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December 31, 2012, 4:30 PM

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Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme's biggest (i.e. tallest) stories of 2012  —  Now that we've examined the year's trending terms, our final retrospectacular tour of 2012 examines the stories themselves.  On Techmeme, the biggest stories usually become the tallest stories as different angles of reporting and analysis pile up …
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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 …
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 just.me.  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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft releases temporary fix for vulnerability in IE6, IE7, and IE8; security patch coming soon  —  Microsoft on Monday released a temporary one-click “Fix it” tool for old versions of Internet Explorer.  Running it will prevent the recently-discovered vulnerability in IE6, IE7 …
Associated Press:
Obama Signs FISA Warrantless Wiretapping Program Extension Into Law  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the U.S. government's authority to monitor the overseas activity of suspected foreign spies and terrorists.
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon Apologizes for Christmas Eve Outage Affecting Netflix  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) apologized for a Dec. 24 disruption in its cloud-computing services that hindered Netflix Inc. (NFLX) customers from watching movies, and said it is taking steps to prevent a recurrence.
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.

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