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December 26, 2013, 9:20 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 …
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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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
Steven Sinofsky / Learning by Shipping:
Designing for exponential trends of 2014  —  Rather than predict anything that will suddenly appear at the end of 2014, this post offers some trends that are likely to double by some measure this next year.  —  This will turn out to be an exponential year in many technologies …
Reuters:
Analysis: In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration  —  (Reuters) - A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.
More: Slashdot and ReutersTweets: @hintjens

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