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1:25 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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Gawker hackers release file with FTP, author & reader usernames/passwords  —  Updates at foot of post.  —  Gawker has released Gawker Media is under siege at the moment, fighting off attacks from a group of attackers that have been able to compromise the entire database of Gawker Media's web properties.
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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 …
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?
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 …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites  —  Search Giant Displays Its Own Health, Shopping, Local Content Ahead of Links to Competing Sites  —  Google Inc. increasingly is promoting some of its own content over that of rival websites when users perform an online search, prompting competing sites to cry foul.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Once Again: Should Google Be Allowed To Send Itself Traffic?
Carter Maslan / Google Public Policy Blog:   Local search: It's all about the best answers for users
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
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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Marco Arment / Marco.org:   Chrome OS and IT platform longevity
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:   Who really needs a Chrome OS laptop?
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 …
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.
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Dell acquires Compellent for $960 million, lands its storage consolation prize
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Sapitz / The LinkedIn Blog:
[Update] Bigger, better, and more reliable. …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility
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Dmitry / ZURBlog:
Podcast of Julie Zhuo's talk on How Facebook Uses Data
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Marketers Test Ads in E-Books
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