TechByter Worldwide 2011.12.18: Carrier IQ: Hero, Villain, or Just in the Wrong Place? Just In Time for the Christmas Spending Orgy; No Whine Before Its Time; In an Election, This Would be a Landslide; and Short Circuits.

Is Carrier IQ evil? Maybe the fault lies elsewhere. Just in time for the latest spending orgy, Apple opens its Grand Central store. If you're having a software problem, solving it involves selling no whine before its time. A flawed survey backs the NTSB's proposed texting ban. In Short Circuits: XXX, tablets, Help and the Blues Brothers, and Habitat for Humanity.

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