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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Wikileaks' Cables now available on Amazon, reviewers are not happy.  —  In the interests of keeping the Wikileaks Cables available for all, regardless of whether the official website is taken offline, an enterprising Amazon trader has taken the 5000 Cables and is now selling …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Wikileaks Will Never Be Closed Or Blocked
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Information is the Antidote to Fear: Wikileaks, the Law, and You
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft: “Yeah, We Tried To Acquire Facebook.”  —  While on the “How To Get Acquired” panel here at Le Web, Microsoft Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Fritz Lanman admitted that Microsoft did try to acquire the social network Facebook, acquisition talks first reported …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and WinRumors
Pew Internet:
8% of online Americans use Twitter  —  This is the first-ever survey reading from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that exclusively examines Twitter users.  In previous surveys, the Project had asked internet users whether they “used Twitter or another service …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple to tap Intel's graphics for future MacBooks  —  Apple has decided to use Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors in its MacBook line, a transition that will occur in 2011, squeezing out Nvidia's graphics processors in at least some models of the popular laptops, sources have told CNET.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Full List Of The Top iPhone And iPad Apps Of 2010  —  We've already highlighted the four apps that Apple has chosen as their “award winners” for 2010.  But they've also highlighted the following: Overall Paid iPhone Apps, Overall Free iPhone Apps, Overall Grossing iPhone Apps …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Best Buy Mobile offering iPhone 3GS for free on December 10th  —  We just received a tip from a Best Buy ninja of ours, and well, it seems that Radio Shack isn't the only game in town in you're looking for an Apple iPhone.  Best Buy will be offering up Apple's iPhone 3GS for free for one day only, this Friday the 10th.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Andy Rubin: Google activates 300,000 phones every day  —  Google may now be the biggest smartphone vendor on earth.  —  Andy Rubin just Tweeted that Google (GOOG) is activating 300,000 phones a day.  That passes Apple's (AAPL) iOS, that passes Blackberry (RIMM).
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.
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Prompted By WikiLeaks Queries, Twitter Finally Explains Trends Algorithm
Discussion: Social Medium
Wall Street Journal:
16 Tycoons Agree to Give Away Fortunes  —  The billionaire founder of social network Facebook Inc. has agreed to give the majority of his wealth to charity, part of a broader group of rich entrepreneurs committing to philanthropy earlier in their lives.  —  Mark Zuckerberg has signed onto the …
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Mike Isaac / Social Medium:
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Agrees to Donate Fortune to Charities
Discussion: The Raw Feed, Thanks:mj_isaac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Two Days After Unveiling, Cr-48 Chrome Notebook Already Showing Up On Doorsteps  —  Ben Kessler woke up to an unexpected surprise on the doorstep of his New York home this morning: a Cr-48.  Yes, the just-unveiled Google Chrome Notebook is already rolling out to those who requested one.
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.
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.
Andrey Doronichev / Google Mobile Blog:
YouTube 2.1 App Now Available on Android Market  —  When you're watching a video on YouTube, how often do you JUST watch the video?  If you're like me, you scroll down, maybe read the video description and glance over at the related videos to choose what you might watch next.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Forecast: IPad Will Generate Two Percent of North American Net Traffic by End of 2011  —  How's this for a prediction?  By the end of 2011, the iPad will generate more than two percent of all North American Web traffic.  —  That's according to Chitika, which has been tracking iPad adoption rates …
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 …
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Business Week:
When Groupon Dodged Google
Discussion: SAI
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Snapstick takes on Apple TV, Google TV  —  Snapstick in action in CNET headquarters on an iPhone 4 and TV monitor.  —  A startup called Snapstick is introducing its spin on Internet TV today that it hopes will compete heavily with Apple TV, Google TV, and other set-top boxes.
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Donations Ban on iPhone Apps Irritates Nonprofits  —  The nonprofit world is stewing over the ban Apple has put on making donations on the iPhone via charity apps.  —  No one, including Apple, has data on how many nonprofits have created apps for the iPhone.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple rolling out 90-second iTunes song previews  —  Apple has begun extending song previews in the iTunes Store to 90 seconds on select songs in the U.S. store.  —  Some songs on iTunes now offer 90-second previews for users of the U.S. iTunes Music Store.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel says tablets and phones on the way in 2011  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp said it is making headway getting its chips into tablet computers and that smartphones using its processors will go on sale late next year as it rushes to catch up in the fast-growing mobile market.
 
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla in 2011: Focus on Performance, Video, Identity & App Stores
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Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searched
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Dell eyes Compellent merger, ‘advanced discussions’ underway
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Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Windows 7 hits 25% market share, XP sinks to 50%
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DST Partner: On A Path To Becoming A $1 Billion Company?  Come Talk To Us
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AT&T responds to Consumer Reports beating, cites A+ rating from BBB
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