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December 27, 2012, 5:40 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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung's ChatON messaging service gets multi-device syncing, improved tablet support and more  —  This year has been a breakthrough one for mobile messaging apps, and Samsung is closing out 2012 with a major update to its own cross-platform service ChatON.  The Korean electronics firm …
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.

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