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December 25, 2012, 9:05 PM

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Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
The Great Netflix Christmas Outage Is Thankfully Over  —  The great Netflix outage of Christmas 2012 is thankfully over, according to a tweet from the company.  The service went down last night, during arguably one of the worst possible times ever, when many people stuck at home with their families …
More: Reuters, CNET and GeekWireTweets: @netflix
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Christmas Eve AWS outage stings Netflix but not Amazon Prime  —  Updated: Oh to be a fly on the wall for the conversations that must be going on between Netflix and Amazon engineers this holiday season.  —  If you're not a Netflix subscriber, you may not yet know that issues …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Google Moves Onto Microsoft's Turf in Business Software  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It has taken years, but Google seems to be cutting into Microsoft's stronghold — businesses.  —  Google's software for businesses, Google Apps, consists of applications for document writing, collaboration …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Seven Questions for Google Enterprise Chief Amit Singh  —  It's been a big year for many things related to the Enterprise business at Google.  For one thing, it launched both Google Drive and its cloud computing platform.  —  Then there's Google Apps, the suite of Web-based office applications …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Strategically Important Micro SIM Patent  —  In April of this year we first reported on Apple's patent application for a Micro SIM connector.  The timing of Apple's new micro SIM connector patent couldn't have been more perfect in light of the battle between Nokia and Apple …
More: Engadget
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Aviary's Developer Of Peacock Takes Popular Photo Manipulation Tool Independent, Calls It Nodewerk  —  Aviary isn't done with the news this year.  In a nod to power users, it's sending its advanced flash suite off as an independent product.  The suite's original developer, Mario Klingemann …
More: Aviary Blog, VentureBeat and PandoDailyThanks:@drew
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Test Run: Facebook's Poke App Is a Head-Scratcher  —  A photo of my friend Peter's dog pops up on my phone for three seconds, then disappears.  I respond with a picture of an enormous pile of nachos I'm working on at a Brooklyn bar.  —  Later in the night, I send my colleague Jenna a video …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Little Sign of a Predicted E-Book Price War  —  Right about now, just as millions of e-readers and tablets are being slipped under Christmas trees, there was supposed to be a ferocious price war over e-books.  —  Last spring, the Justice Department sued five major publishers and Apple on e-book price-fixing charges.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
All the World's a Game, and Business Is a Player  —  Congratulations.  Reading the first paragraph of this article has earned you a badge.  —  If this made-up award makes you feel good about yourself, then you are on your way to understanding gamification, a business trend — some would say fad …
More: Polygon
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 …

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