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December 26, 2012, 9:15 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Extends Free Gmail Voice Calls In The U.S. And Canada Through 2013  —  This is becoming somewhat of a holiday tradition for Google: the company just announced that it is extending it free domestic calls from Gmail in the U.S. and Canada for yet another year.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Gracenote's Ad Replacement System That Personalizes TV Commercials Will Start Trials In 2013  —  Most TV commercials are poorly targeted and show things you'd never buy.  But not for long.  Gracenote's new ad replacement system combines viewing habits with personal info to show you more relevant commercials.
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 …
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Oops.  Mark Zuckerberg's Sister Has A Private Facebook Photo Go Public.  —  Being a member of the Facebook founder's family won't protect you from having your privacy breached on the social network.  On Tuesday night, Randi Zuckerberg — older sister to Facebook's CEO …
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., Amazon.com 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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Mayer Hoping What Happens With Big Advertisers at CES Doesn't Stay in Vegas  —  So far in the six-month reign of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, there has been a pile of attention paid to the flashy cultural changes (free food!), much-needed rehauls of key mainstays (Flickr, Yahoo! Mail …
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Health-care sector vulnerable to hackers, researchers say  —  Video: Government and business leaders in the United States and around the world are rushing to build better defenses - and prepare for the coming battles in the digital universe.  To succeed, they must understand one of the most complex …
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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.

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