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8:45 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 …
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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.
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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
Rafe Blandford / All About Windows Phone:
Windows Phone Marketplace passes 50,000 apps  —  The Windows Phone Marketplace has now passed the 50,000 app and games submission mark.  Content is being added at the rate of 265 items per day.  At the time of writing, 50,126 items have been published.  Of these, 17,276 were added …
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 …
Discussion: Digital Trends
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.
Discussion: AllThingsD, CNET, Reuters and GigaOM
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.
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
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 …
Thanks:om
John Cook / GeekWire:
Kindle case maker calls Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Intel's 32nm Medfield SoC specs and benchmarks leak  —  Intel's Medfield may still be a ways from breaking into the smartphone and tablet market, but we're finally starting to get some concrete details on its specs and capabilities.  VR-Zone got the bitty gritty on Chipzilla's first true SoC …
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: Networking Blog and Tech in Asia
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com.  Well, as it turns out, the former Zillow and Expedia developer will have some familiar faces hanging around the Amazon offices.
Discussion: AllThingsD, Thanks:toddbishop
 
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Airtight brings Airplay support to GoogleTV, minus mirroring, DRM, and music
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
buySAFE Sues Google Over “Trusted Stores” Service, Fears Annihilation
Discussion: Beyond Search
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
People Spend Twice As Much Time On Netflix Than On Hulu
Discussion: SlashGear
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Pentagon approves Android device for Department of Defense networks without Market access
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
Research in Motion Directors Pressed to Exert Control Over Blackberry Maker
Discussion: DailyTech and MacDailyNews
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Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
LCD makers in $539 million price-fixing accord
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Planning Completely Redesigned iPhone for Fall 2012 Launch?
Go Daddy:
Go Daddy is no longer on the U.S. Congressional list of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) supporters
Discussion: TechCrunch
Cody Lee / iDownloadBlog.com:
Functioning and Legal Siri Port Finally Released in Cydia
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak available now, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 still in development
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus shun HTML, causing the infographic plague.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:kevinmarks
 

 
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