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12:25 PM ET, December 30, 2011

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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.
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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?
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
“Uncomfortable Dance”: Here's the Sexual Harassment Letter That Got Mark Hurd Fired  —  Finally, you can read for yourself about the controversial allegations of sexual harassment that eventually led to the departure of Hewlett-Packard's CEO Mark Hurd from his job.  —  Here's the entire letter.
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: WebProNews
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Testing New Email Subscription Ad Format  —  Google is experimenting with its Google Adwords offerings, attempting to go beyond regular text ads with Google Email Subscription Ads, allowing companies to buy ads that automatically fill in a “Subscribe to newsletter (or whatever …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon explains its string of LTE outages  —  Verizon's LTE network has had a hell of a month.  After a year of smooth performance, interrupted only by one major glitch in April, the new ultra-fast 4G network has experienced a string of three outages in a single month …
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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 …
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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Bulls**t  —  Apple:  — This web app or social network we're making is going to be great.  — Our app-review rules are always in everyone's best interests.  — Nobody wants a [popular new product category that Apple doesn't make yet].  —  Google:  — Android is open.  — Don't be evil.
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Nintendo stealthily building app store for its next-gen console  —  Nintendo's next game console, the Wii U, is months away from launch, but its touchscreen controller is already turning heads — and The Daily has learned that Nintendo plans to implement a full-blown app store for the system.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Top Stories of 2011: All Apple All the Time  —  Eight of 10 Most Read Corporate Articles Were About Apple, Death of Jobs  —  The company dominated the headlines—and captivated The Wall Street Journal readers' interest—this past year, from product launches that stoked frenzy to the somber news of co-founder Steve Jobs's death.
Discussion: Fortune, AppleInsider and MacNN
Sean / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
440,783 “Silent SMS” Used to Track German Suspects in 2010  —  The 28th Chaos Communication Congress (28C3) is currently underway in Berlin and on Tuesday, researcher Karsten Nohl gave a presentation called: Defending mobile phones.  If you have an hour, it's worth watching.
Discussion: The H Security and Slashdot
David Kravets / Threat Level:
2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties  —  Online civil liberties groups were thrilled in May when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the head of the powerful Judiciary Committee, announced legislation requiring the government, for the first time, to get a probable-cause warrant …
Discussion: A VC
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 Verge, The Next Web and TUAW
Jessica E Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
App Developers Skirt Apple's Limits With Work-Arounds  —  The cat-and-mouse game between the Bay Area's legion of mobile developers and app kingmaker Apple Inc. is heating up.  —  Mobile-software developers have long complained about Apple's limits on them.
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.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
French reseller sues Apple over unfair competition  —  eBizcuss, the largest Apple reseller in France, has sued Apple alleging that the company competes unfairly by favoring its own retail stores with new product inventory and by undercutting proposals to small businesses.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Instant Costs Google $65,000 In France  —  The Local, a French newspaper, reports Google France was ordered to pay €50,000 ($64,670) to Lyonnaise de Garantie, a French insurance company over a search suggestion that had them labeled as being a “crook.”
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Andy Rubin Didn't Delete “Open” Tweet, Twitter Lost It, Then Found It  —  A couple days ago I noted something odd: Andy Rubin's first tweet, the one in which he gives the definition of open (for Android) was gone.  Given that Rubin had just sent another tweet updating some numbers for Android, I assumed he deleted it.
 
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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, PC World and VentureBeat
Associated Press:
Stanford University archives offer window into Apple's early years, Silicon Valley history
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple slowly gaining patents to fight its war of attrition with Android
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
comScore: Apple Grows Mobile Marketshare From 9.8% To 11.2%, But Samsung's Still Top OEM
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not release iPad 3 at Macworld or CES
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Ups Need Staff To Get Investors' Cash
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Envisions Face & Presence Detection Security for iOS Devices
 

 
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