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4:10 AM 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 …
Discussion: The inneractive Blog
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.
Discussion: @manan
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Why Android updates are a mess: it's the business model  —  Summary: Reading complaints about missing and late Android updates, I got a weird case of deja vu.  Sure enough, this problem is the same as it was last year.  The Android business model practically guarantees that updates will be a mess.
Discussion: parislemon, ZDNet and The Verge
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy Responds To Namecheap Accusations, Removes “Normal” Rate Limiting Block  —  You know who got a lump of coal in their PR stocking this year?  Domain registrar GoDaddy.  Its most recent stumble?  The company's presence on a SOPA supporter list sparked an impromptu user exodus last week …
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Electronista:
Namecheap accuses GoDaddy of stalling anti-SOPA defections
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft in a better place than many people think, concludes Bernstein report  —  Popular sentiment about Microsoft assumes “an unrealistically bad scenario” for the company's future, concludes a recent Bernstein Research report.  The firm say Microsoft is actually in a good position …
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
USPTO rejects Oracle's patent claim on Google Android  —  The United States Patent and Trademark office delivered a final rejection to Google at the expense of Oracle.  —  According to Groklaw, the USPTO issued the rejection Dec. 20 in the reexamination of Oracle's U.S. Patent No. 6,192,476.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Kindle Fire hacked to run ‘pre-alpha’ version of Android 4.0  —  And here we go.  The enterprising hackers at xda-developers have put together an “pre-alpha” version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Kindle Fire, marking the first time we've seen Amazon's budget tablet running the latest and greatest version of Android.
AppleInsider:
Apple's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway kicks off in Europe and Canada  —  Apple has once again launched its 12 Days of Christmas app to mark the start of its annual holiday promotion that offers free songs, music videos, apps and books to residents of Canada and parts of Europe.
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Electronista:   Amazon UK mirrors Apple with 12 Days of Kindle sale
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple clarifies iTunes Match with new setup guide, walkthrough video, FAQs  —  With the service launching in the United States last month, it may seem a little late, but Apple has very recently launched a website dedicated to iTunes Match.  Previously, iTunes Match was given a slab of the iTunes in the Cloud website.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apps Are Media  —  Apps have taken over the world.  If you doubt that just take a look at this app map by Horace Dediu at Asymco which shows the 123 countries in the world where iPhones are available.  Of course, anywhere you can get an iPhone, you can get an iPhone app.  Like the Web, apps are distributed globally.
Discussion: asymco
 
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