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December 23, 2012, 2:15 PM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Book Reviews Deleted in a Purge Aimed at Manipulation  —  Giving raves to family members is no longer acceptable.  Neither is writers' reviewing other writers.  But showering five stars on a book you admittedly have not read is fine.  —  After several well-publicized cases involving writers buying …
More: The Verge
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.
More: O'ReillyTweets: @janefriedman and @tcarmody
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.
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 …
More: PlainSite
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Censorship Backfires as New Proxies Bloom  —  As reported earlier, the UK Pirate Party has taken the difficult decision to shut down their Pirate Bay proxy service.  —  Music industry group BPI threatened legal action against six members of the party, who would each have to risk bankruptcy to fight for their ideals.
More: The Verge and Boing BoingTweets: @tpb
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.
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 …

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