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12:05 AM ET, December 23, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won't be able to compete, company source says  —  Bad products, horrible software and no cohesive vision have seemingly turned Research In Motion into a company without motion at this point.  Throw in a huge delay before BlackBerry 10 smartphones start shipping …
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM: Rumors About BlackBerry 10 Problems “Simply False”  —  Research In Motion has a simple rebuttal to rumors claiming it hasn't been truthful about the reasons behind the delay of its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system: They're bogus.  —  Responding to a Boy Genius Report post claiming …
Roger Cheng / CNET News:   RIM CEOs lied about BlackBerry 10 delay, report says
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day  —  At this point quite a few internet companies have protested H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in creative ways.  Held by many to be the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet if it passes …
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Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
SOPA Witch-Hunters, Count Me Out  —  The opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the bill before Congress to punish websites that publish pirated songs, movies and essays, has united behind the theme of free speech.  —  But now in a turn worthy of the pigs in Animal Farm, Paul Graham …
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy's SOPA Support Sparks Calls for Boycotts and Domain Transfers  —  The list of companies that support the controversial piece of U.S. legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is fairly predictable.  It includes huge media conglomerates, music industry groups, pharmaceutical companies and the like.
Jeff Epstein / livin' the dream:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Transfer Domains Out Of GoDaddy  —  Follow these step-by-step directions to transfer all of your domains from GoDaddy to NameCheap.  —  I'm Boycotting GoDaddy because they are pro-SOPA.  —  Step 1: Login to GoDaddy and get to the domain manager.  —  Step 2: Select all domains
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Google Will Pay Mozilla Almost $300M Per Year in Search Deal, Besting Microsoft and Yahoo  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Earlier this week, Google and Mozilla said they had struck a deal to renew their search royalty agreement for another three years.
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Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Google Triples Its Spending To Keep Default Search Spot In Firefox
Discussion: Computerworld
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Apps Are For Android, Games For the iPhone  —  The iPhone is the domain of the game.  Android is the land of the app. 2011 showed some very distinct trends in user activity on the two major mobile platforms.  A study done by Xylogic shows that of the top 25 app publishers for iOS, only one does not produce games.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Study: Apps Are For Android, Games For the iPhone
Discussion: Xyologic
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigating fuel-cell-powered MacBooks  —  Apple could build new notebooks that are even smaller and lighter than current battery-powered devices by switching to fuel cells for power.  —  The prospect of fuel-cell-powered MacBooks and other devices was raised in a pair …
Experian Hitwise:
Facebook was the top search term for third straight year  —  Social network search term tops list for sixth straight year; Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian most popular public figure and top personality search New York, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2011 - Experian Hitwise, a part of Experian Marketing Services …
Rachel Swaby / Wired.com:
With Sync Solved, Dropbox Squares Off With Apple's iCloud  —  In early 2009, just months after Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi launched Dropbox, a service that promised to sync users' photos, music, and documents across computers, Apple's MobileMe team suggested the pair come by for a chat.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Suggested Events Feature Based On Checkins  —  We're creatures of habit.  We go where we've already gone.  That's why Facebook's new Suggested Events feature I just discovered is so powerful — it knows where we've been thanks to our checkins.
Discussion: CNET News, Mashable! and All Facebook
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor  —  Smoking hot startup Codecademy, a service which teaches you how to program online has launched its Labs feature today, as a sign of things to come.  —  Codecademy founder Zach Sims tells me that Codecademy, and specifically new hire Amjad Masad …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box  —  Verizon will be rolling out a new Media Server product for its FiOS customers later next year, which will be a single hardware device that will eventually eliminate the need for a set-top box altogether.
Discussion: Electronista
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Has More Online Shoppers Than Walmart  —  Tech Maker's Traffic Trumps That of World's Largest Retailer in November  —  Apple got more traffic online last month than Walmart Stores.  In fact, Apple is the only retailer other than Amazon and eBay in the top 15 most-visited websites in the U.S. in November, according to ComScore.
Discussion: Electronista
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
New iPhone?  No thanks, say cash-conscious Europeans  —  (Reuters) - Weakening economies and falling prices of rival smartphones are hurting sales of Apple iPhones across Europe, data from research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showed on Thursday.  —  The October roll-out of Apple's iPhone 4S boosted …
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's sinking share in France and Germany may be fueling patent wars
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Amazon recruiting engineers and researchers for Cambridge office, slated to open in February  —  Amazon's Massachusetts strategy in the past could be described with two words: free shipping.  When the tech giant has acquired local companies, it has shipped the products and people out to Seattle.
Discussion: Xconomy
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lion-Compatible Quicken 2007 for Mac Promised in ‘Early Spring’  —  Intuit today sent out an email to its Quicken for Mac customers providing an update on the company's efforts to develop a version of Quicken 2007 compatible with OS X Lion.  We noted earlier this year that Intuit was looking …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Republic Wireless changes stance: unlimited will be truly unlimited, ‘no thresholds’ or asterisks  —  Credit where it's due: Republic Wireless has just made an about-face on the only major downfall we saw in its new wireless proposition.  While most of the big boys have had an asterisk by …
Jason Green / Mercury News:
Construction to begin soon on ‘prototype’ Apple store in downtown Palo Alto  —  Work is set to begin “any day now” on a prototype Apple store in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, according to city planning officials.  The city issued a building permit on Dec. 12 for the modern …
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
EFF Reverse-engineers Carrier IQ, Requests Help in Deciphering Data  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a continued bid to fight against injustices related to emerging technologies, has cracked open the Carrier IQ software package.  Since first contacted by Trevor Eckhart after being issued …
Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
New app makes Siri dictate for Mac  —  A developer is tapping Siri's brain for dictation.  —  Typing with your hands is so retro.  —  Own an iPhone 4S and Mac computer?  Check out a new hands-free typing app called Air Dictate.  —  There are no public APIs for using the Siri voice-activated assistant …
Discussion: MacNN and TechCrunch
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yelping In The Beemer: Review Site Inks Deal With BMW  —  Yelp is now established and mainstream enough to be included in BMW's Online/in-car content.  Yelp reviews and related content will shortly be available to BMW owners “who subscribe to the optional BMW Assist Convenience Plan …
Alexandra Bruell / AdAge:
That Was Fast: Twitter, Edelman Part Ways  —  But Did the Social Network Need PR Help In the First Place?  —  Faster than you can type a 140-character tweet, the relationship between Twitter and PR giant Edelman is over.  —  The relationship went south within a few weeks …
Discussion: The Next Web and Business Insider
 
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AJ Glasser / Inside Facebook:
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
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Discussion: LiveSide.net
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts Store To Recommend ‘Best Of’ Digital Books, Apps, Movies, Software, Music And More
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad gets 83% satisfaction rating
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Fred / A VC:
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Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Mossberg's Look at 2011's Biggest Tech Products
Matthias Inverardi / Reuters:
Apple nears German court rebuff in row with Samsung