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7:05 AM ET, December 30, 2011

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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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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Burned By Fleeing Customers, GoDaddy No Longer Just 'Doesn't Support' But Actually “OPPOSES” SOPA  —  Just in time for the aptly named “Dump GoDaddy” day, our favorite PR piñata GoDaddy just emailed a number of press, with a fresh statement from new CEO Warren Adelman.  —  From the email ...
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not release iPad 3 at Macworld or CES  —  Apple will not release iPad 3 at Macworld or CES  —  Reports began circulating earlier today that Apple would release two new iPads at Macworld Expo in January.  These rumors are completely false.  —  I checked with a number …
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DigiTimes:
Apple to unveil two versions of next-generation iPad in January, sources claim
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.
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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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Andy Rubin Didn't Delete “Open” Tweet, Twitter Lost It, Then Found It  —  A couple days ago I noted something odd: Andy Rubin's first tweet, the one in which he gives the definition of open (for Android) was gone.  Given that Rubin had just sent another tweet updating some numbers for Android, I assumed he deleted it.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Bulls**t  —  Apple:  — This web app or social network we're making is going to be great.  — Our app-review rules are always in everyone's best interests.  — Nobody wants a [popular new product category that Apple doesn't make yet].  —  Google:  — Android is open.  — Don't be evil.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Envisions Face & Presence Detection Security for iOS Devices  —  On December 29, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for device security.  In 2009, Apple's presence detection patent first came to light in relation to future MacBooks.
Jessica E Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
App Developers Skirt Apple's Limits With Work-Arounds  —  The cat-and-mouse game between the Bay Area's legion of mobile developers and app kingmaker Apple Inc. is heating up.  —  Mobile-software developers have long complained about Apple's limits on them.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Exclusive: Microsoft's LTE Plans For Windows Phone  —  Since other sites are starting to leak glimpses of what Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone and LTE in 2012, I've decided to simply reveal what's happening.  And as you might expect, Microsoft and its Windows Phone partners do indeed intend …
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Tom Anderson / Google+:
Dear +MG Siegler, Are you seriously upset about your photo removal?  (MG's complaint here: http://bit.ly/sp8mLo) I thought I'd offer an alternate opinion here in the public and see what happens.  (An opinion that PR from Google+ will probably not take the time to express, because they're busy and have better things to do.
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Greg Finn / Marketing Land:
Google+ Censoring Borderline Offensive Profile Images; Author Images in Search Results To Blame?
Discussion: parislemon
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Amazon May Miss Q4 Estimates, Despite Selling More Than One Million Kindles a Week  —  Since its introduction 13 weeks ago, the Kindle Fire has become the best-selling, most-gifted and most-wished-for product on Amazon.  —  But that could be a problem.  —  The device sells for about the same amount …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon: We Sold Over 4 Million Kindle Devices This Month; Gifting Of E-Books Up 175 Percent
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Instant Costs Google $65,000 In France  —  The Local, a French newspaper, reports Google France was ordered to pay €50,000 ($64,670) to Lyonnaise de Garantie, a French insurance company over a search suggestion that had them labeled as being a “crook.”
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 …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook Messenger for Windows officially released  —  Summary: Facebook has responded to the leak of its Messenger for Windows application by simply releasing an official download.  It's a great way to downplay the leak while keeping users excited.  —  Mere hours after Facebook Messenger …
Associated Press:
Stanford University archives offer window into Apple's early years, Silicon Valley history  —  PALO ALTO, Calf.  — In the interview, Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs recall a seminal moment in Silicon Valley history — how they named their upstart computer company some 35 years ago.
Matt Hickey / The Daily:
Nintendo stealthily building app store for its next-gen console  —  Nintendo's next game console, the Wii U, is months away from launch, but its touchscreen controller is already turning heads — and The Daily has learned that Nintendo plans to implement a full-blown app store for the system.
 
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Gabe Donnini / Chitika Insights:
Traffic for Google+ on the Rise Along with User Count
Sean / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
440,783 “Silent SMS” Used to Track German Suspects in 2010
Discussion: The H Security
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, PC World and VentureBeat
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
French reseller sues Apple over unfair competition
Discussion: ifoAppleStore, MacNN and The Next Web
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple slowly gaining patents to fight its war of attrition with Android
Discussion: GamePolitics blogs
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
comScore: Apple Grows Mobile Marketshare From 9.8% To 11.2%, But Samsung's Still Top OEM
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman, Morgan Stanley Fight for Facebook Gold
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Websites, apps vulnerable to low-bandwidth, bot-free takedown, say researchers
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Ups Need Staff To Get Investors' Cash