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11:30 AM ET, December 25, 2011

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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Pay To Stay  —  I've been thinking more about Google's renewal of their search deal with Mozilla for Firefox.  It's fascinating on a few different levels.  Most notably: Google is committing close to a billion dollars to bankroll a browser which is a rival to their own browser.  —  Why?
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Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Engineer: Firefox Is A Partner, Not A Competitor  —  Google and Firefox renewed their partnership last week, ensuring that Google will remain Firefox's default search engine (and major source of revenue).  Kara Swisher reported that the deal brings in just under $300 million per year for Firefox …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
GoDaddy's domain registration after SOPA: behind the numbers  —  GoDaddy has been bearing the brunt of much of the anti-SOPA rhetoric on the web for the past few days, leading it to withdraw its support for the legislation.  The action may have come too late to save its public image, but has it also cost GoDaddy subscribers?
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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Desperation: Go Daddy calling customers, begging them to stay  —  Not to keep beating a dead horse (or elephant), but Go Daddy continues to screw up with its latest PR effort is to let you know that it was just kidding, and that it doesn't really support SOPA.
Go Daddy:
Go Daddy No Longer Supports SOPA
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Interns Are Latest Target In Battle for Tech Talent  —  Silicon Valley's talent wars are going younger.  —  Bay Area tech companies, already in a fierce fight for full-time hires, are now also battling to woo summer interns.  Technology giants like Google Inc. have been expanding …
Discussion: Business Insider and Slashdot
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Dutch Parliament: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal  —  As in many other countries around the world, downloading music and movies is hugely popular in the Netherlands.  A massive 30% of the population is said to do so.  —  Presently, the Dutch see downloading movies and music for personal use as …
Discussion: Dice Blog Network
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Why Running A Mobile OS By Committee Can Be Very Hard  —  Attempting to build consensus among Android vendors is a tricky undertaking in late 2011.  As a result, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and its partners appear ready to enter a year in which Android will likely dominate the smartphone market without having come …
Discussion: parislemon, @andrewbaron and eWeek
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The Galaxy S not getting ICS isn't a Samsung problem, It's an Android problem
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Online Gambling Given a Boost in U.S. Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has reversed its long-held opposition to many forms of Internet gambling, removing a big legal obstacle for states that want to sanction online gambling to help fix their budget deficits.
Discussion: Law Blog
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
Insurance Against Cyber Attacks Expected to Boom  —  Sony is still awaiting the final tally for losses related to its data breaches earlier this year.  At last count, it had compromised 100 million customer accounts, and Sony anticipated the debacle would cost $200 million.
Discussion: Slashdot
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Yammer And Jive, Google Is About To Enter The Social Enterprise Space  —  The social enterprise has been growing as more and more companies look to incorporate Facebook-like communications among workers.  Jive (which just debuted on the Nasdaq), Yammer, and Salesforce are all betting …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Study: Apple's iPhone, iPad account for 90 percent of mobile purchases  —  If people are buying through mobile online retail site, they're most likely doing so on Apple devices, according to a new report this week from retail analysis firm RichRelevance. iPads and iPhones accounted …
Caleb Garling / Wired Enterprise:
Berkeley Explains Why Google Trumps Microsoft  —  The University of California at Berkeley has chosen Google over Microsoft for its campus-wide email and calendar services, and it will tell you why — in great detail.  —  Google and Microsoft are locked in a battle for the hearts and minds of businesses …
 
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