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2:10 PM ET, December 21, 2010

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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 …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Windows Phone 7: 1.5 Million Devices Sold, But Not To Consumers
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).
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Why Apple Removed a WikiLeaks App From Its Store
Discussion: InformationWeek and SAI
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 …
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Fluther Flocks to Twitter  —  There are now three times as many people on the Twitter team as there were at this time last year.  More than half of our employees work in engineering and operations, and those teams continue to grow as we attract more and more talented people interested …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:   Twitter Triples Team in One Year, Acqhires Q&A Start-Up
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Instant Personalization On TripAdvisor  —  Hot on the heels of bringing Instant Personalization to Clicker last week, today Facebook is announcing the latest addition to the program: TripAdvisor.  The popular travel site, which includes user reviews of hotels, restaurants …
Discussion: MediaPost Raw
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Clayton Morris / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: iPad Competitor Coming Soon From Palm  —  FoxNews has obtained exclusive images of Palm's forthcoming competitor to the iPad, called the PalmPad, which will debut at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.  —  The Apple iPad has a solid lead in the tablet space.
The Politico:
FCC approves net neutrality rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that will govern how Internet providers treat Web traffic and services, a move that sets the stage for a heated political battle on Capitol Hill come January.  —  Led by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski …
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Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:   FCC Chair Julius Genachowski's Statement on the Proposed New Net Neutrality Rules
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 …
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 …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
About.Me CEO Tony Conrad: Here's Why I Sold My Company To AOL So Quickly  —  About.me, a super-simple make-your-own-pretty-looking- homepage tool, just launched last week, and today the company announced that it had already been acquired by AOL.  (Actually, the company signed a letter of intent in November …
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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.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: PlayStation phone to hit shops in April  —  Sources confirm to Pocket-lint launch date and release  —  The Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone will hit shops in April, after a February Mobile World Congress launch, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Pocket-lint.
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
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 …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Cloud Engines raises $15M to turn old hard drives into private cloud servers  —  Cloud Engines, maker of the Pogoplug set-top appliance that turns external hard drives into private cloud servers, announced today that it has raised $15 million from Softbank Capital and Morgan Stanley.
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
VCs say they'll invest, hire and sell more in 2011  —  Venture capitalists say they will invest more in 2011, as hiring in the sector heats up and selling begins to shake off the lingering woes of the financial crisis, according to a study released today by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource.
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
 
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Scott Thurm / Wall Street Journal:
Cellphone Marketers Plan Rules on Privacy
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Instagram Quickly Passes 1 Million Users
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
Ex-Flextronics Manager Accused of Leaking Apple Tips Wins Bail
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
U.S. military strong-arming IT industry on IPv6
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook Revenue Is Not Growing Like Google's Did
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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Steve Jobs is the No. 4 ‘wealth creator’
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 Earlier Items: 
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Skype Looks for a Spot in Offices and Cellphones
Discussion: SAI and VoIP Watch
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple will close Mac OS X downloads site on January 6
Discussion: Macworld, SlashGear, MacRumors and TUAW
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Title Junk  —  The recent hubbub about Delicious got me thinking …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
After Critiquing Facebook, Google Researcher Paul Adams Joins It
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