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1:11 PM ET, December 27, 2011

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Charlie Kindel / cek.log:
Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn't it Taken Off?  —  People ask me all the time why, if I think Windows Phone is such an excellent product, sales appear so lackluster.  My belief is Microsoft's approach with WP7 has a impedance mismatch with the carriers & device manufacturers …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Oh, Charlie, you should have been here for Christmas  —  Oh, Charlie.  Charlie Kindel, that is.  He used to work at Microsoft.  He still has Microsoft in his blood as he tries to explain why Windows Phone 7 hasn't taken off.  —  I thought about posting this over on Google+ or Facebook or Twitter …
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
The Windows Phone Problem In Three Words: Way Too Late.  —  Earlier today, Charlie Kindel, a former Windows Phone GM, posted some thoughts on why Windows Phone hasn't taken off.  Essentially, he blames Microsoft's model pressuring both OEMs and carriers — so much so that neither really wants to push the platform.
Agence France Presse:
Italy fines Apple for misleading consumers  —  ROME — Italy's anti-trust authority said Tuesday it was imposing a 900,000-euro ($1.2-million) fine on US tech giant Apple for misleading consumers on assistance services and guarantees for its products.  —  “Sanctions of a total of 900,000 euros …
Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
iOS & Android Shatter Records on Christmas Day  —  Historically, more iOS and Android apps are downloaded on Christmas than on any other day of the year.  This is due to a massive influx of smartphones and tablets given as gifts.  As fast as loved-ones can unwrap their shiny, new Galaxy IIs …
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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Travel Push Angers Web Rivals  —  Flight Searches, Which Place Google at Top, Anger Web Rivals  —  Google Inc.'s newest push into online travel has begun to roil the industry, the latest example of the company extending its market power into increasingly diverse aspects of economic life.
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus shun HTML, causing the infographic plague.  —  By choosing images over links, and by restricting markup, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are hostile to HTML.  This is leading to the plague of infographics crowding out text, and of video used to convey minimal information.
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Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Apple iTV will arrive in 32- and 37-inch sizes this summer, says DigiTimes  —  Rumors of an Apple television have resurfaced with supply chain sources telling DigiTimes that they're starting to prepare components for 32- and 37-inch “iTV” sets launching in Q2 or Q3 of 2012.
Malia Wollan / New York Times:
For Start-Ups That Aim at Giants, Sorting the Data Cloud Is the Next Big Thing  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The idea of big data goes something like this: In a world of ever-increasing digital connectivity, ever larger mountains of data are produced by our cellphones, computers, digital cameras, RFID readers, smart meters and GPS devices.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Namecheap cashes in on SOPA with MoveYourDomainDay  —  SOPA has caused an uproar in the tech industry, and rightly so.  Go Daddy, which supported SOPA and then abandoned its stance after customer outrage, has taken a hit and Namecheap stepped in for the kill.  So far, Go Daddy has lost over 21,000 domains.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy Responds To Namecheap Accusations, Removes “Normal” Rate Limiting Block
BBC:
China GPS rival Beidou starts offering navigation data  —  China plans to launch a further 25 satellites to extend the reach of its navigation service  —  China's satellite navigation system has become operational, according to an official.  —  Beidou now offered location …
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Amazon Builds World's Fastest Nonexistent Supercomputer  —  Amazon's supercomputer doesn't exist.  Except that it does.  Photo: MarkHillary/Flickr  —  The 42nd fastest supercomputer on earth doesn't exist.  —  This fall, Amazon built a virtual supercomputer atop its Elastic Compute Cloud …
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak available now, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 still in development  —  Hackers on Tuesday released an untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak solution for all iOS devices but the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2.  In a post on his blog, iOS hacker pod2g announced that the Chronic Dev Team …
 
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