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10:45 AM ET, December 31, 2010

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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Myspace Mulls Significant Layoffs, With Potential Sale Looming  —  Myspace-the long-troubled social networking site turned social entertainment hub-is in the midst of planning that could soon result in significant layoffs of its staff, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Clearwire Chair Craig McCaw to Quit Today  —  Cash-strapped Clearwire says no disagreement prompted McCaw's resignation.  The company's survival is now in question as it struggles to build a nationwide high-speed wireless 4G network  —  (Bloomberg) — Clearwire Corp. …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
What 20 Minutes On Facebook Looks Like: 1M Shared Links, 2.7M Photos Uploaded, 10.2M Comments  —  Democracy UK, a UK-focused political campaigning initiative by Facebook, has just released a number of mind-blowing stats on the massive usage of the network by its 500-plus million members in 2010.
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Democracy UK / Facebook:
A Snapshot of Facebook in 2010  —  Happy New Year Democracy UK!  —  As 2010 draws to a close we can take a look at some data that provides a window into the lives of the millions of people around the world who use Facebook everyday to share their lives, feelings and interests with friends.
Discussion: Mashable!
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Groupon Draws New Investors and Works on an I.P.O.  —  Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion takeover bid from Google earlier this month, has attracted several big institutional investors, people briefed on the matter told DealBook on Wednesday.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Begun The Talent Wars Have - Why Twitter needs a London HQ: Google Engineers  —  We've reported before about how the escalating war for talent in Silicon Valley is effectively creating a kind of arms race between tech companies.  —  For example, Google is offering employees a 10% pay increase for 2011 …
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Why Groupon, Twitter & Other Hot Private Companies Are Cashing Out  —  Early shareholders in the hottest privately-held technology companies are increasingly finding liquidity without an acquisition or a public offering, with Groupon Inc. being the most recent example.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Twins' Facebook Fight Rages On  —  SAN DIEGO — Some people go to court hoping to win millions of dollars.  Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have already won tens of millions.  But six years into a legal feud with Facebook, they want to give it back — for a chance to get more.
Discussion: SAI, Gawker and New York Magazine
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How We Shared Content in 2010: Still More Facebook, More Email Than Twitter, MySpace Lives On  —  The link sharing service AddThis, which said this month that it's now tracking the interests of more than 1 billion people across the web, has published an infographic breaking …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
For Apps, Profit Picture Is Blurry  —  Firms Seek Business Models as They Release Slew of Photo Software for Phones  —  Companies in recent months have launched a slew of photography applications for the iPhone and other smartphones, but many of these start-ups are still trying to figure …
Donald A. Norman / Gizmodo:
Living with Complexity: How Apple Reinvented Music Distribution  —  iTune's dominant position atop the digital music market is not happenstance.  Donald A. Norman discusses how, through the integration of its products, design and service, Apple became a media distribution juggernaut.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BotTorrent?  Using BitTorrent as a DDoS Tool  —  A recent talk at the Chaos Communications Congress revealed how BitTorrent swarms can be exploited to take down large websites with relative ease.  A vulnerability in the technology behind so called trackerless torrents makes it possible …
Discussion: SlashGear and WL Central
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
The Year in Mobile  —  Apple invented a new category of mobile device, consumers want faster connections, and the spectrum is more crowded than ever.  —  Insanely Popular  —  Companies have introduced tablet computers before, but the technology never took off until 2010 …
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Dylan Winter / Duckworks:
Adsense, no sense at all - what it's like being sacked by a computer...  I have worked for the newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV stations.  One of the things you get used to as a freelance is being sacked.  After all, that's why they take us on - we are easy to sack.
 
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Bloomberg:
Skype Says China Services Are Working Amid Crackdown
Discussion: Reuters, Inquirer, TechEye and Telegraph
BBC:
Phone firms back common charger plan
Discussion: Lifehacker and PalmAddicts
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Is 2011 the Year of the Blockbuster Tech I.P.O.?
Help Net Security:
The significant decline of spam
Discussion: Inquirer and The Mac Security Blog
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Does Facebook Have 600 Million Users Yet?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google As A Carrier. …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Comcast Unit Develops iPhone App for Publishing Video Content
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Interesti.ng Nigerian domains go on sale, soon will be time to get registeri.ng
Discussion: Domain Name News, Thanks:m4tt
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Web Commerce Isn't Really Social...Yet
Associated Press:
China's online population hits 450 million
Evan Blass / PocketNow:
“HTC Scribe” Is HTC's Upcoming Android Tablet?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Parsing Pew: What The Latest Online Content Buying Numbers Really Say
Electronista:
Kindle book lending quietly goes live