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8:15 AM ET, December 27, 2011

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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: The inneractive Blog
MG Siegler / parislemon:
The Windows Phone Problem In Three Words: Way Too Late.  —  Earlier today, Charlie Kindel, a former Windows Phone GM, posted some thoughts on why Windows Phone hasn't taken off.  Essentially, he blames Microsoft's model pressuring both OEMs and carriers — so much so that neither really wants to push the platform.
Discussion: @manan
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Why Android updates are a mess: it's the business model
Discussion: ZDNet, The Verge and parislemon
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 …
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Electronista:
Namecheap accuses GoDaddy of stalling anti-SOPA defections
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News and SlashGear
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.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Kindle Fire hacked to run ‘pre-alpha’ version of Android 4.0  —  And here we go.  The enterprising hackers at xda-developers have put together an “pre-alpha” version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Kindle Fire, marking the first time we've seen Amazon's budget tablet running the latest and greatest version of Android.
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.
Discussion: eWeek and Android Community
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung, DoCoMo reportedly close to mobile chip joint venture [Updated]  —  Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo is planning to make a move into mobile chipsets, with the carrier said to be close to sealing a joint venture with Samsung, Panasonic, Fujitsu and NEC, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
Rick Falkvinge / TorrentFreak:
Why “Safe Harbor” Laws Are Disastrous For Free Speech  —  These “safe harbor” provisions basically mean that the only way for an intermediary to avoid liability is to immediately surrender the end-user to the suppressing industries.  But it was never in the business interests of net services to safeguard free speech.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Lax Security Exposes Voice Mail to Hacking, Study Says  —  BERLIN — It may be tempting to view the illegal interception of telephone voice mails, a practice that has roiled Britain and the News Corp. media empire of Rupert Murdoch, as an arcane tool employed by scofflaw journalists with friends in Scotland Yard.
Discussion: AllThingsD and Reuters
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft in a better place than many people think, concludes Bernstein report  —  Popular sentiment about Microsoft assumes “an unrealistically bad scenario” for the company's future, concludes a recent Bernstein Research report.  The firm say Microsoft is actually in a good position …
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.
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Apple's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway kicks off in Europe and Canada
 
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Agence France Presse:
Italy fines Apple for misleading consumers
Discussion: The Next Web and MarketWatch
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Russia building 10-petaflop supercomputer
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Apps Are Media
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 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
LG Announces Ice Cream Sandwich Updates to Begin Q2 2012
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Threat And Opportunity Of Mobile: How Physical Retailers Can Fight Back Against Amazon
Discussion: hbr.org
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
MotoACTV wristwatch rooted, Android Market installed
Discussion: AndroidOS.in and 9to5Google
JD Rucker / Fast Company:
How Santa Anita Park Represents the Future of Mobile Technology