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10:35 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.
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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*.
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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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
AppleInsider:
Apple expected to hold event by Valentine's Day to announce Verizon iPhone
Discussion: TUAW and DisplayBlog
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  —  According to Hitwise data released today, Facebook.com was the top visited website in the US in 2010, taking up 8.93% of site visits between January and November 2010.  Google.com came in second at 7.19% …
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 …
Discussion: High Scalability
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Delicious In Purgatory  —  On December 16 Yahoo accidentally told …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
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: SAI
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.
John Borland / Threat Level:
Simplest Phones Open to ‘SMS of Death’  —  BERLIN — It's a scene from an as-yet-unmade thriller: Across a country, tens of thousands of cellphones all blink white at the same, and turn themselves off.  Calls are lost, phones are rendered useless, and the affected mobile operator is forced to pay a ransom or lose customers.
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
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
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.
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.
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 …
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Sony Files Patent Lawsuit to Ban LG Mobile Phones From U.S.
Dow Jones Newswires:
Research In Motion: Report On Offer To Allow Data Tapping In India False  —  NEW DELHI (Dow Jones)—Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM.T) Thursday refuted an Indian media report that said the Canada-based smartphone maker has offered to install a network data analysis system at its India office …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Times of India:
Blackberry maker RIM offers data tapping at its premises in India
 
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Winda Benedetti / msnbc.com:
Nintendo warns: No 3-D gaming for young players
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yext Organizes The Anti-Google Local Advertising Alliance (Screenshots)
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Affidavit Details FBI “Operation Payback” Probe
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Thanks In Part To The Northeast Blizzard, Online Holiday Spending …
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
SEC takes aim at venture capital rules in 2011
Walt Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
What's In Store for Technology in 2011
Watts Martin / Coyote Tracks:
Nokia and Microsoft, not sitting in a tree
Discussion: SAI and BGR
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple slows iPad production, Kindle matches shipments
Discussion: eWeek, SAI, Go Rumors and Electronista
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Greylock's Reid Hoffman and David Sze on the Future of Social (Video)
Tim / The Official Lookout Blog:
Security Alert: Geinimi, Sophisticated New Android Trojan Found in Wild
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
NY Times Biffs It on Wi-Fi Conference Overload
Discussion: New York Times
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Russian e-Payment Giant ChronoPay Hacked
Xperia X10 Blog:
X10 mini successor snapped with Gingerbread and benchmarked
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Evan Williams: The Challenges of a Web of Infinite Info
 

 
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