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1:50 PM ET, December 22, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Reveal New Version of Windows  —  Microsoft Corp. next month plans to discuss a new version of its widely used Windows operating system that targets low-power devices and adds support for a second strain of chip technology, according to people briefed on Microsoft company's plans.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Plans to talk Windows on ARM at CES, but Products a Ways Off  —  After many months of working in secret, Microsoft is nearly ready to start talking about its plans to bring Windows to ARM-based processors.  —  However, while the company is set to discuss the effort …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Announce Version of Windows for ARM Chips
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Skype Is Down, 8 Million Lost Connection in Last Hour  —  Popular voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) client Skype appears to be down for millions of users this morning and Twitter is abuzz with complaints.  Complaints vary from users saying they are unable to log into the service to saying …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Will Thwart Google, Says Ex Googler  —  Does Google have any chance at all of competing with arch-rival Facebook?  Not really, former Google bigwig Paul Buchheit says.  Buchheit tells us his old company will probably find it easier to land on the moon.  —  It's an important issue.
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Paul Buchheit:
Four reasons Google is still Awesome
Discussion: SAI
Latoya Peterson / NPR:
The Worst Ideas Of 2010: Ping  —  All week we'll be talking about the best and worst ideas in music this year — click here to see all the stories.  Write us at therecord@npr.org if anything in the business or culture struck you as particularly effective or shockingly misguided in 2010.
Matt Richtel / Bits:
E-Mail's Big Demographic Split  —  In an article in Tuesday's Times, I wrote about the changing status of e-mail.  Once it was cool to merely have an e-mail account (or several), but many young people now think of it as old school, and much prefer the zip of texting, instant messaging and social networks.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC: Yup, we're going to stop “paid prioritization” on the 'Net  —  The Federal Communications Commission is releasing the details of its new net neutrality Order in stages.  Although the FCC's new ban on “unreasonable discrimination” for wired ISPs allows certain kinds of traffic discrimination …
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Hurd Wants Accuser's Letter Shielded  —  Mark Hurd, the former Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive, is fighting to keep private the letter that led to his resignation from the technology behemoth and has triggered an investigation by federal regulators.  —  The eight-page letter …
Discussion: SAI, ITworld.com, Deal Journal, Inquirer and GMSV
Jeff Cormier / The Next Web:
Hidden Safari Mobile feature reveals augmented reality capability  —  Occipital, the company behind the grand app recently profiled by TNW, 360 Panorama, has discovered something new and exciting contained within the Safari Mobile Browser.  —  To use what Occipital's discovered note …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Big Problem: It Ain't What You Think  —  When I first met Larry Page and Sergey Brin back in the 20th century, my first impressions about them included phrases like super-smart, engineer's engineers and minimalists.  They argued against the clutter that was AltaVista …
Discussion: Inquirer
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Judge Sides With Google, Throws Out Android Trademark Suit  —  Back in April 2009 — before the incredible rise of Android had really picked up steam — Google's mobile operating system faced a challenger that had almost nothing to do with cell phones.  Erich Specht, a man who ran …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Devicescape helps MetroPCS offload data traffic to Wi-Fi networks  —  Wireless phone provider MetroPCS announced a deal with Devicescape that allows the cell phone service provider to move data traffic from its cellular network to Wi-Fi networks.  —  In doing so, MetroPCS will be able …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
In China, Zuckerberg Meets Top Tech Executives … This photo taken December 14, 2010 shows a map on a page from Facebook.  The map displays friendships as lights on a deep blue background.  The eastern half of the U.S. and Europe shine the brightest, while China, Russia and central Africa …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA launches task force to assess impact of U.S. cables' exposure by WikiLeaks  —  The CIA has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks.  —  Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Launches Music Service  —  TOKYO—Sony Corp. said Wednesday it launched an online streaming-music service in the U.K. and Ireland and will roll out the platform to other major markets next year, as it looks to try to catch up with rivals such as Apple Inc. in linking its electronics to online digital content.
Amruta Sabnis / Reuters:
Sony to buy back chip plant from Toshiba: report  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp plans to buy back a Nagasaki semiconductor plant from Toshiba Corp for about 50 billion yen ($597.2 million) to double output capacity for image sensors used in smartphones and other devices, the Nikkei business daily reported.
Discussion: Electronista
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Verizon Wireless branded Windows Phone 7 apps surface in Marketplace  —  If you're waiting for a Windows Phone 7 device on Big Red, we have some encouraging news for you.  It appears as though Verizon compatible WP7 applications are starting to make their way into the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Motorola Mobility Acquires Cloud Storage Startup Zecter  —  It's a done deal.  As we reported yesterday, Motorola subsidiary Motorola Mobility has acquired cloud storage startup Zecter.  Y Combinator-backed Zecter is best known for developing cloud streaming and storage services ZumoDrive and ZumoCast.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spain Rejects Proposed Legislation to Shutdown P2P Sites  —  The Spanish House of Representatives has rejected new legislation under which hundreds of file-sharing sites that are currently perfectly legal, could have been shut down.  The rejection is a major victory for the tens of thousands …
Evan Blass / Pocketnow:
Motorola's Android Tablet Dubbed “Motorola Xoom”?  —  Motorola looks to be gearing up for the launch of a major product or product line known as Motorola Xoom, with the Illinois-based company having been quietly applying for trademarks on that term all over the world since mid-October.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Sync and speed in latest Firefox 4 beta  —  Improved desktop-to-mobile synchronization and hardware acceleration powered by WebGL are the hallmarks of Mozilla's latest Firefox 4 beta, which the company plans to release later today for desktops and mobile devices.
James Somers / The Atlantic Online:
The Simple Software That Could — but Probably Won't — Change the Face of Writing  —  It took T. S. Eliot about a year to compose his masterpiece epic poem, “The Waste Land,” and by the time he was done he had left a substantial paper trail.  He wrote his triumph of modernism in a distinctly modern way …
Phone Arena:
EXCLUSIVE: Real photos of the HTC EVO Shift 4G  —  That elusive handset, the HTC EVO Shift 4G, which is expected to be something like a slightly watered-down version of the first WiMAX phone for Sprint, the EVO 4G, has been making random appearances in our news for the last couple of months now.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Teradata Buys Marketing Automation Software Company Aprimo For $525M
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Discussion: MacNN, AppleInsider and Macgasm
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Red Hat revenues in 20% climb
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
How Twitter acquires people
Discussion: eWeek, Softpedia News and PC Magazine
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
U.S. Internet Users Ready to Limit Online Tracking for Ads
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
How Click-to-Call Boosts Google's Mobile Revenues
Discussion: SAI and ThinkMobile
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Will Offer Motorola Phone for 4G Network
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Men and No Women of Web 2.0 Boards (BoomTown's Talking to You …
Discussion: SAI and Mashable!
Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Kindle Sales Are Said to Exceed Estimates