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2:45 PM ET, December 31, 2010

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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Myspace Mulls Significant Layoffs, With Potential Sale Looming  —  Myspace-the long-troubled social networking site turned social entertainment hub-is in the midst of planning that could soon result in significant layoffs of its staff, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Democracy UK / Facebook:
A Snapshot of Facebook in 2010  —  Happy New Year Democracy UK!  —  As 2010 draws to a close we can take a look at some data that provides a window into the lives of the millions of people around the world who use Facebook everyday to share their lives, feelings and interests with friends.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
What 20 Minutes On Facebook Looks Like: 1M Shared Links, 2.7M Photos Uploaded, 10.2M Comments  —  Democracy UK, a UK-focused political campaigning initiative by Facebook, has just released a number of mind-blowing stats on the massive usage of the network by its 500-plus million members in 2010.
Discussion: The Register
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Twins' Facebook Fight Rages On  —  SAN DIEGO — Some people go to court hoping to win millions of dollars.  Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have already won tens of millions.  But six years into a legal feud with Facebook, they want to give it back — for a chance to get more.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Clearwire Chair Craig McCaw to Quit Today  —  Cash-strapped Clearwire says no disagreement prompted McCaw's resignation.  The company's survival is now in question as it struggles to build a nationwide high-speed wireless 4G network  —  (Bloomberg) — Clearwire Corp. …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Clearwire's Only Option: Sell to Sprint?  —  The negative news surrounding Clearwire, the much-vaunted next generation wireless innovator has taken a drumbeat-like quality, enough for even the most optimistic among us to worry about its fate.  It has now become known that company's chairman …
Discussion: MarketWatch
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Android SMS bug sends your messages to random contacts  —  Remember the kerfuffle over the iPhone 4 ‘Antennagete’ and how you could disrupt the antenna by holding the handset the wrong way?  Well, there's an SMS bug in Google's Android OS that makes ‘Antennagate’ seem like nothing.
Electronista:
Borders stalls book payments, doubts survival in e-book era  —  Borders has been delaying payments to book publishers in signs that it may be one of the first major victims of e-books.  Early reports from Publishers Marketplace on Friday said it was putting off the payments to help refinance …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Microsoft Should Buy Nokia And Not RIM  —  If Microsoft decides to boost its smartphone position with a major acquisition, it should buy Nokia, not Research in Motion.  —  Some would argue that Nokia isn't really a smartphone maker and Symbian isn't really a smartphone OS …
Discussion: ITworld.com
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Live From New York: The Times Square New Year's App Implies Strange Ideas About How to Party  —  Building on the success of last year's live web stream of the event, this year New York's Times Square New Year's celebration is getting an official iPhone and Android app.
Discussion: Switched and MediaPost
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Groupon Draws New Investors and Works on an I.P.O.  —  Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion takeover bid from Google earlier this month, has attracted several big institutional investors, people briefed on the matter told DealBook on Wednesday.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BotTorrent?  Using BitTorrent as a DDoS Tool  —  A recent talk at the Chaos Communications Congress revealed how BitTorrent swarms can be exploited to take down large websites with relative ease.  A vulnerability in the technology behind so called trackerless torrents makes it possible …
Discussion: SlashGear and WL Central
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
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Bloomberg:
Skype Says China Services Are Working Amid Crackdown
Discussion: Inquirer and TechEye
BBC:
Phone firms back common charger plan
Discussion: Lifehacker and PalmAddicts
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
The Year in Mobile  —  Apple invented a new category of mobile device …
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Help Net Security:
The significant decline of spam
Discussion: Inquirer and The Mac Security Blog
Donald A. Norman / Gizmodo:
Living with Complexity: How Apple Reinvented Music Distribution
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Does Facebook Have 600 Million Users Yet?
Discussion: Screenwerk
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Comcast Unit Develops iPhone App for Publishing Video Content