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12:30 PM ET, December 5, 2010

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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 …
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 …
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Richard Waters / FT Tech Blog:
Twitter fails to jump to Dept of State's defence  —  That famous love-in between Hillary Clinton's state department and the world's favourite micro-blogging service must be wearing a bit thin this weekend.  —  As other internet services have acted to cut Wikileaks off over its massive dump …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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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.
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) …
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
Amit Klein / Trusteer blogs:
The Golden Hour of Phishing Attacks  —  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 the first 60 minutes of phishing emails being received.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple patents map-based iPhone radio app
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Director Of Monetization Tim Kendall Steps Down
Discussion: All Facebook
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
The strange, unpredictable pricing of 3G data plans
Discussion: GottaBeMobile