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A roundup of news and headlines on our radar this holiday weekend … 

After withdrawing its support for the controversial Stop Online Privacy Act, Internet registrar Go Daddy is now scrambling to keep its customer base intact, calling people who shifted large numbers of domains away from the company, reports the Next Web.

“I think that the backlash against their support was a lot more swift and severe than they’d anticipated,” writes one person who received a call, Chris Heald, who describes the conversation in this post. “Their initially glib ‘lol, whatever’ response was replaced by ‘oh god, please stop punching us in the quarterly financial report!’ real fast.”

Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh ratcheted up the pressure on Go Daddy this week by threatening to shift more than 1,000 domains.

Google veteran Doug Orr will be the search company’s new Seattle site director, reports Xconomy’s Curt Woodward. Orr, a senior engineer who specializes in network infrastructure and cloud computing, replaces Brian Bershad, who left the position earlier this year to take a new role with Google in Russia. Scott Silver remains Google site director in Kirkland, Xconomy reports.

Seattle startup Puzzazz, which makes puzzle books for Amazon’s Kindle, has released a free holiday e-book, offering a taste of its work for Kindle users and the millions of people getting Kindle devices under the tree this weekend. More background here. Non-Kindle uses can sample the puzzles here.

Competitive pressure from Microsoft and Yahoo prompted Google to pay almost $300 million a year, a significant increase, to renew its deal as the default search engine for Firefox, according to a report from Kara Swisher of AllThingsD.

DoubleDown Casino, the Facebook casino game from Seattle’s DoubleDown Interactive, was the fourth most-popular game on the social network in 2011, according to a Facebook ranking released this week.

“You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender.” … Yes, it’s time for another analysis of those crazy tech hiring questions. The Wall Street Journal looks at the trend of Google-style job interviews spreading to other companies.

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