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6:25 AM ET, December 31, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google As A Carrier.  It's Not A Question Of “If They Will”, But Rather “When They'll Try”  —  CNNMoney published an interesting piece by David Goldman this morning entitled, Google: Your new phone carrier?  In it, Goldman lays out what he sees as the preliminary steps Google has taken …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
How Cool Would It Be If Google Became A Carrier?  —  The end of the year is the time when people feel more free to make wacky statements and dubious predictions.  Whether it's the season, too many rich desserts or the additional alcohol people consume it's not clear.
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.
Discussion: The Next Web and SlashGear
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
China makes Skype illegal  —  China on Thursday announced that it had made illegal the use of Skype, the popular internet telephony service, as the country continues to shut itself off from the rest of the world.  —  In the latest move dashing Western internet company hopes of breaking into China …
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Bloomberg:
Skype Says China Services Are Working Amid Crackdown
Discussion: Inquirer and TechEye
Help Net Security:
The significant decline of spam  —  In October Commtouch reported an 18% drop in global spam levels (comparing September and October).  This was largely attributed to the closure of Spamit around the end of September.  Spamit is the organization allegedly behind a fair percentage of the worlds pharmacy spam.
Discussion: Inquirer and The Mac Security Blog
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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Is 2011 the Year of the Blockbuster Tech I.P.O.?  —  For technology start-ups, the initial public offering has long lost the sheen of the dot-com era, when it seemed like anyone with an idea could go public.  At the peak of the bubble, the Silicon Valley factory was in overdrive, pumping out hundreds of I.P.O.'s. a year.
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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. …
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.
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.
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Parsing Pew: What The Latest Online Content Buying Numbers Really Say  —  You are about to see a host of references to a new batch of numbers from the Pew Internet & American Life project pop up all over the place.  The headline is tantalizing: 65 percent of those surveyed this fall paid for online content.
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Jim Jansen / Pew Internet:
65% of internet users have paid for online content
 
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BBC:
Phone firms back common charger plan
Discussion: Lifehacker and PalmAddicts
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Does Facebook Have 600 Million Users Yet?
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Comcast Unit Develops iPhone App for Publishing Video Content
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
Discussion: Gearlog and Agence France Presse
 Earlier Items: 
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Chinese Social Network Friends Facebook
Discussion: WebProNews
Evan Blass / PocketNow:
“HTC Scribe” Is HTC's Upcoming Android Tablet?
Electronista:
Kindle book lending quietly goes live
Fred / A VC:
Mobile Economics Will Trend Toward Web Economics