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December 27, 2012, 8:50 AM

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Ryan Tate / Wired:
Become a Crime-Fighting Superhero in Your Spare Time  —  Chris Goodroe doesn't do Facebook, and he doesn't do Twitter.  Online socializing isn't his thing.  But after watching his neighbors use the internet to bust a pair of burglars earlier this year, the Oakland attorney decided …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu's Employee Owners Are Just Employees Again, Which Means Some May Be Ex-Employees Soon  —  Hulu's employees used to be owners, too.  But those days are over, so they're going to have be happy with a paycheck and some bonuses.  —  That's the upshot of a new long-term incentive plan I'm told the video site is prepping.
Damon Poeter / PC Magazine:
Report: Few Using Smart TVs to Full Capacity  —  Smart TVs sound great in theory, but few people are actually getting the most out of their Internet-connected television sets, according to a new report from the NPD Group.  —  “The Internet-connected HDTV screen has so far failed to break beyond …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Why we love to hate Myspace  —  A year and a half after leaving News Corp, the site reinvents itself — again  —  Myspace is gradually inviting users to “new Myspace,” the first big refresh in the post-News Corp era, and already the claws have come out.  We took a tour of the new site …
More: TIME
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.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Server Snafu Rattles Netflix, Other Customers  —  Amazon.com Inc.'s latest technical glitch—interrupting service for Netflix Inc. and others—is causing some companies to rethink their reliance on the Seattle-based company for the bulk of their Web-computing needs.
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.
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Venture Capital to Suppress Its Appetite for Risk in 2013  —  Internet entrepreneurs have had the upper hand over venture capitalists in recent years but that balance of power is now showing some signs of shifting, a trend that could accelerate in 2013.  —  Spurring the change …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box's Gameplan For 2013: A Third-Party App Economy; Expanding Security And More  —  As you talk to Aaron Levie, the co-founder of fast growing cloud storage company Box, it's hard not to notice his incredible energy when he talks about enterprise storage possibilities.

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