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2:15 PM 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 and TG Daily
Michaela Schiessl / Spiegel Online:
Nokia Looks to Recover the ‘Magic Dust’  —  For years, Nokia effortlessly dominated the cell phone market.  But then Apple and Google muscled in on its turf and changed the game forever.  The Finnish company is pinning its hopes on a new operating system, but it might be too little, too late.
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 …
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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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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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Christmas Gifts May Help E-Books Take Root  —  The publishing industry used to be afraid of e-books.  In 2010 it embraced them.  —  Publishers expanded their digital divisions, experimented with video-enhanced e-books, worked on digitizing their older titles and made sure that new books …
Discussion: TeleRead
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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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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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
“Evil” D0z.me URL Shortener Facilitates DDoS Attacks  —  Conceptual hacker Ben Schmidt has combined his interest in the recent spate of DDoS attacks surrounding the WikiLeaks dump as well as what he holds to be the public's increasing over-reliance on URL shorteners and created D0z.me.
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Marianne Diaz / Global Voices Advocacy:
Venezuela: The bill to regulate internet has been approved
Wall Street Journal:
Using ‘Likes’ for Gift Ideas
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
FarmVille co-creator working on stealthy startup BetterWorks
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Overthrows Yahoo To Become The World's Third Largest Website
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Break from Eden UI - The Hardware
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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 …