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11:50 PM ET, December 4, 2010


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Fred / A VC:
Invest In The Mess  —  There's a front page story in the NY Times today about the hyperactivity in web startupland.  They quote from a few posts I've made on this blog and I think Jenna and Evelyn did a nice job with the story.  The thing that's clear from reading the story is the hyperactivity …
Discussion: Newsweek
A Silicon Bubble Shows Signs Of Reinflating
Discussion: VentureBeat, SAI, and Pitos Blog
New York Times:
Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web  —  As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search company: they were Googling themselves.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
More Details On Skype's Big Move To The Web  —  Earlier today we broke the news that Skype was ramping up in preparation for new web-based products — a big shift for the company, which has historically offered its extremely popular service via native desktop clients.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Staffing Up For A Big Push To The Cloud
Discussion: BGR and VoIP Watch
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity  —  The past week has seen plenty of ink spilled — virtual and otherwise — about WikiLeaks and its mercurial front-man, Julian Assange, and the pressure they have come under from the U.S. government and companies such as Amazon and PayPal …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Tops 1 Million Units Sold  —  Samsung confirmed it has sold more than 1 million Apple iPad rival Galaxy Tab tablet computers worldwide, up from 600,000 just two weeks ago.  The holiday rush helped sales.  —  Samsung has sold more than 1 million Apple iPad rival Galaxy …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Possible “+1″ iPhone App, Facebook Similarities, And Social “Loop” Groups  —  Since we broke the news a couple days ago that Google's secret social project, formerly known as “Emerald Sea”, is now being called “Google +1″, we've gotten more confirmation about the naming.
Discussion: Electronista and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Director Of Monetization Tim Kendall Steps Down  —  Tim Kendall, Facebook's Director of Monetization, has left the company.  This is particularly noteworthy because Kendall first joined Facebook nearly five years ago, in June 2006.  He architected all of the company's early monetization strategies …
Discussion: All Facebook
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lufthansa launches in-flight WiFi on intercontinental flights, ushers in ‘the future’  —  There's just no two ways about it: what Lufthansa has managed to accomplish here is nothing short of incredible.  While avid jetsetters have been enjoying in-flight WiFi on (select) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Friendly, The Hugely Successful Unofficial Facebook iPad App, Goes Free  —  As we're all well aware, Facebook doesn't offer an iPad app.  Well, maybe we're not all so aware of that.  Because Friendly, an unofficial app made by Oecoway, has been a massive hit on the platform.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Testing New Registration Social Plugin  —  Facebook is currently testing a new registration plugin that enables websites to make it easier for users to register for their site.  —  Site owners will be able to select which fields they'd like to capture and then as much of that information …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RadioShack takes $50 off Apple's iPhone 4 and 3GS  —  RadioShack announced a limited-time promotion on Friday that offers a $50 discount on Apple's iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS.  The promotion applies to brand new devices — not refurbished phones — and there are no tricky terms and conditions to be afraid of.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Half of US population to use smartphones by end of 2011 … via comScore Reports October 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share - comScore, Inc.  —  Separately, Nielsen reports on the same market: … via U.S. Smartphone Battle Heats Up: Which is the “Most Desired” Operating System?  Nielsen Wire.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple patents map-based iPhone radio app
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Time Warner Leads $6 Million Round For Media Check-In App Maker AdaptiveBlue
Discussion: Mashable!
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
The strange, unpredictable pricing of 3G data plans
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Shares Only Gain 1.2% Since Last Week
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