December 26, 2012, 11:50 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
More: Gawker and Wired
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
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 …
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 …
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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