December 31, 2012, 11:45 PM

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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 …
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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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Sayonara, netbooks: Asus (and the rest) won't make any more in 2013  —  A five-year lifespan turned out to be all that netbooks got.  Acer and Asus are stopping manufacture from 1 January 2013 - ending what once looked like the future of computing  —  Sayonara, netbooks.
More: GigaOM and Daring FireballTweets: @tmaslen
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon Apologizes for Christmas Eve Outage Affecting Netflix  — 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.
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.
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 …
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 …

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