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11:10 AM ET, December 23, 2011

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
What is SOPA and how does it work?  The Stop Online Piracy Act explained  —  Oh, but it gets worse.  Much worse.  SOPA section 104 offers legal immunity to ISPs that independently block websites that host illegally copied material without any prompting from the government.
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Glenn Kelman / Redfin Corporate Blog:
SOPA Witch-Hunters, Count Me Out  —  UPDATE: I was wrong in this post in saying that a boycott stifles free speech.  A boycott is a form of free speech.  I retracted that argument in a subsequent post a few hours later. *sigh*  —  The opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) …
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
Discussion: kottke.org and Global Nerdy
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy's SOPA Support Sparks Calls for Boycotts and Domain Transfers
Tim Greene / Network World:
Windows 8 picture password is ‘Fisher-Price toy’ says father of 2-factor authentication  —  'I don't think it's serious security,' says Kenneth Weiss of next Microsoft OS security feature  —  The Windows 8 feature that logs users in if they touch certain points in a photo in the right order might be fun …
Discussion: GeekWire and Gizmodo
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung: no ICS upgrade for Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab because of TouchWiz  —  Samsung has just distributed the worst news of this Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade cycle: the popular Galaxy S smartphone that sold 10 million units last year and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet won't be upgraded to Android 4.0.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
In-Flight Wi-Fi Company Gogo Files For $100 Million IPO  —  In-Flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo has just filed for an IPO, and will raise as much as $100 million in a public offering.  —  Gogo, which has raised over $500 million in funding, provides in-flight connectivity to nine …
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
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
Dropbox releases v2.0 Android app with ICS support; Offers whopping 500MB more space to students  —  (Image via The Dropbox Blog.)  —  The Dropbox Blog announced version 2.0 of its Android application Thursday.  The free service lets users bring photographs, documents …
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteMobile:
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker BitTorrent Lawsuit Dies, But Not Without Controversy  —  After being honored with an Oscar for Best Motion Picture last year, the makers of The Hurt Locker went on to secure the award for the biggest file-sharing lawsuit a few months ago.  —  By targeting at least 24,583 alleged …
Bloomberg:
Workday Is Said to Plan to Raise as Much as $500 Million in a 2012 IPO  —  Workday Inc., a maker of software that helps companies manage operations, plans to file for an initial public offering next year that would raise as much as $500 million, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
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 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Photo gallery scrolling patent: Apple likely to win German ruling against Motorola in February  —  Today the Munich I Regional Court held two hearings on lawsuits brought by Apple against Motorola in Germany.  Motorola extended this dispute to Germany with four complaints filed on April 1 …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Samsung launches two dual-sim Galaxy Y phones for carrier cheaters  —  Samsung is rolling out a pair of dual-SIM blowers for everyone who wants to keep their working and private lives separate, or take advantage of constantly changing carrier deals.  The Galaxy Y Duos packs a 3.14-inch QVGA …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Startup Priceonomics Tells You How Much To Pay For Any Used Product  —  You want the best price on things you buy second hand, but finding out how much you should pay is a hassle.  Removing this friction from a lucrative part of the purchase funnel is the goal of Priceonomics.
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
More Picture-Takers Are Phoning It In  —  No big surprises here.  The single-purpose camera is in decline, the smartphone camera on the rise.  —  New research from NPD finds that smartphones are now responsible for more than a quarter of the photos and videos people take in the U.S …
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 …
Discussion: Betabeat
 
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Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
New app makes Siri dictate for Mac
Discussion: SlashGear, App Advice, MacNN and TechCrunch
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Amazon recruiting engineers and researchers for Cambridge office, slated to open in February
Discussion: GigaOM, GeekWire and Xconomy
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Louis CK's digital distribution experiment clears $1M in 12 days
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM: Rumors About BlackBerry 10 Problems “Simply False”
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Facebook was the top search term for third straight year