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1:50 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?
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
F.C.C. to Look at Verizon's $2 ‘Convenience Fee’  —  Verizon's announcement of a $2 “convenience fee” for paying bills in certain ways has caught the attention of the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates telecommunications in the United States.
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: VentureBeat and 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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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.
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 …
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 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.
 
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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 and PC World
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Stanford University archives offer window into Apple's early years, Silicon Valley history
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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
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon May Miss Q4 Estimates, Despite Selling More Than One Million Kindles a Week
 

 
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