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December 27, 2012, 6:15 PM

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Falls to Four-Year Low in Online Customer Satisfaction Survey  —  The post-Ron Johnson era did not begin well for Apple.  Earlier this year, the company ousted Johnson's successor, John Browett, as head of its retail operations following a series of rare and embarrassing cockups.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Christmas Day 2012 saw a record 17.4m Android and iOS device activations, 2.5x more than in 2011  —  It's no surprise that more Android and iOS devices are activated on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year.  Yet on Christmas Day 2012, more iPhones, iPads, Galaxies, Kindle Fires …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Apple CEO Tim Cook's compensation totaled less than $4.2m in 2012, down from $378m last year  —  Consumer electronics giant Apple today filed documents with the SEC in preparation for its annual shareholder meeting, which will be held at the company's HQ on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple iWatch rumors surface again, this time with Intel attached  —  The Apple iWatch smartwatch is the subject of renewed rumor and speculation this morning, with Intel of all companies now being attached to the project.  Low power Bluetooth 4.0 is along for the ride as well, of course …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Toshiba Building A Lytro-Style Camera Sensor For Smartphones And Tablets, Planned For 2013 Launch  —  Toshiba is intent on making a camera sensor for smartphones and tablets that borrows a trick from Lytro and allows users to select a focus area in their photos after having taken them.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Samsung confirms multi-window feature and Jelly Bean update for original Galaxy Note  —  That previously-spotted Premium Suite upgrade for the Galaxy Note is on its way, with Samsung revealing all the details on its site.  With a refreshed UI appears very similar to its successor …
Carlos Tejada / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Court Hits Apple in Copyright Dispute  —  BEIJING—A Beijing court ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan, or about $165,000, to a group of local writers who said the U.S. gadget maker sold unlicensed copies of their books online, according to state media.
Robb Mandelbaum / New York Times:
‘Crowdfunding’ Rules Are Unlikely to Meet Deadline  —  When the Jobs Act became law in April, supporters proclaimed a new era for small businesses seeking to raise money.  —  The “game changer,” as President Obama put it in the Rose Garden as he signed the bill, was a provision to let small companies …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Ouya developer kits begin shipping ahead of schedule, will start arriving tomorrow  —  The first developer kits for the highly-anticipated Ouya gaming console are shipping out earlier than expected.  As pointed out by SlashGear, one customer has posted the text of their shipping notification …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
One In Four Americans Owns A Tablet, Overtaking E-Readers, As Printed Book Consumption Continues To Decline: Pew  —  We're still waiting to hear from specific companies like Amazon with their latest (non-)numbers on how well their Kindle line of devices has sold over this holiday period …

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