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12:50 PM ET, January 1, 2012

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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Ambitious unlimited music startup Beyond Oblivion closes down before launch  —  Beyond Oblivion, a New York-based startup with an innovative take on the idea of unlimited music, has closed it doors before its product had even launched, the Financial Times reports [paywalled link].
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV iOS applications now running natively at fullscreen 720p resolution in developer port  —  We broke the news yesterday that developers Steven Troughton-Smith and the TheMudKip were working on bringing iOS applications to the Apple TV in a native experience.
Christina Bonnington / Gadget Lab:
First Siri, Now Threat Detection: Inside SRI's Amazing R&D  —  Pat Lincoln, director of SRI's Computer Science Laboratory, stands next to a huge display running BotHunter, SRI's botnet detection software.  Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired  —  Who invented Siri?  —  Like it says on the box... I was designed by Apple in California.
Jeffrey Zeldman / Jeffrey Zeldman Presents …:
State of the web: of apps, devices, and breakpoints  —  IN The ‘trouble’ with Android, Stephanie Rieger points out the ludicrous number of Android screen sizes on a typical UK client's website and comes to this conclusion: … I urge you to read the entire article—it's brief yet filled with rich chocolatey goodness.
Discussion: Stephanie Rieger and The Verge
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? …
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Video game industry still supports anti-piracy bill  —  Despite a flurry of reports suggesting that the world's largest video game companies have dropped their support for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — a bill which critics say could break the fundamental structure …
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.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Late-Stage Web Companies Took In The Largest Tech Investments Of 2011  —  One of the defining trends of modern web companies is that the top ones have been choosing to raise giant, private late-stage funding rounds instead of going public.  In 2011, some of these rounds got so big that they passed …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Lenovo teases IdeaPad S110 Cedar Trail netbook  —  While netbooks seem to have largely given way to ultrabooks, the new Cedar Trail chips that Intel just began shipping could yet give the category a small second chance at life.  Lenovo apparently thinks so, as it's put out a teaser video …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google Pulls “Official” Siri for Android App  —  Just hours after it emerged that “official” Siri for Android applications had made their way onto Google's Android Market, the search giant has not only pulled the offending app but has also removed all apps by controversial app developer “Official App”.
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
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.
 
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
10 things we learned about Apple this year
Discussion: AppleInsider and TechCrunch
Reuters:
China urges tighter Internet security after hacking attacks
Discussion: Fast Company
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Nokia Ace LTE Windows Phone potentially revealed in holiday video card
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Christy Wyatt on How Motorola Plans to Stand Out From the Android Pack
Discussion: Electronista, The Verge and PhoneArena
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Internet Explorer 9's growth on Windows 7 highlights Firefox's weakness
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Stuxnet weapon has at least 4 cousins: researchers
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Verizon drops $2 ‘convenience fee’ due to customer feedback
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Company Keep An Employee's LinkedIn Account After They're No Longer Employed?
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
LG to unveil first Intel Medfield-powered Android smartphone at CES 2012; LG expects March release date