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1:50 AM ET, December 28, 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 and Android Activations Higher  —  Localytics released research Tuesday morning summarizing new iOS and Android device activations over the Christmas holiday.  Unfortunately due to an error, the report was partially incorrect and we sincerely regret our mistake.
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.
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Another Report Shows Google+ With 60M+ Users And Growing... But Active User Count Still Unknown  —  Google+ now has more than 62 million users, according to Paul Allen, Ancestry.com founder and unofficial traffic analyst for Google's social network.  That's not 62 million active users …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Apple Soar In Customer Satisfaction In 2011; Netflix Plummets  —  According to customer experience analytics company ForeSee, e-commerce giant Amazon once again topped consumer satisfaction in online retail after taking the top spot in 2010.  However, Netflix, which had a dismal year, plummeted in customer satisfaction.
Discussion: GigaOM, AllThingsD and Reuters
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Latest Entrant In ‘How Not To Do Marketing’ In An Online World: Ocean Marketing Fail  —  One of the key points that we've been making for years is that, in an online world, pissing off (or simply not caring about) customers is no longer a viable business strategy.
The Diplomat:
China's Parallel Online Universe  —  To the casual eye, China's social media landscape might look diverse and lively.  But the social media clones are careful to follow Communist Party censorship.  —  As the showdown escalated between Chinese security forces and residents of Wukan …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET, BetaNews, msnbc.com and NBC Bay Area
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 …
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.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon.com quietly acquires the social shopping whizzes at Quorus  —  A few weeks ago, we reported that Quorus co-founder Logan Bowers had left the upstart to become a senior software engineer at Amazon.com.  Well, as it turns out, the former Zillow and Expedia developer will have some familiar faces hanging around the Amazon offices.
Discussion: AllThingsD, Thanks:toddbishop
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
YouTube Slam pits viral videos against each other  —  Google is attempting to remedy the dispute between which viral videos are the most entertaining with a new experiment called YouTube Slam.  —  According to the YouTube official blog, YouTube Slam is a video discovery experiment it created in partnership with Google Research.
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.
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 …
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.
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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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Pentagon approves Android device for Department of Defense networks without Market access
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
Research in Motion Directors Pressed to Exert Control Over Blackberry Maker
Discussion: DailyTech, MacDailyNews and The Verge
Cody Lee / iDownloadBlog.com:
Functioning and Legal Siri Port Finally Released in Cydia
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak available now, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 still in development
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
While Drafting SOPA, the U.S. House Harbors BitTorrent Pirates
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus shun HTML, causing the infographic plague.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:kevinmarks
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
Agence France Presse:
Italy fines Apple for misleading consumers