5 Things To Know This AM — Dec 14 2011

The BBC compares and contrasts the tech industries in Silicon Valley versus New York City. Guess who wins? (HuffPo SF)
Microsoft is giving away free phones to folks who diss competitor Android on Twitter. Ouch. (Mediabistro)
One of the R29-anointed Hottest Chefs Under 30, Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water, was named one of nine American culinary icons. (Food & Wine)
S.F.'s one and only Hooters is no more. (Eater SF)
Two local bloggers show us what they want for the holidays. (PopSugar SF)
Thomas McNaughton

Photo: Via Flour + Water