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Posted at 9:15 AM ET, 01/20/2011

The Circuit: LivingSocial sells 1.3 million Amazon cards, Dems name telecom subcommittee members, Nokia X7 scrapped

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY: The coupon Web site LivingSocial has sold 1.3 million of its discounted Amazon gift cards, as of 7 a.m. Thursday. The deal, which offers a $20 Amazon gift card for $10, has been an amazing marketing tool for the D.C.-based company, which The New York Times speculated is actually losing money on the deal. The Post's Rob Pegoraro wrote up his take on the deal in Faster Forward on Wednesday morning, saying it reminded him of the dot-com boom.

Dems name telecom committee members: The Democrats named their subcommittee assignments for the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday evening. Rep. Anna Eshoo of California will lead the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

Nokia X7 canceled: The Wall Street Journal reported that the Nokia has canceled the launch of its X7 phone, citing sources familiar with the situation. The smartphone, which was supposed to launch exclusively with AT&T, was reportedly scrapped because Nokia did not think AT&T would provide enough subsidies and support. The move leaves Nokia in a difficult position as it attempts to regain its position in the American mobile market.

Supreme Court hears privacy cases: The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a unanimous decision that government contractors should be subject to the same background checks as government workers. The case was brought by scientists working for NASA who were challenging open-ended questions on their background checks. The court also heard arguments in a another privacy case Wednesday, considering whether or not companies have a right to personal privacy under the Citizens United ruling. AT&T claimed it has personal privacy rights as a company, an assertion challenged by many media organizations, including The Washington Post's editorial board. Justices appeared skeptical of AT&T's arguments, seeming at times to mock the company's arguments.

Facebook feature phone app: Recognizing that a majority of mobile users still don't have smartphones, Facebook announced it is releasing a new feature phone app to make it easier for more people to navigate their site from their cell phones. The mobile app is similar to the company's existing Facebook Zero site, and features an easy-to-use menu of icons. It launched Wednesday in countries such as Sri Lanka, Singapore and Saudi Arabia, with planned launches in more countries to come soon. There was, however, no mention of a U.S. launch in the announcement.

Apple's top apps of all time, with a caveat: Apple has released its top apps of all time in its run-up to 10 million downloads from its app store. But there may be a problem with its rankings, according to an article from Tech Crunch. While many of the apps Apple listed made sense -- Facebook, Pandora and Google Mobile took the top three spots for free iPhone apps -- there are some that don't seem quite right. TechCrunch did some digging and found that some of the top "paid" apps included some download figures from times when they were free, boosting their overall numbers.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 20, 2011; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T, Apple, Facebook, Mobile  
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1,301,296 sold! This deal is exactly what social marketing is all about and it's a great win for both Amazon and LivingSocial. Go big or go home! I started a site to track all of the Groupon clone sites that are springing up.... I've got 130 group buying sites so far and you can sort to see which have offers for your city. If you know of any I'm missing, please submit them through my site.

Posted by: cogrep | January 20, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Web site LivingSocial has sold millions of its discounted Amazon gift cards...including to me. They promise to send a link to access the card by the next day. Well it's been 2 days now and no sign of an email from them. I don't know anyone who has yet received their order confirmation or instructions on how to redeem. Curious if others have actually received their gift card.

Posted by: kathleensjordan | January 21, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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