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December 27, 2012, 1:00 PM

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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 to 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.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Snafu Rattles 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.  —  Millions of Netflix customers …
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.

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