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December 26, 2013, 10:15 AM

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Jenny W. Hsu / Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan fines Apple $667K for influencing carriers' iPhone pricing, can face additional $1.6m if it fails to comply  —  Taiwan Fines Apple for iPhone Price-Plan Meddling  —  Island's fair-trade body says Apple told mobile-service providers how to charge for handsets
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Dogewallet announces Dogecoin theft, a dubious milestone for the new cryptocurrency that started as a joke  —  Millions Of Dogecoins Stolen In Apparent Heist  —  Much robbery, so anger, etc.  Users of the functional joke currency are reporting emptied wallets.
Dan Rowinski / ReadWrite:
The Majority Of Porn In The United States Is Viewed On Smartphones  —  If you needed any more evidence that the era of ubiquitous computing is upon us, here is one stat that shows us how prevalent smartphones and tablets have become to the daily lives of people everywhere …
Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
Online retailers mine transaction data to discourage returns, a growing problem  —  Rampant Returns Plague E-Retailers  —  Sellers Suggest Sizes and Redirect Discounts to Break Bad Habits  —  Free shipping and lenient return policies have given online retailing a huge boost.
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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
KakaoTalk is used by 93% of South Korean smartphone owners, expects $200M revenue in 2013  —  With $200 Million in Revenue, South Korea's Top Messaging App Is All Smiley Faces  —  In South Korea, there's no escaping KakaoTalk.  The country has a smartphone penetration rate of 73 percent …
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Kana Inagaki / Wall Street Journal:
Sony, Panasonic Call Off OLED TV Tie-Up  —  TOKYO— Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. have decided to call off a tie-up in developing production technology for big and ultrathin televisions, underscoring the challenges of bringing the next-generation TVs to the mass market.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google punishes Rap Genius in search ranking for SEO practices, founders seek resolution  —  Google Destroys Rap Genius' Search Rankings As Punishment For SEO Spam, But Resolution In Progress  —  Google hit back hard today after it learned lyrics site Rap Genius had been using dubious SEO tricks to attain top spots in search results.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The decade-long quest to stop “Spamford” Wallace  —  The federal courthouse in Las Vegas, where Wallace was questioned about his money.  —  Wikimedia Commons  —  On a warm April morning in 2007, one of the world's most notorious spammers walked through the doors of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas.
Tweets: @arstechnica

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