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Remains of the Day: Irony deficiency

Samsung's strategy revealed! Elsewhere, NORAD goes bing and Apple's happy to tell you all about things that aren't working. The remainders for Thursday, December 13, 2012 are here to help.

The Man Looking to Turn Samsung into a Silicon Valley Trendsetter (MIT Technology Review)

Samsung's chief strategy officer uses a Mac, an iPhone, and an iPad. So, that joke pretty much writes itself.

NORAD Tracks Santa with the Help of Partners (The Official Microsoft Blog)

NORAD's switching it up this year: Instead of partnering with Google Maps to track Santa, the U.S. missile defense agency will instead work with Bing. Boy, would I love to have been a fly on the wall at those negotiations. "All right, Mr. Claus. What can we do to sweeten the pot?"

Apple Services, Stores, and iCloud (Apple)

Apple has expanded its system status page, providing in-depth status of each of its online services--including the stores--as well as a timeline of connectivity issues. It's certainly more detailed than the previous version, but at least it offers the exact same sense of futility.

Apple releases iTunes 11.0.1 (Apple)

Well, that was quick: The update fixes a few bugs, works better with large libraries, and (join me in jumping up and down on the couch) brings back Show Duplicate Items.

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