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4:25 PM ET, December 26, 2011

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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.
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.
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, Techi.com and TechVert, Thanks:huntergreene
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Namecheap Blog and Gizmodo, Thanks:davidoberry
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
 
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Mat Smith / Engadget:
Amazon UK opens its doors for the Christmas sales, adds hundreds of Kindle books from 99p
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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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Dutch Parliament: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal
Discussion: paidContent, Examiner and Electronista