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NORAD Santa Tracker 2012 - Many Ways to Track Santa's Christmas Present Deliveries

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(Best Syndication News) - The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is prepared to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The annual tracking will be supported on mobile devices and will provide children a chance to get a sneak peek at Santa.

Children and adults can visit noradsanta.org to get a view of Santa and to participate in interactive holiday activities. Their website supports English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese; people around the world can now enjoy the website.

Amazon announces Six Original Comedy Series for Prime Instant Video

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon Studios (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans for six original comedy series that will be made available for Amazon Instant Video customers and for Amazon customers to watch for free with the Prime Instant Video service subscription. Amazon Studios will produce the pilot episodes for the new shows, which will include Emmy-winning writers, Academy Award nominees, and TV stars.

Amazon Studios also discovered new talent with their open-door development process through the company’s scriptwriting contests. Once the pilot shows air, the viewers will be the judge as to whether the series continues with more episodes.

FTC announces New Children’s Privacy Rules

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced the final amendments were made to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The new rules will help better protect the privacy of children under the age of 13 and let parents decide what personal information is collected on websites and online services.

These amendments were added to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998 to better address current technologies. Websites that are directed toward children under 13, or have knowledge that they are collecting information about minors, are required to follow the FTC COPPA rules.

Amazon Cloud Player now supported on Roku boxes and Samsung SmartTVs

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced new support for their latest Cloud Player service that will allow customers to play their music collection on Samsung SmartTVs and through Roku boxes. Amazon Cloud Player is also supported on the Amazon Kindle Fire, Sonos Music Players, Google Android OS mobile phones and tablets, Apple iPhones, and Apple iPod Touch players.

The Roku box connects to the Internet to stream video and music to the TV set. Amazon Instant Video is also currently supported on the Roku. To use the Amazon Cloud Player, Roku users can add it to their channels by browsing either the featured channels or Music category in the Roku Channel Store. The Amazon Cloud Player channel is free to add on the Roku. The Roku supported with the Amazon Cloud Player are the Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, Roku LT, and the Roku Streaming Stick.

Amazon introduces Social Shopping Features

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced a new feature for customers called Friends & Family Gifting. Customers will be able stay on top of dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, and other special days. The new social feature will help the customer by sending them reminders. Additionally, the feature will let the shopper keep a list of gift ideas for everyone on their list.

Friends & Family Gifting will also let the customer share their gift lists by email, on Facebook, through Twitter, and on Pinterest. To help remember an upcoming special day, customers can opt into having emails sent to remind them.

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