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7:40 AM ET, December 3, 2010

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Mahendra Palsule / Skeptic Geek:
EveryDNS.net Terminates Wikileaks.org DNS Services, Wikileaks.ch Back Up in Switzerland  —  EveryDNS.net, which provided DNS services to the wikileaks.org domain has terminated them at 10 PM EST, December 2, 2010, citing threats to the stability of their infrastructure.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Troubled Wikileaks Moves To Pirate Party Domain  —  After being cut off by its nameserver provider EveryDNS, Wikileaks has moved to a domain registered by Pirate Party Switzerland.  EveryDNS was forced to stop its services to Wikileaks after continued DDoS attacks, creating yet another setback …
Discussion: GeekSmack
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Amazon Denies Dropping WikiLeaks Because Of ‘Government Inquiry’
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Confirms $175 Million Amazon Investment  —  The rumors are true!  Amazon and daily deals site LivingSocial have just officially confirmed their partnership, with the e-tailer investing a whopping $175 million in the latter.  This comes at an interesting time for both companies …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Cloud Picker, Google's Stealthy New Storage Product  —  What is Google Cloud Picker?  According to these Blogger Forums, Sites Forums, and others, Google has been testing a new online storage tool called, you guessed it, Cloud Picker.  —  From these accounts, it appears that the tool …
Discussion: Geek.com, Pulse2 and Ubergizmo
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Lieberman Introduces Anti-WikiLeaks Legislation  —  Senator Joseph Lieberman and other lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would make it a federal crime for anyone to publish the name of a U.S. intelligence source, in a direct swipe at the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Maybe We Should Start Burning Books, Too
Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Making Copyright Work Better Online  —  There are more than 1 trillion unique URLs on the web and more than 35 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.  It's some pretty fantastic stuff - content that makes us think, laugh, and learn new things.  Services we couldn't have imagined ten years ago …
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
In depth: Google's Simon Morrison on its new anti-piracy steps
Discussion: madisonian.net
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Toying With Naming Social Product “Google +1″ As Sergey Brin Gets Involved  —  Yesterday, after some digging, we were able to confirm that the internal codename for Google's upcoming social project is “Emerald Sea”.  Despite some confusion that it may be called “Emerald City” …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Engineering Shortage Is Real.  Former Digg Engineer Gets 7 Offers, Takes One for $150K  —  In recent months, venture capitalists have been complaining that a shortage of talented engineers is driving up engineering salaries at their portfolio companies.  —  Turns out all that complaining is warranted.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon LTE Blows Through Monthly Data Cap in 32 Minutes  —  Verizon's new 4G LTE network is so fast that you can use up your entire 5GB, $50 monthly allotment in 32 minutes.  —  I'm in the middle of testing Verizon's new LTE network, and the 2010-era speeds are soured by the 2005-era thinking on data plans.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Android Gingerbread UI Gets Exposed In The Crispest Video To Date  —  Wow, this went unnoticed for a while, didn't it?  On November 23rd, Google's own GoogleinHK YouTube account posted a video walkthrough of the new Google Voice Search in Cantonese.  With only 2100 views …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
A Guided Tour of Computing History  —  Steve Wozniak with George Stibitz's one-bit computer from 1936  —  On January 13th, the seven-year-old Computer History Museum will open its first truly full-blown permanent exhibit:, the 25,000-square-foot, $19 million “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.”
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola CEO talks smartphones, tablets and 4G; alludes to Q1 Verizon iPhone launch  —  Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha delivered a keynote yesterday at the Credit Suisse 2010 Technology Conference, and it was quite a doozy.  Topics covered included the future of Motorola's smartphone business …
Rebecca Moore / Official google.org Blog:
Introducing Google Earth Engine  —  Today, we launched a new Google Labs product called Google Earth Engine at the International Climate Change Conference in sunny Cancun, Mexico.  Google Earth Engine is a new technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite imagery and data …
Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Buy New York Office Building  —  Google Inc. has signed a contract to buy the building that houses its New York City offices, in a deal that values the property at close to $1.9 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The deal for the massive 2.9-million-square-foot property …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Android OS 2.X upgrade picks up steam  —  Older phones are being updated, retired or just plain outnumbered by smartphones running Android 2.x  —  As the release of Google's (GOOG) Android 2.3 looms, the latest report of phones hitting the Android Market shows increased adoption of Android 2.1 and 2.2.
Amar Toor / Switched:
YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug to Obtain Your Browsing History  —  Researchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered a bug that many sites are using to track the browsing behavior of their visitors.  The flaw was found on some 485 websites, including YouPorn …
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Native apps are always better than Web apps; Psst, the new way has an escape chute  —  When we talk about the mobile Web being a good candidate to be a unifying platform for mobile and beyond, we often get nay-sayers telling us that there is no chance of this happening.  —  Their claims often chanted include:
Justin O'Beirne / 41Latitude:
Google Maps & Label Readability  —  Why Do Google Maps's City Labels Seem Much More “Readable” Than Those of Its Competitors?  —  For months, I've been trying to figure out why Google Maps's city labels seem so much more readable than the labels on other mapping sites.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Silverlight 5 to bring media boost, windowed apps  —  Microsoft today unveiled the next iteration of its Silverlight technology, Silverlight 5, which the company said will improve things like media playback and the time it takes to develop applications.  —  “There's been a lot of angst …
Elizabeth Fish / PC World:
AVG Free Update Bricks 64-Bit Windows 7 PCs  —  If you haven't already downloaded the latest mandatory AVG 2011 Free software update, it may be best not to if you want your computer to turn on again.  The December 1 update is causing 64-bit PCs running Windows 7 to totally breakdown.
Discussion: Inquirer and Softpedia News
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
WikiLeaks' new home is in a former bomb shelter  —  WikiLeaks, the website known for publishing top-secret government information, has found a new home for its trove of covert dossiers: inside a Cold War bomb shelter.  —  Truly the stuff of spy films, the site features solid steel doors …
Discussion: Examiner, CNN and SAI
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhone sales in China ‘disappointing’  —  But they will improve rapidly, says an analyst, now that Wi-Fi and the iPhone 4 have arrived  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Morgan Keegan  —  “In general, smartphones have exploded in China this year,” writes Morgan Keegan's Travis McCourt in a report to clients issued Thursday.
Paul Krill / Computerworld:
Google upgrades its cloud platform  —  InfoWorld - Google will upgrade on Thursday its Google App Engine cloud platform and its software development kit, adding capabilities for real-time communications and increased data replication.  —  The company will roll out Google App Engine 1.4.0 …
 
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Ben Rooney / Tech Europe:
U.K. Government Urged to Back Open Web
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Prosecutors Dismiss Xbox-Modding Case Mid-Trial
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Facebook Seeks Friends in Washington Amid Privacy Concerns
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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom Set to Appeal in YouTube Case
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Billboard tracks artists' social-media popularity
Discussion: iMedia Connection, WebProNews and Crave
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast: We bent over backwards to help Level 3! (those bastards)
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
10gen Raises $6.5M to Dominate the NoSQL Space
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Adam Mills / The Next Web:
Chrome 8 comes out of beta, PDF viewer and Chrome Web Store support included
 

 
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