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3:55 PM ET, December 21, 2010

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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.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Is the PalmPad a recycled HP Slate?
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 New Net Neutrality Rules  —  This afternoon, the FCC voted to approve a new set of rules governing online communications, its first enforceable rules on net neutrality, by a vote of 3-2.  As Wired points out, the only group that seems …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why everyone hates new net neutrality rules—even NN supporters  —  It's no surprise that those who have always opposed net neutrality weren't pleased with today's FCC order instituting it—one expects no less—but the sheer vehemence of the objections was still surprising.
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  —  Apple on Tuesday confirmed that it had removed from its online store an iPhone and iPad app that let users view the content on the WikiLeaks site and follow WikiLeaks Twitter account.  —  Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman …
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
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Windows Phone 7: 1.5 Million Devices Sold, But Not To Consumers  —  In the last six weeks, there has been a lot of speculation over just how many Windows Phone 7 handsets have been sold since the devices hit the market.  Now we have a number, sort of: 1.5 million, revealed by Microsoft's …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Shame that Microsoft and Tech Press doesn't know what a “sale” is
Discussion: Computerworld and SAI
Microsoft:
Windows Phone 7 Sales Off to a Promising Start, First Step in a New Era of Mobile
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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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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Email Contact Manager Etacts  —  We heard earlier today that Y Combinator-funded Etacts shut down its CRM-like email contact manager after less than a year in service.  We subsequently learned that Salesforce has bought Etacts, and have confirmed the acquisition with Salesforce.
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and NetworkEffect, Thanks:bpedro
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.
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 …
Douwe Osinga / Google Wave Blog:
Announcing Google Shared Spaces  —  In August, Google announced that Wave would no longer be developed as a standalone product, but that the Wave technology would survive in other products.  Today, I am happy announce the launch of Google Shared Spaces in Google Labs as one of those off-shoots.
Discussion: The Official Google Blog and eWeek
Bloomberg:
Amazon Is Said to Exceed Kindle Sales Estimates by 60 Percent  —  Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. is likely to sell more than 8 million Kindle electronic-book readers this year, at least 60 percent more than analysts have predicted, according to two people who are aware of the company's sales projections.
Discussion: SAI and Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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.
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 and Stage Two
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 …
Discussion: InformationWeek, SiliconANGLE and Adotas, Thanks:blogfisher
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
Jamie Barnett / Federal Communications Commission Blog:
Moving Forward on Next Generation 911  —  Today, the Commission adopted a Notice of Inquiry which initiates a comprehensive proceeding to address how Next Generation 911 (NG911) can enable the public to obtain emergency assistance by means of advanced communications technologies beyond traditional voice-centric devices.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
LivingSocial CEO Has Big Plans Now that Amazon Is in His Back Pocket  —  Groupon's co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason has stolen the spotlight recently, by appearing on the “Today Show” and being interviewed on “Charlie Rose.”  —  But it's hard not to make news when you turn down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google.
 
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Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
EBay Sends Shoppers to Offline Stores
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Scott Thurm / Wall Street Journal:
Cellphone Marketers Plan Rules on Privacy
Discussion: CNET News and MarketingVOX
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
VCs say they'll invest, hire and sell more in 2011
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: All Facebook and NBC Bay Area
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Jobs is the No. 4 ‘wealth creator’
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Real Estate Site Trulia Acquires Movity
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 and SlashGear
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Title Junk  —  The recent hubbub about Delicious got me thinking …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is Google In A Dream World? If So, Just How Close To Limbo Are They?
Discussion: GigaOM and Ars Technica
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
After Critiquing Facebook, Google Researcher Paul Adams Joins It
Discussion: VatorNews, NetworkEffect and Geek.com
 

 
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