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12:25 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Softpedia News
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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Thunderbolt Coming to PCs in April 2012  —  DigiTimes reports that Intel has notified partners that the company will “fully release” its Thunderbolt technology in April 2012.  Intel is reportedly preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs at that time.
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Acer to not give up tablet PCs, says founder  —  In response to the rumor that Acer will withdraw from the tablet PC and smartphone markets, the company's founder, Stan Shih, has said that although Acer's tablet operation has not performed well, it is not time to give up the business.
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
While Drafting SOPA, the U.S. House Harbors BitTorrent Pirates  —  YouHaveDownloaded is a treasure trove full of incriminating data on alleged BitTorrent pirates in organizations all across the world.  —  Unauthorized downloads occur even in the most unexpected of places …
 
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
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Amazon UK mirrors Apple with 12 Days of Kindle sale
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