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December 27, 2012, 12:25 AM

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David Kravets / Wired:
Feds Requiring ‘Black Boxes’ in All Motor Vehicles  —  Federal regulators are proposing that new automobiles sold in the United States after September 2014 come equipped with black boxes, so-called “event data recorders” that chronicle everything from how fast a vehicle was traveling, the number of passengers and even a car's location.
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.
New York Times:
Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture a Marketing Link  —  As Electronic Arts prepared to market Medal of Honor Warfighter, the latest version of its top-selling video game released in October, it created a Web site that promoted the manufacturers of the guns, knives and combat-style gear depicted in the game.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Extends Free Gmail Voice Calls In The U.S. And Canada Through 2013  —  In what is becoming somewhat of a holiday tradition for Google, the company just announced that it is extending free domestic calls from Gmail in the U.S. and Canada for yet another year.
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:
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China  —  CHENGDU, China — One day last summer, Pu Xiaolan was halfway through a shift inspecting iPad cases when she received a beige wooden chair with white stripes and a high, sturdy back.  —  At first, Ms. Pu wondered if someone had made a mistake.
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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