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10:10 AM ET, December 26, 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 …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
The year in mobile apps: Where we've been, where we're going  —  Smartphone and tablet purchases have been on the rise for several years, but 2011 was a turning point: This was the first year that these mobile devices outsold desktop and laptop PCs.  The effect — and perhaps some of the cause of this …
Casey Newton / San Francisco Chronicle:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley talks of check-ins  —  This summer, location-based social network Foursquare moved its San Francisco office from a small space it shared with The Chronicle to a big new office in SoMa.  —  In May, the service reported 7.5 million users.  Today, it has more than 15 million.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Amazon UK opens its doors for the Christmas sales, adds hundreds of Kindle books from 99p  —  Got some Kindle hardware burning a hole in your pile of festive gifts?  Well, British bookworms have been given some extra yuletide joy courtesy of Amazon UK which has also started a 12-day sale, focusing on its e-book wares .
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 …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Samsung buys Sony's stake in LCD joint venture for $939 million  —  Sony and Samsung have ended their LCD joint venture established in 2004.  The split comes after rumors of the dissolution were first reported in October and follows Sony's November announcement of a $2.2 billion annual loss …
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
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Google Books for Chrome gets offline support, one less excuse for not reading the ‘classics’  —  So, you can read all those tomes you've picked up through Google Books offline on your smartphone and tablet, but what about on your laptop?  Well, if for some reason you've got the desire …
Discussion: Beyond Search and The Verge
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and Electronista
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia receives $80m settlement from Seiko Epson over antitrust lawsuit  —  Finnish mobile giant Nokia has received a late Christmas present in the form of an $80 million settlement from Japanese printer maker Seiko Epson following complaints in the US and the UK that the company was violating competition laws.
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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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 …
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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
Discussion: 9to5Google, Daring Fireball and The Verge, Thanks:ramez0ne
 
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Associated Press:
Hackers attack US security think tank Stratfor, promise more targets for Christmas
Kai Lukoff / TechCrunch:
Tencent vs. Sina: The Fight for China's Social Graph
Discussion: TechRice and iChinaStock
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
Insurance Against Cyber Attacks Expected to Boom
Discussion: Slashdot
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Online Gambling Given a Boost in U.S. Ruling
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Interns Are Latest Target In Battle for Tech Talent
Discussion: Business Insider and Slashdot
Jon Mitchell / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Engineer: Firefox Is A Partner, Not A Competitor
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Yammer And Jive, Google Is About To Enter The Social Enterprise Space
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Study: Apple's iPhone, iPad account for 90 percent of mobile purchases