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4:55 AM ET, December 23, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day  —  At this point quite a few internet companies have protested H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in creative ways.  Held by many to be the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet if it passes …
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Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
SOPA Witch-Hunters, Count Me Out  —  The opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the bill before Congress to punish websites that publish pirated songs, movies and essays, has united behind the theme of free speech.  —  But now in a turn worthy of the pigs in Animal Farm, Paul Graham …
Jeff Epstein / livin' the dream:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Transfer Domains Out Of GoDaddy  —  Follow these step-by-step directions to transfer all of your domains from GoDaddy to NameCheap.  —  I'm Boycotting GoDaddy because they are pro-SOPA.  —  Step 1: Login to GoDaddy and get to the domain manager.  —  Step 2: Select all domains
Discussion: Global Nerdy and The Next Web
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
What is SOPA and how does it work?  The Stop Online Piracy Act explained  —  Oh, but it gets worse.  Much worse.  SOPA section 104 offers legal immunity to ISPs that independently block websites that host illegally copied material without any prompting from the government.
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy's SOPA Support Sparks Calls for Boycotts and Domain Transfers
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 …
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Roger Cheng / CNET News:   RIM CEOs lied about BlackBerry 10 delay, report says
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Google Will Pay Mozilla Almost $300M Per Year in Search Deal, Besting Microsoft and Yahoo  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Earlier this week, Google and Mozilla said they had struck a deal to renew their search royalty agreement for another three years.
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Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Google Triples Its Spending To Keep Default Search Spot In Firefox
Discussion: Computerworld
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteMobile:
Study: Apps Are For Android, Games For the iPhone  —  The iPhone is the domain of the game.  Android is the land of the app. 2011 showed some very distinct trends in user activity on the two major mobile platforms.  A study done by Xylogic shows that of the top 25 app publishers for iOS, only one does not produce games.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Study: Apps Are For Android, Games For the iPhone
Discussion: Xyologic
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigating fuel-cell-powered MacBooks  —  Apple could build new notebooks that are even smaller and lighter than current battery-powered devices by switching to fuel cells for power.  —  The prospect of fuel-cell-powered MacBooks and other devices was raised in a pair …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Suggested Events Feature Based On Checkins  —  We're creatures of habit.  We go where we've already gone.  That's why Facebook's new Suggested Events feature I just discovered is so powerful — it knows where we've been thanks to our checkins.
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
Dropbox releases v2.0 Android app with ICS support; Offers whopping 500MB more space to students  —  (Image via The Dropbox Blog.)  —  The Dropbox Blog announced version 2.0 of its Android application Thursday.  The free service lets users bring photographs, documents …
Rachel Swaby / Wired.com:
With Sync Solved, Dropbox Squares Off With Apple's iCloud  —  In early 2009, just months after Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi launched Dropbox, a service that promised to sync users' photos, music, and documents across computers, Apple's MobileMe team suggested the pair come by for a chat.
Julie Scelfo / New York Times:
Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals  —  AFTER nightfall on Tuesday, the Darvick family of Birmingham, Mich., began their Hanukkah rituals, just as they had done for years.  —  Debra and Martin Darvick set out a tin menorah given to them by long-gone relatives.  Their son, Elliot, 27, struck a match and lighted the first candle.
Experian Hitwise:
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 …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Has More Online Shoppers Than Walmart  —  Tech Maker's Traffic Trumps That of World's Largest Retailer in November  —  Apple got more traffic online last month than Walmart Stores.  In fact, Apple is the only retailer other than Amazon and eBay in the top 15 most-visited websites in the U.S. in November, according to ComScore.
Discussion: Electronista
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor  —  Smoking hot startup Codecademy, a service which teaches you how to program online has launched its Labs feature today, as a sign of things to come.  —  Codecademy founder Zach Sims tells me that Codecademy, and specifically new hire Amjad Masad …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Republic Wireless changes stance: unlimited will be truly unlimited, ‘no thresholds’ or asterisks  —  Credit where it's due: Republic Wireless has just made an about-face on the only major downfall we saw in its new wireless proposition.  While most of the big boys have had an asterisk by …
C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
Hackers Steal Data of Millions of Chinese Net Users  —  Information from hacked Duowan accounts, via TechWeb  —  Yesterday, the Chinese internet was shaken by the news that IT portal and community CDSN has been hacked and data for its more than six million users had been stolen, including usernames and passwords.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Cloudability raises $1M, helps keep your cloud spending in check  —  Cloudability, a company that helps people manage cloud services spending, has secured $1 million in its latest investment round.  This seed investment round was led by Trinity Ventures and Walden Venture Capital …
Discussion: Cloudability, TechCrunch and GigaOM
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 …
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
Nevada Sets Stage for Online Poker  —  Move Is Part of Effort to Become Key Player if U.S. Legalizes Internet Gambling  —  Nevada is positioning itself to become the first state to allow Internet-poker games within its borders, a move that comes as online-gambling laws are being debated in statehouses and in Congress.
 
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AJ Glasser / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Puts Games Stories in Mobile News Feed, Adds New Game Categories
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
FCC approves AT&T-Qualcomm deal
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box
Discussion: The Verge and Electronista
Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
New app makes Siri dictate for Mac
Discussion: App Advice, MacNN and TechCrunch
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Amazon recruiting engineers and researchers for Cambridge office, slated to open in February
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia And RIM To Battle Google Over Indoor Location Market
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts Store To Recommend ‘Best Of’ Digital Books, Apps, Movies, Software, Music And More
Discussion: Amazon.com and ReadWriteWeb
Alexandra Bruell / AdAge:
That Was Fast: Twitter, Edelman Part Ways
Discussion: The Next Web and Business Insider
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad gets 83% satisfaction rating
Discussion: BGR, PadGadget and IntoMobile, Thanks:jdalrymple
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
New iPhone? No thanks, say cash-conscious Europeans
 

 
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