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December 26, 2012, 4:00 AM

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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Startups Adjust to Web's Down Cycle  —  Prominent venture capitalist John Doerr coined the phrase “SoLoMo” in 2010 to describe how three technology trends—social, local and mobile—were fueling a new Internet boom.  —  But now that Facebook Inc., Zynga Inc. and Groupon Inc. have fizzled …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
The music industry dropped DRM years ago.  So why does it persist on e-books?  —  The American e-book market is about 100 times smaller than the digital music market.  —  shiftstigma  —  So maybe you were lucky enough to get an e-reader for the holidays.  In fact, maybe you're reading this article on one right now!
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 …
Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Bravo's ‘Start-Ups’ gets quiet send-off, but one cast member pronounces it a success.  —  When Bravo's reality show “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley” roared into the tech world's consciousness last month, some hailed it as further proof geeks have become — in the words of one cast member — “the new rock stars.”
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Already Winning The Social TV War, But It Will Soon Do More  —  The past few years have been a rollercoaster ride for the social TV market.  Driven by the growth of smartphone and tablet usage while viewers watch television, dozens of companies have emerged in that time to aggregate audiences …
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 …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
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 and PhoneArena
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, PandoDaily and VentureBeatThanks:@drew
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Iran Suggests Attacks on Computer Systems Came From the U.S. and Israel  —  Iran reported a number of new cyberattacks on Tuesday, saying foreign enemy hackers tried in recent months to disrupt computer systems at a power plant and other industries in a strategically important southern coastal province …
Daniela Hernandez / Wired:
Facebook?!  Twitter?!  Instagram?!  We Did That 40 Years Ago  —  It all feels so new, doesn't it?  Facebook.  FaceTime.  Google+ hangouts.  Hashtagging your memories on Twitter and Instagram.  —  But this holiday season, as you and your enormous collection of Apple gadgets spend …
More: The Verge

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