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5:50 AM ET, January 2, 2012

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Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Uber CEO Responds to New Year's Eve Complaints, Plans More Surge Pricing  —  Uber, the San Francisco-based start-up behind a smartphone app that allows users to request car service, had some users uber-angry today over the fares they paid for rides on New Year's Eve.
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Brenden Mulligan / Starting Up:
Redesigning the Uber Surge Pricing Screen
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
Uber's New Year's Eve Surcharges Demonstrate The Harsh Reality Of Dynamic Pricing
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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
H.P.'s TouchPad Tablet Was Bound to Be a Flop, Some Say  —  The TouchPad tablet from Hewlett-Packard was one of the most closely watched new gadgets of 2011 — and quickly turned out to be the year's biggest flop.  The TouchPad, which was supposed to be a rival to Apple's iPad …
Discussion: Electronista
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Still Looking For A New Year's Resolution?  How About Learning To Code ...  After eating something greasy to get rid of last night's hangover, many of you are probably in the middle of writing your New Year's resolutions.  Well, here's a good one (especially considering that the tech sector seems …
Discussion: A VC, Betabeat, @paulg and @parislemon
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Text Messaging Is in Decline in Some Countries  —  Perhaps to the chagrin of cellphone carriers, all signs point to text messaging's continuing its decline in several parts of the world.  —  In Finland, there was a significant drop on Christmas Eve, one of the busiest days of the year for texting …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft  —  San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service focused on luxury vehicles, is shutting down due to theft incidents involving its members' cars.  According to CEO Ali Moiz, the company will send out an email tomorrow to its members with a full explanation.
David Carr / New York Times:
The Danger of an Attack on Piracy Online  —  By invoking the acronym SOPA right at the get-go, I may be daring many of you to check the next column over for something a little less chewy.  After all, SOPA, which stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, sounds like a piece of arcane Internet …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Sony cuts Tablet S price by $100, now starts at $400 for 16GB  —  New year, new pricing strategy?  We just got word that Sony's cut the price of its 9.4-inch Tablet S by $100, so that it now starts at $400 for the 16GB model, and $500 for the 32GB flavor.  The move follows a temporary $50 price cut …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV iOS applications now running natively at fullscreen 720p resolution in developer port  —  We broke the news yesterday that developers Steven Troughton-Smith and the TheMudKip were working on bringing iOS applications to the Apple TV in a native experience.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook lists supported and deprecated SDKs  —  Summary: After developers complained that Facebook wasn't being very clear, the company has listed the four SDKs it officially supports as well as the three SDKs it deprecated in 2011.  —  As promised, Facebook has clarified which software development kits …
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Facebook hands out White Hat debit cards to hackers  —  This is the Visa debit card Facebook is giving to some security researchers for reporting bugs.  —  A few companies pay money to bug hunters.  But Facebook is giving out something more unique than just a check.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Printer malware: print a malicious document, expose your whole LAN  —  One of the most mind-blowing presentations at this year's Chaos Communications Congress (28C3) was Ang Cui's Print Me If You Dare, in which he explained how he reverse-engineered the firmware-update process for HPs hundreds of millions of printers.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Today's Cable Guy, Upgraded and Better-Dressed  —  The cable guy is becoming sleeker and more sophisticated, just like the televisions and computers he installs.  —  Long depicted as slovenly cranks who dodged growling dogs and tracked mud on the living room carpet, cable guys (and gals) …
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