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8:45 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 …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple TV challenge from Google falls flat in 2010  —  Logitech has reportedly halted shipments of its Revue Google TV boxes through January while waiting for Google to update its software on the poorly selling units.  —  According to a report by DigiTimes, Logitech's supplier, Gigabyte Technology …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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!
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 …
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 …
Hayley Tsukayama / Faster Forward:
Bank of America buys up anti-BoA domain names  —  Talk about keeping your enemies closer.  In a preemptive move against a potential Wikileaks attack, Bank of America has gone on a shopping spree, registering domain names of sites that insult their top executives.
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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Here's The URL That Bank Of America Really Wants To Buy But Can't …
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.
Marianne Diaz / Global Voices Advocacy:
Venezuela: The bill to regulate internet has been approved  —  On Monday, December 20th, the Venezuelan Parliament passed the bill that gives the Executive the power to regulate all content accessible in Internet within Venezuela.  Through an administrative organ, CONATEL …
Wall Street Journal:
Using ‘Likes’ for Gift Ideas  —  Retailers Are Tapping Social Profiles to Help Customers Shop for Their Friends  —  Online retailers are experimenting with the idea that friends can make shopping easier.  —  Companies such as Amazon.com Inc. and Etsy Inc., a site that sells handmade and vintage goods …
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
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
HTC: We Will Customize Windows Phone 7 Over Time  —  One of the great debates surrounding Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system focuses on whether the design guidelines the company set for its manufacturer partners allow for adequate expression.  How can companies like Samsung …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   An iPhone Lover's Take On Windows Phone
 
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Rohan Shravan / Notion Ink:
Break from Eden UI - The Hardware
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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: 
Jordan Pouille:
Why I don't want an Iphone for Christmas.
Discussion: Examiner, Fortune, BGR, SAI and CrunchGear
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
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix: We're Working On HTML5 Standard to Bring Streaming Video to All Devices
 

 
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
Netflix said India brought in the second-highest net subscriber additions in Q2 and was the third highest-country in revenue growth

 
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