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Amazon Strongly Defends Banned Ad That Uses The C-Word

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Amazon defended an ad's use of the c-word as "light hearted" after the UK's ban-happy Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) pulled it from the site.  The controversial online ad in question appeared on Amazon.co.uk  and featured a picture of a Christmas card by SmellYourMum.com that read "YOU'RE A C*** SORRY, I MEANT TO SAY...
Amazon Strongly Defends Banned Ad That Uses The C-Word
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Apple's Newest Ad: If Only Via FaceTime

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A proto-Zooey Deschanel on an iPad Mini, accompanying herself adorably on the ukulele, sings “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” to a grandfatherly dude (on a full-sized iPad) via FaceTime in Apple’s latest commercial. There’s no last-minute shopping promo — beyond the subtle message that Minis are for kids — just...
Apple's Newest Ad: If Only Via FaceTime

This 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur Just Left His Red-Hot Startup To Do It All Again

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Justin Kan already has quite the track record. He's run two companies through Y Combinator. His second, Justin.tv, has turned into a runaway success since rebranding to Twitch.tv. Its traffic has doubled in the past six months. It now has more than 16 million unique visitors every month. Now...
This 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur Just Left His Red-Hot Startup To Do It All Again

Amazon gets into hot water in UK over lewd Christmas card listing

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Welcome yet again to the collision between the virtual and real worlds. Amazon has been slapped down by the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a listing on Amazon.co.uk for a rude Christmas card. Although Amazon tried to claim that listings aren’t ads and shouldn’t be covered by the regulator,...
Amazon gets into hot water in UK over lewd Christmas card listing

Engadget gets animated in 'An Engadget Christmas'

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We understand that the holidays can be a tough time of year. And certainly gadget editors aren't immune from the sort of soul-searching melancholia that can come with season's greetings. But as we do with all of life's most difficult questions, we've opted to work things out in the...
Engadget gets animated in 'An Engadget Christmas'

Amazon: Netflix outage caused by deleted data

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The Amazon Web Services outage that led to Netflix's downtime on Christmas Eve was caused by an accidental data deletion. This according to a summary posted Amazon on the AWS page. The summary states that one of a very small number of developers with access to AWS' Elastic Load Balancing...
Amazon: Netflix outage caused by deleted data

The Great Netflix Christmas Outage Is Thankfully Over

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The great Netflix outage of Christmas 2012 is thankfully over, according to a tweet from the company. The service went down last night, during arguably one of the worst possible times ever, when many people stuck at home with their families would hope to seek a little refuge in...
The Great Netflix Christmas Outage Is Thankfully Over

Microsoft Office 2013 is a go for TechNet and MSDN subscribers

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It’s an important day for MSDN and TechNet subscribers: Office 2013 is a go. You can download it now. Head here if you are so inclined. Just for fun, here’s proof: On the heels of sending Office 2013 to manufacturers – its RTM release – on October 11th, the company...
Microsoft Office 2013 is a go for TechNet and MSDN subscribers

Amazon to create 1000 jobs in the UK for the Christmas season

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Students rejoice, there is work for you over the holiday season. Anyone who has taken up a seasonal job will likely remember the haul over Christmas and Amazon says that it will be opening 1000 jobs through its UK warehouses to cope with the demand for gift orders. Recruitment for...
Amazon to create 1000 jobs in the UK for the Christmas season

Android crosses 850,000 activations per day, Andy Rubin says

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The Android platform is now seeing more than 850,000 device activations per day, up from the 700,000 figured shared back in January, according to Andy Rubin, who oversees the OS at Google. The figures suggest that Android may be gaining some momentum again, after Apple saw a blowout $46.3...
Android crosses 850,000 activations per day, Andy Rubin says

Google will offer free Gmail voice calls for yet another year

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Google is giving its Gmail users a late Christmas present. The company announced today that Gmail users in the U.S. and Canada will continue to be able to make free domestic phone calls through next year.  Google will also continue to offer international calls at “insanely low rates,” the company said. Introduced in 2010, Gmail’s phone...
Google will offer free Gmail voice calls for yet another year

Are You Awesome?

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Are You Awesome? is a post from Chris PirilloThe new song “I’m Awesome” by Spose is a pretty big hit. Even though I’m not normally a fan of this type of music, I have to say I keep singing the lyrics. Something about part of the first verse just gets...
Are You Awesome?

Thanks To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Sales Surge 16 Percent To $39B

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Holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 51 days of season is up 16 percent to $38.7 billion, according to comScore. This past week, which was the last full week consumers could order gifts online and receive them in time for Christmas, saw Free Shipping Day (Monday, Dec. 17)...
Thanks To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Sales Surge 16 Percent To $39B
The 4th-Generation iPad Makes Me Feel Like A Sucker

Kirstie Allsopp reports Twitter trolls

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Kirstie Allsopp, the television presenter, has reported two teenage girls to the police after they sent her abusive online messages telling her to "squat on a Christmas tree"....
Kirstie Allsopp reports Twitter trolls

Shocker: Samsung introducing new HDTV at CES, albeit with 'unprecedented new shape'

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How do you break the silence on one of the slowest news days of the year? Well, if you're Samsung, you tease the obvious. The Korean company has been counting down the days till CES with mini-previews of upcoming HD products -- first hinting at a refurbished Smart Hub...
Shocker: Samsung introducing new HDTV at CES, albeit with 'unprecedented new shape'
The Queen's Christmas Message will be broadcast in 3D

Spotify’s mobile app finally hits BlackBerry App World

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Spotify’s BlackBerry app exited beta and was made freely available to a selection of compatible handsets back in December, but it still wasn’t available in BlackBerry’s official app store. Until now that is. The app was first announced back in October but was available only as a preview for users...
Spotify’s mobile app finally hits BlackBerry App World
Windows 8 Peaked In Early December And Then Went Flat (MSFT)

Slovak Collection Society Tells High School Students To Pay Up For Music At Graduation Parties

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We recently covered a new report highlighting the parade of horror stories from "copyright collection organizations" or "collective rights organizations" around the globe. We've got one to add to the list. The Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights Society (SOZA) put up a blog post telling high school students to register...
Slovak Collection Society Tells High School Students To Pay Up For Music At Graduation Parties

Google Search Now With The Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Decorations

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The holiday season is now in full swing! Google has finally added the Christmas and Kwanzaa decorations to compliment the Festivus pole and Hanukkah decorations you already get on Google. How does it work? Just search for [christmas] and you will get Christmas bells. Note, this also works for... Please...
Google Search Now With The Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Decorations

Crapgadget: Ca-d'oh edition

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. That's probably because it's Christmas. A time when the diet goes out of the window, everyone but you is wearing a hilariously ironic knitted sweater and the festive Crapgadgets rear their ugly heads. Yes, the sort of technology that tries to...
Crapgadget: Ca-d'oh edition

Freesat launches 'Free Time' TV Guide to help you waste yours

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Freesat is launching a revamped TV guide to pull together content from your satellite dish and the Internet. Free Time has a unified now and next view that lets you search backwards for shows you've missed that are available on-demand. It currently supports BBC iPlayer and ITV player, with...
Freesat launches 'Free Time' TV Guide to help you waste yours

nevver: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas OG Grumpy Cat.

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nevver: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas OG Grumpy Cat....
nevver: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas OG Grumpy Cat.

That Bogus Story About Instagram Losing Users Just Knocked Facebook's Stock Down 3% (FB)

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Facebook's stock dropped 2.9% in its first minutes of trading this morning. Investors were likely responding to a report in the New York Post that Instagram, the photo-sharing that Facebook acquired this year, "may have shed nearly a quarter of its daily active users" after changes to its terms of...
That Bogus Story About Instagram Losing Users Just Knocked Facebook's Stock Down 3% (FB)

Thieves Rob Microsoft Office, Take Only iPads

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Seriously, this must hurt. Someone raided Microsoft's Silicon Valley Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., and stole five iPads, but left all the Microsoft stuff just sitting there. This happened over the Christmas break. Not a big deal, as these things go. The iPads were worth about $3,000 in total....
Thieves Rob Microsoft Office, Take Only iPads

Cycloramic app captures 360-degree, handsfree video by rotating your iPhone with vibrations (Video)

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A new iPhone app released just before Christmas provides a new spin on the panoramic, 360-degree video app, of which there are many competitors in the App Store. Normally shooting 360-degree video would require the help of a hardware peripheral, such as the GoPano micro, or some crafty manual...
Cycloramic app captures 360-degree, handsfree video by rotating your iPhone with vibrations (Video)
Record-breaking Christmas week: 50M iOS and Android devices activated, 1.76B apps downloaded

Why there are no new toys for Christmas

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Toy sales are expected to have their worst year in 30 years. Did the video game kill toy innovation forever? FORTUNE -- This holiday, the toy aisle will be a lot quieter. Again. It seems like we haven't had a must-have holiday toy since the Furby hit stores in 1998....
Why there are no new toys for Christmas
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