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11:40 PM ET, December 29, 2010

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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 …
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
What those low iPad magazine sales numbers really mean  —  It is always very interesting to watch how digital media products from traditional media companies are covered in the press.  The news always tends to be slightly hyperbolic, either breathless with expectation or oddly despondent.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Why iPad Magazine Sales Are Not As Bad As They Seem
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
This Year, Apple Has Two Fangs To Suck The Blood Out Of CES: iPad 2 And Verizon iPhone  —  Every year, it seems the buzz starts building around now for CES, the giant consumer electronics expo in Las Vegas.  And every year at CES, much of the buzz seems to be around the one company that isn't there …
Discussion: PhoneDog.com and PhoneArena
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AppleInsider:
Apple expected to hold event by Valentine's Day to announce Verizon iPhone  —  Apple is expected to hold an event “very soon,” perhaps by Valentine's Day on Feb. 14, 2011, to unveil a new CDMA version of the iPhone compatible with U.S. carrier Verizon's network.
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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Christopher White / Neowin:
Skype offers users $1 for lost service, explains cause of outage
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Hitwise: Facebook Overtakes Google To Become Most Visited Website In 2010  —  According to Hitwise data released today, Facebook.com was the top visited website in the US in 2010, taking up 8.93% of site visits between January and November 2010.  Google.com came in second at 7.19% …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious In Purgatory  —  On December 16 Yahoo accidentally told the world they were shutting down popular bookmarking site Delicious.  They fired most or all of the Delicious staff.  Then they untold that story, saying they intended to sell it off and that the press got it all wrong.  —  Ok great.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Hello, my name is: 9649e796e8b23900dc9629a18f2d47306430e62 f  —  Over the past few weeks, a lot of fuss has been made over the disclosure of a mobile device's unique identifier to third-parties.  Special reports, doomsday headlines... the works.  The short version of the story is this …
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.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Angry Birds Executive Says Apple Will Remain Developer Favorite Over Android
Discussion: MarketWatch and Android Community
Walt Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
What's In Store for Technology in 2011  —  Products, Services and Big Developments to Watch for and the Challenges Facing the Major Players  —  It has been a big year in personal technology, from the debut and early success of Apple's iPad, to the rise and continuous improvement …
Tim / The Official Lookout Blog:
Security Alert: Geinimi, Sophisticated New Android Trojan Found in Wild  —  The Threat:  —  A new Trojan affecting Android devices has recently emerged in China.  Dubbed “Geinimi” based on its first known incarnation, this Trojan can compromise a significant amount of personal data on a user's phone and send it to remote servers.
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 …
Discussion: Pulse2 and ReadWriteWeb
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Report: Apple slows iPad production, Kindle matches shipments  —  Shipments of Amazon's Kindle from suppliers in Taiwan reached 1.6 million units in December, matching the month's estimated iPad production, although Apple is ramping down to accommodate the coming new version, a new report says.
Discussion: Electronista, SAI and BetaNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Actually, Groupon Already Closed Half Of That Billion Dollar Round  —  Yesterday we reported that fast growing ecommerce startup Groupon was in the process of raising nearly $1 billion in new venture capital at a $4.75 billion valuation.  “The deal should be closed in a few weeks,” we heard from a source.
Discussion: WebProNews, SAI and The Atlantic Online
Watts Martin / Coyote Tracks:
Nokia and Microsoft, not sitting in a tree  —  While I'm late to the party commenting on this (holidays, what can you do), you may have seen numerous news reports about Nokia considering Windows Phone 7 as an OS instead of (or in addition to) Symbian and MeeGo.
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Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Barnes and Noble's Future Nook Plans Revealed?  [Update]  —  You know how we enjoy scouring the US Patent and Trademark Office for hints of future company products and plans, and today we turn our focus to some filings which may indicate upcoming e-book readers in Barnes and Noble's Nook line.
Discussion: Engadget, Kindle Review and Gearlog
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Windows Phone Marketplace app-security cracked: Proof-of-concept [Video]  —  Disclosure: Well before the publication of this article, WPCentral contacted Microsoft's Brandon Watson directly about the breach, and we are working with Microsoft to address this latest security development.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
NY Times Biffs It on Wi-Fi Conference Overload  —  The New York Times doesn't get to the heart of conference Wi-Fi problems: I can't tell you how frustrated I am about this rather facile article on problems with thousands of people all trying to connect at once to a Wi-Fi network (or networks) …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Sony Files Patent Lawsuit to Ban LG Mobile Phones From U.S.  —  Sony Corp., Japan's biggest exporter of consumer electronics, filed patent-infringement claims seeking to block LG Electronics Inc. from shipping mobile phones to the U.S.  —  Sony filed the complaints yesterday …
 
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Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
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John Borland / Threat Level:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Wired's refusal to release or comment on the Manning chat logs
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
SAP Granted Lower APR Damages Award in Oracle Case
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
HTC Evo Shift 4G breaks cover again, with a Jan 9 sale date
Vivek Wadhwa / Foreign Policy:
Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America's Lunch
Discussion: GigaOM