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6:20 PM ET, December 29, 2010


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Lars Rabbe / Skype Blogs:
CIO update: Post-mortem on the Skype outage  —  As a follow-up to last week's outage, here is a detailed explanation of what transpired, the root cause, and plans to mitigate this from happening again in the future.  For starters, it helps to understand that Skype is based on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, which is explained here.
Christopher White / Neowin:
Skype offers users $1 for lost service, explains cause of outage  —  Skype experienced a significant outage last week when many of their supernodes failed.  Today the company has provided a post-mortem of the issue on their blog.  In a nutshell, Skype introduced hundreds of “mega-supernodes” …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Skype Postmortem: Overloaded Servers and Desktop Bugs Brought Us Down
Discussion: The Register, SAI and Gearlog
Hilzfuld / Mobile and Social Media:
Peter Vesterbacka, Maker of Angry Birds Talks about the Birds, Apple, Android, Nokia, and Palm/HP  —  There are many speculations regarding the cause of the recent global economic recession, but we all know the truth.  It was the Angry Birds and their affect on the productivity of the work force.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Angry Birds Executive Says Apple Will Remain Developer Favorite Over Android  —  While Android has been getting lots of positive buzz in recent days, the picture is not entirely rosy in that neck of the mobile woods.  —  A top executive at Angry Birds creator Rovio says that it is still hard …
Discussion: MarketWatch and Android Community
John Koblin / WWD:
Memo Pad: iPad Magazine Sales Drop  —  Remember when Wired's debut issue for the iPad sold more than 100,000 times in June?  It looks like it will be a while before that type of performance is seen again.  Digital sales dropped toward the end of 2010 for all the magazines that make those figures available …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Evan Williams: The Challenges of a Web of Infinite Info  —  Evan Williams and I have known each other for a long time.  From a struggling entrepreneur who started Blogger, to a successful founder who got liberal funding for his podcasting start-up Odeo, to the accidental launch of Twitter …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Pulse2
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious In Purgatory  —  On December 16 Yahoo accidentally told the world they were shutting down popular bookmarking site Delicious.  They fired most or all of the Delicious staff.  Then they untold that story, saying they intended to sell it off and that the press got it all wrong.  —  Ok great.
Discussion: SAI
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
HTC Evo Shift 4G breaks cover again, with a Jan 9 sale date  —  We already knew the Evo Shift 4G was coming, and it was priced at $150 (on contract).  We also had it on good authority that it was coming on Jan 9, but now we're sure — thanks to the Shack.  In an upcoming sale ad …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Wired's refusal to release or comment on the Manning chat logs  —  Kevin Poulsen (left), Evan Hansen (right) and Bradley Manning  —  Last night, Wired posted a two-part response to my criticisms of its conduct in reporting on the arrest of PFC Bradley Manning and the key role played in that arrest by Adrian Lamo.
T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
Exclusive : This is the new Motorola Cliq 2 , another Android phone for T-Mobile  —  Yes guys, we did it again.  After showing you the first exclusive pictures of the new Dell Streak 7, now we are giving you one present for this 2011.  We introduce you the new and better Motorola Cliq 2 aka Begonia.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Irony: Read Kindle Books On Your Rooted NookColor  —  Just when we thought the NookColor was just a B&N reading device, hackers have rooted the devices and ported the Kindle reading app to the platform, ensuring plenty of migraines around Barnes & Noble HQ this week.
Vivek Wadhwa / Foreign Policy:
Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America's Lunch  —  Watch out, Silicon Valley: China and India aren't just graduating bad engineers and stealing intellectual property anymore.  They're fostering innovations that will shake the world.  —  Earlier this month …
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
LG Display ships 1.5 million iPad panels in November, Samsung ships 1.2 million units  —  Shipments of 9.7-inch iPad panels from LG Display reached 1.5 million units in November 2010, and fellow supplier Samsung Electronics' shipments reached 1.2 million units for the month.
Xperia X10 Blog:
X10 mini successor snapped with Gingerbread and benchmarked  —  The leaks just keep on coming.  This time we have what looks like the successor to the X10 mini or X10 mini pro according to the guy that leaked them on IT168.  The images clearly show the unnamed device running Android Gingerbread …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Kinect Hacked to Play World of Warcraft: Welcome to the Future of Gaming  —  Kinect hacks are coming thick and fast, but here is one that will set millions of PC gamers' hearts a-flutter: A hack that lets you gesture control a game of World of Warcraft.  —  The tech is coming from the University …
John Borland / Threat Level:
Breaking GSM With a $15 Phone ... Plus Smarts  —  BERLIN — Whatever assurances have been given about the security of GSM cellphone calls, forget about them now.  —  Use at your own risk.  —  Speaking at the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) Congress here Tuesday, a pair of researchers demonstrated …
Discussion: Engadget, Help Net Security and Gizmodo
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Hitwise: Facebook Overtakes Google To Become Most Visited Website In 2010  —  According to Hitwise data released today, was the top visited website in the US in 2010, taking up 8.93 % of site visits between January and November 2010. came in second at 7.19% …
Discussion: Experian Hitwise
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iTunes rental service believed to be 10% the size of Netflix  —  Though it is half as old as Netflix, Apple's iTunes rental service is believed to be about one-tenth the size of the competing rental service, one analyst has projected.  —  Analyst Brian Marshall with Gleacher & Company …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Back off SEC: Let's Put the “Risk” of Secondary Markets in Perspective  —  Back in early 2009, I was concerned about the development of private stock secondary market exchanges.  I was concerned that it would affect retention of top executives if people were able to cash out before an IPO too easily.
Discussion: Fortune and Forbes
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Share Rules Could Push Offering by Facebook
Morgan / P Morgan Brown:
Why Groupon Needs $950 Million More … The blogosphere is abuzz over tech-darling Groupon's proposed $950 million Series G round.  Many people have asked “Why do they need all that money?”  And while expansion is the obvious answer, it's a bit more nuanced than that.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Closing $950 Million Round, Valued At $4.75 Billion
Discussion: Reuters, SAI and Softpedia News
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
NY Times Biffs It on Wi-Fi Conference Overload
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Russian e-Payment Giant ChronoPay Hacked
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Sony Files Patent Lawsuit to Ban LG Mobile Phones From U.S.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
China delays NSN's $1.2 billion buy of Motorola unit
Jennifer Baker / Computerworld:
EU one step closer to global standard mobile-phone charger
Discussion: Engadget
Julia Ioffe / Business Week:
Facebook's Russian Campaign
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Gawker was hacked six months ago, say sources close to Gnosis
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Venkat / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Court Rejects Agence France-Presse's Attempt to Claim License …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
SAP Granted Lower APR Damages Award in Oracle Case
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and Bloomberg
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Skype teases its mobile video function with a new landing page
Darren Murph / Engadget:
BMW Connected app hits iOS App Store, ‘Apps’ function hitting vehicles next year
Discussion: App Advice
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Paul Allen tries again with suit against Apple, Google, Facebook ...
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: 12 Photos of the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon