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10:40 PM ET, December 8, 2010

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Mike Isaac / Social Medium:
Facebook and Twitter Suspend Operation Payback Accounts  —  Apparently, Wikileaks has a posse.  —  Or rather, those who support the ideals behind Wikileaks, and the spreading of information.  On Tuesday, my colleague Andy Greenberg reported on how the hacker group Operation:Payback …
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Guardian:
WikiLeaks: Who are the hackers behind Operation Payback?  —  The MasterCard website was forced offline for several hours today, following an online assault led by a shadowy group of hackers protesting against the card issuer's decision to block payments made to the WikiLeaks website.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Wikileaks Will Never Be Closed Or Blocked  —  Last weekend, rather than read stories about the US diplomatic cables that Wikileaks has released, I decided to read them directly myself.  In doing so, I better understood why no one — certainly not the US State Department — is going to shove those cables back into the darkness.
The PayPal Blog:
Updated Statement about WikiLeaks from PayPal General Counsel, John Muller  —  Media reports today regarding a statement made by our vice president of platform, mobile and new ventures, Osama Bedier, at the LeWeb conference in Paris, have created confusion about PayPal's decision …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why Wouldn't Google Mirror Wikileaks?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   The Media Comes To The Defense Of WikiLeaks At LeWeb: “The Leakers Will Win”
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Apple Loses Its iPhone Game Guru  —  The man in charge of making sure that Apple's popular portable devices play games well is no longer with the tech titan.  —  Graeme Devine joined Apple's iPhone Game Technologies division last year.  Devine tells Kotaku that his last day at the company was Friday.
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
To Trend or Not to Trend...  Since Twitter first introduced the Trends feature in the summer of 2008, one frequently asked question has been “Why isn't X trending?”  This question has come up around a variety of subjects, from #justinbieber and #adamlambert to #flotilla, #iranelection and #demo2010.
Rose Yao / Facebook Blog:
More Control on Mobile  —  Over 200 million people use Facebook on their mobile phones to share photos, access applications and stay connected with friends.  In October, we added a dashboard to give you a way to clearly see and control the ways applications use your information.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Why Groupon Said No To Google's $6 Billion  —  Each and every Groupon board member stood to gain millions, hundreds of millions, or even more than a billion dollars by accepting Google's $6 billion offer to acquire the company.  —  Groupon cofounders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky might …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
DigiTimes:
Inventec ships 60,000 Chrome OS netbooks to Google  —  Alongside Google's announcement of its new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system as well as Chrome OS on December 7, Inventec confirmed that it has already shipped about 60,000 Chrome OS-based netbooks to Google, which are expected to be used for testing.
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Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Movies at Home, for $20,000  —  A proposed service aims to bring movies to homes the same day they hit theaters, a milestone that Hollywood has long anticipated with a mixture of fear and fascination.  —  But there's a catch: At the prices currently being discussed by Prima Cinema Inc. …
Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Asked to Pay Up as European Operators Inundated by Data  —  Google Inc., Apple Inc., and Facebook Inc. need to pitch in to help pay for the billions of dollars of network investments needed for their bandwidth-hogging services, European phone operators say.
James Lindenbaum / Heroku:
The Next Level  —  What if enterprise apps were built the way you'd build an agile Ruby app?  What if they were a pleasure to work with, deploy, and manage?  What if big companies could adopt the philosophies of Heroku and the Ruby community?  What if your company actually preferred you use Heroku to build apps?
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million In Cash
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
New Windows 8 user interface codenamed ‘Wind’?  —  Windows 8 will have two separate interfaces according to recent rumors.  —  Italian based windows8italia reports that Microsoft's next-generation Windows operating system will be 32-bit and 64-bit with two separate interfaces.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:nstalnecker
The Smoking Gun:
Porn Site Gave Federal Agents Free Rein  —  Investigators secretly monitored Free6.com users for 16 months … The operators of a notorious pornography web site granted federal agents administrative access to the site, giving investigators the ability to monitor traffic and public …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook hands-on video demo  —  We promised a hands on demo video of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and that's what you're going to get from us — almost 10 minutes of 1080p joy.  As we said previously, we were pretty impressed seeing the PlayBook demo'd in person right in front of us, and well, we could go on for days.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Mac App Store launching in January 2011  —  Despite published reports to the contrary, Apple's Mac App Store will launch in January 2011.  —  Reports earlier this week claimed Apple would launch the Mac App Store on December 13, ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Intellectual Ventures sues nine tech firms for patent infringement  —  Intellectual Ventures, a Bellevue, Wash.-based firm that's amassed a huge trove of technology patents over the years, has sued nine technology companies for patent infringement.  It's the first time Intellectual Ventures …
Kevin May / Tnooz:
Google Places blocked from using TripAdvisor reviews  —  Now here is an interesting development - Google is no longer able to stream in reviews from TripAdvisor to Places pages after the user review giant blocked it.  —  TripAdvisor confirmed the move today in an email …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer's Next Big Thing: “Contextual Discovery” — Google Results Without Search  —  Today at LeWeb '10 in Paris, France, our own Michael Arrington took the stage to talk with Google's Marissa Mayer.  Mayer recently took a new job within Google.  Technically, she's now the head of consumer products for the company.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CBS Interactive Head Neil Ashe Stepping Down  —  Neil Ashe (pictured here), president of CBS Interactive, is stepping down from his post.  —  CBS confirmed the move after BoomTown made inquiries recently, after hearing of various executives who had been contacted by the media giant about the position.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Microsoft store for NYC coming in 2011  —  As part of my job as a full-time Microsoft watcher, I get a lot of tips about Microsoft from customers, competitors, partners and even Softies themselves.  However, ever since I worked for PCWeek more than 15 years ago …
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Google says shut out of USDA cloud computing deal  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc didn't get the chance to compete for the largest federal government “cloud computing” deal yet announced, according to the Web firm, adding to its concerns that government agencies are unfairly favoring rival Microsoft Corp.
Discussion: WinRumors
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Truly Decentralized BitTorrent Downloading Has Finally Arrived  —  BitTorrent is a great technology to share files both quickly and efficiently, but like all other P2P-technologies it has an Achilles' heel.  The download process relies in part on central servers that can crash or go offline for a variety of reasons.
 
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Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Twins who accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing idea for Facebook …
Discussion: Switched
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Best Buy Mobile offering iPhone 3GS for free on December 10th
Discussion: The Next Web and Gizmodo
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Is Foursquare About to Add Photo Sharing? [PIC]
Discussion: About Foursquare, Thanks:jolieodell
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Sponsored Accounts: A way to get Evernote Premium for groups of any size
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, GottaBeMobile and Xconomy, Thanks:keithdsouza
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
SimpleGeo Launches, Aims to Make All Apps Geo-Aware
Discussion: SimpleGeo, Mashable! and The Next Web
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Store Now Offering HD Movie Sales in UK
Discussion: TUAW and AppleInsider
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
ViKi Raises $4.3 Million from VC All-Stars to Translate the World's Video
 Earlier Items: 
Andrea James / Boing Boing:
Facebook Community Council quietly closes
Discussion: All Facebook
Jason Roberts / Codus Operandi:
How I Screwed Up My Google Acquisition
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
4Chan's Moot Joins Lerer Ventures As An Advisor
Discussion: Mashable!, Pulse2 and SAI