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December 26, 2013, 4:30 PM

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Christmas delayed: Amazon offers $20 gift cards, refunds shipping charges after UPS and FedEx problems  —  Didn't get what you expected under the tree?  It's probably marooned in a package delivery center.  —  Following widespread complaints about absent packages, Amazon …
Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
Surge of online orders causes fulfillment, delivery delays, frustrates customers on Christmas  —  Shipping Delays Left Many People With Little to Put Under Tree … Many shoppers are blaming online retailers for stealing Christmas.  —  Companies from Amazon.com Inc. to Kohl's Corp …
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon's “best ever” season saw 1M new Prime members in one week, 426 items sold per second  —  Amazon Prime tops 20 million members as company touts its best holiday season ever  —  Amazon is exiting the 2013 holiday season with “tens of millions” of Amazon Prime members …
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.
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Scores of Music Services Stream Into Crowded Field  —  Many of the New Models Will Focus on Genre  —  The number of music-streaming services is set to explode next year, as record labels have warmed up to the idea of renting consumers access to a vast collection of tunes, rather than selling them individual albums or songs.
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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.
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
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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