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5:15 PM ET, December 24, 2010

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Skype finally bringing video calling to iPhone 4, maybe other mobile platforms?  —  So let us set this up for you: Skype has been telling everyone that it'll be making a “series of video-related announcements” at CES next month... and it's participating in a panel called …
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 …
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 …
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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Bradford Cross / Measuring Measures:   Why is Groupon so Important?  —  The Economics of AdWords, AdSense, and Groupon
Catharine Smith / The Huffington Post:
Digital Nativity Story: See First Christmas Retold Through Social Media (VIDEO)  —  A festive video called “The Digital Story of the Nativity” tells the tale of the first Christmas as it might be told today—through the eyes of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter …
Discussion: Pulse2, BoomTown and Globe and Mail
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Logitech requires Gigabyte to suspend Revue shipments  —  Logitech has reportedly informed Gigabyte Technology to temporarily suspend shipments of Revue set-top boxes (STBs) for the period from December 2010 to January 2011 waiting for Google to complete updates or to launch a new version …
Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
CEO update: group video calling is back  —  I would like to take a moment to thank each of you for your patience, understanding, and support during Skype's outage.  We know how important your Skype conversations are to you and we take any disruption to our service very seriously.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Overthrows Yahoo To Become The World's Third Largest Website  —  We've seen this one coming all year.  Facebook is now the third largest website in the world, taking the No. 3 spot from Yahoo, according to comScore.  Facebook drew an estimated 648 million unique visitors from across …
Discussion: The Next Web
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Merry Christmas, Zynga: CityVille eclipses FarmVille as the world's biggest game  —  In just 22 days, Zynga's CityVille has eclipsed FarmVille as the world's biggest game.  —  Today, CityVille added an astounding 6.9 users to end the day at 61.7 million monthly active users …
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.
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Rohan Shravan / Notion Ink:
Break from Eden UI - The Hardware  —  This video is a break from Eden UI and shows some of the Hardware features along with the 180 degree port placement.  Key hardware features are as below:  — HDMI Out - Adam on the Vimeo site and playing a video (Flash).
Discussion: BlogsDNA
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
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?
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 …
Discussion: Tweetage Wasteland
 
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Eva / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
What is Traitorware?  —  Your digital camera may embed metadata …
Mark Rumold / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Sending Money Overseas for the Holidays?  The Government Wants to Know.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
How PayNearMe Wants to Make Cash Cool Again
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Is Microsoft Plotting A Yelp Competitor Named Postbox?
Discussion: TechFlash, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Drew Wilson / ZeroPaid.com:
Exclusive: MegaUpload Issues Response to RIAA Over Mastercard Cutoff
Discussion: Inquirer and Forbes
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and DigiTimes
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
Kit Dotson / SiliconANGLE:
Kinect Hacked to Aid Learning American Sign Language
Discussion: SlashGear
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google And NORAD Team Up Once Again To Track Santa