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4:45 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  —  The tech site WMPoweruser has an interesting glimpse into the future of Windows Phone today, posting what it describes as a leaked roadmap laying out a schedule and highlights for future updates of Microsoft's mobile platform.
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.
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple wants to offer television subscribers customized channel lineups  —  Apple's anticipated full-fledged television set could offer Internet-based content subscriptions with customized channel lineups, if the company has its way.  —  Customized programming is said to be one of Apple's …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
The Definition Of Open Is... Missing  —  A few minutes ago, Android chief Andy Rubin sent out his 6th tweet.  A milestone.  Never mind that they're all self-serving promotion with Rubin never responding to anything or really giving anything in the way of context.  They're all awesome.  Kudos.
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
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Tough negotiator: HP wanted $1.2B for webOS and Palm's assets (exclusive)  —  $1.2 billion.  That's how much HP paid for Palm last year, and it's also how much the company was trying to sell its Palm assets for over the latter half of 2011, VentureBeat has learned.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Groupon Acquires Stealth Silicon Valley Startup Campfire Labs  —  Groupon has continued its (talent) acquisition spree with the recent purchase of a hot Silicon Valley startup before they even launched - and with extremely little fanfare.  —  We've learned that Campfire Labs …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
HP TouchPad Go reviewed: it's a 7-inch TouchPad and that's about it  —  It's a fairly well-known fact that HP actually produced two TouchPad tablets before killing all its webOS hardware: the 9.7-inch iPad-alike that bombed at retail, and the unreleased 7-inch TouchPad Go that we recently saw fetch $700 on eBay.
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.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
New York Times sends subscriber email to 8.6 million readers instead of 300  —  The New York Times has determined that a mass email sent to subscribers was an error, not the result of spam or hacking.  —  “We regret that the error was made, but no one's security has been compromised,” spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the Times.
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.
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.
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.
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