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2:25 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
Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
SOPA Witch-Hunters, Count Me Out
@benhuh:
We will move our 1,000 domains off @godaddy unless you drop support of SOPA. We love you guys, but #SOPA-is-cancer to the Free Web.
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.
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 …
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, Pulse2 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 …
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
Discussion: paidContent, CIO Blogs and @joshconstine, Thanks:megan
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Beijing Newsroom / Reuters:
Xinhua website planning $158 million IPO: sources  —  (Reuters) - China's state news agency Xinhua plans to list its online portal in a 1 billion yuan ($157.8 million) stock market offering in Shanghai with China International Capital Corp underwriting the deal, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
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.
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
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.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
HP Plugs Security Hole With LaserJet Firmware Update, Says No Record Of Printers Set Ablaze By Hackers
Discussion: Mercury News, HP and Electronista
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
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Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
Nevada Sets Stage for Online Poker
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor
Discussion: Betabeat
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yelping In The Beemer: Review Site Inks Deal With BMW
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Has More Online Shoppers Than Walmart
Discussion: AllThingsD and Electronista
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Republic Wireless changes stance: unlimited will be truly unlimited, ‘no thresholds’ or asterisks
Rachel Swaby / Wired.com:
With Sync Solved, Dropbox Squares Off With Apple's iCloud
 

 
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