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4:15 PM ET, December 13, 2010

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Chris Lambert / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing the Google Latitude app for iPhone  —  “Where are you?”  —  Starting today, you'll never again have to answer (or ask) that question when you're on the go with your iPhone.  With the new Google Latitude app for iPhone, you can see where your friends are and now …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Google Latitude breaks for me  —  This morning Google Latitude was released to the iPhone.  I will use it, but it's totally breaking for me.  Here's why:  —  1. Google Contacts breaks at somewhere over 10,000 contacts.  It stops letting you add new contacts.  It doesn't even break gracefully or consistently.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SiliconANGLE
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Verizon Strikes Out in Smartphones [Updated]  —  [Updated]  —  [ITG sent an explanation of their methodology and there is no indication that the data represents inside information.]  —  ITG Investment Research analyst Matthew Goodman is forecasting monthly sales record for all of Verizon's devices …
Jodiolson / Twitter Blog:
Hindsight2010: Top Trends on Twitter  —  From earthquakes and politics to popstars and hashtags, Twitter Trends are a window into what the world is talking about.  In this edition of #Hindsight2010, we offer our list of the biggest Trends of the year.  —  An astounding 25 billion Tweets were sent in 2010.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
How much did ads affect Twitter's 2010 trends?
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Once Again: Should Google Be Allowed To Send Itself Traffic?  —  The question of Google's right to refer traffic to its own sites is once again in the center of policy debate.  The European Commission is looking at this issue as part of its larger anti-trust investigation against Google.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites
Carter Maslan / Google Public Policy Blog:   Local search: It's all about the best answers for users
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Exclusive: ‘Gnosis’ Explains The Method And Reasoning Behind Gawker Media Hack  —  Over the last 24 hours Gawker Media's network of sites have been under attack from a group who have identified themselves “Gnosis,” a seemingly mysterious collective of hackers who has been falsely considered part …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Gawker hackers release file with FTP, author & reader usernames/passwords
NR Sethuraman / Reuters:
Toshiba plant to make LCD panels for Apple: report  —  (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will spend about 100 billion yen ($1.19 billion) to build a factory for making small LCD panels, mainly to supply to Apple Inc's iPhones, the Nikkei business daily said.  —  The company's wholly owned unit …
Mike Luttrell / TG Daily:
Samsung unveils $1,000 “Luxury” Galaxy Tab  —  One of the main draws of Android-based tablets is that they offer a more affordable alternative to the iPad.  However, Samsung doesn't see it that way as the company will soon be launching a version of its tablet computer for around $1,000.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Former Googler Launches Disconnect, Browser Extension That Disables Third Party Data Tracking  —  You remember Facebook Disconnect, the browser extension that allowed you to remove Facebook Connect functionality from websites?  After 50K active users in two weeks and hitting …
Discussion: Techie Buzz and SecurityWeek.Com
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola's 10-inch Honeycomb tablet meets Mr. Blurrycam, shows off Verizon logo  —  By now you're probably familiar with this slate, seeing as how Google's Andy Rubin recently unveiled it on stage, but we're willing to bet you've never seen the top edge — you know, the part now bearing …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Goldman Sachs predicts tough times ahead for Microsoft in 2011  —  Goldman Sachs technology analyst Sarah Friar sees challenging times ahead for Microsoft in 2011 as it attempts to address the threat from tablet computers such as the iPad and mobile operating systems such as Android.
Discussion: SAI, Computerworld and ConceivablyTech, Thanks:toddbishop
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Warner Views Netflix as a Fading Star  —  For the past year, executives at big media companies have watched Netflix with growing resentment — for its success in delivering movies and television shows via the Internet, for its stock price nearly quadrupling, for its chief executive …
Mia Quagliarello / YouTube Blog:
Double rainbows, annoying oranges and bed intruders: the year on YouTube  —  It's time to rewind back through the YouTube videos that people in the U.S. and around the world were watching and searching for in 2010.  These lists of most-watched videos reflect the people …
Nancy Luna / Orange County Register:
McDonald's hacked, customer data stolen, chain says  —  The personal data of McDonald's customers — including emails and phone numbers — has been “obtained by an unauthorized third party,” the chain has told its most loyal burger fans.  —  Late Friday, McDonald's sent an email …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Internet Now as Popular as TV, Survey Shows  —  The average U.S. consumer now spends as much time online as watching television, according to research being released today by Forrester.  —  To technophiles, it might seem strange to think of people ever watching TV more than they surfed the Web.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Web Focus Helps Revitalize the Atlantic  —  WASHINGTON — How did a 153-year-old magazine — one that first published the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and gave voice to the abolitionist and transcendentalist movements — reinvent itself for the 21st century?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Adds Social Playlists to Ping  —  Ping, Apple's half-hearted attempt at its own music-focused social networking site, has finally received an update worth noting: Social Playlists.  On Friday, the iTunes-only website Ping added a new feature which lets you create a playlist of your favorite songs.
Reuters:
Amazon websites outage was due to hardware failure  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's websites in Europe suffered an outage for more than half an hour on Sunday night, in what the company said was a hardware failure in its European data center network.  —  “The brief interruption …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Mobile Searches Grew 130 Percent In Q3
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
With iPad Apple Will Claim 12 Percent of PC Market in 2011
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Global mobile app market to hit $35 billion in 2014, says IDC
Discussion: IDC
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Buyer beware: Android Market policies are about to change
Discussion: Inquirer and SAI
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Latest Ask.com revamp all about answers
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft joins lobbying group battling Google ITA acquisition
Om Malik / GigaOM:
DailyBooth Goes Mobile. Launches New iPhone App, Android App Soon
Discussion: TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell acquires Compellent for $960 million, lands its storage consolation prize
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
YouTube is letting users decide on terrorism-related videos
Discussion: MediaPost and Internet Evolution
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Privacy Problem?  Web Ad Targeter Media6Degrees Raises $17 Million
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Internet Access Should Be Application-Agnostic
Discussion: A VC, Post Tech and Ars Technica
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
 

 
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