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11:35 PM ET, December 25, 2011

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Tests Cast Doubt on F.C.C. Restrictions on Kindle and iPad  —  The Federal Aviation Administration has its reasons for preventing passengers from reading from their Kindles and iPads during takeoff and landing.  But they just don't add up.  —  Since I wrote a column last month asking why these rules exist …
Discussion: Electronista and @antderosa
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 …
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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?
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Congress calls on Twitter to block Taliban  —  American congressmen are calling on Twitter to block Taliban propagandists from the micro-blogging site.  —  Aides for Joe Lieberman, chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the move was part of a wider attempt …
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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Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Brave GoDaddy CEO Says He's Neither For Nor Against SOPA
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 …
Jamie Keene / The Verge:
Swype update for Android adds Dragon voice recognition and a swath of other new beta features  —  Swype Beta for Android has received a major over-the-air update, and in the first real change since its acquisition by Nuance it ships with Dragon Dictate technology in place of Google's own voice recognition.
Mona Zhang / 10,000 Words:
Growth of Twitter Fueled by Media Coverage  —  A new study by MIT, which seeks to understand Twitter's “contagion process,” has found that news media played a crucial role in the site's growth.  The study tracked development from 2006 to 2009, and also found that more traditional forms of social networking …
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
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, CNET News and IntoMobile
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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
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War  —  LAST year, Christmas was the biggest single day for e-book sales by HarperCollins.  And indications are that this year's Christmas Day total will be even higher, given the extremely strong sales of e-readers like the Kindle and the Nook.
Discussion: Slashdot
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: Reuters and Law Blog
Kai Lukoff / TechCrunch:
Tencent vs. Sina: The Fight for China's Social Graph  —  Editor's note: Contributor Kai Lukoff is a Beijing-based writer who is the founder of startup blog Techrice.  —  In the West, the battle for the social graph is over for now.  Facebook is the undisputed champion.
Discussion: TechRice and iChinaStock
 
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