December 31, 2012, 1:15 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Game Over: Zynga Shuts Down PetVille And 10 Other Titles To Cut Costs  —  Executing the cost-reduction plan CEO Mark Pincus announced in November, Zynga has shut down, pulled from the app stores, or stopped accepting new players to 11 games, with some turning off today.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung reportedly set to sell its first Tizen-based smartphone in 2013  —  The world will finally see the fruits of Tizen, the open sourced mobile operating system that has support from Samsung, DoCoMo, Vodafone and others, in 2013, according to a report from Japan's Daily Yomiuri …
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: Huawei partner offered embargoed HP gear to Iran  —  (Reuters) - A major Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies offered to sell at least 1.3 million euros worth of embargoed Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran's largest mobile-phone operator in late 2010, documents show.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: The Real Hazards of E-Devices on Planes  —  A pilot uses the FlySmart with Airbus app on an Apple iPad.  The F.A.A. has no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane's avionics, but it still perpetuates such claims.  —  Over the last year, flying with phones and other devices has become increasingly dangerous.
Keith Teare / TechCrunch:
Unnatural Acts And The Rise Of Mobile  —  Editor's note: Keith Teare is General Partner at his incubator Archimedes Labs and CEO of recently funded  He was a co-founder of TechCrunch.  —  As all predatory, or formerly predatory, men and women know, if you're at a party and still …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft confirms zero-day bug in IE6, IE7 and IE8  —  Second time in two years it's had to deal with late-December vulnerabilities  —  Microsoft on Saturday confirmed that Internet Explorer (IE) 6, 7 and 8 contain an unpatched bug — or “zero-day” vulnerability — that is being used by attackers to hijack victims' Windows computers.
Sebastien Page / iDownloadBlog:
Hackulous shuts down: piracy app Installous is gone  —  In what seems like a small victory against app piracy, the Hackulous team announced today on its site that it is shutting down, bringing down its most popular apps in the process: Installous and AppSync.
Associated Press:
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Susan Crawford / Bloomberg:
U.S. Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service  —  Terry Huval is a large, friendly man with a lilting Southern accent who plays Cajun fiddle tunes in his spare time.  He is also the director of utilities in Lafayette, Louisiana.  “Our job is making sure we listen to our citizens,” he says.

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