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10:30 AM ET, December 21, 2010

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Removes WikiLeaks App From App Store  —  Looks like an unofficial iPhone and iPad app that let you view WikiLeaks site content and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account on the go has been removed from the App app store earlier today.  The app used to be available here (here's the Google cache).
Apple:
New Apple TV Sales to Top One Million This Week  —  Apple® today announced that it expects sales of its new Apple TV® to top one million units later this week.  The new Apple TV offers the simplest way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows, stream content from Netflix …
Microsoft:
Windows Phone 7 Sales Off to a Promising Start, First Step in a New Era of Mobile  —  Achim Berg, Microsoft's vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, discusses the momentum, strengths and challenges of the company's newly launched Windows Phone 7.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date  —  After weeks of avoiding answering questions about how many Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold since their launch in late October, Microsoft execs have decided to release figures.  —  On December 21, in an article …
Discussion: MobileCrunch, BGR and WMPoweruser.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Acquires Personal Profile Startup About.Me  —  Personal profile startup About.me launched publicly, oh, all of four days ago.  And, boom.  Today AOL (our parent company), will announce that they've acquired the company.  It will become part of the consumer applications group, led by AOL exec Brad Garlinghouse.
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Roku CEO: Sales Doubled When Apple TV Launched  —  When Apple and Google made big moves into the “digital living room” this year, it made sense to assume that business would become a lot harder for Roku.  —  The Silicon Valley-based company has been selling inexpensive web TV set-top boxes since 2008 …
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
IDC: Windows Phone 7 marketplace ramping up “faster than Android”  —  The Windows Phone 7 marketplace is ramping up faster than Android, and even when compared to the iPhone App store (red line) it does not look too bad.  (WP7 graph from WP7Applist.com)  —  We continue to see rather odd stories …
Ezone.com iPhone News:
It's Official: EA Owns the App Store - Now What Do We Do?  —  It's official.  The big publishers now own the App Store.  We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later (it's just we all hoped it would be later).  Apologies for leading off our second idevblogaday post with another ranking chart …
Discussion: SlashGear
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Google shopping for Groupon wannabe: sources  —  Google, whose $6 billion buyout offer was spurned by online coupon site Groupon, is in talks with much smaller rivals of the two-year-old firm, a source close to the situation told The Post.  —  The deal talks show that the search giant …
Discussion: TechCrunch, SAI and The Atlantic Online
Wall Street Journal:
SEC Probes Hurd Exit From H-P  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding Mark Hurd's departure from Hewlett-Packard Co., in a broad inquiry that includes claims that the former chief executive shared inside information about an acquisition, people familiar with the matter said.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
One of the “Killer Apps for Android,” Swype Opens Its Beta  —  Oh, the war of words between iPhone and Android fans.  How it has preoccupied us this year.  I won't take sides now.  I own both.  (Don't judge.)  But I will say this: if you're an Android user, you might want to go now and join Swype's beta.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Real Estate Site Trulia Acquires Movity  —  San Francisco real estate site Trulia said it has acquired Movity, a buzzy stealth start-up that searches and aggregates geodata for home buyers and renters, such as noise, crime and pricing, from a variety of sources.
Discussion: Screenwerk and silicontap.com
DigiTimes:
Acer, Asustek, Lenovo to launch new notebooks with ultra-thin design in 1Q11  —  As Apple's new MacBook Air notebook has seen a strong demand in the channel, notebook brands including Acer, Asustek Computer and Lenovo are all set to follow suit and launch 13.3- to 14-inch notebooks …
Tim Bray / Android Developers Blog:
It's not “rooting”, it's openness  —  “Nexus S has been rooted, let the madness commence!” proclaims Engadget.  “This is only possible because Android's security is crap and it's exploited easily to gain root priviledges [sic]” adds a commenter.  You'll have to excuse me if I strongly disagree.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
After Critiquing Facebook, Google Researcher Paul Adams Joins It  —  Paul Adams, the Google user experience researcher who critiqued Facebook in a lengthy report over the summer, is leaving the search giant to join them.  His report is said to have accelerated the Groups product …
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook Revenue Is Not Growing Like Google's Did  —  Want to get the Chart of The Day before everybody else?  Get it in an email.  —  Facebook is on track to generate $2 billion in sales this year, a nice milestone for the social networking king.
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Skype Looks for a Spot in Offices and Cellphones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Skype has become one of the Internet's most popular services — so much so that it is even used as a verb to describe a phone call over the Internet, as in “Skype me.”  —  The seven-year-old company, however, is still a work in progress on the financial front.
Discussion: SAI and VoIP Watch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is Google In A Dream World?  If So, Just How Close To Limbo Are They?  —  “Well dreams, they feel real while we're in them, right?  It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”  —  Cobb's quote from Inception reminds me of something.  Something going on right now, seemingly all around us.
Robin Schriebman / Gmail Blog:
Free calling in Gmail extended through 2011  —  When we launched calling in Gmail back in August, we wanted it to be easy and affordable, so we made calls to the U.S. and Canada free for the rest of 2010.  In the spirit of holiday giving and to help people keep in touch in the new year, we're extending free calling for all of 2011.
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
U.S. military strong-arming IT industry on IPv6  —  Pentagon pressuring suppliers to use IPv6 products they sell on their own networks, Web sites  —  The U.S. military is ratcheting up the pressure on its network suppliers to deploy IPv6 on their own networks and Web sites …
Al Franken / The Huffington Post:
The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time  —  This Tuesday is an important day in the fight to save the Internet.  As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field.
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
No Hulu Plus for Your Cable DVR  —  Hulu Plus is slated to come to TiVo's Premiere DVR soon — but don't expect it to show up on any TiVo devices supplied by cable companies like Suddenlink, Cox or RCN.  Rights holders are resisting subscription-based streaming content being placed next …
Discussion: DSLreports, SlashGear and Engadget
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Title Junk  —  The recent hubbub about Delicious got me thinking about bookmarking in general, and brought to mind a long-standing irritation: poorly designed web page titles.  —  Here's an example that I bookmarked last night: Roger Ebert's 1968 review of 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The title of that web page is:
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple will close Mac OS X downloads site on January 6  —  Apple has informed developers of applications and widgets on Apple's downloads website that the site will be closing down come January 6th when the Mac App Store opens for business.  Apple believes that the Mac App Store will truly …
 
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Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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