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4:20 AM ET, December 29, 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
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.
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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.
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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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
To build a holodeck: an exclusive look at Microsoft's Edison lab  —  Microsoft's working on some wild technology in its Redmond labs, and our own Joshua Topolsky recently toured the facilities to see the latest innovations.  Today we're pleased to share our final segment …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and Neowin.net
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Getting to a gigabit.  How Sonic.net will take on caps, residents and AT&T in San Francisco  —  San Francisco is slated to get a gigabit fiber to the home network in the coming five years, with the construction on the network to begin next year if Sonic.net gets the permits it needs to begin the pilot build out.
Discussion: Aswath Weblog
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.
Sean Captain / Threat Level:
Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook for the 99%  —  Protesters volunteering for the internet and information boards of the Occupy Wall Street protest work and broadcast from their media center in Zuccotti Plaza on Oct. 2, 2011.  Photo: Bryan Derballa for Wired.com  —  “I don't want to say we're making our own Facebook.
Discussion: Mashable!, PC Magazine, TG Daily and ZDNet
Sakthi Prasad / Reuters:
Stratfor delays website launch after hack attack  —  (Reuters) - Private intelligence analysis firm Strategic Forecasting Inc., which was attacked by online hackers at the weekend, said in a letter to free subscribers that it has decided to delay the launching of its website by about a week.
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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 …
Electronista:
Microsoft hiring hints at full Windows Phone cloud backups  —  Microsoft seeking software engineer for WP backup  —  Microsoft is seeking a new employee to join its Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team, suggesting the next update to Windows Phone will allow cloud backup and easy restore functions.
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Japan Gets Wi-Fi Dispensing Vending Machines  —  It's no secret that Japan is the country of vending machines (they even have models like this one now), but this is new: Tokyo-based beverage company Asahi Soft Drinks took the wraps off a vending machine [JP] that not only offers drinks …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Discerning Apple's international product positioning through the big Mac index  —  Thanks to all those who contributed to the big Mac index there is a substantial amount of pricing data available in one location.  —  The analysis that I hoped to perform on the data was to see if Apple …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Khan Academy Jumps To 4M Uniques Per Month (Up 4X From Last Year)  —  Oh, how I love Reddit AMA (Ask-Me-Anything) posts.  In almost all cases, the inherent down-to-earth nature of a community-driven interview leads the most interesting of people to open up in genuine, honest ways that they otherwise might not in a one-on-one interview.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to unveil 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on April 8, say Taiwan PC makers  —  Intel plans to release a total of 25 models of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, including 17 CPUs for desktops and eight for notebooks and ultrabooks on or around April 8, 2012, according to PC makers in Taiwan.
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
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Copyright Office Seeks To Make It More Difficult To Retain DMCA Safe Harbors
Lee Spears / Bloomberg:
2012 To Be Biggest Internet IPO Year Since '99
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Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Kuwait wants to put an end to anonymous accounts on Twitter
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Insights on the writing of Steve Jobs
Discussion: MacNN
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Dear Google+  —  Earlier today I noticed something funny.