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9:45 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.
Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ Growth Accelerating.  Passes 62 million users.  Adding 625,000 new users per day.  Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.  —  Google+ Growth Accelerating.  Passes 62 million users.  Adding 625,000 new users per day.  Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.
Rafe Blandford / All About Windows Phone:
Windows Phone Marketplace passes 50,000 apps  —  The Windows Phone Marketplace has now passed the 50,000 app and games submission mark.  Content is being added at the rate of 265 items per day.  At the time of writing, 50,126 items have been published.  Of these, 17,276 were added …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Dropbox Adds Auto-Import From Your Camera  —  DropBox is getting into the Photo Stream game in a new experimental beta  —  Dropbox is trying out a neat new feature that will give it magical Photo Stream-like abilities.  Everybody's favorite cloud-storage app has added photo and video import.
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.
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
LCD makers in $539 million price-fixing accord  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co, Sharp Corp and five other makers of liquid crystal displays agreed to pay $539 million to settle claims they conspired to fix prices and stifle competition for LCD panels in televisions, notebook computers and monitors, according to a court filing.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Intel's 32nm Medfield SoC specs and benchmarks leak  —  Intel's Medfield may still be a ways from breaking into the smartphone and tablet market, but we're finally starting to get some concrete details on its specs and capabilities.  VR-Zone got the bitty gritty on Chipzilla's first true SoC …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
buySAFE Sues Google Over “Trusted Stores” Service, Fears Annihilation  —  Google was hit with yet another patent lawsuit last week, but this one at least makes for some very, very interesting reading.  —  A company called buySAFE, which offers a safe-shopping service to online retailers and their customers …
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.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Airtight brings Airplay support to GoogleTV, minus mirroring, DRM, and music  —  A new application in the Android Market available for GoogleTVs running 3.0 and up will allow users to stream content from the iPad or iPhone using Airplay, Apple's wireless streaming feature built into iOS.
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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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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 …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
YouTube Slam pits viral videos against each other  —  Google is attempting to remedy the dispute between which viral videos are more entertaining than others with a new experiment called YouTube Slam.  —  According to the YouTube official blog, YouTube Slam is a video discovery experiment …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
People Spend Twice As Much Time On Netflix Than On Hulu  —  Netflix and Hulu are the two leading video streaming services on the Web when it comes to mainstream TV shows and movies.  More people watch Netflix online than Hulu, and have since about 18 months ago.
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ Launches 3 New TV Ads Featuring Muppets, Bill Walton & Some Engaged Chick  —  What do you do when your viral growth starts to taper off?  Advertise!  That strategy has seemingly been working well for the Google Chrome web browser (now with a quarter of worldwide browser market share) …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Samsung May Upgrade Galaxy S Phones To Ice Cream Sandwich After All  —  After causing an uproar over its decision not to upgrade its year-old Galaxy S line of Android phones to Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung may be backtracking on the decision.  —  According to a report on MSN Korea …
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
Research in Motion Directors Pressed to Exert Control Over Blackberry Maker  —  TORONTO—After a disastrous year at Research in Motion Ltd., Wall Street and a wide swath of corporate Canada are now asking: Where's the board?  —  RIM shares hit a series of multiyear lows after warning …
Discussion: DailyTech, MacDailyNews and The Verge
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Phishing e-mail targets new Apple customers, steals billing information  —  Just got a new Macbook, iPad or other Apple gizmo for Christmas?  A new e-mail scam is targeting you.  —  Cyber criminals are sending around a very official looking e-mail asking Apple users to update billing information …
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Pentagon approves Android device for Department of Defense networks without Market access
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
While Drafting SOPA, the U.S. House Harbors BitTorrent Pirates
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
Malia Wollan / New York Times:
For Start-Ups That Aim at Giants, Sorting the Data Cloud Is the Next Big Thing
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Apple iTV will arrive in 32- and 37-inch sizes this summer, says DigiTimes
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Why “Safe Harbor” Laws Are Disastrous For Free Speech
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Russia building 10-petaflop supercomputer
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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Travel Push Angers Web Rivals
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft in a better place than many people think, concludes Bernstein report
Discussion: TechSpot