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12:25 AM ET, December 29, 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
Sarah Lacy:
Golden Age of Tech Blogging Done?  I Couldn't Disagree More  —  I'm a big fan of Jeremiah Owyang's market analysis but I think he missed the point on this one, big time.  He recently wrote a post on how the Golden Age of tech blogging is over.  No way.  Unless of course, he means we're about to enter the platinum age.
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over  —  That's right.  We're at the end of an important period.  The tech blogosphere as we know it, is over.  —  Four Trends Show the End of this Era:  —  Like the film industry, the Golden Era is the emergence period, when fresh innovation in a new medium is born.
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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Sean Captain / Threat Level:
Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook for the 99%  —  Protesters volunteering for the internet and information boards of the Occupy Wall Street protest work and broadcast from their media center in Zuccotti Plaza on Oct. 2, 2011.  Photo: Bryan Derballa for Wired.com  —  “I don't want to say we're making our own Facebook.
Discussion: Mashable!, PC Magazine, ZDNet and TG Daily
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Discerning Apple's international product positioning through the big Mac index  —  Thanks to all those who contributed to the big Mac index there is a substantial amount of pricing data available in one location.  —  The analysis that I hoped to perform on the data was to see if Apple …
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.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Khan Academy Jumps To 4M Uniques Per Month (Up 4X From Last Year)  —  Oh, how I love Reddit AMA (Ask-Me-Anything) posts.  In almost all cases, the inherent down-to-earth nature of a community-driven interview leads the most interesting of people to open up in genuine, honest ways that they otherwise might not in a one-on-one interview.
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Samsung reportedly to unveil Galaxy S III in February, debut new line of 3D devices  —  Korean electronics giant Samsung is reportedly set to launch the Galaxy S III, the successor to its popular Galaxy S II Android smartphone, at Mobile World Congress in February, also debuting new 3D-capable devices in the first quarter of 2012.
Electronista:
Microsoft hiring hints at full Windows Phone cloud backups  —  Microsoft seeking software engineer for WP backup  —  Microsoft is seeking a new employee to join its Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team, suggesting the next update to Windows Phone will allow cloud backup and easy restore functions.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Nokia Windows Phones reportedly receiving ‘Nokia Collection’ Marketplace section  —  A Nokia-only section of the Windows Phone Marketplace is rolling out to owners of Nokia's Lumia line, according to recent reports.  First spotted in France by Professor Thibault, the section has been seen under the name …
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 …
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.
 
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