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9:10 AM ET, December 31, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sir Jonathan: Apple's design mastermind Jonathan Ive awarded knighthood in the United Kingdom  —  Apple's Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive can add a new title to his resume: Sir Jonathan Ive.  According to BBC, Ive was granted knighthood in the United Kingdom in the New Year Honours List.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The curious case of slowing US growth for Android  —  The latest data from comScore MobiLens is showing an uncharacteristic slowing in smartphone growth.  In the survey period ending November, the number of smartphone users in the US was 91.4 million.  This is equivalent to 39.1% penetration …
Electronista:
Apple sends takedowns to stop pirate-friendly iOS apps  —  Apple shuts down cracked iOS app culture  —  Pirate app haven Apptrackr revealed in an update for its Installous app installer that Apple has been cracking down on its bootlegs.  “Huge” volumes of takedown requests have made it move servers …
Discussion: Jailbreak | iOS, 9to5Mac and App Advice
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Automator Is Like IFTTT For Dropbox  —  Thirty-six hours ago, the recently founded software development firm Wappwolf launched Dropbox Automator, which is sort of like an IFTTT for Dropbox.  IFTTT, for those of you not up to speed on the latest Internet trends (where have you been? …
Electronista:
Lenovo, ZTE said uniting to stop Apple, Microsoft lawsuits  —  Lenovo and ZTE may lead Chinese patent defense  —  Chinese smartphone designers are quietly forming a pact to fend off patent lawsuits from Apple, Microsoft, and Nokia, a rumor maintained Friday.
David Meyer / BBC:
Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship  —  50 years after Russia's first piloted mission, hackers plan to send their own people beyond orbit  —  Computer hackers plan to take the internet beyond the reach of censors by putting their own communication satellites into orbit.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Nokia Ace LTE Windows Phone potentially revealed in holiday video card  —  We knew Nokia was readying an LTE Windows Phone for AT&T called the Ace, and now we may have our first look at the device— thanks to a holiday video greeting.  According to PocketNow, one of Microsoft's partners sent out the video …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Christy Wyatt on How Motorola Plans to Stand Out From the Android Pack  —  Even as it prepares to be swallowed up by Google, Motorola Mobility is hardly standing still.  —  One of the key driving forces behind the company is Christy Wyatt, a former Palm and Apple executive, now corporate vice president and general manager
Discussion: Electronista, The Verge and PhoneArena
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Internet Explorer 9's growth on Windows 7 highlights Firefox's weakness  —  Microsoft put out a rah-rah blog post today, touting its various victories with Internet Explorer for the year, mostly discussing Internet Explorer 9′s performance on Windows 7.
Reuters:
China urges tighter Internet security after hacking attacks  —  (Reuters) - The Chinese government is working with domestic Internet search engines like Baidu Inc and Sohu.com, and financial institutions to prevent phishing attacks on unsuspecting Chinese web users.
Discussion: Fast Company
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
More Apple retail stores planned for historic buildings in 2012; Stores approved in Germany, Canada, and Spain  —  Apple is not slowing down when it comes to opening more iconic brick-and-mortar retail locations.  Three new retail locations all received recent approval …
Darren McCarra / The Sociable:
Facebook phasing out support for IE7  —  One year after Facebook officially renounced support for Internet Explorer 6, it seems that Internet Explorer 7 is destined to experience a similar fate as support for the ailing browser is lacking in Facebook's most important recent innovation - Timeline.
Electronista:
Nintendo, Sony back off of SOPA support  —  Nintendo and Sony rethink unpopular SOPA bill  —  A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill.  Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
“Official” Siri app hits the Android Market, highlights Google's marketplace issues
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
LG to unveil first Intel Medfield-powered Android smartphone at CES 2012; LG expects March release date