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5:55 AM ET, December 30, 2010


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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Skype video calling for iPhone is official, available now (update: hands-on)  —  All signs have been pointing to this release for a few days now, but we'll admit: we expected Skype to wait until CES next week to pull the covers off what could become its crown jewel service over the coming months.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Skype for iPhone gets Video Chat. …
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Skype for iPhone now with video calls
Discussion: SlashGear and Techie Buzz
Apple expected to hold event by Valentine's Day to announce Verizon iPhone  —  Apple is expected to hold an event “very soon,” perhaps by Valentine's Day on Feb. 14, 2011, to unveil a new CDMA version of the iPhone compatible with U.S. carrier Verizon's network.
Discussion: TUAW and DisplayBlog
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Rethinking the iPhone Threat to AT&T  —  Apple will soon announce a new version of the iPhone that works on Verizon's network.  But it's unclear whether that will leave AT&T, Apple's once exclusive U.S. service provider, in the lurch  —  Very soon, maybe by Valentine's Day, Apple (AAPL) …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
This Year, Apple Has Two Fangs To Suck The Blood Out Of CES: iPad 2 And Verizon iPhone  —  Every year, it seems the buzz starts building around now for CES, the giant consumer electronics expo in Las Vegas.  And every year at CES, much of the buzz seems to be around the one company that isn't there …
Discussion: PhoneArena
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 …
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Why iPad Magazine Sales Are Not As Bad As They Seem  —  According to a new report from Women's Wear Daily, digital magazine sales are on the decline.  A closer look at the data, however, reveals that sales are not nearly as bad as they appear.  —  The report, which cites numbers released …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
What those low iPad magazine sales numbers really mean
Discussion: ThinkMobile
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% …
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.
Walt Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
What's In Store for Technology in 2011  —  Products, Services and Big Developments to Watch for and the Challenges Facing the Major Players  —  It has been a big year in personal technology, from the debut and early success of Apple's iPad, to the rise and continuous improvement …
Daniel Rubino /
Windows Phone Marketplace app-security cracked: Proof-of-concept [Video]  —  Disclosure: Well before the publication of this article, WPCentral contacted Microsoft's Brandon Watson directly about the breach, and we are working with Microsoft to address this latest security development.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Actually, Groupon Already Closed Half Of That Billion Dollar Round  —  Yesterday we reported that fast growing ecommerce startup Groupon was in the process of raising nearly $1 billion in new venture capital at a $4.75 billion valuation.  “The deal should be closed in a few weeks,” we heard from a source.
Winda Benedetti /
Nintendo warns: No 3-D gaming for young players  —  Winda Benedetti writes:Nintendo is warning parents that its forthcoming 3-D portable game machine may not be appropriate for the youngest gamers.  More specifically, that no one under 6 years old should play 3-D games on it.
Tim / The Official Lookout Blog:
Security Alert: Geinimi, Sophisticated New Android Trojan Found in Wild  —  The Threat:  —  A new Trojan affecting Android devices has recently emerged in China.  Dubbed “Geinimi” based on its first known incarnation, this Trojan can compromise a significant amount of personal data on a user's phone and send it to remote servers.
Agence France Presse:
LG pledges action against patent suit by Sony  —  SEOUL (AFP) - LG Electronics said Thursday it would “actively respond” to a lawsuit filed by Japan's Sony that seeks to block mobile phone shipments to the United States by the South Korean firm.  —  Sony has filed a patent infringement …
Discussion: The Next Web
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Hackers obtain PS3 private cryptography key due to epic programming fail? (video)  —  The 27th annual Chaos Communication Conference already hacked encrypted GSM calls with a $15 cellphone, but there was a second surprise in store this morn — the souls who unlocked the Nintendo Wii's homebrew potential …
Discussion: MyCE and Electronista
Lars Rabbe / The Big Blog:
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
Discussion: Examiner, Screenwerk and Pulse2
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Hello, my name is: 9649e796e8b23900dc9629a18f2d47306430e62 f  —  Over the past few weeks, a lot of fuss has been made over the disclosure of a mobile device's unique identifier to third-parties.  Special reports, doomsday headlines... the works.  The short version of the story is this …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple slows iPad production, Kindle matches shipments  —  Shipments of Amazon's Kindle from suppliers in Taiwan reached 1.6 million units in December, matching the month's estimated iPad production, although Apple is ramping down to accommodate the coming new version, a new report says.
Discussion: SAI, Electronista and BetaNews
Evan Blass /
Barnes and Noble's Future Nook Plans Revealed?  [Update]  —  You know how we enjoy scouring the US Patent and Trademark Office for hints of future company products and plans, and today we turn our focus to some filings which may indicate upcoming e-book readers in Barnes and Noble's Nook line.
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The “War” For Top Talent In Silicon Valley  —  The unemployment rate in Silicon Valley may be higher than the 9% national average, but that's not making it any easier for some young technology start-ups looking to hire engineers.  —  Todd McKinnon, the co-founder and chief executive …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
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Discussion: New York Times
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Evan Williams: The Challenges of a Web of Infinite Info
Discussion: Pulse2 and ReadWriteWeb