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9:50 AM ET, December 25, 2010

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Ryan Flinn / Bloomberg:
IBM Expects to See Holographic Phone Calls, Air-Powered Batteries by 2015  —  By 2015, your mobile phone will project a 3-D image of anyone who calls and your laptop will be powered by kinetic energy.  At least that's what International Business Machines Corp. sees in its crystal ball.
Discussion: AfterDawn.com, eWeek, TG Daily and Crave
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell drops ultrathin Adamo 13 to $899  —  A lower-priced Adamo 13 has popped up on Dell's Web site.  The Adamo page is now showing the price of the aluminum-clad ultrathin laptop at $899—and this discount comes with an unexpected bonus, too.  —  The Adamo is a slick …
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Here's The URL That Bank Of America Really Wants To Buy But Can't: BANKOFAMERICASUCKS.COM  —  Bank of America now has another PR disaster on its hands, one that was completely self-imposed.  —  By buying up hundreds of domain names like  —  Bank of America has generated way more bad publicity …
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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 …
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 …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:   Apple TV challenge from Google falls flat in 2010
John Boitnott / VentureBeat:
Secret Santa success caps banner year for Reddit  —  As 2010 comes to a close, social news aggregator Reddit.com is celebrating another success in what has been a year full of them.  —  A “secret santa” program created by Reddit users expanded to more than four times the size of what it started at last year.
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Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
Gulliver's Travels to be One Giant Apple Ad  —  The upcoming Jack Black comedy, Gulliver's Travels, which opens Christmas Day, will be one giant Apple ad.  —  When Gulliver travels to Lilliput, he brings his iPhone, which when used by the Lilliputians appears gigantic.
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: Techi.com and The Next Web
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: IntoMobile, Tnooz, Examiner, Pulse2 and BoomTown
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Can we use S3 and EC2 to host free speech?  —  As far as I know the issues around Amazon's decision to evict WikiLeaks from EC2 have not been discussed in the tech blogosphere.  If I've missed the discussion, please post pointers in a comment on this post.  I want to read what has been said.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
FarmVille co-creator working on stealthy startup BetterWorks  —  Is your job about to get a lot more addictive?  Maybe — Sizhao Yang, one of the original team members behind insanely popular Facebook game FarmVille, is working on a new startup called BetterWorks that wants to create “rewarding work environments.”
Discussion: Mashable!
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Exploit Published for New Internet Explorer Flaw  —  Hackers have released exploit code that can be used to compromise Windows PCs through a previously unknown security flaw present in all versions Internet Explorer, Microsoft warned today.  —  Dave Forstrom, director of trustworthy computing at Microsoft …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
“Evil” D0z.me URL Shortener Facilitates DDoS Attacks
Discussion: Help Net Security and CSO's blog
Marianne Diaz / Global Voices Advocacy:
Venezuela: The bill to regulate internet has been approved
Wall Street Journal:
Using ‘Likes’ for Gift Ideas
Rohan Shravan / Notion Ink:
Break from Eden UI - The Hardware
Discussion: Go Rumors and BlogsDNA
 Earlier Items: 
Tony Bates / The Big Blog:
CEO update: group video calling is back
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.