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12:00 PM ET, December 14, 2010

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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Microsoft to demo new slate PCs, Windows 8 tablet functionality at CES?  —  The CES 2010 Ballmernote has become something of a black mark for Microsoft — the company's delivered almost nothing in the year after Steve demoed the HP Slate and talked about future Windows 7 Slate PCs …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Microsoft to Announce New Slates Aimed at the iPad  —  A decade ago Bill Gates, founder and former chief executive of Microsoft, presented a new class of computing to the world: a tablet PC that offered a fully functional computer with the “intuitive aspects of pencil and paper.”
Lars Backstrom / Facebook Blog:
2010 Memology: Top Status Trends of the Year  —  Natural disasters and human triumphs made their mark in our 2010 list of top trends in status updates, but more than anything else people wanted to spend time with their friends and family.  The fastest growing trend was the use …
Paul Butler / Facebook:
Visualizing Friendships  —  Visualizing data is like photography.  Instead of starting with a blank canvas, you manipulate the lens used to present the data from a certain angle.  —  When the data is the social graph of 500 million people, there are a lot of lenses through which you can view it.
Zachary M. Seward / Digits:
The Top 50 Gawker Media Passwords  —  Readers of Gizmodo, Lifehacker and other Gawker Media sites may be among the savviest on the Web, but the most common password for logging into those sites is embarrassingly easy to guess: “123456.”  So is the runner-up: “password.”
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Google's ChromeOS means losing control of data, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman  —  New cloud computing OS released by Google is plan to push people into ‘careless computing’, warns free software advocate … Google's new cloud computing ChromeOS looks like a plan “to push people into careless computing” …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google, These Aren't Really The Best Answers For Users.  They Are The Best Answers For You.  —  Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran an article pointing out how Google is increasingly favoring its own properties, in search results over natural results to outside sites which previously commanded the top spots.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Best Buy tells the Nexus S retail story: 8AM online sales, two per customer maximum  —  Want a Nexus S this Thursday?  Yeah, well, welcome to the club, pal — you're not alone, so you're going to want to be armed with the right information to figure out your plan of attack.
Marcus Foster / Google Voice Blog:
Google Voice app now supports iPad & iPod Touch  —  Since we launched Google Voice for iPhone a few weeks ago, we've been hard at work to add a few improvements that didn't make it into the first release.  —  At the top of the list was adding support for iPod Touch and iPad.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Chrome, Google Is Moving Towards Deeper Location Integration  —  It should be pretty clear by now that Google is taking location very seriously.  The original launch of Latitude in early 2009 was just a first step.  Now they have robust APIs, Google Places, and key executive Marissa Mayer …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Rising Computer Prices Buck the Trend  —  Average Prices Rose 6% in November, Industry Reversal Has Some Executives Saying Prices Have Bottomed; No $99 Laptop  —  For the first time in several years, people shopping for personal computers are doing something new: paying more.
Discussion: Digital Trends
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
An Interview with Gnosis, the group behind the Gawker hacking  —  The chances are you already know about the Gawker Media security breach, a network-wide attack that compromised over a million registered accounts across Gawker's web properties.  Internal memos were accessed …
Jodiolson / Twitter Blog:
Hindsight2010: Ten Most Powerful Tweets  —  What makes a Tweet powerful?  —  Every day, we are inspired by people using Twitter in unexpected ways to make the world a better place.  Powerful Tweets have impact, relevance and resonance.  In just 140 characters, you can change the game …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
A Key Figure in the Future of Yahoo  —  TOKYO — “I shouldn't make a comment on that, ” said Masayoshi Son, the usually voluble serial entrepreneur who is one of the richest men in Japan.  “It's too delicate a question.  Too sensitive right now.”  —  We had been chatting for some time on the 26th floor …
Discussion: SAI, NBC Bay Area and GMSV
Mark Tran / Guardian:
Julian Assange granted bail over sex crime allegations in Sweden  —  Founder of WikiLeaks granted bail at Westminster magistrates court after celebrities stood sureties  —  A British court today granted bail with strict conditions to Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, who faces allegations of rape in Sweden.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon MP3 Arrives for BlackBerry Smartphones  —  RIM and Amazon have teamed up to launch a new mobile music application for BlackBerry smartphone users: Amazon MP3.  The app download, available now from BlackBerry App World, delivers Amazon's catalog of music with over 14 million songs …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Top Google Engineer: Google Instant Has No Brand Bias  —  “What we do at Google and what we've done for years is to not inject any subjectivity into these algorithms,” says Amit Singhal, Google Fellow and head of the company's search quality, ranking, and algorithm team.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Android And iOS In Deadlock Again For Monthly Smartphone Impression Share  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media is releasing its monthly data on mobile devices and OS marketshare for November today.  Millennial's ads reach 63 million of a total of 77 million mobile web users in the U.S. …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Digits:
Japanese Publishers Threaten to Bite Apple  —  So it turns out that maybe not everyone in Japan loves Apple Inc.  —  A Japanese consortium of book, e-book, magazine and digital comic publishers issued a stern rebuke of Apple's enforcement of copyrights on its App Store.
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
LG Star (SU660) to Be ‘Optimus 2X’ in Korea, More Videos Uncovered  —  In a press release (in Korean) concerning the bundling of Italian composer Ennio Morricone's original music (and a few new ringtones and tunes) into the LG Optimus Mach, the South Korean branding of the LG Star (SU660) was revealed.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
NPD data shows Apple on track to sell record 4.3M Macs in Dec. quarter  —  Apple is on pace to have yet another record breaking quarter for Mac sales, this time crossing the 4 million milestone in a three-month span for the first time ever.  —  New November domestic sales data from the NPD Group …
Discussion: Electronista and LOOPRumors
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Yahoo May Cut 5 Percent of Its Staff  —  Yahoo, the beleaguered Web portal, plans to cut up to 650 jobs as soon as Tuesday, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  The layoffs come as Carol A. Bartz, Yahoo's chief executive, tries to reduce costs amid sluggish growth in Yahoo's online advertising business.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit: Chrome OS Will Perish Or “Merge” With Android  —  Former Googler, FriendFeed founder and Facebook-er turned investor Paul Buchheit just tweeted this zinger: … Considering his former employer just launched the Chrome OS pilot program last week …
 
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Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Analyst: HP WebOS Tablet Coming In March
Ben Kolada / Inorganic Growth:
Google adds to NFC with Zetawire
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
With iPad, Apple Will Claim 12 Percent of PC Market in 2011
NR Sethuraman / Reuters:
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