December 23, 2012, 9:00 PM

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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
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
After hacker disappears from Twitter, Verizon reveals customer data was leaked by a marketing firm  —  Verizon is sharing more details about the alleged leak of customer data that occurred over the weekend.  The company still insists there was no breach, but the carrier has now revealed …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Inside the nest: After 3 years of Angry Birds, what's next for Rovio?  —  Darkest Fear.  CyberBlood.  Dragon & Jade.  Wolf Moon.  Those are the names of only a handful of the more than 50 games that were developed by a small Finnish upstart called Relude between 2003 and 2009.
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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
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 …
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
Tim Wu / New York Times:
The Best Way to Regulate Urban-Living Apps  —  NOBODY ever said that big cities make for easy living.  The apps of the moment, Uber and Airbnb, try to mitigate matters by letting you book a car ride or rent someone's apartment using your smartphone or computer.
More: The Verge and SkiftTweets: @timharv and @pakman
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.

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