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December 27, 2012, 10:30 AM

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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.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Snapchat rises: Why Poke's decline shows Facebook's inability to invent  —  Remember last week?  You know, the week when Facebook indulged in yet another act of wanton xeroxing and released Poke to compete with the red-hot insta-communication app, Snapchat.  Well, a week later, the world has returned to normal.
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
Netflix ‘Social Features’ Coming In 2013, Once President Signs Bill  —  Netflix will introduce “social features” for U.S. users in 2013, the company told TPM Wednesday, following a bill passed by Congress just before the holiday break that removes previous restrictions that prevented companies from sharing customer video rental history.
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.
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.
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 …
More: SlashGearTweets: @wired_business and @lasas
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.
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.

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