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8:15 AM ET, December 29, 2011

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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 …
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
Dave Copeland / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Ignored Request To Keep Subpoena Under Wraps [UPDATED]  —  Twitter appears to have forwarded a subpoena requesting user information to at least one of the owners of the accounts in question, despite a request from the Suffolk Massachusetts District Attorney's office that the request not be disclosed …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Indian ISP Blocks A Bunch Of Websites To Try To Prevent File Sharing Of A Single Movie  —  TorrentFreak has the story of an Indian court seemingly having no problems issuing widespread ISP blockades in response to a request from movie studio Reliance Entertainment.
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
British teenage designer of Summly app hits jackpot  —  Nick D'Aloisio talks to Jane Wakefield about the inspiration for his app  —  Most teenagers will find any reason under the sun not to do their homework.  —  But 16-year-old South Londoner Nick D'Aloisio's excuse is better than most …
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Facebook tries to appease frustrated developers  —  Summary: Developers this week complained about two separate Facebook issues.  The first was in regards to the Javascript SDK and the second was about the Python SDK.  Facebook responded to both.  —  Two different developers posted …
Discussion: Lincoln's blog
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.
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
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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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly still mulling iTV chip manufacturer, late 2012 launch again rumored
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
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: SlashGear, SlashPhone and PhoneArena
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 …
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung ships 1 million Galaxy Note units globally; coming soon to US  —  The phone / tablet hybrid devices sales are pretty good, going by the numbers released by Samsung today.  The Korean giant has shipped over a million units since its launch in late October.
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 and TG Daily
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Copyright Office Seeks To Make It More Difficult To Retain DMCA Safe Harbors
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Discerning Apple's international product positioning through the big Mac index
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Khan Academy Jumps To 4M Uniques Per Month (Up 4X From Last Year)
Lee Spears / Bloomberg:
2012 To Be Biggest Internet IPO Year Since '99
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
New York Times sends subscriber email to 8.6 million readers instead of 300
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Verizon Customers Dealing With Third Data Outage In One Month
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to unveil 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on April 8, say Taiwan PC makers
comScore, Inc.:
Final Christmas Push Propels U.S. Online Holiday Spending to $35.3 Billion, Up 15 Percent Versus Last Year
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Dear Google+  —  Earlier today I noticed something funny.