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2:45 PM ET, December 30, 2011

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Brian X. Chen / Bits:
F.C.C. to Look at Verizon's $2 ‘Convenience Fee’  —  Verizon's announcement of a $2 “convenience fee” for paying bills in certain ways has caught the attention of the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates telecommunications in the United States.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
GoDaddy Boycott Fizzles; Twice As Many Domains Transfer In As Out  —  Yesterday, we noted that it appeared that the “GoDaddy boycott” concept may have been losing steam, thanks to the company's decision to move away from supporting the bill... combined with a new aggressive advertising campaign.
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Royal Pingdom:
Symbian is still top mobile OS - finished 2011 with resurgence  —  As we're quickly approaching the end of 2011 we take a last look at what the year for mobile operating systems was like.  —  Would it surprise you to know that Symbian finished 2011 stronger than it started the year?
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple again rumored to switch to IGZO displays for ‘iPad 3’  —  Industry sources claim Apple will move away from in-plane switching display technology in favor of IGZO flat panels for its mobile products, starting with its third-generation iPad early next year.
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Insync ("Dropbox For Google Users") Gets Major Revamp, Goes Free  —  File synchronization and sharing platform Insync has been around for over a year now, and today, the eponymous startup has rolled out a totally revamped version of its “Dropbox for Google users”.
Discussion: The Next Web, The Verge and TUAW
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
“Uncomfortable Dance”: Here's the Sexual Harassment Letter That Got Mark Hurd Fired  —  Finally, you can read for yourself about the controversial allegations of sexual harassment that eventually led to the departure of Hewlett-Packard's CEO Mark Hurd from his job.  —  Here's the entire letter.
Gabe Donnini / Chitika Insights:
Traffic for Google+ on the Rise Along with User Count  —  Chitika Insights has covered the heavily publicized launch of Google+ amidst a variety of reported statistics, some which stated that Google+ hosted a user base comprised of over 40 Million people, others which described …
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
“Official” Siri app hits the Android Market, highlights Google's marketplace issues  —  With the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple introduced its new voice-activated virtual assistant Siri to early acclaim, immediately sparking a rush for developers to offer the same functionality on Android smartphones.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Testing New Email Subscription Ad Format  —  Google is experimenting with its Google Adwords offerings, attempting to go beyond regular text ads with Google Email Subscription Ads, allowing companies to buy ads that automatically fill in a “Subscribe to newsletter (or whatever …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Verizon explains its string of LTE outages  —  Verizon's LTE network has had a hell of a month.  After a year of smooth performance, interrupted only by one major glitch in April, the new ultra-fast 4G network has experienced a string of three outages in a single month …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Top Stories of 2011: All Apple All the Time  —  Eight of 10 Most Read Corporate Articles Were About Apple, Death of Jobs  —  The company dominated the headlines—and captivated The Wall Street Journal readers' interest—this past year, from product launches that stoked frenzy to the somber news of co-founder Steve Jobs's death.
Discussion: Fortune, AppleInsider and MacNN
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Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com:
Boot Hezbollah from Twitter or we sue, group says  —  Al-Manar is Hezbollah's “media arm,” says the group seeking to have it and other terrorist-related groups removed from Twitter.  —  An Israeli law center said Thursday it is threatening to sue Twitter unless the social network cuts off access to groups …
Bloomberg:
Google Backs Israeli Startups After Local Financing Hits 12-Year-Low: Tech  —  The Google Inc. (GOOG) executive with his bright yellow vest was impossible to miss in the middle of the Israeli startup owners seeking cash in a rusty boathouse at Tel Aviv's Jaffa port.
Sean / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
440,783 “Silent SMS” Used to Track German Suspects in 2010  —  The 28th Chaos Communication Congress (28C3) is currently underway in Berlin and on Tuesday, researcher Karsten Nohl gave a presentation called: Defending mobile phones.  If you have an hour, it's worth watching.
Discussion: The H Security and Slashdot
David Kravets / Threat Level:
2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties  —  Online civil liberties groups were thrilled in May when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the head of the powerful Judiciary Committee, announced legislation requiring the government, for the first time, to get a probable-cause warrant …
Discussion: A VC
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Can A Company Keep An Employee's LinkedIn Account After They're No Longer Employed?  —  Venkat Balasubramani has the story of a bizarre fight between a company, Sawabeh Information Services, and the founders of Edcomm, a company that Sawabeh bought in 2010.  A few months later …
Electronista:
Nintendo, Sony back off of SOPA support  —  Nintendo and Sony rethink unpopular SOPA bill  —  A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill.  Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November …
Discussion: Business Insider and @benhuh
 
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Deutsche Telekom charged by SEC in corruption case
Discussion: BGR and Electronista
John P. Mello Jr. / Computerworld:
2011 Was a ‘Muddled’ Year for Hacktivists
Discussion: IntoMobile and PC World
Jessica E Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
App Developers Skirt Apple's Limits With Work-Arounds
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
comScore: Apple Grows Mobile Marketshare From 9.8% To 11.2%, But Samsung's Still Top OEM