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Boxee 1.5 releases as final version for desktop

Boxee 1.5 releases as final version for desktop

Boxee's newest 1.5 update today essentially marks the company's transition from focusing their media-streaming service on the desktop, to that of devices. With that said, the app comes with a newly revamped interface, that provides faster access to the browser and the menu appearing as an overlay, along with an easier to access search function. The movie and TV sections have also both been updated, given more effortless navigation by genres and sources, and making it easier to check for previously unwatched video episodes.

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Apple’s kicks off 12 Days of Christmas giveaway in Europe and Canada

Apple’s kicks off 12 Days of Christmas giveaway in Europe and Canada

It's the time of the year when Apple fires up its 12 Days of Christmas app once again, to mark the start of its annual holiday promotion that gives away free songs, music videos, apps, and books to Canadian and most European residents all around the world. Although the promotion does not run to Apple customers based in the US, the app is available for download from the iTunes stores in Canada, the United Kingdom, and several other European countries.

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Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O reportedly broadening beyond Mac in 2012

Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O reportedly broadening beyond Mac in 2012

It's the day after Christmas eve, and we've just found out that Intel has reportedly told company partners that a full release of their Thunderbolt I/O technology is slated in April 2012. Intel is prepping to go beyond just Macs (Apple's the only company w/Thunderbolt support on its MacBook Air, iMac, and MacBook Pro lineups), and will allegedly launch Thunderbolt on motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs, springtime of next year.

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Apple received more online traffic than eBay or Walmart last month

Apple received more online traffic than eBay or Walmart last month

The word is in that Apple received more traffic online last month than Walmart or eBay. In fact, Apple is the sole retailer other than internet shopping sites Amazon and eBay to be in the top fifteen most visited websites in the United States in November, according to ComScore. The research company believes that pre-holiday shopping may have been what largely helped facilitate Apple's huge push past some of the largest online stores for internet-based visitors.

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Apple’s iPhone European sales and market share see decline

Apple’s iPhone European sales and market share see decline

The faltering economy and price-competitive rivals have triggered a decline in the market share and sales of Apple's iPhone in the majority of Europe, except in the UK, based on data shown from European research firm Kantar today. The October release of Apple's new iPhone 4S buttressed its position in the UK as well as the United States, but the new iPhone didn't do much to spark interest in mainland Europe, where Apple's share of the ever-growing smartphone market has fallen.

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Facebook is the most searched term and most visited site of 2011

Facebook is the most searched term and most visited site of 2011

The most searched term and the most visited website of 2011 were, drum roll, Facebook. Garnering almost half of the top ten search terms (specifically four, those being 'facebook', 'facebook login', 'facebook.com', and 'www.facebook.com'), this is the third year in a row that the world's largest social network has been the most searched term overall, accounting for 3.1 percent of all searches online, an impressive 46 percent increase from 2010. A certain Mark Zuckerberg out there must be quite pleased with himself right now.

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Google to pay Mozilla almost $300 million per year in search deal to outdo Microsoft and Yahoo

Google to pay Mozilla almost $300 million per year in search deal to outdo Microsoft and Yahoo

AllThingsD has reported that Google will be on track to pay an impressive $300 million per year to Mozilla, for when Google and Mozilla renewed their search royalty deal, earlier this week. This exorbitant amount of money will allow Google to be the default search engine in Mozilla's Firefox web browser. The deal has apparently climbed to this figure, from previous deals, due to Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing search engine, which have provided ample competition, until now.

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Steve Jobs honored with Grammy win for “significant contributions to music”

Steve Jobs honored with Grammy win for “significant contributions to music”

So, the Recording Academy just announced today the recipients of its 2012 Special Merit Awards, with Steve Jobs being named a recipient of a Trustees Award for 2012 for “outstanding contributions to the industry in a nonperforming capacity.” The Trustees Award category is designed to bestow recognition on individuals who have made "significant contributions to music in areas other than performance". Well, there's no doubt that if anyone has had a significant contribution to music, it's the Apple co-founder himself.

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Firefox 9 support for Android arrives on tablets

Firefox 9 support for Android arrives on tablets

Mozilla's had a lot to put on their plate this week, from releasing a new beta version of their desktop web browser, to renewing a monumental (at least for themselves) search agreement with Google (and averting an impressive 84% loss in revenue in the process). Here's something more to add to all that; an all-new version of Firefox (9) for Android, replete with a demo video from Mozilla which we've posted for all of you to check out after the break.

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Yahoo reportedly to consider selling Asian assets

Yahoo reportedly to consider selling Asian assets

Yahoo's board of directors is reportedly considering a deal to sell all of its Asian assets, specifically, the bulk of the company’s prized holdings in the China's Alibaba Group and Yahoo’s Japanese affiliate to their majority shareholders in a massive deal worth $17 billion, according to a report in The New York Times DealBook. Yahoo would allegedly still keep a 15 percent stake in Chinese internet group Alibaba, however. The company’s stock on the Nasdaq exchange jumped nearly 6 percent today on the Asian asset sale rumors, and currently sits at just about $16 a share after trading hours had closed.

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Super Bowl to be streamed online for the first time, as well as on iOS and Android

Super Bowl to be streamed online for the first time, as well as on iOS and Android

There is, bar none, no other televised, live event in the country that commands as much popularity and viewing numbers as the annual NFL Super Bowl. Last year's sporting event drew over 100 million viewers. In a major announcement today, NBC and the National Football League today released their decision that the upcoming championship game of the professional football league will be the first one that will be "streamed online and to mobile phones." As an avid football fan, what more can I say, than, "truly awesome"?

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Verizon facing governmental scrutiny over cable spectrum negotiations

Verizon facing governmental scrutiny over cable spectrum negotiations

Reportedly just in today from Bloomberg, Verizon Wireless’s current negotiations for spectrum with cable companies are under governmental scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department, for their possibility of being detrimental to competition in both the cable and wireless industries. The Justice Department is allegedly looking at whether Verizon would have too much control of the spectrum, and whether some components of the deal would potentially violate antitrust laws.

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