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5:30 PM ET, December 26, 2011

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Electronista:
Namecheap accuses GoDaddy of stalling anti-SOPA defections  —  Namecheap says GoDaddy breaking ICANN rules  —  Domain registrar Namecheap accused GoDaddy on Monday of blocking attempts to move domains away after protest defections over GoDaddy's initial support for the Stop Online Piracy Act.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy Responds To Namecheap Accusations, Removes “Normal” Rate Limiting Block  —  You know who got a lump of coal in their PR stocking this year?  Domain registrar GoDaddy.  Its most recent stumble?  The company's presence on a SOPA supporter list sparked an impromptu user exodus last week …
AppleInsider:
Apple's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway kicks off in Europe and Canada  —  Apple has once again launched its 12 Days of Christmas app to mark the start of its annual holiday promotion that offers free songs, music videos, apps and books to residents of Canada and parts of Europe.
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Electronista:
Amazon UK mirrors Apple with 12 Days of Kindle sale  —  Amazon gives discounted books  —  Amazon UK took a page from Apple's 12 Days giveaway with a sale, not giveaway, of its own.  The deal cuts back a number of books by several times their asking prices, often putting them under £3.
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Why Android updates are a mess: it's the business model  —  Summary: Reading complaints about missing and late Android updates, I got a weird case of deja vu.  Sure enough, this problem is the same as it was last year.  The Android business model practically guarantees that updates will be a mess.
Discussion: ZDNet
JD Rucker / Fast Company:
How Santa Anita Park Represents the Future of Mobile Technology  —  When people think of horse tracks, they rarely consider them to be a part of the cutting edge of mobile technology.  The mobile-wagering format at Santa Anita Park brings to light a form of mobile technology that we will see duplicated …
Discussion: New York Times, Thanks:huntergreene
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
MotoACTV wristwatch rooted, Android Market installed  —  Rooting and installing arbitrary ROMs on most Android devices is no longer interesting or novel — if anything, it's more interesting when they can't be rooted — but it's not everyday that you hear of a wristwatch falling to the hacker's knife.
Discussion: 9to5Google, AndroidOS.in and www.cmw.me
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 …
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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Boxee 1.5 nears release, will be final desktop version  —  We have some good news and bad news.  The good news is: Boxee 1.5 will be entering public beta soon, with a proper release scheduled for January alongside Live TV.  The update will finally bring the desktop software up-to-date …
Discussion: Electronista, Boxee Blog and TUAW
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 …
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
 
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War
Discussion: Slashdot
Mona Zhang / 10,000 Words:
Growth of Twitter Fueled by Media Coverage
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