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12:40 PM ET, December 30, 2010

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Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Skype for iPhone now with video calls  —  It's as simple as that: our iPhone app now comes with video.  Download it now from the App Store, or read on to find out more.  —  Skype for iPhone lets you make and receive free Skype video calls on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and works over both WiFi and 3G connections*.
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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.  Works over 3G and with Computers (data usage: 3.4MB per min.)  —  Skype just updated their Skype application for iOS to include video chat functionality.  It works both over WiFi and 3G networks and two-way video calling is supported by the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4, and iPhone 3GS.
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) …
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AppleInsider:
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: I4U News, TUAW and DisplayBlog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
This Year, Apple Has Two Fangs To Suck The Blood Out Of CES …
Discussion: PhoneArena
Fred / A VC:
Mobile Economics Will Trend Toward Web Economics  —  I've been saying for a while now that I think mobile economics will trend toward web economics as the mobile web goes mainstream.  In other words, the business models that work best on the web will ultimately work best in mobile.The corrolary …
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Experian Hitwise:
Facebook was the top search term in 2010 for second straight year  —  Social network search term tops list for fifth straight year; Facebook top-visited Website for first year.  New York, N.Y., Dec. 29, 2010 - Experian® Hitwise®, a part of Experian Marketing Services …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Hitwise: Facebook Overtakes Google To Become Most Visited Website In 2010
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 …
Jim Jansen / Pew Internet:
65% of internet users have paid for online content  —  Nearly two-thirds of internet users - 65% - have paid to download or access some kind of online content from the internet, ranging from music to games to news articles to adult material.  Music, software, and apps are the most popular content …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What The “Great Delicious Exodus” Looked Like For Pin-Sized Competitor Pinboard  —  When word got out two weeks ago that Yahoo is not 100% committed to Delicious, people who still use the bookmarking service started to panic and look for alternatives.  One competing bookmarking site …
Eric Savitz / Tech Musings:
Research In Motion Denies PlayBook Has Battery Issues  —  In a statement late Wednesday, Research In Motion (RIMM) attempted to tamp down concerns that the company's new PlayBook tablet computer has a shorter battery life than the Apple (AAPL) iPad and other competitive products.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Big sale: Groupon discloses $500 million investment  —  Just weeks after spurning a takeover offer from Google, online coupon site Groupon is in the money via a giant new investment.  So are many of its earliest backers.  —  Groupon, the online coupon site that recently turned …
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Florin / Unwired View:
About 4 million Nokia N8 smartphones sold until now?  —  Back in November, when Nokia announced that the N8 “has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders” in its history, it didn't say how many units it sold (or expects to sell).  —  Now we're hearing that Nokia may have shipped …
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: The Register, MyCE and Electronista
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 …
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Electronista:
Kindle book lending quietly goes live  —  Amazon today quietly turned on Kindle book lending.  The feature promised earlier mimics that of the Nook and lets users share a book once for two full weeks.  The original owner's access to the book is temporarily revoked, but the feature works on both the Kindle reader and all apps.
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Year-end View of the Mobile Market  —  It's that time of year; looks backward and forward are expected.  In point of fact this is a lousy time to be prognosticating about the mobile space, because we're only days from CES and weeks from MWC, both of which will have tons of announcements, some of which might even be game-changers.
Discussion: SlashGear and SAI
Evan Blass / PocketNow:
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.
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
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.
 
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple slows iPad production, Kindle matches shipments
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