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1:25 PM ET, December 23, 2010

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Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
A further update on Skype downtime  —  I'm sure by now many of you have heard about the downtime which has affected Skype around the world.  Our priority has been to stabilise the problem, and then to begin to restore access to Skype functionality.  —  It's taken some time to do, but we're making steady progress.
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Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Understanding Today's Skype Outage: Explaining Supernodes  —  For the first time in 3 years, Skype was down today - and as I write this is still in the process of slowly coming back online.  A ton of articles were written today, mostly all pointing back to Skype's blog post or status update …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype CEO Tony Bates: Here Is an Update  —  Tony Bates, the former Cisco Systems executive, has had better days.  For the past 24 hours, he has been coordinating the efforts to bring one of the world's largest communication networks back up: Skype.  Bates, who recently took over as Skype's CEO …
Discussion: The Big Blog, Thanks:om
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen iPad to get iPod touch-like back, wide-range speaker - rumor  —  The second-generation iPad may have a smaller bezel, a flat back panel and a wide-range speaker, a new unverified report claims.  —  Japanese Mac blog MacOtakara published the rumor Thursday, citing an “anonymous Chinese source.”
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
A Holiday Card From Google  —  Five Artists, 250 Hours, Six Months to Create the Search Engine's ‘Doodle’  —  Set to be unveiled at 9 a.m. eastern time Thursday, Google's 2010 holiday doodle has 17 interactive images that approximate the logo's letters and colors.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Obama cites Steve Jobs' wealth, product success  —  President Obama today cited Apple CEO Steve Jobs' product success as an example of a person who Americans should “expect to be rich” as an incentive for others.  —  Responding to a reporter's question, the president prefaced his comments …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Oh Look, Here's Samsung's 4G LTE Android Phone for Verizon  —  Looks like Verizon'll have plenty of Android phones running around on 4G LTE soon enough.  Here's a first look at Samsung's, running Froyo and TouchWiz (but according to our tipster, not Bing!).  Aaaand a front-facing camera, Verizon's first.
Christian Kaiser / The Netflix Tech Blog:
HTML5 and Video Streaming  —  This is Christian Kaiser, VP of Engineering here at Netflix.  —  My colleague John Ciancutti recently posted about our use of HTML5 for user interfaces; I thought I'd add a perspective on HTML5 and video streaming.  —  Since HTML5 includes a facility to embed video playback …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Google Buys Giant New York Building for $1.9 Billion  —  Google is down with New York City.  —  So down, in fact, that the web search titan just dropped $1.9 billion to acquire one of the largest and most historic buildings in all of the Big Apple.  At nearly 3 million square feet …
Hiroko Tabuchi / Bits:
Clues About the Next PlayStation Portable  —  TOKYO —Sony's gaming chief, Kazuo Hirai, expected by some analysts to be Sony's next president, gave hints on Wednesday to burning questions that have fascinated the blogosphere for months: Is there a new Sony handheld gaming device in the works to succeed its PlayStation Portable?
Dirk Dougherty / Android Developers Blog:
More Payment Options in Android Market  —  A key to a great purchasing experience is providing users with simple and fast payment methods.  The Android Market team has been working hard to deliver more forms of payment to further reduce purchase friction.  Today, I am pleased to announce …
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:   Android users can now bill app purchases straight to their AT&T account
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Drives More Video Traffic Than All But Google  —  Facebook has surpassed Yahoo in the amount of traffic sent to video destinations, although Google still has the lead in this regard.  —  This comes from a report by Brightcove and TubeMogul based on data what the two call aggregate media sites …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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TubeMogul:
Brightcove and TubeMogul Q3 Research: Facebook Surpasses Yahoo …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Appears To Be Blocking All (Bit.ly Operated) j.mp Links  —  William Albano checks in to tell us that Facebook is blocking all j.mp links in status and page updates (but not profiles).  Sure enough, I tried to post a j.mp link in a status update just now, and I got an error notice saying:
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Incredible HD teased for January 6th reveal?  —  See that?  No, not all the ambiguous 4G talk, we mean the veiled phone.  If we had to guess we'd say that we're looking at a January 6th reveal of the HTC Incredible HD / Mecha — a device rumored to be headed to Verizon's new LTE network.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
What Tech Companies Are Spending in Washington  —  It's no big surprise that big companies spend a lot of money in Washington to try to influence the outcome of pending legislation and to try to talk lawmakers and agency officials out of regulating one thing or another.
Discussion: Electronista
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Rovi To Buy Sonic Solutions, Forming New Force In Digital Distribution  —  Rovi Corp. declared its intent to acquire Sonic Solutions late Wednesday in a deal worth $720 million.  The combined company could have the clout to accelerate the adoption of digital distribution in video entertainment.
Bruce Sterling / Webstock:
The Blast Shack  —  We asked Bruce Sterling (who spoke at Webstock '09) for his take on Wikileaks.  —  The Wikileaks Cablegate scandal is the most exciting and interesting hacker scandal ever.  I rather commonly write about such things, and I'm surrounded by online acquaintances …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
ECS, Asustek, MSI to showcase tablet PCs at CES 2011  —  Elitegroup Computer System (ECS), Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International (MSI) are all preparing to showcase their latest tablet PCs at CES 2011.  —  In addition to ECS' already introduced Marvell chip-based 9.7-inch e-book reader …
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Samsung Nears 10 Million Galaxy S Sales  —  Samsung recently announced that sales of its Android-based Galaxy S line of smartphones has reached 9.3 million, putting it just short of Samsung's goal of 10 million.  —  Earlier this year, Samsung predicted that it would sell 10 million units of its Galaxy S line of Android smartphones.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Gawkergate Collateral Damage Now Includes the New York Times  —  It's now been at least 10 days since the Gawker group of Web sites was hacked by a group calling itself Gnosis in one of the side threads to the WikiLeaks controversy.  —  Within two days, sites like LinkedIn …
BBC:
Kodaks' patent spat threatens photo web sites  —  The fallout from a patent dispute between Kodak and web photo site Shutterfly could embroil many online image sites, says patent experts.  —  Kodak claimed it owns patents regarding the display of online images that is being infringed by Shutterfly.
Discussion: All Headline News and THE DRUM
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Kinect-Like Gesture System for iPad to Be Demoed at CES  —  Mobile Magazine reports that Norwegian company Elliptic Labs is set to offer demonstrations of its new “touchless gesture” user interface for the iPad at CES 2011 early next month.  The interface, which utilizes ultrasound to generate …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OpenBSD code audit uncovers bugs, but no evidence of backdoor  —  OpenBSD project leader Theo de Raadt disclosed an e-mail earlier this month in which former NETSEC CTO Gregory Perry claimed that his company was paid by the FBI to plant a “backdoor” in the OpenBSD IPSEC stack.
Discussion: InfoQ
 
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
Oh, the irony.  European Commission, an ACTA proponent …
OAS:
Joint Statement On Wikileaks
Discussion: Computerworld
Myspace:
Is Myspace protecting user data?
Discussion: MySpace Developer Team, Thanks:msc_page
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
Computers That Trade on the News
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Obama's deputy CTO leaves to launch start-ups
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Fortifying Phones From Attackers
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 Earlier Items: 
Louis Gray:
Ex-Googlers Launch Beluga for Mobile Group Chat
Discussion: IntoMobile
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire for iPad Launching Tonight For $4.99 [Update: It's Live!]
Jon Evans / New Scientist:
Banknotes go electric to outwit counterfeiters
Adrianne Jeffries / New York Observer:
The Hottest Startups Are Full of Bros
Discussion: SAI
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Wikileaks killed Spain's anti-P2P law
Discussion: SAI and TorrentFreak
Zachary M. Seward / Digits:
Everything the Internet Knows About Me (Because I Asked It To)
Discussion: SAI