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4:00 PM ET, December 23, 2011

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Go Daddy:
Go Daddy No Longer Supports SOPA  —  Looks to Internet Community & Fellow Tech Leaders to Develop Legislation We All Support  —  Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” currently working its way through U.S. Congress.  —  “Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance …
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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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Law Firms Removing Their Name From SOPA Supporters' List; SOPA ‘Support’ Crumbling  —  So we were just discussing how a bunch of companies who were listed by the US Chamber of Commerce as SOPA/PIPA supporters are demanding to be taken off the list, noting that, while they had agreed …
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Adotas
Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
SOPA Witch-Hunters, Count Me Out
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
News flash: Yes, Facebook is selling you to advertisers  —  There's a breathless report out today that provides an “exclusive look” at how Facebook plans to use the new Timeline feature to attract advertisers looking for more social ads.  But is it really that surprising to think Facebook would be pitching brands on that kind of thing?
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Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Leaked Details of How Facebook Plans To Sell Your Timeline to Advertisers
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Former TechCrunch Staffer Sarah Lacy Set to Close Funding Round for PandoDaily  —  Netscape Co-Founder Marc Andreessen Joins Michael Arrington and Other Investors In Tech News Site  —  Former TechCrunch Senior Editor Sarah Lacy is expected to close a round of funding in the next two weeks …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
It's Always Sunny in Silicon Valley  —  The Valley's techies live in a bubble of prosperity.  Optimism has its advantages, but some worry the region may lose touch with the rest of the world  —  Illustrations by Johnny Ryan  —  Every so often, the best parties come to represent moments in time.
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: Computerworld, Pulse2, GeekWire and Gizmodo
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Okays Initial Term Sheet to Sell Stakes Back to Asian Partners — While Also Hoping to Keep PE Firms in Fray  —  Yahoo shareholders felt a little giddier earlier this week, when it seemed as if the company had finally decided to make a deal with its Asian partners.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maybe Apple's Newsstand Really Was a Present for Publishers  —  When Apple launched its Newsstand feature in iTunes this fall, the idea was that giving newspaper and magazine publishers their own dedicated shelf space — for those who signed on to Apple's subscription program - would boost sales.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
RIM gets kicked while down, sued over BBM trademark  —  It's been a long December for RIM, and there's reason to believe this year won't be any better than the last.  This month, the company was sued for its use of the BBX trademark and was forced to change its name to BlackBerry 10; then …
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.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups  —  I'm often asked by people what investment areas interest me.  —  It's true that I have a functional focus on three areas: Performance-based marketing, digital television and mobile computing.  I try to invest in things …
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 …
BBC:
Volkswagen turns off Blackberry email after work hours  —  UK unions have warned that VW-style email restrictions might not suit other companies  —  Volkswagen has agreed to stop its Blackberry servers sending emails to some of its employees when they are off-shift.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Steve Jobs on video games as the future of learning [Video]  —  This is a great, if short, video from 1990, where Steve Jobs discusses the future of the Library of Congress.  In it, he talks about how video games could eventually be the future of learning, taking the form of simulations …
Discussion: MacTrast and Cult of Mac
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 …
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
 
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Beijing Newsroom / Reuters:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
HP Plugs Security Hole With LaserJet Firmware Update, Says No Record Of Printers Set Ablaze By Hackers
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Bloomberg:
Workday Is Said to Plan to Raise as Much as $500 Million in a 2012 IPO
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Hackers Steal Data of Millions of Chinese Net Users
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Apple Has More Online Shoppers Than Walmart
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