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12:40 AM ET, December 31, 2010

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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
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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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
How Cool Would It Be If Google Became A Carrier?  —  The end of the year is the time when people feel more free to make wacky statements and dubious predictions.  Whether it's the season, too many rich desserts or the additional alcohol people consume it's not clear.
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.
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Jim Jansen / Pew Internet:
65% of internet users have paid for online content
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.
Help Net Security:
The significant decline of spam  —  In October Commtouch reported an 18% drop in global spam levels (comparing September and October).  This was largely attributed to the closure of Spamit around the end of September.  Spamit is the organization allegedly behind a fair percentage of the worlds pharmacy spam.
Discussion: Consumer Reports …
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.”
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Is 2011 the Year of the Blockbuster Tech I.P.O.?  —  For technology start-ups, the initial public offering has long lost the sheen of the dot-com era, when it seemed like anyone with an idea could go public.  At the peak of the bubble, the Silicon Valley factory was in overdrive, pumping out hundreds of I.P.O.'s. a year.
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Donald A. Norman / Gizmodo:
Living with Complexity: How Apple Reinvented Music Distribution  —  iTune's dominant position atop the digital music market is not happenstance.  Donald A. Norman discusses how, through the integration of its products, design and service, Apple became a media distribution juggernaut.
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
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.
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.
 
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
The Year in Mobile  —  Apple invented a new category of mobile device …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Does Facebook Have 600 Million Users Yet?
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Comcast Unit Develops iPhone App for Publishing Video Content
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Web Commerce Isn't Really Social...Yet
Discussion: eMoney and Fast Company
Associated Press:
China's online population hits 450 million
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Gearlog
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Chinese Social Network Friends Facebook
Discussion: WebProNews
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Peter Parkes / The Big Blog:
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