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1:40 PM ET, December 25, 2011


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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
GoDaddy's domain registration after SOPA: behind the numbers  —  GoDaddy has been bearing the brunt of much of the anti-SOPA rhetoric on the web for the past few days, leading it to withdraw its support for the legislation.  The action may have come too late to save its public image, but has it also cost GoDaddy subscribers?
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 …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Pay To Stay  —  I've been thinking more about Google's renewal of their search deal with Mozilla for Firefox.  It's fascinating on a few different levels.  Most notably: Google is committing close to a billion dollars to bankroll a browser which is a rival to their own browser.  —  Why?
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Engineer: Firefox Is A Partner, Not A Competitor  —  Google and Firefox renewed their partnership last week, ensuring that Google will remain Firefox's default search engine (and major source of revenue).  Kara Swisher reported that the deal brings in just under $300 million per year for Firefox …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Interns Are Latest Target In Battle for Tech Talent  —  Silicon Valley's talent wars are going younger.  —  Bay Area tech companies, already in a fierce fight for full-time hires, are now also battling to woo summer interns.  Technology giants like Google Inc. have been expanding …
Discussion: Business Insider and Slashdot
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Dutch Parliament: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal  —  As in many other countries around the world, downloading music and movies is hugely popular in the Netherlands.  A massive 30% of the population is said to do so.  —  Presently, the Dutch see downloading movies and music for personal use as …
Discussion: Dice Blog Network
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Why Running A Mobile OS By Committee Can Be Very Hard  —  Attempting to build consensus among Android vendors is a tricky undertaking in late 2011.  As a result, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and its partners appear ready to enter a year in which Android will likely dominate the smartphone market without having come …
Discussion: parislemon, @andrewbaron and eWeek
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The Galaxy S not getting ICS isn't a Samsung problem, It's an Android problem
Associated Press:
Hackers attack US security think tank Stratfor, promise more targets for Christmas  —  LONDON — Hackers on Sunday claimed to have stolen a raft of e-mails and credit card data from U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor, promising it was just the start of a weeklong Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets.
Kai Lukoff / TechCrunch:
Tencent vs. Sina: The Fight for China's Social Graph  —  Editor's note: Contributor Kai Lukoff is a Beijing-based writer who is the founder of startup blog Techrice.  —  In the West, the battle for the social graph is over for now.  Facebook is the undisputed champion.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Online Gambling Given a Boost in U.S. Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has reversed its long-held opposition to many forms of Internet gambling, removing a big legal obstacle for states that want to sanction online gambling to help fix their budget deficits.
Discussion: Law Blog
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
Insurance Against Cyber Attacks Expected to Boom  —  Sony is still awaiting the final tally for losses related to its data breaches earlier this year.  At last count, it had compromised 100 million customer accounts, and Sony anticipated the debacle would cost $200 million.
Discussion: Slashdot
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Yammer And Jive, Google Is About To Enter The Social Enterprise Space  —  The social enterprise has been growing as more and more companies look to incorporate Facebook-like communications among workers.  Jive (which just debuted on the Nasdaq), Yammer, and Salesforce are all betting …
Caleb Garling / Wired Enterprise:
Berkeley Explains Why Google Trumps Microsoft  —  The University of California at Berkeley has chosen Google over Microsoft for its campus-wide email and calendar services, and it will tell you why — in great detail.  —  Google and Microsoft are locked in a battle for the hearts and minds of businesses …
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