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1:00 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
Discussion: I4U News and TUAW
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   This Year, Apple Has Two Fangs To Suck The Blood Out Of CES …
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: SAI, TechCrunch, Mashable! and SecondShares
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Watts Martin / Coyote Tracks:
Nokia and Microsoft, not sitting in a tree  —  While I'm late to the party commenting on this (holidays, what can you do), you may have seen numerous news reports about Nokia considering Windows Phone 7 as an OS instead of (or in addition to) Symbian and MeeGo.
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.
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 …
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Times of India:
RIM offers data tapping at India office
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigating Ping-like social networking for retail shops
Discussion: SlashGear and The Loop
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
China makes Skype illegal
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Year-end View of the Mobile Market
Discussion: SlashGear and SAI
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Simplest Phones Open to ‘SMS of Death’
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Nintendo warns: No 3-D gaming for young players
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Affidavit Details FBI “Operation Payback” Probe
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
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Discussion: eWeek, Go Rumors, Electronista and SAI
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Windows Phone Marketplace app-security cracked: Proof-of-concept [Video]
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Greylock's Reid Hoffman and David Sze on the Future of Social (Video)
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