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Weekly Top Stories: Dec 16-22

1. Announcing the 2011 Mashable Awards Winners



Although we did not take home the Up-and-Coming Social Media Service award we’d like to thank everyone in our great community who voted Summify throughout the competition! Congratulations crowdtap, you win this round!

The votes are in and the results have been tabulated: After two months of nominations and voting by our community, Mashable is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2011 Mashable Awards!

The fifth annual Mashable Awards honors the best in Mashable‘s core content areas: Social Media, Tech, Business and Entertainment. Read More

 

2. North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies ‘of heart attack’



North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died of a heart attack at the age of 69, state media have announced.

Millions of North Koreans were “engulfed in indescribable sadness”, the KCNA state news agency said, as people wept openly in Pyongyang. Read More

 

3. Type “Let It Snow” on Google for a Pleasant Surprise


 

4. The Top 20 iPhone And iPad Apps of 2011



Editor’s note: Contributor Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of mobile app discovery services Appolicious, AndroidApps.com and AppVee. With this post, he continues an annual tradition of picking the best iOS apps of the year.

It’s telling that Apple chose an app that debuted more than 14 months ago, Instagram, as its “iPhone App of the Year” for 2011. This should not imply that there was a shortage of quality and groundbreaking apps released this year. Far from it. Read More

 

5. Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works



I remember fondly the days when we were all tickled pink by our elected officials’ struggle to understand how the internet works. Whether it was George W. Bush referring to “the internets” or Senator Ted Stevens describing said internets as “a series of tubes,” we would sit back and chortle at our well-meaning but horribly uninformed representatives, confident that the right people would eventually steer them back on course. Well I have news for members of Congress: Those days are over. Read More

 

Christmas Bonus – Steve Jobs: 20 Life Lessons



My feelings about Steve Jobs have always been a little mixed. I long admired his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen and was in sheer awe of his natural instincts for what appeals to consumers. On the other hand I bristled at what I saw as his — and by extension Apple’s — occasionally capricious and even contradictory actions (App store products in or out, inability to get in front of product issues, antennaegate) and super-secretive nature. Read More

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