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Santa’s Digital Downtime (Video)

It’s another Siri + Santa video, as my colleague Peter Kafka dubbed the Apple ad he wrote about earlier this week.

Only this time, we learn a little more about what exactly the big guy does all year — as told through Web apps and social media — when he’s not dropping Nintendo DSes and Xboxes down chimneys.

Seems Santa Claus may have gotten his Facebook Timeline before most of you did. And it looks like Rebecca Black may be getting coal for Christmas, if he has a say in the matter.

Last year’s video by the same YouTube user, ExcentricPT, chronicled the story of the Nativity through social media, got more than 10.6 million views and was decidedly funnier. But here’s this year’s video:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik