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11:35 AM ET, December 7, 2010

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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google's Andy Rubin Gives a Flash of Tablet Future  —  Although Andy Rubin's keynote at D: Dive into Mobile is scheduled for just before dinner, expect to hear a lot of talk about dessert.  On the menu are Froyo, Gingerbread and perhaps even a hint of Honeycomb.
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Motorola Android tablet prototype makes a cameo at D: Dive Into Mobile running Honeycomb  —  Google's Andy Rubin brought more than just a Nexus S in his bag of goodies tonight.  On stage at D: Dive Into Mobile, the man has brought with him a prototype Android tablet from Motorola.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's Andy Rubin on Apple: “Everybody Is Embracing the iPhone”  —  Google and Apple may be fierce rivals in the mobile space, and they may have different visions of the meaning of “open,” but there's a mutual respect between the two companies that was in evidence tonight at D: Dive Into Mobile.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Electronista and PhoneArena
DigiTimes:
Foxconn to ship iPad 2 by the end of February 2011  —  Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) plants in Shenzhen, China have recently been notified they will ship Apple's iPad 2 within the next 100 days with initial shipments to reach 400,000-600,000 units, according to sources from Taiwan-based component makers.
Sky News:
WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange  —  Andy Winter, Sky News Online  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police over sexual assault claims in Sweden. … The 39-year-old Australian was detained by Scotland Yard officers at around 9.30am after he voluntarily went …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Julian Assange refused bail - will stay in custody until 14 Dec. hearing  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court today that he will fight his extradition to Sweden on sex crime charges.  Assange has been refused bail and will be remanded in custody till 14 December.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
MasterCard pulls plug on WikiLeaks payments  —  MasterCard is pulling the plug on payments to WikiLeaks, a move that will dry up another source of funds for the embattled document-sharing Web site, CNET has learned.  —  “MasterCard is taking action to ensure that WikiLeaks …
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BBC:
Wikileaks' Visa payments suspended
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Associated Press
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google Nexus S preview  —  We're here at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco, and we've just had a chance to lay our ever-loving hands all over Google's latest wunderkind, the Nexus S. As you've probably already read and seen, the device is set to be the next flagship phone sporting a pure Google experience.
Discussion: SAI, Phones Review and ThinkMobile
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
One Database To Rule The Cloud: Salesforce Debuts Database.com For The Enterprise  —  Oracle has dominated the database market, especially following its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.  But today, its “frenemy” Salesforce.com will become more of a competitor with the launch of Database.com …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Amazon to demo Kindle for the Web on Tuesday  —  Demo is one day after Google announces eBooks; Battle shapes up between two Internet giants  —  Computerworld - Amazon plans to demonstrate a new version of Kindle for the Web on Tuesday, one day after Google launched its Google eBooks and eBookstore strategy.
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Google Maps for Android Now Faster, Smoother, in 3D and Works Offline  —  Google has just unveiled their new, refreshed Maps 5.0 app for Android, launching soon.  What's new about it?  Well, it renders buildings in 3D, loads faster, works offline and will automatically rotate the map according to the phone's compass.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook: We're Not Kicking Wikileaks Off Our Site  —  Classified document publishing website Wikileaks has now been kicked off of Amazon, Paypal, its DNS server and its Swiss bank account - but it lives on, including across hundreds of mirrored sites and is the subject for widespread discussion on Facebook and Twitter.
James Kendrick / GigaOM:
Google Books for Android — a Review  —  Google opened its e-book store and released a reader app for Android today.  Google Books is a typical no-frills app — common with Google's usual first efforts — but it handles the basic tasks of an e-book reader well.
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Adobe:
Adobe Announces Adoption of eBook DRM by Google
Alex North / Google Wave Developer Blog:
Introducing Apache Wave  —  One of the best outcomes from November's Wave Protocol Summit was a proposal for Wave to enter the Apache Software Foundation's incubator program.  Apache has a fantastic reputation for fostering healthy open source communities that create great software.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Playstation Phone controls spotted lurking in the Android Gingerbread SDK  —  L1.  L2.  R1.  R2.  If those aren't ringing any bells, you've really gotta spend some time with a Playstation.  As any kid born in the last few decades could tell you without hesitation, those are the names given …
David Karp / Tumblr Staff Blog:
Downtime  —  Yesterday afternoon, during planned maintenance that was not intended to interrupt service, an issue arose that took down a critical database cluster.  This brought down our entire network while our engineers worked feverishly to restore these databases and bring your blogs back online.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iTunes sending out free movie rentals  —  Apple today started sending out free iTunes movie rental codes to many iTunes users.  This seems to be random and we have no idea why they're doing this.  Maybe to promote the rental service?  People aren't renting enough movies?
Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Where A Google-Groupon Deal Would Have Ranked In History  —  Google's highly anticipated acquisition of Groupon appears to be dead in the water.  But for anyone on the fence about whether today's sky-high valuations of tech companies are more than a little reminiscent of the excesses of the dot-com era, this might tip you over.
Discussion: Xconomy
Gmail Blog:
A Priority Inbox update: time savings, new features, and your feedback  —  It's been a couple of months since we first launched Priority Inbox.  Since then, we've heard from a number of you who've found it helpful in combating information overload, and we've seen evidence of this in aggregate too.
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Info pirates seek an alternative internet  —  After dumping thousands of secret US diplomatic cables in the public domain last week, WikiLeaks ended up losing its web hosting company - twice - and its wikileaks.org web domain to boot as providers got cold feet about its content.
DigiTimes:
Toshiba to launch 3 new tablet PCs in 1Q11  —  Toshiba is aiming to launch three new tablet PCs in the first quarter of 2011 and has outsourced their production to its Taiwan-based partners Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Technology.  The three devices are already set to show …
Kathy Kristof / CBS Money Watch:
Online Retailer Charged with Fraud, Threats  —  DecorMyEyes founder Vitaly Borker — also known as Tony Russo and Stanley Bolds — was arrested Monday and charged with defrauding customers of his online eye wear company and making repeated and violent threats to customers who attempted to return defective goods.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
DecorMyEyes Merchant Vitaly Borker Arrested After NYT Piece On Google Rankings
 
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
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Rachael King / Business Week:
Here Come the Cloud Services Brokers
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BSkyB closes Sky Songs music subscription service
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Apache loses Java showdown vote to Oracle
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Help Desk Software Developer Zendesk Raises $19 Million
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Android Hardware Button Order
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ben.geek.nz
Geoff Cook / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Has It All Wrong When It Comes To Social Games
Discussion: Skype Journal and Blog.games.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Copyright Group Drops Cases Against Thousands of BitTorrent Users
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga's CityVille Springs To A Metropolis Overnight (Surprised?)
Milo Yiannopoulos / Telegraph:
Dark forces gunning for Google