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3:55 PM ET, December 28, 2011

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Surur / WMPoweruser:
Leaked Windows Phone Roadmap gives us a peek into the future  —  For those who wonder what Microsoft's game plan with Windows Phone is, this leaked roadmap should at least provide some pointers, up to date as of October 2011.  —  It lays the foundation with the release of Windows Phone 7 as a high end, differentiated product.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone: Apollo ‘superphones’ coming in 2012
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Online Retailers Home In on a New Demographic: The Drunken Consumer  —  After enjoying a few drinks, some people go dancing.  Others order food.  And for some, it's time to shop online.  —  “I have my account linked to my phone, so it's really easy,” said Tiffany Whitten, of Dayton, Ohio …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Dear Google+  —  Earlier today I noticed something funny.  My Google profile picture — the picture associated with my Gmail account, my GChat account, my Google+ account, etc — had vanished.  A bug?  Nope.  —  It turns out, Google — without telling me — went into my account and deleted my profile picture.
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Apple May Hurt Shareholders With Patent War  —  Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple (AAPL) Inc., told his biographer that he'd rather wage “thermonuclear war” with Google Inc. than make deals to share its technology with the maker of the Android operating system.  —  That was no empty threat.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Verizon Customers Dealing With Third Data Outage In One Month  —  It seems like December just can't end soon enough for the folks at Verizon — we're getting reports that Verizon's data network is once again on the fritz.  —  Like both other times this month, not everyone is affected …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Adds another Core iPhone Multitouch Patent to their Arsenal  —  On December twentieth, The Washington Post reported that “Apple Inc. won a patent-infringement ruling that bans some HTC Corp. smartphones from the U.S. starting next year, bolstering efforts to prove that devices running …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly still mulling iTV chip manufacturer, late 2012 launch again rumored  —  Following reports yesterday that Apple's suppliers are prepping an HDTV in 32-inch and 37-inch variants for a summer 2012 launch, a new report from DigiTimes today suggested Apple will use its own custom chips …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple wants to offer television subscribers customized channel lineups
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?  —  There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can't fully grok.  One of them is profitability.  —  I find it amusing when a journalist writes an article about a prominent startup (either privately held or preparing for an IPO) …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Insights on the writing of Steve Jobs  —  Walter Isaacson shares new information on his best-selling biography of the Apple founder.  —  FORTUNE — Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs has topped The New York Times bestseller's list for eight consecutive weeks now.
Discussion: MacNN
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
New York Times email list spammed in another apparent Epsilon Data breach  —  The spam email sent by the New York Times (click to enlarge)  —  On Wednesday morning, I received an email from the New York Times asking me to reconsider my recent decision to cancel my home delivery subscription.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Kindle case maker calls Amazon.com a corporate bully in federal lawsuit  —  M-Edge Accessories, a 50-person Maryland maker of sleeves and protective cases for electronic reading devices, is suing Amazon.com for patent infringement, unfair competition, intentional interference with contracts and false advertising.
comScore, Inc.:
Final Christmas Push Propels U.S. Online Holiday Spending to $35.3 Billion, Up 15 Percent Versus Last Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 56 days of the November - December 2011 holiday season.
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Mocked And Misunderstood  —  When people ask me, “how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?”, I usually tell them to look for the companies and services that are mocked and misunderstood.  For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes.
Discussion: dbasch's posterous
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Apple Soar In Customer Satisfaction In 2011; Netflix Plummets  —  According to customer experience analytics company ForeSee, e-commerce giant Amazon once again topped consumer satisfaction in online retail after taking the top spot in 2010.  However, Netflix, which had a dismal year, plummeted in customer satisfaction.
Michelle Meyers / CNET:
Report details extent of Anonymous hack on Stratfor  —  Now that the Yuletide fog has cleared, details are emerging about the extent of an Anonymous hack on security think tank Strategic Forecasting that was first reported Christmas Day and appears to have affected some 50,000 individuals.
Dennis Fisher:
WiFi Protected Setup Flaw Can Lead to Compromise of Router PINs  —  The US-CERT is warning about a vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Setup standard that reduces the number of attempts it would take an attacker to brute-force the PIN for a wireless router's setup process.
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Kuwait wants to put an end to anonymous accounts on Twitter  —  We've spoken a lot about the pros and cons of online anonymity, a discussion which was recently spurred by Google+'s short-lived real name policy which forced users to sign up for the site using only their real names.
Discussion: Cyber War News and kuna.net.kw
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to unveil 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on April 8, say Taiwan PC makers  —  Intel plans to release a total of 25 models of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, including 17 CPUs for desktops and eight for notebooks and ultrabooks on or around April 8, 2012, according to PC makers in Taiwan.
Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ Growth Accelerating.  Passes 62 million users.  Adding 625,000 new users per day.  Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.  —  Google+ Growth Accelerating.  Passes 62 million users.  Adding 625,000 new users per day.  Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Another Report Shows Google+ With 60M+ Users And Growing... But Active User Count Still Unknown
 
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Asana Launches iPhone Version Of Its Group Task Manager
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for Photo Booth and a Major Fitness Center App
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Berlin is poised to be Europe's new tech hub
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Eric Schmidt discusses Google's competitors, China, acquisitions and more
Discussion: Business Insider
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
3.7 million Android devices activated over Christmas weekend
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Amazon.com quietly acquires the social shopping whizzes at Quorus
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
People Spend Twice As Much Time On Netflix Than On Hulu
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