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10:06 AM ET, December 3, 2010

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Guardian:
WikiLeaks fights to stay online after US company withdraws domain name  —  Everydns.net says attack against leaks site endangered other customers' service - effectively pushing site off the web  —  The US was today accused of opening up a dramatic new front against WikiLeaks, effectively …
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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.
Nick Vinocur / Reuters:   France seeks to bar hosting WikiLeaks website
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Troubled Wikileaks Moves To Pirate Party Domain
Discussion: Inquirer, The Next Web and GeekSmack
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: Pulse2, Geek.com and Ubergizmo
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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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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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Some Data-Miners Ready to Reveal What They Know  —  Seeking to head off escalating scrutiny over Internet privacy, a group of online tracking rivals is building a service that lets consumers see what information those companies know about them.  —  The project is the first of its kind …
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and Gadgetwise
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 …
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.”
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
50 Percent of Smartphones Sold in China Last Quarter Run Android  —  The smartphone market in China is growing at an extraordinary rate, largely thanks to Google's Android OS.  Chinese consumers purchased 8 to 10 million smartphones last quarter, up from an estimated 2 to 3 million in the same period last year.
Discussion: asymco and FM Blog
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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.
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” …
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Oracle Sets Database Speed Record; Larry Ellison Disses HP  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is having a big day.  On the day of the premiere of a high-profile Bloomberg TV documentary that promises to burnish his legend, he also got to brag that Oracle had retaken the current land speed record in database computing from IBM.
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 …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Prosecutors Dismiss Xbox-Modding Case Mid-Trial  —  LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities in the first-of-its-kind game-console-modding criminal trial abruptly dropped their prosecution here Thursday, “based on fairness and justice.”  —  “The government has decided to dismiss the indictment …
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 and Google Maps Mania
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.
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, WebProNews and Google LatLong
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Viber is a new free VOIP app, currently available only for the iPhone.  I've been trying it today, and have a few notes.  —  The Good  — Initial setup is very easy.  Your phone number is your Viber identifier.  You launch the app, tell it your phone number, and a moment or two later …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and PhoneArena
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.
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
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 …
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 …
 
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 More Items: 
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Native apps are always better than Web apps; Psst, the new way has an escape chute
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Facebook Seeks Friends in Washington Amid Privacy Concerns
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Paul Krill / Computerworld:
Google upgrades its cloud platform
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom Set to Appeal in YouTube Case
Discussion: Search Engine Land
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
WikiLeaks' new home is in a former bomb shelter
Discussion: Examiner, CNN and SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast: We bent over backwards to help Level 3! (those bastards)
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
10gen Raises $6.5M to Dominate the NoSQL Space
Discussion: SAI, CloudAve, VatorNews and VentureBeat
Adam Mills / The Next Web:
Chrome 8 comes out of beta, PDF viewer and Chrome Web Store support included
Amar Toor / Switched:
YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug to Obtain Your Browsing History
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Ebay Acquires Milo For $75 Million.  Investors Make A Killing.