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12:00 AM ET, December 24, 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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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, Petzl and Adotas
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.
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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
If Samsung doesn't care about customers, how can it hope to keep them?  —  Earlier today, Samsung revealed that it won't update the Galaxy S, its most successful smartphone to date, to the latest version of Android.  You might shrug and dismiss that as just more evidence of Android's inherent fragmentation …
Discussion: The Next Web and Techie Insider
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
2012 iPad Roadmap: Don't Expect a 7-Incher  —  With strong demand for the Kindle Fire and Nook driving demand for 7-inch displays above the 9.7-inch tablet display size popularized by the iPad, rumors are circulating once again that Apple may be planning a 7-inch tablet of its own.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Google tries to kick Authors Guild out of court in book case  —  It's as if the last four years hadn't happened.  In 2007, Google's legal dispute with a coalition of authors and publishers over Google Books was put on hold while the parties hashed out a settlement agreement.
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 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.
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.
Electronista:
Nokia explains dropping Symbian name from Belle  —  Nokia sheds a little more light on Symbian rename  —  After being saddled with questions about why it dropped the Symbian name from the latest OS update for its smartphones, Nokia has responded in a blog post.
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?
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
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Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Exclusive: Leaked Details of How Facebook Plans To Sell Your Timeline to Advertisers
Brad Molen / Engadget:
RIM gets kicked while down, sued over BBM trademark (update: RIM comments)  —  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 …
 
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Reuters:
U.S. shoppers less than merry after online glitches
Discussion: Mashable!, Bits and Wall Street Journal
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Steve Jobs on video games as the future of learning [Video]
Discussion: MacTrast and Cult of Mac
Beijing Newsroom / Reuters:
Xinhua website planning $158 million IPO: sources
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
HP Plugs Security Hole With LaserJet Firmware Update, Says No Record Of Printers Set Ablaze By Hackers
Discussion: HP, Engadget and Electronista
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
If Car Companies Were Run Like Tech Companies ...
Bloomberg:
Workday Is Said to Plan to Raise as Much as $500 Million in a 2012 IPO
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker BitTorrent Lawsuit Dies, But Not Without Controversy
Discussion: VentureBeat
 

 
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