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12:05 PM ET, December 5, 2010

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
More Details On Skype's Big Move To The Web  —  Earlier today we broke the news that Skype was ramping up in preparation for new web-based products — a big shift for the company, which has historically offered its extremely popular service via native desktop clients.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Staffing Up For A Big Push To The Cloud
Discussion: BGR and VoIP Watch
New York Times:
Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web  —  As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search company: they were Googling themselves.
Fred / A VC:
Invest In The Mess  —  There's a front page story in the NY Times today about the hyperactivity in web startupland.  They quote from a few posts I've made on this blog and I think Jenna and Evelyn did a nice job with the story.  The thing that's clear from reading the story is the hyperactivity …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Newsweek
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity  —  The past week has seen plenty of ink spilled — virtual and otherwise — about WikiLeaks and its mercurial front-man, Julian Assange, and the pressure they have come under from the U.S. government and companies such as Amazon and PayPal …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Goes After Twittersearch.com  —  Twitter late last week filed a UDRP complaint, notably its first ever since the company was founded, in an effort to obtain ownership over the (currently parked) domain name twittersearch.com - as you can see here.  —  Obviously, Twitter is right to do this …
Discussion: Startup Meme
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Shortage of Engineers or a Glut: No Simple Answer  —  Ask a child if there is a shortage of ice cream in the world, and no doubt, the response will be an emphatic yes—there certainly is.  And ask a tech CEO if there is a shortage of engineers, and you will get the exact same answer.
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Skype and the Incredible Power of Persistent Group Chats  —  What is one reason why many people continue using Skype for chat / instant messaging when so many other solutions are out there?  Particularly when Skype chat is a closed, proprietary “walled garden” that doesn't interact with IM networks?
Discussion: Communications …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Tops 1 Million Units Sold  —  Samsung confirmed it has sold more than 1 million Apple iPad rival Galaxy Tab tablet computers worldwide, up from 600,000 just two weeks ago.  The holiday rush helped sales.  —  Samsung has sold more than 1 million Apple iPad rival Galaxy …
Discussion: Internet2Go and BlogsDNA
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lufthansa launches in-flight WiFi on intercontinental flights, ushers in ‘the future’  —  There's just no two ways about it: what Lufthansa has managed to accomplish here is nothing short of incredible.  While avid jetsetters have been enjoying in-flight WiFi on (select) …
Amit Klein / Trusteer blogs:
The Golden Hour of Phishing Attacks  —  15,917,034  —  We recently conducted research into the attack potency and time-to-infection of email phishing attacks.  One of our findings was eye-popping, namely, that 50 per cent of phishing victims' credentials are harvested by cyber criminals within …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Director Of Monetization Tim Kendall Steps Down  —  Tim Kendall, Facebook's Director of Monetization, has left the company.  This is particularly noteworthy because Kendall first joined Facebook nearly five years ago, in June 2006.  He architected all of the company's early monetization strategies …
Discussion: All Facebook
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Sens. Snowe and Warner want WiFi in all federal buildings  —  Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced legislation on Friday that would require all public federal buildings to install WiFi base stations in order to free up cell phone networks.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News, Thanks:thejimmix
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Amazon adds Wikipedia to book-shopping pages
Discussion: CNET News and Crave
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Testing New Registration Social Plugin
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Friendly, The Hugely Successful Unofficial Facebook iPad App, Goes Free
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Possible “+1″ iPhone App, Facebook Similarities …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Electronista and WebProNews
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple patents map-based iPhone radio app
Discussion: TiPb and App Advice
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Time Warner Leads $6 Million Round For Media Check-In App Maker AdaptiveBlue
Discussion: Mashable!
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
The strange, unpredictable pricing of 3G data plans
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
PayPal Cuts WikiLeaks' Access to Funds Amid Global Scrutiny
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RadioShack takes $50 off Apple's iPhone 4 and 3GS