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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) …
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 …
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
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy's SOPA Support Sparks Calls for Boycotts and Domain Transfers
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
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 …
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: AllThingsD
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Apple confirms iTunes Match availability in 17 countries  —  Legalizing your dodgy music collection has never been easier!
Discussion: GigaOM, 9to5Mac and The Next Web
C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
Hackers Steal Data of Millions of Chinese Net Users  —  Information from hacked Duowan accounts, via TechWeb  —  Yesterday, the Chinese internet was shaken by the news that IT portal and community CDSN has been hacked and data for its more than six million users had been stolen, including usernames and passwords.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Sarah Mitroff / VentureBeat:
Cloudability raises $1M, helps keep your cloud spending in check  —  Cloudability, a company that helps people manage cloud services spending, has secured $1 million in its latest investment round.  This seed investment round was led by Trinity Ventures and Walden Venture Capital …
Discussion: Cloudability, TechCrunch and GigaOM
Julie Scelfo / New York Times:
Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals  —  AFTER nightfall on Tuesday, the Darvick family of Birmingham, Mich., began their Hanukkah rituals, just as they had done for years.  —  Debra and Martin Darvick set out a tin menorah given to them by long-gone relatives.  Their son, Elliot, 27, struck a match and lighted the first candle.
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 …
 
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Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
Nevada Sets Stage for Online Poker
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
FCC approves AT&T-Qualcomm deal
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box
Discussion: The Verge and Electronista
Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
New app makes Siri dictate for Mac
Discussion: SlashGear, App Advice, MacNN and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Amazon recruiting engineers and researchers for Cambridge office, slated to open in February
Discussion: Xconomy
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia And RIM To Battle Google Over Indoor Location Market
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Alexandra Bruell / AdAge:
That Was Fast: Twitter, Edelman Part Ways
Discussion: The Next Web and Business Insider
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad gets 83% satisfaction rating
Discussion: Softpedia News, BGR, PadGadget and IntoMobile, Thanks:jdalrymple