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6:45 PM ET, December 30, 2011

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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Verizon drops $2 ‘convenience fee’ due to customer feedback  —  Just a day after it confirmed that it would be adding a $2 ‘convenience fee’ for paying bills online or over the phone, Verizon's cancelled the charge, citing negative customer feedback as the reason for the shift.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
GoDaddy Boycott Fizzles; Twice As Many Domains Transfer In As Out  —  Yesterday, we noted that it appeared that the “GoDaddy boycott” concept may have been losing steam, thanks to the company's decision to move away from supporting the bill... combined with a new aggressive advertising campaign.
Electronista:
Nintendo, Sony back off of SOPA support  —  Nintendo and Sony rethink unpopular SOPA bill  —  A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill.  Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Slams SOPA  —  A few days before the election circus in the US will start with the Iowa's caucus, presidential candidate Ron Paul made a comment on the pending SOPA bill “They want to take over the Internet,” he said.  “Can you imagine how much we're …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
“Official” Siri app hits the Android Market, highlights Google's marketplace issues  —  With the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple introduced its new voice-activated virtual assistant Siri to early acclaim, immediately sparking a rush for developers to offer the same functionality on Android smartphones.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Company Keep An Employee's LinkedIn Account After They're No Longer Employed?  —  Venkat Balasubramani has the story of a bizarre fight between a company, Sawabeh Information Services, and the founders of Edcomm, a company that Sawabeh bought in 2010.  A few months later …
Royal Pingdom:
Symbian is still top mobile OS - finished 2011 with resurgence  —  As we're quickly approaching the end of 2011 we take a last look at what the year for mobile operating systems was like.  —  Would it surprise you to know that Symbian finished 2011 stronger than it started the year?
Darren McCarra / The Sociable:
Facebook phasing out support for IE7  —  One year after Facebook officially renounced support for Internet Explorer 6, it seems that Internet Explorer 7 is destined to experience a similar fate as support for the ailing browser is lacking in Facebook's most important recent innovation - Timeline.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
More Apple retail stores planned for historic buildings in 2012; Stores approved in Germany, Canada, and Spain  —  Apple is not slowing down when it comes to opening more iconic brick-and-mortar retail locations.  Three new retail locations all received recent approval …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple again rumored to switch to IGZO displays for ‘iPad 3’  —  Industry sources claim Apple will move away from in-plane switching display technology in favor of IGZO flat panels for its mobile products, starting with its third-generation iPad early next year.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Stuxnet weapon has at least 4 cousins: researchers  —  (Reuters) - The Stuxnet virus that last year damaged Iran's nuclear program was likely one of at least five cyber weapons developed on a single platform whose roots trace back to 2007, according to new research from Russian computer security firm Kaspersky Lab.
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Insync ("Dropbox For Google Users") Gets Major Revamp, Goes Free  —  File synchronization and sharing platform Insync has been around for over a year now, and today, the eponymous startup has rolled out a totally revamped version of its “Dropbox for Google users”.
Discussion: The Next Web, iPhone, The Verge and TUAW
Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com:
Boot Hezbollah from Twitter or we sue, group says  —  Al-Manar is Hezbollah's “media arm,” says the group seeking to have it and other terrorist-related groups removed from Twitter.  —  An Israeli law center said Thursday it is threatening to sue Twitter unless the social network cuts off access to groups …
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
LG to unveil first Intel Medfield-powered Android smartphone at CES 2012; LG expects March release date  —  LG Electronics is poised to unveil the first Android smartphone with Intel's Medfield SoC at the Consumer Electronics show next month.  —  “Intel's chief executive Paul Otellini …
Gabe Donnini / Chitika Insights:
Traffic for Google+ on the Rise Along with User Count  —  Chitika Insights has covered the heavily publicized launch of Google+ amidst a variety of reported statistics, some which stated that Google+ hosted a user base comprised of over 40 Million people, others which described …
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Bloomberg:
Google Backs Israeli Startups After Local Financing Hits 12-Year-Low: Tech  —  The Google Inc. (GOOG) executive with his bright yellow vest was impossible to miss in the middle of the Israeli startup owners seeking cash in a rusty boathouse at Tel Aviv's Jaffa port.
Discussion: 9to5Google
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple to appeal $1.2M fine imposed by Italian regulators over AppleCare warranties  —  Apple plans to appeal a decision by Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato to impose $1.2 million USD fine for not providing consumers with a two-year warranty mandatory under European Union law and the Italian Consumer Code.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Internet Explorer 9's growth on Windows 7 highlights Firefox's weakness  —  Microsoft put out a rah-rah blog post today, touting its various victories with Internet Explorer for the year, mostly discussing Internet Explorer 9′s performance on Windows 7.
Dennis Fisher:
Attack Tool Released for WPS PIN Vulnerability  —  Just a day after security researcher Stefan Viehbock released details of a vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) standard that enables attackers to recover the router PIN, a security firm has published an open-source tool capable of exploiting the vulnerability.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
U.S. court upholds telecom immunity for surveillance  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals panel on Thursday upheld immunity for telecom companies that assist the U.S. government in conducting surveillance of American citizens.  —  Several lawsuits filed in the wake of revelations …
Discussion: Electronista
 
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Top Stories of 2011: All Apple All the Time
Discussion: Fortune and AppleInsider
David Kravets / Threat Level:
2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Deutsche Telekom charged by SEC in corruption case
Discussion: BGR and Electronista
John P. Mello Jr. / Computerworld:
2011 Was a ‘Muddled’ Year for Hacktivists
Discussion: IntoMobile and PC World
Associated Press:
Stanford University archives offer window into Apple's early years, Silicon Valley history
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Testing New Email Subscription Ad Format
Jessica E Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
App Developers Skirt Apple's Limits With Work-Arounds
Discussion: TUAW, Gizmodo and PadGadget
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook Messenger for Windows officially released
Office of Inadequate Security:
AntiSec dumps 860,000 Stratfor members' details, including 75,000 credit card numbers
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011
 

 
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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Vice Media's Shane Smith to receive Knight Innovation Award on Dec. 1 at CUNY media innovation summit

 
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