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2:45 PM ET, December 29, 2010

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Lars Rabbe / Skype Blogs:
CIO update: Post-mortem on the Skype outage  —  As a follow-up to last week's outage, here is a detailed explanation of what transpired, the root cause, and plans to mitigate this from happening again in the future.  For starters, it helps to understand that Skype is based on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, which is explained here.
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Skype Postmortem: Overloaded Servers and Desktop Bugs Brought Us Down
Discussion: SAI, Guardian and MobileBurn.com
Hilzfuld / Mobile and Social Media:
Peter Vesterbacka, Maker of Angry Birds Talks about the Birds, Apple, Android, Nokia, and Palm/HP  —  There are many speculations regarding the cause of the recent global economic recession, but we all know the truth.  It was the Angry Birds and their affect on the productivity of the work force.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Evan Williams: The Challenges of a Web of Infinite Info  —  Evan Williams and I have known each other for a long time.  From a struggling entrepreneur who started Blogger, to a successful founder who got liberal funding for his podcasting start-up Odeo, to the accidental launch of Twitter …
John Koblin / WWD:
Memo Pad: iPad Magazine Sales Drop  —  Remember when Wired's debut issue for the iPad sold more than 100,000 times in June?  It looks like it will be a while before that type of performance is seen again.  Digital sales dropped toward the end of 2010 for all the magazines that make those figures available …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Wired's refusal to release or comment on the Manning chat logs  —  Kevin Poulsen (left), Evan Hansen (right) and Bradley Manning  —  Last night, Wired posted a two-part response to my criticisms of its conduct in reporting on the arrest of PFC Bradley Manning and the key role played in that arrest by Adrian Lamo.
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Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
LG Display ships 1.5 million iPad panels in November, Samsung ships 1.2 million units  —  Shipments of 9.7-inch iPad panels from LG Display reached 1.5 million units in November 2010, and fellow supplier Samsung Electronics' shipments reached 1.2 million units for the month.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
65 million iPads in 2011? Not likely.
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Closing $950 Million Round, Valued At $4.75 Billion  —  Lots of excitement today about Groupon's intention to raise a new monster round of financing, with speculation that the valuation of the still-young startup reaching nearly $8 billion.  That speculation is only partially right …
Discussion: Reuters, SAI, Softpedia News and DealBook
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T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
Exclusive : This is the new Motorola Cliq 2 , another Android phone for T-Mobile  —  Yes guys, we did it again.  After showing you the first exclusive pictures of the new Dell Streak 7, now we are giving you one present for this 2011.  We introduce you the new and better Motorola Cliq 2 aka Begonia.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: 12 Photos of the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon  —  Take a look at that beauty.  Say hello to the HTC Thunderbolt, which will be the first 4G LTE device to land on Verizon after its unveiling next week at CES.  As you can see, it really just looks exactly like the Desire HD …
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
HTC Evo Shift 4G breaks cover again, with a Jan 9 sale date  —  We already knew the Evo Shift 4G was coming, and it was priced at $150 (on contract).  We also had it on good authority that it was coming on Jan 9, but now we're sure — thanks to the Shack.  In an upcoming sale ad …
John Borland / Threat Level:
Breaking GSM With a $15 Phone ... Plus Smarts  —  BERLIN — Whatever assurances have been given about the security of GSM cellphone calls, forget about them now.  —  Use at your own risk.  —  Speaking at the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) Congress here Tuesday, a pair of researchers demonstrated …
Discussion: Engadget, Help Net Security and Gizmodo
Vivek Wadhwa / Foreign Policy:
Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America's Lunch  —  Watch out, Silicon Valley: China and India aren't just graduating bad engineers and stealing intellectual property anymore.  They're fostering innovations that will shake the world.  —  Earlier this month …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Paul Allen tries again with suit against Apple, Google, Facebook ...  Mercer Island billionaire Paul Allen today renewed his effort to sue Apple, Google, Facebook, eBay, AOL and other companies for patent infringement.  —  Allen's case was rejected on Dec. 10 by a federal judge in Seattle who said it was too vague.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Kinect Hacked to Play World of Warcraft: Welcome to the Future of Gaming  —  Kinect hacks are coming thick and fast, but here is one that will set millions of PC gamers' hearts a-flutter: A hack that lets you gesture control a game of World of Warcraft.  —  The tech is coming from the University …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iTunes rental service believed to be 10% the size of Netflix  —  Though it is half as old as Netflix, Apple's iTunes rental service is believed to be about one-tenth the size of the competing rental service, one analyst has projected.  —  Analyst Brian Marshall with Gleacher & Company …
Discussion: GigaOM, Tech Trader Daily and BGR
Venkat / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Court Rejects Agence France-Presse's Attempt to Claim License to Haiti Earthquake Photos Through Twitter/Twitpic Terms of Service — AFP v. Morel  —  The Southern District of New York issued an order denying AFP's request to dismiss photographer Daniel Morel's copyright claims …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Irony: Read Kindle Books On Your Rooted NookColor  —  Just when we thought the NookColor was just a B&N reading device, hackers have rooted the devices and ported the Kindle reading app to the platform, ensuring plenty of migraines around Barnes & Noble HQ this week.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
SAP Granted Lower APR Damages Award in Oracle Case  —  SAP would rather not pay Oracle interest on top of the $1.3 billlion in damages awarded the company last month.  But it has to, now that a court has granted Oracle's demand for prejudgment interest.  —  Late Tuesday a Federal judge ordered SAP …
Discussion: SAI, Bloomberg and SiliconANGLE
 
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Gawker was hacked six months ago, say sources close to Gnosis
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Skype teases its mobile video function with a new landing page
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Share Rules Could Push Offering by Facebook
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Fiber-Optic Networks Regain Some Glow
Darren Murph / Engadget:
BMW Connected app hits iOS App Store, ‘Apps’ function hitting vehicles next year
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The parable of the the PDA: predicting the smartphone's future
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The Unbearable Inevitability of Being Android, 1995
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