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2:55 PM ET, December 27, 2011

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Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
iOS & Android Shatter Records on Christmas Day  —  Historically, more iOS and Android apps are downloaded on Christmas than on any other day of the year.  This is due to a massive influx of smartphones and tablets given as gifts.  As fast as loved-ones can unwrap their shiny, new Galaxy IIs …
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Brian Suthoff / Localytics:
Holiday Gifts Drive Apple iOS 12x Higher; Android Leads in More Countries  —  Apple iOS and Android devices were apparently popular gifts worldwide over the holiday weekend, with the number of new devices seen by Localytics over 12 times higher than previous weekends.
Charlie Kindel / cek.log:
Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn't it Taken Off?  —  People ask me all the time why, if I think Windows Phone is such an excellent product, sales appear so lackluster.  My belief is Microsoft's approach with WP7 has a impedance mismatch with the carriers & device manufacturers …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Oh, Charlie, you should have been here for Christmas  —  Oh, Charlie.  Charlie Kindel, that is.  He used to work at Microsoft.  He still has Microsoft in his blood as he tries to explain why Windows Phone 7 hasn't taken off.  —  I thought about posting this over on Google+ or Facebook or Twitter …
Discussion: Bits and The inneractive Blog
Agence France Presse:
Italy fines Apple for misleading consumers  —  ROME — Italy's anti-trust authority said Tuesday it was imposing a 900,000-euro ($1.2-million) fine on US tech giant Apple for misleading consumers on assistance services and guarantees for its products.  —  “Sanctions of a total of 900,000 euros …
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Travel Push Angers Web Rivals  —  Flight Searches, Which Place Google at Top, Anger Web Rivals  —  Google Inc.'s newest push into online travel has begun to roil the industry, the latest example of the company extending its market power into increasingly diverse aspects of economic life.
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Apple iTV will arrive in 32- and 37-inch sizes this summer, says DigiTimes  —  Rumors of an Apple television have resurfaced with supply chain sources telling DigiTimes that they're starting to prepare components for 32- and 37-inch “iTV” sets launching in Q2 or Q3 of 2012.
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus shun HTML, causing the infographic plague.  —  By choosing images over links, and by restricting markup, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are hostile to HTML.  This is leading to the plague of infographics crowding out text, and of video used to convey minimal information.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:kevinmarks
Go Daddy:
Go Daddy is no longer on the U.S. Congressional list of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) supporters  —  Here is the link to SOPA supporters: http://judiciary.house.gov/issues/ Rogue%20Websites/List%20of%20SOPA%20Sup porters.pdf List of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act 60 Plus …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy Responds To Namecheap Accusations, Removes “Normal” Rate Limiting Block
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Amazon Builds World's Fastest Nonexistent Supercomputer  —  Amazon's supercomputer doesn't exist.  Except that it does.  Photo: MarkHillary/Flickr  —  The 42nd fastest supercomputer on earth doesn't exist.  —  This fall, Amazon built a virtual supercomputer atop its Elastic Compute Cloud …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak available now, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 still in development  —  Hackers on Tuesday released an untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak solution for all iOS devices but the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2.  In a post on his blog, iOS hacker pod2g announced that the Chronic Dev Team …
Cody Lee / iDownloadBlog.com:
Functioning and Legal Siri Port Finally Released in Cydia  —  Since Apple unveiled Siri as an iPhone 4S-exclusive feature back in October, the entire jailbreak community has been waiting for it to be ported to older devices.  We've seen videos of hackers running the digital assistant on non-4S hardware, but never a public release.
Élyse Betters / 9to5Google:
USPTO rejects Oracle's patent claim on Google Android  —  The United States Patent and Trademark office delivered a final rejection to Google at the expense of Oracle.  —  According to Groklaw, the USPTO issued the rejection Dec. 20 in the reexamination of Oracle's U.S. Patent No. 6,192,476.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Planning Completely Redesigned iPhone for Fall 2012 Launch?  —  BGR reports that Apple is planning to launch a completely redesigned iPhone in the fall of next year, following the trend set by the iPhone 4S of new hardware being released later in the year as opposed to the mid-year timeframe used previously.
BBC:
China GPS rival Beidou starts offering navigation data  —  China plans to launch a further 25 satellites to extend the reach of its navigation service  —  China's satellite navigation system has become operational, according to an official.  —  Beidou now offered location …
 
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Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
LCD makers in $539 million price-fixing accord
Discussion: Electronista
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
While Drafting SOPA, the U.S. House Harbors BitTorrent Pirates
Discussion: Boing Boing
Rick Falkvinge / TorrentFreak:
Why “Safe Harbor” Laws Are Disastrous For Free Speech
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Russia building 10-petaflop supercomputer
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung, DoCoMo reportedly close to mobile chip joint venture [Updated]
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft in a better place than many people think, concludes Bernstein report
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Thunderbolt Coming to PCs in April 2012
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apps Are Media
Discussion: asymco
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Kindle Fire hacked to run ‘pre-alpha’ version of Android 4.0