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12:35 PM ET, December 28, 2011

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Surur / WMPoweruser:
Leaked Windows Phone Roadmap gives us a peek into the future  —  For those who wonder what Microsoft's game plan with Windows Phone is, this leaked roadmap should at least provide some pointers, up to date as of October 2011.  —  It lays the foundation with the release of Windows Phone 7 as a high end, differentiated product.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Online Retailers Home In on a New Demographic: The Drunken Consumer  —  After enjoying a few drinks, some people go dancing.  Others order food.  And for some, it's time to shop online.  —  “I have my account linked to my phone, so it's really easy,” said Tiffany Whitten, of Dayton, Ohio …
parislemon:
Dear Google+  —  Earlier today I noticed something funny.  My Google profile picture — the picture associated with my Gmail account, my GChat account, my Google+ account, etc — had vanished.  A bug?  Nope.  —  It turns out, Google — without telling me — went into my account and deleted my profile picture.
Discussion: WebProNews and @counternotions
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Insights on the writing of Steve Jobs  —  Walter Isaacson shares new information on his best-selling biography of the Apple founder.  —  FORTUNE — Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs has topped The New York Times bestseller's list for eight consecutive weeks now.
Discussion: MacNN
Paul Allen / Google+:
Google+ Growth Accelerating.  Passes 62 million users.  Adding 625,000 new users per day.  Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.  —  Google+ Growth Accelerating.  Passes 62 million users.  Adding 625,000 new users per day.  Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.
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Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?  —  There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can't fully grok.  One of them is profitability.  —  I find it amusing when a journalist writes an article about a prominent startup (either privately held or preparing for an IPO) …
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch and A VC
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Mocked And Misunderstood  —  When people ask me, “how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?”, I usually tell them to look for the companies and services that are mocked and misunderstood.  For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes.
Discussion: dbasch's posterous
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Apple Soar In Customer Satisfaction In 2011; Netflix Plummets  —  According to customer experience analytics company ForeSee, e-commerce giant Amazon once again topped consumer satisfaction in online retail after taking the top spot in 2010.  However, Netflix, which had a dismal year, plummeted in customer satisfaction.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Adds another Core iPhone Multitouch Patent to their Arsenal  —  On December twentieth, The Washington Post reported that “Apple Inc. won a patent-infringement ruling that bans some HTC Corp. smartphones from the U.S. starting next year, bolstering efforts to prove that devices running …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Kindle case maker calls Amazon.com a corporate bully in federal lawsuit  —  M-Edge Accessories, a 50-person Maryland maker of sleeves and protective cases for electronic reading devices, is suing Amazon.com for patent infringement, unfair competition, intentional interference with contracts and false advertising.
Dennis Fisher:
WiFi Protected Setup Flaw Can Lead to Compromise of Router PINs  —  The US-CERT is warning about a vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Setup standard that reduces the number of attempts it would take an attacker to brute-force the PIN for a wireless router's setup process.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Asana Launches iPhone Version Of Its Group Task Manager  —  Group task manager startup Asana launched its first native mobile app last week.  It's mostly a straight port of its existing mobile web app, so the main benefit at present is that switching back and forth with other apps is much faster than dealing with Safari.
Discussion: Business Insider and Lifehacker
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
3.7 million Android devices activated over Christmas weekend  —  Andy Rubin continues to use his Twitter account as the broadcasting platform for Android's latest statistical achievements.  This time, he's letting us know that a magnificent 3.7 million new Android devices were activated over the holiday weekend.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for Photo Booth and a Major Fitness Center App  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of eighteen newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our first patent report of the day we mainly cover two of these patents.
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Kuwait wants to put an end to anonymous accounts on Twitter  —  We've spoken a lot about the pros and cons of online anonymity, a discussion which was recently spurred by Google+'s short-lived real name policy which forced users to sign up for the site using only their real names.
Discussion: kuna.net.kw
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Berlin is poised to be Europe's new tech hub
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Eric Schmidt discusses Google's competitors, China, acquisitions and more
Discussion: Business Insider
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon.com quietly acquires the social shopping whizzes at Quorus
Discussion: WebProNews and AllThingsD, Thanks:toddbishop
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Latest Entrant In ‘How Not To Do Marketing’ In An Online World: Ocean Marketing Fail
The Diplomat:
China's Parallel Online Universe
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Intel's 32nm Medfield SoC specs and benchmarks leak
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
People Spend Twice As Much Time On Netflix Than On Hulu
Discussion: GadgeTell, SlashGear and Fortune
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
YouTube Slam pits viral videos against each other
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Pentagon approves Android device for Department of Defense networks without Market access
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
Research in Motion Directors Pressed to Exert Control Over Blackberry Maker
Discussion: DailyTech, MacDailyNews, The Verge and MacNN
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Planning Completely Redesigned iPhone for Fall 2012 Launch?