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4:05 AM ET, December 24, 2010

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Facebook:
What's on your mind?  —  People use status updates to share what's on their minds, to tell others what they're doing, and to gather feedback from friends.  The different ways people use status updates form some interesting patterns.  In this study, we looked at the usage of words in different “word categories” in status updates.
Discussion: Mashable!, FlowingData and VatorNews
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
On Facebook, Angry People Are More Popular (Plus Other Fascinating Statistical Correlations)  —  Facebook's data team proved once again today that when you analyze a large set of anonymous user data from the world's biggest social network, you can learn some very interesting things about the state of humanity.
Discussion: Tweetage Wasteland
Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
Another update: Skype stabilized  —  I wanted to continue to update you on the status of the outage.  We've been able to successfully stabilize Skype due to the dedicated supernodes deployed by Skype's engineering team.  We're at roughly 90 percent of normal user volumes.  —  Audio, video and IM are running normally.
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Abby Sewell / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Skype CEO says company may offer credit vouchers to paying customers  —  Skype CEO Tony Bates told users in a video message posted on the company's website Thursday that the online calling service is considering giving credit vouchers to paying customers who have been affected by the major service outage that began Wednesday morning.
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Why Google Dropped Groupon and Local Just Doesn't Scale  —  Prolific tech business analyst Paul Kedrosky made a name for himself as the founder of longtime blog Infectious Greed, one of the first editorial sites to cover internet investments and companies.  He writes a column for Bloomberg …
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Bradford Cross / Measuring Measures:   Why is Groupon so Important?  —  The Economics of AdWords, AdSense, and Groupon
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix: We're Working On HTML5 Standard to Bring Streaming Video to All Devices  —  Remember a couple months back, when we were all waiting breathlessly for Netflix to release an app for the iOS, so we could finally watch streaming movies on the go?  Well, iPhone and iPad users finally got their wish …
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Christian Kaiser / The Netflix Tech Blog:
HTML5 and Video Streaming
Discussion: PC Magazine and GigaOM
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google And NORAD Team Up Once Again To Track Santa  —  Needed any more sign that Christmas is upon us?  The annual Google and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) partnership to track Jolly Saint Nick is back in action, starting tomorrow at 2:00 am EST despite the fact …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents New Kind of Logo Antenna for Portables  —  While Apple was undergoing their “Antennagate” moment earlier this year, Apple's engineers were long at work on a new kind of antenna which Apple dubs the “logo antenna.”  This new antenna is to hide behind the famous Apple logo thereby allowing …
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
HTC: We Will Customize Windows Phone 7 Over Time  —  One of the great debates surrounding Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system focuses on whether the design guidelines the company set for its manufacturer partners allow for adequate expression.  How can companies like Samsung …
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
DigiTimes: Android 3.0 due for release in March  —  In a brief report summarizing the tablet plans of ECS, Asustek, and MSI, Taiwanese blog DigiTimes matter of factly published the release date of Google's tablet-optimized version of its Android operating system, Honeycomb (3.0).  As the post reads:
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Lets You j.mp Again, After Massive Spam And Malware Concerns  —  As we reported yesterday, Facebook for a while blocked all j.mp short URLs provided by parent company bit.ly in status and page updates.  —  Asked for more information, Facebook said it was working with bit.ly to resolve the issue …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Appears To Be Blocking All (Bit.ly Operated) j.mp Links
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPhone Lover's Take On Windows Phone  —  Back in October, after the official launch of Windows Phone 7, I wrote up some initial thoughts after having played with a few prototype devices in the months leading up to the launch.  Many seemed surprised by my mostly positive reactions.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
New evidence raises questions about how long Mark Hurd knew of Jodie Fisher  —  Former HP CEO Mark Hurd's assistant has said she alone discovered and hired the former actress as an HP contractor in 2007.  But it turns out Hurd asked about Fisher years earlier.
Discussion: SAI
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Woos Local Advertisers  —  Google Inc., which helped popularize the idea of automated ad sales on the Web, has been quietly turning to an old-fashioned tool—phone calls—to compete in the hot market for local business advertising.  —  The Internet-search giant this year …
Discussion: SAI
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Ex-Google exec's venture firm to raise $100 million: source  —  (Reuters) - Merus Capital, the venture capital firm co-founded by Google Inc's former head of mergers and acquisitions, is preparing to raise a new $100 million fund, according to a limited partner of the fund.
Ann Zimmerman / Wall Street Journal:
Gift Shoppers Flocked to the Web  —  Online Christmas Sales Rose 15.4% as Retailers Offered Free Shipping and Internet-Only Bargains  —  Web retailers rang up a very merry Christmas this year, with Americans going online to buy electronics, jewelry and even clothing in record amounts this season, according to several new reports.
Discussion: New York Times
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC chair to approve Comcast-NBC merger with conditions for program sharing  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission issued a draft order approving Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal on Thursday, putting the deal up for vote before the agency's other members.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
FCC Releases Full Neutrality Rules …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Trademarks ‘VoicePass’, And I Just Nicknamed My iPhone For Them  —  In the spirit of my trademark watch this morning:  —  Earlier this week, Apple filed a U.S. trademark for ‘VOICEPASS’, in the ‘Construction and Repair Services’ category.  Bloomberg casually mentioned …
Kit Dotson / SiliconANGLE:
Kinect Hacked to Aid Learning American Sign Language  —  Didn't I just predict this?  Although, I see the merit for a computer being capable of reading American Sign Language simply for interface purposes, as a somatic and tactile language, it can be quite difficult for some people to pick …
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OpenBSD code audit uncovers bugs, but no evidence of backdoor
Discussion: InfoQ and ReadWriteWeb
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Drives More Video Traffic Than All But Google
Discussion: Fast Company, TechCrunch and TubeMogul
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
What Tech Companies Are Spending in Washington
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
A Holiday Card From Google
BBC:
Kodaks' patent spat threatens photo web sites
Discussion: VentureBeat and 1001 Noisy Cameras
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen iPad to get iPod touch-like back, wide-range speaker - rumor