Weekend tech reading: End of year edition

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Verizon Reverses on $2 Fee for One-Time Payments After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless on Friday dropped a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit or debit cards. Time

Her Majesty the Queen honours Apple designer with knighthood Jonathan (Jony) Ive has been appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE). UK in the USA

EA, Nintendo, Sony Quietly Withdraw SOPA Support A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill. Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November but quietly removed themselves from the list sometime in the past month. Neither has acknowledged the change in attitude. Electronista

Get Ready to Run in 2012 with Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II The iconic blue hedgehog will be making his 2D return in Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II in 2012. Following the award-winning success of Episode I, which took the world by storm in 2010, Sonic will continue his journey through the epic Sonic 4 saga on XBLA, PSN, and mobile platforms including the App Store, Android Market and Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7. Sega

LG to Show Off 84-Inch ‘Ultra Definition’ TV at CES Apparently, a 55-inch OLED television isn’t wowing enough. So, in addition to the TV we reported on Tuesday, LG will also be unveiling at CES what it describes as the world’s largest 3-D “Ultra Definition” television — an 84-inch, 3840×2160 resolution 3-D display. Wired

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