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11:35 AM ET, December 24, 2010

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Facebook:
What's on your mind?  —  People use status updates to share what's on their minds, to tell others what they're doing, and to gather feedback from friends.  The different ways people use status updates form some interesting patterns.  In this study, we looked at the usage of words in different “word categories” in status updates.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
On Facebook, Angry People Are More Popular (Plus Other Fascinating Statistical Correlations)  —  Facebook's data team proved once again today that when you analyze a large set of anonymous user data from the world's biggest social network, you can learn some very interesting things about the state of humanity.
Discussion: Tweetage Wasteland
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Sightings from the Mac App Store  —  We just got our hands on some information about the upcoming Mac App Store.  First here's a screenshot of the login page you will need to pass through in order to download apps.  What's interesting based on the description is that you will be able to use …
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Why Google Dropped Groupon and Local Just Doesn't Scale  —  Prolific tech business analyst Paul Kedrosky made a name for himself as the founder of longtime blog Infectious Greed, one of the first editorial sites to cover internet investments and companies.  He writes a column for Bloomberg …
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Woos Local Advertisers
Bradford Cross / Measuring Measures:   Why is Groupon so Important?  —  The Economics of AdWords, AdSense, and Groupon
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Invents New Kind of Logo Antenna for Portables  —  While Apple was undergoing their “Antennagate” moment earlier this year, Apple's engineers were long at work on a new kind of antenna which Apple dubs the “logo antenna.”  This new antenna is to hide behind the famous Apple logo thereby allowing …
Jordan Pouille:
Why I don't want an Iphone for Christmas.  —  Under the Christmas tree, some of us will hopefully find an Iphone 4 32G, an Ipad, a Dell computer, a Sony PSP or a Nokia smartphone.  On the user manual, it shall be written how to handle it but certainly not how it has been made.
Discussion: Fortune, BGR, SAI and CrunchGear
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
How PayNearMe Wants to Make Cash Cool Again  —  For just a minute, forget about futuristic stuff, like waving your mobile phone to pay for things.  This Mountain View, Calif.-based company is trying to make cash cool again.  —  PayNearMe's goal is to come up with a solution for people …
Mark Rumold / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Sending Money Overseas for the Holidays?  The Government Wants to Know.  —  What do an online donation to the International Red Cross, a bank transfer to family members living in Vietnam, and a payment sent through PayPal for an expensive rug in Turkey have in common?  The government wants to know about them.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
An iPhone Lover's Take On Windows Phone  —  Back in October, after the official launch of Windows Phone 7, I wrote up some initial thoughts after having played with a few prototype devices in the months leading up to the launch.  Many seemed surprised by my mostly positive reactions.
Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
Another update: Skype stabilized  —  I wanted to continue to update you on the status of the outage.  We've been able to successfully stabilize Skype due to the dedicated supernodes deployed by Skype's engineering team.  We're at roughly 90 percent of normal user volumes.  —  Audio, video and IM are running normally.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google And NORAD Team Up Once Again To Track Santa  —  Needed any more sign that Christmas is upon us?  The annual Google and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) partnership to track Jolly Saint Nick is back in action, starting tomorrow at 2:00 am EST despite the fact …
Abby Sewell / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cherokee Nation looks to iPhone app to help save its language  —  Cherokee Nation tribal officials are hoping that an iPhone app can help save their tribe's disappearing language.  —  The Associated Press reports that the tribe has worked with Apple to develop Cherokee language software …
Drew Wilson / ZeroPaid.com:
Exclusive: MegaUpload Issues Response to RIAA Over Mastercard Cutoff  —  Yesterday, we reported on the RIAAs efforts to get Mastercard to cut off payments to MegaUpload.  Today, we have received an exclusive response from MegaUpload on this news.  —  Blocking so-called “rogue websites” …
Discussion: Inquirer
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Financial Times names Steve Jobs ‘Person of the Year’  —  Calls his “the most remarkable comeback in modern business history”  —  The Financial Times has given Apple's (AAPL) CEO the honorific Time Magazine never did.  From the citation in the current edition:
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does the FCC Want to Kill Hulu?  —  One of Washington's proposed conditions on the Comcast-NBC U deal will force the merged company to offer NBC's shows to any Web competitor.  —  So what does that mean for Hulu, which has already locked up exclusive rights to NBC's Web video?
 
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Eva / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
What is Traitorware?  —  Your digital camera may embed metadata …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Is Microsoft Plotting A Yelp Competitor Named Postbox?
Discussion: TechFlash, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Lets You j.mp Again, After Massive Spam And Malware Concerns
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
DigiTimes: Android 3.0 due for release in March
Reuters:
Samsung to make system chips for Toshiba: report
Discussion: Inquirer and Bloomberg
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix: We're Working On HTML5 Standard to Bring Streaming Video to All Devices
Ann Zimmerman / Wall Street Journal:
Gift Shoppers Flocked to the Web
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Kit Dotson / SiliconANGLE:
Kinect Hacked to Aid Learning American Sign Language
Discussion: SlashGear
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Ex-Google exec's venture firm to raise $100 million: source
Rebecca Harper / Hulu Blog:
Introducing Playlists and a New Way to Browse
Discussion: VentureBeat
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Firefox Designer: New Feature Will Expose Sites With Weak Privacy Policies
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
New evidence raises questions about how long Mark Hurd knew of Jodie Fisher
Discussion: SAI
Michael Kan / PC World:
Baidu's Twitter-like Service Gains 1 Million China Users
Discussion: WebProNews