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9:00 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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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: Petzl, TorrentFreak 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 …
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
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: Cult of Mac and MacTrast
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.
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.
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 …
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
Reuters:
U.S. shoppers less than merry after online glitches  —  (Reuters) - Tom Nenon, a philosophy professor at the University of Memphis, is vexed with his online shopping experience at Best Buy, a sentiment shared by other U.S. Internet shoppers this holiday season.
Discussion: Mashable!, Bits and Wall Street Journal
 
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Beijing Newsroom / Reuters:
Xinhua website planning $158 million IPO: sources
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
HP Plugs Security Hole With LaserJet Firmware Update, Says No Record Of Printers Set Ablaze By Hackers
Discussion: HP, Electronista and Engadget
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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
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung launches two dual-sim Galaxy Y phones for carrier cheaters
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Startup Priceonomics Tells You How Much To Pay For Any Used Product
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
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
Dropbox releases v2.0 Android app with ICS support; Offers whopping 500MB more space to students
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
More Picture-Takers Are Phoning It In  —  No big surprises here.
 

 
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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years

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