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1:15 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.
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Skype Postmortem: Overloaded Servers and Desktop Bugs Brought Us Down
Discussion: SAI, Guardian and Erictric
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Closing $950 Million Round, Valued At $4.75 Billion  —  Lots of excitement today about Groupon's intention to raise a new monster round of financing, with speculation that the valuation of the still-young startup reaching nearly $8 billion.  That speculation is only partially right …
Discussion: Reuters and SAI
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Morgan / P Morgan Brown:
Why Groupon Needs $950 Million More
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mashable!, Thanks:morganb
Erin Griffith / VC Experts:
Groupon Raising Up to $950 million Series G
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
65 million iPads in 2011? Not likely.
Discussion: Electronista
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: 12 Photos of the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon  —  Take a look at that beauty.  Say hello to the HTC Thunderbolt, which will be the first 4G LTE device to land on Verizon after its unveiling next week at CES.  As you can see, it really just looks exactly like the Desire HD …
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and GigaOM
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Paul Allen tries again with suit against Apple, Google, Facebook ...  Mercer Island billionaire Paul Allen today renewed his effort to sue Apple, Google, Facebook, eBay, AOL and other companies for patent infringement.  —  Allen's case was rejected on Dec. 10 by a federal judge in Seattle who said it was too vague.
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Putting the Record Straight on the Lamo-Manning Chat Logs  —  Editor's note: This is a two-part article, in which Wired.com editor-in-chief Evan Hansen and senior editor Kevin Poulsen respond separately to criticisms of the site's WikiLeaks coverage.  —  The Case for Privacy
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 …
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Netflix said to be planning 2011 international push  —  After expanding its streaming service into Canada, it seems Netflix is looking elsewhere internationally to build its business.  —  Speaking to the CBC last week, Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey said the company is “talking about other regions in the world.”
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Skype teases its mobile video function with a new landing page  —  For the past few days, we've been hearing some whispers about Skype bringing a video chat function to the mobile sphere.  It seems that those rumors were not so far off, as Skype has just released a new landing page that teases the question of “what's next?”
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and GeekSugar
Reuters:
Clooney, Google, U.N. watch Sudan using satellites  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Groups including the United Nations, Harvard University, Google Inc and an organization co-founded by actor George Clooney are launching a project using satellites to “watch” Sudan for war crimes before a vote that could split the African country in two.
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Ebay's Paypal to Set Up International Hub in Chongqing, China
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Researchers create ultra-fast ‘1,000 core’ processor, Intel also toys with the idea
Discussion: SlashGear
Kontra / counternotions:
The Unbearable Inevitability of Being Android, 1995
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Michael Oliveira / Globe and Mail:
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