December 26, 2012, 2:30 PM

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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 …
Jack Moore / BuzzFeed:
Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Complains Of Facebook Privacy Breach  —  Randi Zuckerberg, Mark's sister and former marketing director of Facebook, posted a photo to her Facebook.  She was less than thrilled when someone reposted it to Twitter.  —  According to Vox Media's Callie Schweitzer …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google's music matching reportedly replacing explicit songs with clean versions  —  Some users of Google Music's new scan-and-match functionality, recently rolled out in the US, are complaining of problems when it comes to explicit content in their library.  Explicit songs are reportedly …
Noel Brinkerhoff / AllGov:
Congress, at Last Minute, Drops Requirement to Obtain Warrant to Monitor Email  —  The federal government will continue to access Americans' emails without a warrant, after the U.S. Senate dropped a key amendment to legislation now headed to the White House for approval.
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Taking Stock of Internet Stocks in 2012: And the Winner Is ... AOL?  —  Back at the beginning of 2012, very few people would have picked AOL as the hottest Internet stock of the year.  —  And yet with only four trading days left, the New York-based portal is up 99.8 percent for the year …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook vs. Amazon  —  The Lines Between Software and Hardware Continue to Blur  —  Four big technology fiefs—Apple Inc., Inc., Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. —have been creeping into each other's turf for years.  In 2013, their war is set to escalate around two fronts: hardware and search.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Samsung teases ‘whole new Smart Hub’ on Flickr feed, CES launch confirmed  —  Samsung's HDTV-based Smart Hub is set to land a major refresh at CES, according to a trio of images and a product description that appeared on Flickr this evening.  Like previous iterations, the software interface …
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 …

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