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December 27, 2013, 12:45 PM

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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Nokia pulls Here Maps from the App Store, blames iOS 7  —  In the wake of Maps-gate, Nokia was one of several outfits that rushed to Apple's aid with a navigation app of its very own.  A year later, however, and that same offering has been yanked from the App Store before it could send a note to its neighbors.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Christmas shoppers on iOS outspent Android users by more than 5 to 1, according to IBM  —  Apple's iOS Completely Blew Away Google's Android For Shopping On Christmas  —  Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, continues to blow away Google's Android in mobile commerce, according to IBM analytics.
Lauren Hockenson / Gigaom:
Nintendo to close eShop temporarily due to high traffic, merger woes  —  Nintendo is experiencing some serious hiccups in its newly unified eShop platform, and the system is scheduled to go offline for 12 hours in Europe starting at 4pm EST/1pm PT, according to The Next Web.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Before the Internet, books were written — and published — blindly, hopefully.  Sometimes they sold, usually they did not, but no one had a clue what readers did when they opened them up.  Did they skip or skim?
Grant Gross / PC World:
CTIA website shows mobile app data usage  —  A new website launched by mobile trade group CTIA shows smartphone and tablet users how much data is used by popular apps.  —  KnowMyApp.org, unveiled by CTIA Thursday, allows mobile device owners to estimate an app's data usage before it's downloaded.
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
2013: mobiles stagnated, wearables a letdown, arrogance of tech's ruling class increased  —  2013 was a lost year for tech  —  All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it—Silicon Valley.  Innovation was replaced by financial engineering …
Guardian:
NSA mass collection of phone data is legal, federal judge rules  —  Judge William Pauley noted the dragnet program was ‘controversial but lawful’ and dismissed lawsuit brought by ACLU  —  A federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's mass collection of telephone data is legal …
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 …
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 …
Ryan Huang / ZDNet:
Bitcoin exchanges suspend operations in India amid govt warning  —  Summary: India's Bitcoin trading platforms, including the largest, have suspended services following a recent public warning by the central bank over the risks of virtual currencies.  —  India's largest bitcoin trading platform …
David Hamilton / Web Host Industry Review:
China Unicom Launches Chinese Cloud Computing Service ‘Wo Cloud’  —  Chinese telecom China Unicom has launched a full-service cloud computing and big data brand called “Wo-Cloud” built on OpenStack open-source cloud software and delivered from data centers in Hohhot and Langfang.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple renews bid for U.S. ban on Samsung products  —  Apple on Thursday filed a motion to renew its ongoing bid to stop sales of Samsung products found to be infringing on three key utility patents, including the contentious '915 property for pinch-to-zoom functionality.  —  A slide from the Apple v. Samsung trial

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