaba Group and its Japanese affiliate back to their majority owners in a complicated tax-free deal valued at about $17 billion, according to people briefed on the matter.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Yahoo is only worth $1 billion?  —  The New York Times is reporting that Yahoo tomorrow will consider a proposal to sell its stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group, in a transaction that would be worth approximately $17 billion.  But here's the thing: Yahoo's entire market cap is just over $18 billion.
Discussion: WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear  —  The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is delayed in Congress, but it is definitely not dead.  The media company lobbyists and their Congressmen (hello, Lamar Smith!) are simply regrouping.  Some of the more controversial aspects …
Discussion: The Next Web
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Adam Savage / Popular Mechanics:
MythBuster Adam Savage: SOPA Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It
Discussion: Techdirt and WebProNews
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Coders Are Already Finding Ways Around SOPA Censorship
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.
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.
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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?
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 …
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Ex-Google Man Sells Search Genius to Rest of World  —  MC Srivas brings Google's ‘secret sauce’ to everyone else.  Photo: MapR  —  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,” …
Richard Allan / Facebook:
Facebook and the Irish Data Protection Commission  —  The people who use Facebook take privacy and data protection seriously and so do we.  We work closely with privacy commissioners and regulators around the world to demonstrate our compliance with legal requirements and to improve our policies and practices.
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Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Educating Users About Ads
Discussion: AllThingsD and MediaPost
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.
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 …
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.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
ComScore's 2011 Social Report: Facebook Leading, Microblogging Growing, World Connecting  —  You already know that social networking sites have been getting huge around the world, but an annual report out today from comScore shows what exactly is going at a wonderful new level of detail …
Discussion: comScore, Inc.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Circa, The Stealthy ‘News Experience’ Startup From Ben Huh And SimpleGeo Founder Matt Galligan  —  As we heard in August, SimpleGeo founder Matt Galligan left the company to pursue other interests.  SimpleGeo was then bought by UrbanAirship in November, and fellow co-founder Joe Stump left …
Discussion: GeekWire
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Kindle iOS app updated with new iPad UI for magazines, Send-to-Kindle cloud storage and more  —  The Kindle iPhone and iPad app were given a significant update, bringing it up to version 2.9 and introducing many new and highly requested features.  —  First up are a few iPad specific changes …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
TripAdvisor Dips Lower on First Day of Trading  —  TripAdvisor, which has collected more than 50 million reviews from travelers around the world, is facing a critique of its own on its first day trading on the Nasdaq.  —  The company, which was officially spun out of Expedia yesterday …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GeekWire and Pulse2
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Dear Congress: It's Not OK Not To Know How Search Engines Work, Either  —  Did watching elected representatives debate SOPA last week without understanding some fundamentals of the internet rattle your nerves?  Welcome to my world of watching the same thing happen about Google and search.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Huffington Post
Grant McCool / Reuters:
Internet poker owner says he broke U.S. gambling law  —  (Reuters) - One of the owners of three of the largest Internet poker companies pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a criminal charge of deceiving U.S. banks over the processing of gambling proceeds.  —  Absolute Poker co-owner Brent Beckley …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sony PlayStation Vita review (Japanese edition)  —  It's hard to believe that Sony's venerable first portable has just reached its seventh birthday.  The PSP launched in 2004: a year when the Motorola RAZR V3 claimed top phone prizes and tablets were called tablet PCs.
Discussion: CNET News, The Verge and Joystiq
The Mozilla Blog:
New Firefox for Android Experience Optimized for Tablets  —  Firefox for Android introduces a completely redesigned experience that is optimized for tablets and makes mobile browsing more intuitive.  New tools in Firefox enable developers to create interactive mobile Web experiences.
Kevin Shalvey / Click:
Germany Privacy Agency OK With Google Facial Recognition  —  The German privacy and information agency that has started administrative proceedings against Facebook for its facial recognition software says it approves of Google's rollout of similar software.  —  Google's (GOOG) …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
What the heck is a ‘disposable’ iPhone camera?  —  Hipstamatic Disposable has only a tiny framing window.  —  A week ago, the Hipstamatic team added a new social camera app to its lineup, Hipstamatic Disposable.  And today, Sincerely is launching Dotti Disposable.
 
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Zach Honig / Engadget:
Nokia Lumia 800 infiltrates Washington, succumbs to FCC teardown
Dennis Hevesi / New York Times:
Norman Krim, Who Championed the Transistor, Dies at 98
Discussion: GMSV
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Digital Game Revenue Wasn't Enough to Offset Broader Industry Declines in Q3
Liz Ahlberg / News Bureau:
Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce waste
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Streamglider Takes On Flipboard And Pulse With Sleek Social Interest And News Reader For The iPad
Discussion: Nova Spivack
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google: AdMob Saw 8 Billion Tablet Ad Requests In November, Up 700 Percent From Last Year
Discussion: Electronista
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC testing new models after patent case; shares jump
 Earlier Items: 
Fergal Glynn / threatpost:
Quality Coding Takes A Break For The Holidays. But Why?
Discussion: TechEye and Slashdot
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Startups Return To Reality TV: Producer Of Bloomberg's TechStars Readies New Show
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You knew the old Mozilla, meet the new Mozilla
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple fixes App Store bug on iOS 3.1.3 devices, you can hold off on that upgrade