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8:35 PM ET, December 12, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On The Road With Cr-48: The Chrome Notebook Is Both Shiny And Tarnished  —  Every piece of technology has both good and bad attributes.  Nothing is perfect.  Not even the iPhone.  (Well, at least not until that AT&T exclusivity ends.)  But until three days ago, I had never used a product …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Who really needs a Chrome OS laptop?  —  Yesterday in comments, Betanews reader DaveN asked why anyone would make the sacrifices he believes necessary to run a Chrome OS laptop.  “If you're going to carry around a device in the laptop format, why would anyone want something so limited?”
Gawker:
Commenting Accounts Compromised — Change Your Passwords  —  Our user databases appear to have been compromised.  The passwords were encrypted.  But simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack.  You should change your Gawker password and on any other sites on which you've used the same passwords.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Gawker Media Confirms That Their Commenter Database Was Hacked  —  Yesterday Gawker Media denied reports that their database of 1.5 Million usernames, emails and passwords had been hacked.  Comments broadcast via the apparently compromised Twitter feed of Gawker Media's tech …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
A Snapshot of Apple's Latest iPhone Camera Patents  —  The iPhone's updated 5 megapixel camera includes a feature called High Dynamic Range or HDR.  According to Apple, the iPhone's HDR feature when activated, takes a series of three photos, each with different exposure levels.
Discussion: Fortune and Internet2Go
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Chrome Web Store, HTML5 and the iPad: symbiosis at its best  —  It's all coming together, folks.  It doesn't take much of a gander at the Chrome Web Store to notice a trend: some of the flashiest, most mature “apps” are actually just in-browser versions of iPad apps.  And you know what else?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG Star preview  —  The LG Star.  The dual-core beast from the east that was once a mere twinkle in our eye has managed to find its way to the Engadget mansions, having been lent to us by a very generous (and very anonymous) tipster.  It's clearly a test device, as evidenced by its diagnostics menus …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft and Facebook: What could have been (but will not be)  —  A Microsoft exec confirmed this week what was already reported (by author David Kirkpatrick earlier this year) — namely, that CEO Steve Ballmer made a serious offer to buy Facebook, but was rebuffed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Verizon: KIN Studio is closing January 31.  Sorry.  Here's a new phone?  —  The title says it all, but let us get into some details about the closing of Microsoft's KIN Studio, which was the backbone in the cloud for the device.  —  Evidently, come January 31st, people with KINs …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
MPAA, RIAA: Lawsuits won't protect content  —  Trade groups representing the music and film sectors say copyright law offers too many excuses for ISPs to do nothing about protecting copyright.  —  Lawyers representing independent filmmakers, including the studio that produced Oscar-winner …
comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Online Holiday Spending Approaches $22 Billion for the Season, Up 12 Percent vs. Year Ago  —  Upcoming “Green Monday” (Dec. 13) Among Candidates for Heaviest Online Spending Day of the Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable!, I4U News and eMoney
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
E-Books Entice as New Frontier for Ads  —  The marketing world is drawing up plans to invade one of the last bastions of media that is largely advertising-free: books.  —  As e-books proliferate, advertisers are experimenting with ways to pitch to consumers while they read …
 
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Group finds 5 main flaws with proposed Net Neutrality rules
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