December 23, 2012, 10:10 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg Is The Voice Behind The “Poke” Notification Sound And Wrote Code For The App  —  Mark Zuckerberg invented Poking, one of Facebook's earliest features, so it's fitting he was part of the small team that built the new Poke app over the last 12 days.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Verizon denies hacker's claims of swiping customer records, says leaked data is not from its servers  —  A self-proclaimed hacker going by the name TibitXimer on Saturday leaked some 300,000 Verizon Wireless customer records after breaching the company's security systems.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
The New York Times Paywall Is Working Better Than Anyone Had Guessed  —  The New York Times instituted a paywall on its website last year, a controversial move that has yielded great results.  —  Ever since the New York Times rolled out its so-called paywall in March 2011, a perennial dispute has waged.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Intellectual Ventures: Don't Mind Our 2000 Shell Companies, That's Totally Normal  —  Back in 2010, we wrote about a report suggesting that Intellectual Ventures was using somewhere around 1000 shell companies to hide many of its patent shakedown attempts.  For years, IV itself liked …
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Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Foxconn Buys Stake In Camera Maker GoPro, Turning Founder Into A Billionaire  —  Nicholas Woodman, avid surfer and GoPro founder, is now a billionaire.  (Photo courtesy of GoPro)  —  GoPro cameras have become the go-to item for filming extreme sports.  The small, high quality video cameras …
Suw Charman-Anderson / Forbes:
Amazon Is Ripe For Disruption  —  Amazon, the great disintermediator that put a spanner — in fact, a set of 25 spanners in a handy case, yours for just $9.99 — in the businesses of many a retailer, is going to face exactly the same fate if it doesn't start to address its weaknesses soon, particularly in the area of publishing.
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Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Microsoft Releases Wordament, the First iPhone Game with Xbox Live Achievements  —  Microsoft has released a game tonight called Wordament for the iPhone.  The game has been a popular Windows Phone game, but is now also available on iOS.  Wordament was originally a side-project …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Mozilla backpedals on Firefox 64-bit for Windows, will keep nightly builds coming after all  —  Last month, Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg quietly announced that the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows would never see the light of day.  After what he referred to as …

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