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7:15 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.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone: Apollo ‘superphones’ coming in 2012
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over  —  That's right.  We're at the end of an important period.  The tech blogosphere as we know it, is over.  —  Four Trends Show the End of this Era:  —  Like the film industry, the Golden Era is the emergence period, when fresh innovation in a new medium is born.
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Sarah Lacy:
Golden Age of Tech Blogging Done?  I Couldn't Disagree More  —  I'm a big fan of Jeremiah Owyang's market analysis but I think he missed the point on this one, big time.  He recently wrote a post on how the Golden Age of tech blogging is over.  No way.  Unless of course, he means we're about to enter the platinum age.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple wants to offer television subscribers customized channel lineups  —  Apple's anticipated full-fledged television set could offer Internet-based content subscriptions with customized channel lineups, if the company has its way.  —  Customized programming is said to be one of Apple's …
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MG Siegler / 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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Groupon Acquires Stealth Silicon Valley Startup Campfire Labs  —  Groupon has continued its (talent) acquisition spree with the recent purchase of a hot Silicon Valley startup before they even launched - and with extremely little fanfare.  —  We've learned that Campfire Labs …
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
Apple May Hurt Shareholders With Patent War  —  Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple (AAPL) Inc., told his biographer that he'd rather wage “thermonuclear war” with Google Inc. than make deals to share its technology with the maker of the Android operating system.  —  That was no empty threat.
MG Siegler / parislemon:
The Definition Of Open Is... Missing  —  A few minutes ago, Android chief Andy Rubin sent out his 6th tweet.  A milestone.  Never mind that they're all self-serving promotion with Rubin never responding to anything or really giving anything in the way of context.  They're all awesome.  Kudos.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Tough negotiator: HP wanted $1.2B for webOS and Palm's assets (exclusive)  —  $1.2 billion.  That's how much HP paid for Palm last year, and it's also how much the company was trying to sell its Palm assets for over the latter half of 2011, VentureBeat has learned.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
New York Times sends subscriber email to 8.6 million readers instead of 300  —  The New York Times has determined that a mass email sent to subscribers was an error, not the result of spam or hacking.  —  “We regret that the error was made, but no one's security has been compromised,” spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the Times.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Argentina blocks iPhone sales in bid to strengthen economy  —  Argentina has temporarily blocked sales of certain electronics including Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry in order to stabilize the country's ailing economy, while suggesting that companies must build plants in the country to resume sales.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Verizon Customers Dealing With Third Data Outage In One Month  —  It seems like December just can't end soon enough for the folks at Verizon — we're getting reports that Verizon's data network is once again on the fritz.  —  Like both other times this month, not everyone is affected …
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 …
Lee Spears / Bloomberg:
2012 To Be Biggest Internet IPO Year Since '99  —  Facebook Inc. and Yelp Inc. are set to lead the biggest year for U.S. initial public offerings by Internet companies since 1999, testing demand for IPOs after investors lost money on Zynga Inc. and Pandora Media Inc.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Nokia Windows Phones reportedly receiving ‘Nokia Collection’ Marketplace section  —  A Nokia-only section of the Windows Phone Marketplace is rolling out to owners of Nokia's Lumia line, according to recent reports.  First spotted in France by Professor Thibault, the section has been seen under the name …
Discussion: PhoneArena and The Nokia Blog
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
HP TouchPad Go reviewed: it's a 7-inch TouchPad and that's about it  —  It's a fairly well-known fact that HP actually produced two TouchPad tablets before killing all its webOS hardware: the 9.7-inch iPad-alike that bombed at retail, and the unreleased 7-inch TouchPad Go that we recently saw fetch $700 on eBay.
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 …
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) …
Michelle Meyers / CNET:
Report details extent of Anonymous hack on Stratfor  —  Now that the Yuletide fog has cleared, details are emerging about the extent of an Anonymous hack on security think tank Strategic Forecasting that was first reported Christmas Day and appears to have affected some 50,000 individuals.
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
 
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Agam Shah / Computerworld:
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for Photo Booth and a Major Fitness Center App
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Berlin is poised to be Europe's new tech hub
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Fred Wilson / A VC:
Mocked And Misunderstood
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Eric Schmidt discusses Google's competitors, China, acquisitions and more
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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
3.7 million Android devices activated over Christmas weekend
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon.com quietly acquires the social shopping whizzes at Quorus
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Apple Soar In Customer Satisfaction In 2011; Netflix Plummets