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9:40 AM ET, November 20, 2010

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Offer Free MobileMe Service to Some iOS Users?  —  Earlier this month, we noted that the original golden master version of iOS 4.2 appeared to be preparing to allow users to sign in to MobileMe using their Apple IDs and even offer users the ability create a free Apple ID right from the MobileMe settings page in iOS.
Stephen C. Webster / Raw Story:
Oregon Senator Wyden effectively kills Internet censorship bill  —  It's too early to say for sure, but Oregon Senator Ron Wyden could very well go down in the history books as the man who saved the Internet.  —  A bill that critics say would have given the government power to censor …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The 19 Senators Who Voted To Censor The Internet  —  This is hardly a surprise but, this morning (as previously announced), the lame duck Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move forward with censoring the internet via the COICA bill — despite a bunch of law professors explaining …
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
Congress's latest awful tech-policy idea: the Net-censorship bill
Discussion: PlagiarismToday, Pulse2 and Music Ally
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Accel Sold Big Chunk Of Facebook Stock At $35 Billion Valuation  —  Sometime in the last week or so, we've heard from multiple sources, Accel Partners has sold very significant chunks of Facebook stock.  So significant, in fact, that their ownership percentage has dropped to a point …
Discussion: Softpedia News, VentureBeat and SAI
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Where Are the Android Killer Apps?  —  Every few weeks or so, I reiterate my wish for an Android analog to the iPod Touch — something more or less comparable to state-of-the-art Android phones in terms of performance, software, and quality, but costing, say, $250 (or less) with no contract.
Discussion: Gizmodo, displayblog, Joystiq and EngageDigital, Thanks:rawmeet
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook.com generates nearly 1 in 4 page views in the US  —  In March, we reported an important milestone when the market share of visits to Facebook.com* surpassed Google.com*.  Since then, we have continued to watch the growth of Facebook.com, which increased 60% from the same week last year …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
The Landscape Around Google's Hiring Binge  —  After a year or two of stagnancy, the Google employee count is growing rapidly again.  But the growth spurt and retention efforts seem forced, and unlikely to be the perfect formula to keep the company at the top of the Web heap, despite its clout, market share and massive revenue.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 2.0 will be released to “all devices” in coming months (Update: Video online)  —  We just heard a confirmation from Palm's Josh Marinacci that HP / Palm intends to get webOS 2.0 on all existing webOS devices in “the coming months.”  That timeline is still vaguer that we'd like …
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors:
Palm Mansion To Come With 5″ Touchscreen Display; Launching In Q1 2011?  —  Palm is known to be working on at least two new devices - Palm Mansion and PalmPad - that are likely to be launched early next year.  While not much information is available about these devices as yet …
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
‘The Office’ Spoofs Silicon Valley  —  While the fictional desk jockeys of Dunder Mifflin are usually pushing pencils and selling paper, Thursday night's episode of the The Office was unexpectedly technology-focused.  (Warning: mild spoilers below.)  —  In the episode, titled “WUPHF.com …
Ben Rooney / Wall Street Journal:
High-Tech Buzz: All of a Sudden Everyone Wants to Love a Eurogeek  —  Europe may be having a hard time of it at the moment, but there is one bright light on the horizon.  —  Across the continent there is a huge buzz in the tech sector.  From the F.ounders conference in Dublin last month …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
China's 18-Minute Mystery  —  When the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission released its report to Congress this week, something slightly unusual happened: people read it.  And there, buried on pages 236-247, a mystery was revealed, and the media have greedily amplified it.
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Facebook Warns Debt Collectors About Using Its Service  —  A Florida debt collector contacted a St. Petersburg woman's Facebook friends in an effort to get her to repay a $362 car loan.  The woman, Melanie Beacham, promptly hit the collector, MarkOne Financial, with a civil suit in Pinellas County circuit court.
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Weigh Sale to Google vs. Raising More Funds  —  Groupon Inc. is weighing whether to sell itself to Google Inc. or to proceed with a round of fundraising that may value the daily coupon company at more than $3 billion, said two people with knowledge of the matter.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What's New At Tumblr: Funding, Hires, Office, Board Member, And A Focus On Fashion  —  For the past several weeks, there's been a lot of talk about a large new round of funding that the social startup Tumblr was raising.  That culminated today with a report in Fortune with numbers on the round.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Iran Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program
Discussion: Haaretz and Langner
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Cybersecurity bill gives DHS power to punish tech firms
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Manhunt! LimeWire, RIAA both search for “Pirate Edition” creator
Doree Shafrir / Newsweek:
Pennies From Heaven  —  With cash for tech startups in shorter supply …
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Microsoft now says it's “inspired' by community finding new uses for Kinect...
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Oracle Rests SAP Case, Slams HP CEO
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
How Facebook learned from MySpace's mistakes
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Why the Mac keeps growing
Pete Warden / ReadWriteHack:
Secrets of the LinkedIn Data Scientists
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
A New Fund Helps Facebook Employees Exercise Stock Options
Discussion: SAI and All Facebook
David Meyer / ZDNet:
Facebook, Yahoo and ISPs plead for UK free speech
Andrew Sykes / Gizchina:
Genuine White iPhone 4 On the Grey Market in China!