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9:20 PM ET, December 30, 2010

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David Goldman / CNNMoney:
Google: Your new phone carrier?  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — From robot cars to wind farms, Google's expansive ambitions have taken it into some surprising corners of the tech field.  Here's another it could tackle: Becoming your telephone company.  —  Google has assembled all the pieces …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google As A Carrier.  It's Not A Question Of “If They Will”, But Rather “When They'll Try”  —  CNNMoney published an interesting piece by David Goldman this morning entitled, Google: Your new phone carrier?  In it, Goldman lays out what he sees as the preliminary steps Google has taken …
Discussion: SAI
Jim Jansen / Pew Internet:
65% of internet users have paid for online content  —  Nearly two-thirds of internet users - 65% - have paid to download or access some kind of online content from the internet, ranging from music to games to news articles to adult material.  Music, software, and apps are the most popular content …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Parsing Pew: What The Latest Online Content Buying Numbers Really Say  —  You are about to see a host of references to a new batch of numbers from the Pew Internet & American Life project pop up all over the place.  The headline is tantalizing: 65 percent of those surveyed this fall paid for online content.
Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
Skype for iPhone now with video calls  —  It's as simple as that: our iPhone app now comes with video.  Download it now from the App Store, or read on to find out more.  —  Skype for iPhone lets you make and receive free Skype video calls on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and works over both WiFi and 3G connections*.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Skype for iPhone gets Video Chat. …
Malcolm Moore / Telegraph:
China makes Skype illegal  —  China on Thursday announced that it had made illegal the use of Skype, the popular internet telephony service, as the country continues to shut itself off from the rest of the world.  —  In the latest move dashing Western internet company hopes of breaking into China …
Dylan Winter / Duckworks:
Adsense, no sense at all - what it's like being sacked by a computer...  I have worked for the newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV stations.  One of the things you get used to as a freelance is being sacked.  After all, that's why they take us on - we are easy to sack.
Evan Blass / PocketNow:
“HTC Scribe” Is HTC's Upcoming Android Tablet?  —  HTC has just filed a trademark application for “HTC Scribe,” suggesting that this will be the name of its upcoming Android tablet.  As if the name alone wasn't suggestive enough, HTC has listed the good seeking protection as a “handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer.”
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Interesti.ng Nigerian domains go on sale, so get registeri.ng  —  With the registration of the first .ng domain in Nigeria occuring today, we could be on the verge of witnessing some new internet startup naming conventions and companies utilising the top level domain of the African country.
Discussion: Domain Name News, Thanks:m4tt
Fred / A VC:
Mobile Economics Will Trend Toward Web Economics  —  I've been saying for a while now that I think mobile economics will trend toward web economics as the mobile web goes mainstream.  In other words, the business models that work best on the web will ultimately work best in mobile.The corollary …
Electronista:
Kindle book lending quietly goes live  —  Amazon today quietly turned on Kindle book lending.  The feature promised earlier mimics that of the Nook and lets users share a book once for two full weeks.  The original owner's access to the book is temporarily revoked, but the feature works on both the Kindle reader and all apps.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigating Ping-like social networking for retail shops  —  Apple has shown interest in creating a social networking tool for brick-and-mortar shopping, allowing iPhone owners to share comments, opinions and recommendations about any type of product.
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
The evanescence of Twitter debates  —  Rob Beschizza has a very good post on the dynamics of the spat between Wired.com and Glenn Greenwald.  For an excellent overview of the fight and what it's about, I recommend Blake Hounshell.  But Rob picks up on something else:
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Comcast Unit Develops iPhone App for Publishing Video Content  —  While plenty of people are using their iPhones and iPads to watch video, Comcast also thinks Apple's mobile devices can play a role in helping professional video get onto the Internet.  —  ThePlatform, a subsidiary of the cable giant …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Big sale: Groupon discloses $500 million investment  —  Just weeks after spurning a takeover offer from Google, online coupon site Groupon is in the money via a giant new investment.  So are many of its earliest backers.  —  Groupon, the online coupon site that recently turned …
Florin / Unwired View:
About 4 million Nokia N8 smartphones sold until now?  —  Back in November, when Nokia announced that the N8 “has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders” in its history, it didn't say how many units it sold (or expects to sell).  —  Now we're hearing that Nokia may have shipped …
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The “War” For Top Talent In Silicon Valley  —  The unemployment rate in Silicon Valley may be higher than the 9% national average, but that's not making it any easier for some young technology start-ups looking to hire engineers.  —  Todd McKinnon, the co-founder and chief executive …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Does Facebook Have 600 Million Users Yet?  —  What's the next big Facebook public user-count milestone?  —  The social networking giant had for a while publicly announced every 50 million active users it had added, though more recently it waited for 100 million increments.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Amazon, Apple, Netflix tops in customer satisfaction  —  Online stores scored record sales this holiday season, but it's not just low prices and a tentatively improving economy that may have brought in the buyers.  —  Though customer satisfaction with the top 40 online retailers dipped 1 percent this year …
 
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 More Items: 
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Web Commerce Isn't Really Social...Yet
Associated Press:
China's online population hits 450 million
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Gearlog
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Chinese Social Network Friends Facebook
Tim Bray / ongoing:
Year-end View of the Mobile Market
Discussion: Daring Fireball, SlashGear and SAI
Experian Hitwise:
Facebook was the top search term in 2010 for second straight year
Eric Savitz / Tech Musings:
Research In Motion Denies PlayBook Has Battery Issues
 Earlier Items: 
John Borland / Threat Level:
Simplest Phones Open to ‘SMS of Death’
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Hackers obtain PS3 private cryptography key due to epic programming fail? (video)
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Rethinking the iPhone Threat to AT&T