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5:30 PM 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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Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Brave GoDaddy CEO Says He's Neither For Nor Against 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
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 …
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
Chris Chavez / Android Phone Fans:
Sony Announces Android 4.0 Coming To Tablet S and Tablet P Devices
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: Electronista and Dice Blog Network
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 …
Associated Press:
Hackers attack US security think tank Stratfor, promise more targets for Christmas  —  LONDON — Hackers on Sunday claimed to have stolen a raft of e-mails and credit card data from U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor, promising it was just the start of a weeklong Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets.
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
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 …
 
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