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3:55 PM ET, December 5, 2010

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Zee / The Next Web:
Facebook profiles are getting a new look - going live tomorrow [Screenshot]  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is on 60 minutes tonight and has given the show an exclusive look at the social network's new profile page.  There's little to go on until the show airs tonight at 7 p.m. PT. …
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Vadim Lavrusik / Mashable!:
Facebook Pages Getting New Design and Checkins [SCREENSHOTS]  —  Facebook appears to be on the verge of launching a new design of its Fan Pages.  —  This change seems to include the site's location-based Places checkin functionality, enabling “likers” of the page to check in to it.
Josh Wiseman / Facebook Blog:
Introducing the New Profile  —  Today I'm excited to introduce you to some improvements we've made to the Facebook profile, so now it's even easier for you to tell your story and learn about your friends.  —  A New Introduction  —  The profile begins with a quick overview of basic information …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Full Details On Facebook's Overhauled Profile Pages  —  Earlier today 60 minutes gave a bit of a preview of its interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and VP Product Chris Cox.  The video shows a glimpse of a redesigned profile page — a big deal given that these profiles are really core to the social network.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Goes After Twittersearch.com  —  Twitter late last week filed a UDRP complaint, notably its first ever since the company was founded, in an effort to obtain ownership over the (currently parked) domain name twittersearch.com - as you can see here.  —  Obviously, Twitter is right to do this …
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Mark Suster / TechCrunch:
Social Networking: The Future  —  Editor's note: This is the third of a three-part guest post by venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners on “Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future.”  Read Part I and Part II first.  This series is an adaptaion of a recent talk Suster gave …
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Skype and the Incredible Power of Persistent Group Chats  —  What is one reason why many people continue using Skype for chat / instant messaging when so many other solutions are out there?  Particularly when Skype chat is a closed, proprietary “walled garden” that doesn't interact with IM networks?
Discussion: Communications …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity  —  The past week has seen plenty of ink spilled — virtual and otherwise — about WikiLeaks and its mercurial front-man, Julian Assange, and the pressure they have come under from the U.S. government and companies such as Amazon and PayPal …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
More Details On Skype's Big Move To The Web  —  Earlier today we broke the news that Skype was ramping up in preparation for new web-based products — a big shift for the company, which has historically offered its extremely popular service via native desktop clients.
Discussion: GigaOM and BGR
New York Times:
Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web  —  As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search company: they were Googling themselves.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
‘Free’ iPads at Bloomingdale's  —  Just come to New York City next weekend and buy $1,500 worth of brand-name sportswear  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: NY Times.  —  The full-page ad at right appeared in Sunday's New York Times.  —  This is the first time we've seen “free” Apple (AAPL) …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Shortage of Engineers or a Glut: No Simple Answer  —  Ask a child if there is a shortage of ice cream in the world, and no doubt, the response will be an emphatic yes—there certainly is.  And ask a tech CEO if there is a shortage of engineers, and you will get the exact same answer.
 
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Richard Waters / FT Tech Blog:
Twitter fails to jump to Dept of State's defence
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Amit Klein / Trusteer blogs:
The Golden Hour of Phishing Attacks
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Amazon adds Wikipedia to book-shopping pages
Discussion: CNET News and Erictric
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Sens. Snowe and Warner want WiFi in all federal buildings
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News, Thanks:thejimmix
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lufthansa launches in-flight WiFi on intercontinental flights …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Tops 1 Million Units Sold
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Testing New Registration Social Plugin
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Friendly, The Hugely Successful Unofficial Facebook iPad App, Goes Free
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Possible “+1″ iPhone App, Facebook Similarities …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple patents map-based iPhone radio app
Discussion: TiPb and App Advice
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Director Of Monetization Tim Kendall Steps Down
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