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10:20 AM ET, December 28, 2011


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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 …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
3.7 million Android devices activated over Christmas weekend  —  Andy Rubin continues to use his Twitter account as the broadcasting platform for Android's latest statistical achievements.  This time, he's letting us know that a magnificent 3.7 million new Android devices were activated over the holiday weekend.
Brian Suthoff / Localytics:
Holiday Gifts Drive Apple iOS and Android Activations Higher
Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ Growth Accelerating.  Passes 62 million users.  Adding 625,000 new users per day.  Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.  —  Google+ Growth Accelerating.  Passes 62 million users.  Adding 625,000 new users per day.  Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:   Another Report Shows Google+ With 60M+ Users And Growing... But Active User Count Still Unknown
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Mocked And Misunderstood  —  When people ask me, “how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?”, I usually tell them to look for the companies and services that are mocked and misunderstood.  For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes.
Discussion: dbasch's posterous
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Online Retailers Home In on a New Demographic: The Drunken Consumer  —  After enjoying a few drinks, some people go dancing.  Others order food.  And for some, it's time to shop online.  —  “I have my account linked to my phone, so it's really easy,” said Tiffany Whitten, of Dayton, Ohio …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Apple Soar In Customer Satisfaction In 2011; Netflix Plummets  —  According to customer experience analytics company ForeSee, e-commerce giant Amazon once again topped consumer satisfaction in online retail after taking the top spot in 2010.  However, Netflix, which had a dismal year, plummeted in customer satisfaction.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for Photo Booth and a Major Fitness Center App  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of eighteen newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our first patent report of the day we mainly cover two of these patents.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?  —  There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can't fully grok.  One of them is profitability.  —  I find it amusing when a journalist writes an article about a prominent startup (either privately held or preparing for an IPO) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Berlin is poised to be Europe's new tech hub  —  After the visual opulence of Paris, Berlin feels almost dowdy.  Drab and dark, the city hardly comes across as one of the great capitals of the world.  A city's importance on a global stage is measured typically by the size and scope of its airport …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Will UK Prime Minister get an iPad app for work?  Unlikely.  Here's why.  —  According to some press reports today the British Prime Minister, David Cameron is to get “his own personalised iPad app” to stay on top of Government business.  —  Cameron is known to use an iPad to read newspapers …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Kindle case maker calls a corporate bully in federal lawsuit  —  M-Edge Accessories, a 50-person Maryland maker of sleeves and protective cases for electronic reading devices, is suing for patent infringement, unfair competition, intentional interference with contracts and false advertising.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Eric Schmidt discusses Google's competitors, China, acquisitions and more  —  Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, discussed Google's work and activies during an interview at an event held by The Economic Club of Washington's event earlier this month, broadcast by C-Span yesterday.
Discussion: Business Insider
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Dropbox Adds Auto-Import From Your Camera  —  DropBox is getting into the Photo Stream game in a new experimental beta  —  Dropbox is trying out a neat new feature that will give it magical Photo Stream-like abilities.  Everybody's favorite cloud-storage app has added photo and video import.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Latest Entrant In ‘How Not To Do Marketing’ In An Online World: Ocean Marketing Fail  —  One of the key points that we've been making for years is that, in an online world, pissing off (or simply not caring about) customers is no longer a viable business strategy.
John Cook / GeekWire: quietly acquires the social shopping whizzes at Quorus  —  A few weeks ago, we reported that Quorus co-founder Logan Bowers had left the upstart to become a senior software engineer at  Well, as it turns out, the former Zillow and Expedia developer will have some familiar faces hanging around the Amazon offices.
Discussion: WebProNews and AllThingsD, Thanks:toddbishop
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Insights on the writing of Steve Jobs  —  Walter Isaacson shares new information on his best-selling biography of the Apple founder.  —  FORTUNE — Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs has topped The New York Times bestseller's list for eight consecutive weeks now.
Discussion: MacNN
Dear Google+  —  Earlier today I noticed something funny.  My Google profile picture — the picture associated with my Gmail account, my GChat account, my Google+ account, etc — had vanished.  A bug?  Nope.  —  It turns out, Google — without telling me — went into my account and deleted my profile picture.
Discussion: @counternotions
The Diplomat:
China's Parallel Online Universe  —  To the casual eye, China's social media landscape might look diverse and lively.  But the social media clones are careful to follow Communist Party censorship.  —  As the showdown escalated between Chinese security forces and residents of Wukan …
Discussion: WebProNews and Networking Blog
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
YouTube Slam pits viral videos against each other  —  Google is attempting to remedy the dispute between which viral videos are the most entertaining with a new experiment called YouTube Slam.  —  According to the YouTube official blog, YouTube Slam is a video discovery experiment it created in partnership with Google Research.
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