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12:20 PM ET, December 23, 2011

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
What is SOPA and how does it work?  The Stop Online Piracy Act explained  —  I walk by a pretty good bootleg DVD stand a few times a month — the proprietor sets up at irregular intervals in Union Square just a few blocks away from The Verge offices in New York.
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Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
SOPA Witch-Hunters, Count Me Out  —  UPDATE: I was wrong in this post in saying that a boycott stifles free speech.  A boycott is a form of free speech.  I retracted that argument in a subsequent post a few hours later. *sigh*  —  The opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung: no ICS upgrade for Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab because of TouchWiz  —  Samsung has just distributed the worst news of this Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade cycle: the popular Galaxy S smartphone that sold 10 million units last year and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet won't be upgraded to Android 4.0.
Tim Greene / Network World:
Windows 8 picture password is ‘Fisher-Price toy’ says father of 2-factor authentication  —  'I don't think it's serious security,' says Kenneth Weiss of next Microsoft OS security feature  —  The Windows 8 feature that logs users in if they touch certain points in a photo in the right order might be fun …
Discussion: GeekWire and Gizmodo
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
In-Flight Wi-Fi Company Gogo Files For $100 Million IPO  —  In-Flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo has just filed for an IPO, and will raise as much as $100 million in a public offering.  —  Gogo, which has raised over $500 million in funding, provides in-flight connectivity to nine …
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
Dropbox releases v2.0 Android app with ICS support; Offers whopping 500MB more space to students  —  The Dropbox Blog announced version 2.0 of its Android application Thursday.  The free service lets users bring photographs, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker BitTorrent Lawsuit Dies, But Not Without Controversy  —  After being honored with an Oscar for Best Motion Picture last year, the makers of The Hurt Locker went on to secure the award for the biggest file-sharing lawsuit a few months ago.  —  By targeting at least 24,583 alleged …
Discussion: VentureBeat
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
If Car Companies Were Run Like Tech Companies ...  As we plow into 2012, it has become clear that the technology industry is like no other.  Its changes come faster.  Its marketing hits us more deeply.  Its business models would look absurd in any other industry.
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
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Leaked Details of How Facebook Plans To Sell Your Timeline to Advertisers  —  Screengrab from an October 2011 presentation “Facebook Updates”  —  This is a guest post from a former CTO who now does tech consulting for other start-up ventures and was briefed on Facebook's advertising strategy.
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Bloomberg:
Workday Is Said to Plan to Raise as Much as $500 Million in a 2012 IPO  —  Workday Inc., a maker of software that helps companies manage operations, plans to file for an initial public offering next year that would raise as much as $500 million, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Photo gallery scrolling patent: Apple likely to win German ruling against Motorola in February  —  Today the Munich I Regional Court held two hearings on lawsuits brought by Apple against Motorola in Germany.  Motorola extended this dispute to Germany with four complaints filed on April 1 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
HP Plugs Security Hole With LaserJet Firmware Update, Says No Record Of Printers Set Ablaze By Hackers  —  Remember when researchers claimed a massive security vulnerability could potentially enable hackers to remotely take over Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printers and even cause them to burst into flames?
Discussion: HP and Electronista
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung launches two dual-sim Galaxy Y phones for carrier cheaters  —  Samsung is rolling out a pair of dual-SIM blowers for everyone who wants to keep their working and private lives separate, or take advantage of constantly changing carrier deals.  The Galaxy Y Duos packs a 3.14-inch QVGA …
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 …
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: eWeek
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Startup Priceonomics Tells You How Much To Pay For Any Used Product  —  You want the best price on things you buy second hand, but finding out how much you should pay is a hassle.  Removing this friction from a lucrative part of the purchase funnel is the goal of Priceonomics.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
More Picture-Takers Are Phoning It In  —  No big surprises here.  The single-purpose camera is in decline, the smartphone camera on the rise.  —  New research from NPD finds that smartphones are now responsible for more than a quarter of the photos and videos people take in the U.S …
 
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C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
Hackers Steal Data of Millions of Chinese Net Users
Discussion: ZDNet and Softpedia News
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Cloudability raises $1M, helps keep your cloud spending in check
Discussion: Cloudability, TechCrunch and GigaOM
Julie Scelfo / New York Times:
Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
Nevada Sets Stage for Online Poker
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor
Discussion: Betabeat
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Has More Online Shoppers Than Walmart
Discussion: AllThingsD and Electronista
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Rachel Swaby / Wired.com:
With Sync Solved, Dropbox Squares Off With Apple's iCloud
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Amazon recruiting engineers and researchers for Cambridge office, slated to open in February
Discussion: GigaOM, GeekWire and Xconomy
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Louis CK's digital distribution experiment clears $1M in 12 days
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