Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
The truth about Microsoft and CES — There's been a bit of back and forth today over Microsoft's announcement that it would be ending its long-standing CES keynote role, and will no longer have a booth at the show as it's done for many years. Head of Microsoft's corporate communications …
Discussion: GMSV, ReadWriteWeb, Ars Technica, The Register, GigaOM, Pulse2, Bits, blog.chron.com, TechEye, Computer Business Review, CEA Digital Dialogue, SlashGear, PhoneArena, Neowin.net, memeburn, Pocket-lint, Electronista and MTV Multiplayer
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: Tech-tonic shifts? Yahoo may sell Asian assets, and Microsoft vs. CES
Scott M. Fulton, III / ReadWriteWeb: CES 2013 Minus Microsoft: No More Tomorrow-land
Iain Thomson / The Register: 2012 CES will be Microsoft's last hurrah
Barb Darrow / GigaOM: Mystery: Who killed the Microsoft CES keynote?
Nick Wingfield / Bits: Consumer Electronics Show Loses Its Anchor, Microsoft
Dwight Silverman / blog.chron.com: Who should kick off CES with Microsoft no longer opening the show?
Nick Farrell / TechEye: Microsoft quits CES
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Microsoft “kicked out” of CES keynote claims insider
John Callaham / Neowin.net: More information about Microsoft's CES 2013 departure
Steven Norris / memeburn: CES 2012 will be Microsoft's final booth, keynote speech
Ben Crompton / Pocket-lint: Microsoft CES 2012: Last major appearance
Charles Webb / MTV Multiplayer: Microsoft Saying ‘Goodbye’ To CES After 2012
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Can CES survive without Microsoft?
Can CES survive without Microsoft?
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, Computerworld and parislemon
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won't be able to compete, company source says — Bad products, horrible software and no cohesive vision have seemingly turned Research In Motion into a company without motion at this point. Throw in a huge delay before BlackBerry 10 smartphones start shipping …
Discussion: CNET News, ZDNet, Business Insider, Gizmodo, Tech Trader Daily, Softpedia News, Neowin.net, BerryReview.com, Electronista and SlashGear
Roger Cheng / CNET News: RIM CEOs lied about BlackBerry 10 delay, report says
Rachel King / ZDNet: BlackBerry 10 potential doubted by RIM insiders: report
Jay Yarow / Business Insider: RIM's New Bet-The-Company Mobile OS Is Worse Than The First iPhone, Says An Insider
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo: Report: BlackBerry's Last Hope Is Totally Screwed
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Did RIM's co-CEO lie about Blackberry 10 delay?
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
New iPhone? No thanks, say cash-conscious Europeans — (Reuters) - Weakening economies and falling prices of rival smartphones are hurting sales of Apple iPhones across Europe, data from research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showed on Thursday. — The October roll-out of Apple's iPhone 4S boosted …
Discussion: CNET News, Tech Trader Daily, Electronista, BGR, PhoneArena, Fortune, Neowin.net, GigaOM, Marketing Pilgrim, The Next Web and Phones Review
Don Reisinger / CNET News: iPhone sales strong in U.S., U.K., but declining elsewhere
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: Report: iPhone share hit 36% in U.S., fell to 20% in France
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Report: iPhone 4S not selling well in parts of Europe
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: iPhone strong in Britain, but underwhelming in rest of Europe
Matt Brian / The Next Web: iPhone 4S boosts Apple's US and UK market share, but loses ground to Android in Europe
James / Phones Review: News on iPhone 4S
John Markoff / New York Times:
Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Lab, Dies at 90 — Jacob E. Goldman, a physicist who as Xerox's chief scientist founded the company's vaunted Palo Alto Research Center, which invented the modern personal computer, died on Tuesday in Westport, Conn. He was 90. — The cause was congestive heart failure, his son Melvin said.
Discussion: CNET News, InfoWorld, WebProNews, Fast Company, GMSV and MacDailyNews
Lance Whitney / CNET News: Xerox PARC founder Jacob Goldman dies at 90
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld: Xerox PARC founder Jacob E. Goldman dies
Drew Bowling / WebProNews: Jacob Goldman, Xerox Lab Founder, Is Dead
Nidhi Subbaraman / Fast Company: Facebook Testing “Listen” Buttons?, LinkedIn's India Membership Rises To 13 Million, Yahoo May Cut Its Alibaba Stock
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV: Quoted: Xerox PARC founder dies
Matthias Inverardi / Reuters:
Apple nears German court rebuff in row with Samsung — (Reuters) - A German court rejected Apple's claims that Samsung Electronics' reworked tablet PC still looks like a copycat version of the iPad, in a preliminary assessment. — Apple is fighting several rival makers of smartphones …
Discussion: Open Source Blog, Ars Technica, Engadget, Computerworld, Inquirer, BGR, MacRumors, Macworld, CNET News, Bloomberg, 9to5Mac, GigaOM, Liliputing, SlashGear, Android Phone Fans, Electronista and Sammy Hub
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Open Source Blog: Apple loses one in its iPad tablet war with Samsung
Darren Murph / Engadget: German court's preliminary ruling says Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N isn't aping the iPad
Zach Epstein / BGR: Apple unlikely to win German ban on tweaked Samsung tablet
Mikael Ricknäs / Macworld: Samsung scores victory against Apple in Germany
Don Reisinger / CNET News: German court says Galaxy Tab 10.1 revision is just fine
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg: Apple Unlikely to Win German Ban on Samsung Galaxy 10.1N
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac: Judge: “We don't think someone buys a Samsung to make his table neighbor at the coffee house believe he owns an iPad”
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: Apple unlikely to secure Galaxy Tab 10.1N ban in Germany
Brad Linder / Liliputing: Judge: Samsung gets to keep selling Galaxy Tab 10.1n in Germany... for now
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Apple complaint over Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N rejected
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans: German Court Leans in Favor of Samsung in Case of Galaxy Tab 10.1N
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Mossberg's Look at 2011's Biggest Tech Products — While other industries struggled, consumer technology seemed to march ahead as always in 2011, with important new products and services continuing to roll out. Sure, some tech companies, like BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, suffered reverses.
Don Southard / MacStories:
Evernote Releases Skitch for iPad — Skitch is a popular tool for annotating screenshots and images with the ability to quickly share them with others. It was purchased by Evernote back in August of this year and today they are proud to present Skitch for iPad.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Evernote Blogcast, GottaBeMobile, Gadget Lab, VentureBeat, IntoMobile, MacNN, MobileBurn.com, 9to5Mac, Lifehacker and TUAW
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile: Evernote Releases Skitch for iPad
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: Evernote Launches Skitch for iPad
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Skitch's new iPad app is worthy of drawing your attention
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile: Skitch comes to the iPad!
Dan Seifert / MobileBurn.com: Evernote brings Skitch to the iPad
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac: Skitch for iPad is here, annotation becomes tactile
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker: Skitch Brings its Easy Image Annotation and Sharing to the iPad
Michael Rose / TUAW: Evernote's Skitch image annotation tool arrives for iPad
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
How SOPA's ‘circumvention’ ban could put a target on Tor — A little-noticed section of the Stop Online Piracy Act could make it illegal to distribute Tor and other software that can “circumvent” attempts by the U.S. government to block pirate Web sites. — The controversial Hollywood …
Discussion: TechSpot, Geek.com, Boing Boing, The Atlantic Wire, Dennis Fisher, The Firewall, Popular Mechanics and The Next Web
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Two Firefox add-ons already bypass SOPA's domain censorship
Will Shanklin / Geek.com: Keep SOPA out of Firefox with DeSopa add-on
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing: SOPA bans Tor, the US Navy's censorship-busting technology
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire: Coders Are Already Finding Ways Around SOPA Censorship
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall: SOPA Haters Are Already Finding Easy Ways To Circumvent Its Censorship
Adam Savage / Popular Mechanics: MythBuster Adam Savage: SOPA Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web: Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian on how the Internet will be made not managed
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
All the Companies Supporting SOPA, the Awful Internet Censorship Law—and How to Contact Them
All the Companies Supporting SOPA, the Awful Internet Censorship Law—and How to Contact Them
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, A+K, CNET News, Neowin.net and TechCrunch
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com: Bill that could ‘break the Internet’ delayed until 2012
Ashton Kutcher / A+K: SOPA Is The Problem And Not The Solution.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News: Pro-copyright group takes SOPA to task
Michael Stanclift / Neowin.net: SOPA author releases an interesting list of supporters
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
How the iPhone Zapped Carriers — Americans are glued to their mobile devices, obsessively calling, texting, emailing and downloading applications. So why is the U.S. wireless industry in such straits, as shown by AT&T Inc.'s crucial but failed plan to buy T-Mobile USA?
Tim Worstall / Forbes: Apple Versus AT&T: Who Makes the Money?
Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies — We have an IPO market for web companies again. I don't have all the names in front of me, but this year has brought IPOs for Pandora, LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, and TripAdvisor. These five companies are all trading for north of $1bn market cap.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Citi Survey: 27 Percent Watch Netflix Online Versus 15 Percent For Hulu — Both Netflix's brand and shares have been battered this year after price hikes last summer and the botched attempt to spin off the DVD rental business. Netflix was roundly criticized for its miscommunication with customers, but what's been the actual effect?
Discussion: VatorNews, Business Insider, Electronista, WebProNews and AllThingsD
Krystal Peak / VatorNews: ‘Extremely satisfied’ Netflix users dn to 18% from 50%
Matt Lynley / Business Insider: ANALYST: Netflix Is Still The Top Streaming Option, Even In Its Crippled State
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: Is Netflix Weathering The Storm?
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.
Great Speculations / Forbes: Amazon Kindle Fires Up Ideas For Smaller iPad
K. T. Bradford / GottaBeMobile: Amazon No Longer Blocking Android Market and Third-Party eReading Apps on Kindle Fire
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader: Amazon Stopped Hiding Competitor's Reading Apps on the Kindle Fire
Shaylin Clark / WebProNews: Amazon Finally Allows Competing E-book Apps On Kindle Fire
Chris Chavez / Android Phone Fans: Amazon No Longer Blocking Kindle Fires From Accessing Web Version Of Android Market
Jake Smith / 9to5Google: Amazon's Kindle Fire no longer restricts users from viewing Android Market's website
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget: Kindle Fire stops blocking Android Market site, hijacking your browser
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts: Amazon Makes the Fire Less Balky
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime tablet — Don't say we didn't tell you so: Hasbro sued Asus over the name of its Transformer Prime tablet last week, in a Los Angeles court. The toymaker is no doubt worried that the name could be confused with that of its Transformers franchise …
Sean Hollister / Washington Post: Hasbro's Asus suit: More than meets the eye?
Chris Davies / SlashGear: ASUS sued over Transformer Prime toy trademark
Steven Musil / CNET News: Hasbro accuses Asus of stealing Transformer Prime name
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo: Hasbro Sues Asus Over The Name Transformer Prime
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Transformer Prime makes Asus prime target for Hasbro lawsuit
Chris Martin / Inquirer: Hasbro gets angry at Asus over Transformer Prime
Dan Seifert / MobileBurn.com: ASUS sued by Hasbro over use of Transformer name
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile: Hasbro sues Asus over the use of the Transformer name
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime tablet name
Michael Crider / Android Community: Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime name
Chris Chavez / Android Phone Fans: Hasbro Sues ASUS For “Transformer Prime” Name - Says Consumers Will Associate The Tablet With Autobot Leader
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.
Discussion: GRAMMY.org, MacRumors, CNET News, GRAMMY.com, everythingiCafe, Redmond Pie, Mashable!, Silicon Republic, AppleInsider, SlashGear, MacStories, 9to5Mac, iPodNN, The Next Web, Edible Apple and Gawker
GRAMMY.org: ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, GLEN CAMPBELL, ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM, GEORGE JONES, THE MEMPHIS HORNS …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Steve Jobs Honored with Special Trustees Grammy Award
Steven Musil / CNET News: Steve Jobs to be awarded Grammy
Christopher Meinck / everythingiCafe: Steve Jobs To Be Awarded Grammy Trustee Award
Paul Morris / Redmond Pie: Steve Jobs Wins Grammy Award
Charlie White / Mashable!: Steve Jobs Wins a Grammy
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Steve Jobs honored with 2012 Grammy Special Merit Award for contributions to music
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: Steve Jobs just won a Grammy
Jason Green / Mercury News:
Construction to begin soon on ‘prototype’ Apple store in downtown Palo Alto — Work is set to begin “any day now” on a prototype Apple store in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, according to city planning officials. The city issued a building permit on Dec. 12 for the modern …
Discussion: The Next Web, iClarified and 9to5Mac
Matt Brian / The Next Web: Apple to begin construction on new prototype Palo Alto Store with a skylight, trees and more
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
LogMeIn provides free remote Mac access from iOS devices — LogMeIn has a nice holiday gift for iOS device owners this season: a new free app called simply LogMeIn that provides remote viewing access and control of Macs and PCs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Discussion: Computerworld, ZDNet, ReadWriteWeb, TUAW and Lifehacker
James Kendrick / ZDNet: LogMeIn: Now free on iOS
David Strom / ReadWriteWeb: Free LogMeIn Now For iOS
Steven Sande / TUAW: LogMeIn goes freemium for iOS; Ignition users get more features
The TripAdvisor IPO — Great startup story. Raised a total of $4.2m in venture capital, sold to IAC/Expedia for $210M, and had some interesting adventures and pivots along the way. They started out by trying to aggregate reviews from other websites and white label their product to Expedia and other large travel websites.
Facebook was the top search term for third straight year — Social network search term tops list for sixth straight year; Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian most popular public figure and top personality search New York, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2011 - Experian Hitwise, a part of Experian Marketing Services …
Discussion: The Tech Trade, All Facebook, TechCrunch, Search Engine Land and Mashable!
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook: Facebook Is Most Visited Website For 2nd Year In A Row
Leena Rao / TechCrunch: Hitwise: For The Third Year In A Row, Facebook Was The Top-Searched Term In The U.S.
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!: ‘Facebook’ is the Most-Searched Term of 2011 [STUDY]
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Exclusive: a look at Kinect Fusion and Lightspace from Microsoft labs — As you might have seen in our second episode of On The Verge, our own Joshua Topolsky recently toured Microsoft's Building 99, where the company conducts a variety of wild research. Today we're pleased to share a look …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs: The Verge steps inside Microsoft Research
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Radeon HD 7970 official: 28nm, 2,048 Stream processors, and a $549 price for January 9th — AMD today launches the Radeon HD 7970, its first graphics card built at a 28nm production process and the first member of its Southern Islands family of GPUs. As its name suggests …
Discussion: eWeek, AnandTech, Laptops and Desktops Blog, Techie Buzz, CNET News, Engadget, VentureBeat, SlashGear, PC Gamer, Neowin.net, Icrontic, TechSpot, Gizmodo, Electronista, Digits, The Register and Softpedia News
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek: AMD Intros Powerful Radeon 7970 GPU, New PC APU Chips
Sean Portnoy / Laptops and Desktops Blog: AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card launched, benchmarked: Fastest single-GPU board available
Rajesh Pandey / Techie Buzz: AMD HD 7979 Officially Unveiled; Its A Beast In Every Sense!
Rich Brown / CNET News: AMD back on top with new Radeon HD 7970 3D card
Sharif Sakr / Engadget: AMD announces next-gen Radeon HD 7970 for $549, says it ‘soundly beats’ rivals
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: AMD introduces world's fastest graphics chip with new Radeon line
Chris Burns / SlashGear: AMD Radeon HD 7970 Series GPU officially announced
Owen Hill / PC Gamer: AMD launches HD7970 and Graphics Core Next
John Callaham / Neowin.net: AMD launches “World's fastest single-GPU graphics card”
Nick Mertes / Icrontic: AMD Radeon HD 7970 announced. You know you want it.
Jose Vilches / TechSpot: AMD announces Radeon HD 7970, claims fastest GPU title
Don Clark / Digits: AMD Claims Major Gains in Graphics Chips
Rik Myslewski / The Register: AMD claims 'world's fastest GPU' title
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
LinkedIn open sources code from IndexTank acquisition — Solid engineering talent is such a prized resource nowadays that many tech firms have taken to doing acqui-hires, which is the practice of buying a company for its employees rather than for its products or technology.
Discussion: The H Open Source
High Gear Media Network Feed:
In-Car Video Chat And 4G Streaming From OnStar — Detroit's North American International Auto Show is typically thought of as the kick-off of the year's major auto shows. — As automakers continue to integrate technology more and more into their vehicles, however, the Consumer Electronics Show …
Discussion: Digital Trends, GottaBeMobile, Pulse2, Engadget, Electronista, SlashGear and Gizmodo
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: OnStar Set to Debut 4G LTE Video Chat in GM Vehicles
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: OnStar To Demo In-Car Video Chatting At CES
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget: OnStar ready to flaunt LTE Skype-enabled system on GM rides
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: OnStar shows off in-car video chat and video streaming
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo: OnStar To Demo In-Car Video Chats—That Sounds Safe, Right?
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.
Discussion: Mashable!, Softpedia News, VentureBeat, PC Magazine, @joshconstine, TechCrunch, Facebook, Business Insider, All Facebook, Inside Social Games and WebProNews
Christina Warren / Mashable!: Facebook Names Top Games of 2011
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat: Move over Farmville, Gardens of Time is Facebook's most popular game
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: Gardens of Time Tops CityVille as Facebook's Most Popular Game
Josh Constine / @joshconstine: In response to my feedback http://t.co/WyL7pZ1Y FB has explained the Top 10 Games list is Most Recommended, not Popular http://t.co/KR3W1n2B
Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Snubs Zynga's CityVille As Most Popular Game Despite 5X Users Of #1 Gardens Of Time
Facebook Platform / Facebook: Top Games on Facebook in 2011
AJ Glasser / Inside Social Games: Facebook Announces “Top” 2011 Games
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: Facebook's Top Games of 2011
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
MySpace plans Japan exit as Twitter, Facebook continue to grow there — It was once one of the Internet's heavyweights, but these days MySpace is a pale shade of its former glory. Proof in point, word has it that the News Corp owned company will close its Japan office on February 1 next year …
Mark M. Jaycox / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
New Agreement Between the United States and Europe Will Compromise the Privacy Rights of International Travelers — The European Parliament will vote soon on an agreement to formalize US procedures for retaining and providing EU based Passenger Name Record (PNR) data of EU and US citizens traveling into …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Actually, Searches For “Google+” Are Petering Out — Just last week, Google was promoting the fact that “Google+” was the No. 2 fastest-growing search term of the year in its annual Zeitgest list. And it did have an amazing pop when it hit “10 million members” a couple weeks after launch last summer.