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December 25, 2012, 1:50 AM

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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix is down: AWS outage takes down service on some devices  —  Updated: Netflix is inaccessible for users on some devices on Christmas Eve, thanks to an outage of Amazon's 9s AMZN) AWS cloud infrastructure.  There is no word from Amazon when the issue will be fixed.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Instagram furor triggers first class action lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's Instagram photo sharing service has been hit with what appears to be the first civil lawsuit to result from changed service terms that prompted howls of protest last week.  —  In a proposed class action lawsuit filed …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme's top 20 headline terms of 2012, and what they signify  —  We can uncover a variety of patterns analyzing the data Techmeme has accumulated over the years, and given Techmeme's pan-industry focus, these findings can signal large-scale trends developing across the tech industry.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia's Windows tablet to take on Surface with battery-equipped keyboard cover  —  Nokia is building its own Windows RT tablet that is set to debut in early 2013.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that Nokia's tablet will include HDMI and USB ports …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Hailo Raising $30M at $140M Valuation for Epic NYC E-Taxi Throwdown With Uber  —  Hailo, the European taxi-hailing app, is raising a large round of funding as it prepares to do battle in the U.S. market, specifically in New York City.  —  The London-based company is poised to close …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Revealed: NSA targeting domestic computer systems in secret test  —  National Security Agency's Perfect Citizen program hunts for vulnerabilities in “large-scale” utilities, including power grid and gas pipeline controllers, newly released documents show.  —  Newly released files show …
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
Original Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX receiving Jelly Bean OTA update  —  It's a Christmas Eve miracle!  Seemingly out of nowhere, the original Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX are pulling down an OTA update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.  Several different users in our forums are reporting that their handsets are …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
PayPal Bans BitTorrent Friendly Hosting Provider PRQ  —  While most webhosts go about their day to day business without most people knowing they even exist, Sweden's PRQ has a habit of making international headlines a few times every year.  —  The ISP, created in 2004 by Gottfrid Svartholm …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Where's Santa Claus?  The 2012 Santa Tracker List, From NORAD To Google, From The Web To Apps  —  It's Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus is on his annual trip delivering presents to all the good little boys and girls around the world.  This year, not just one but two major organizations …
Eva Dou / Digits:
Acer Plans to Launch $99 Tablet  —  Acer Inc. is planning to launch an Android tablet priced around US$99 early next year, a person with direct knowledge of the project, said.  —  The world's fourth-largest PC maker by shipments hopes to be the first big-brand company to launch a tablet priced …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung hits back at Ericsson with its own request for U.S. import ban over wireless patents  —  Samsung's fighting spirit is well-known to everyone who follows its Earth-spanning patent dispute with Apple.  Its overly aggressive assertions of standard-essential patents (SEPs) …

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