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Google Mobile Blog:
Voice Search gets personal  —  When we launched Voice Search more than two years ago, we wanted it to “just work” right out of the box, without an initial setup process.  And so, we built speech models broad enough to accommodate a wide variety of people, regardless of gender, age, and accents …
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.
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Voice Now “Works” On iPad And iPod Touch — But You Can't Make VoIP Calls
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Breaking News on EFF Victory: Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment  —  In a landmark decision issued today in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize …
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Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Three Hackers Arrested in Wake of DDOS Attacks  —  One of the more cringe-worthy stories to come out of the Wikileaks-Anonymous-DDOS plotline in the last few weeks is the lack of security practiced by just about everyone involved.  Authorities found the name of a designer named Alex Tapanaris embedded …
Discussion: Urlesque and Guardian
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Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange bail hearing makes legal history with Twitter ruling  —  The district judge hearing the bail application from Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, made an unusual form of legal history allowing live updates to be sent from his court on the website Twitter.  —  14 Dec 2010
Discussion: News: News blog and The Firewall
Wall Street Journal:
Air Force Blocks Sites With Leaked Cables
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Launches First IAd for IPad, for Disney's ‘Tron Legacy’  —  Initial IAd for Apple's Tablet Is a Preview of What's Coming Next Year  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The first iAd for iPad will launch this afternoon for the upcoming Disney blockbuster “Tron Legacy.”
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
LinkedIn Protects Users from Gawker's Security Fail  —  LinkedIn is making a more aggressive response to Gawker Media's massive security breach than Gawker itself did.  Whereas Gawker account holders mostly had to learn about the hack from reading news stories about it …
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Gawker Password Mess Spreads to World of Warcraft, and Apparently to Yahoo
Hari Nidumolu / Gmail Blog:
Email delegation: Granting access to your Gmail account  —  I use two Gmail accounts: one is my personal account and the other I share with my family (we use it to subscribe to groups like my children's classroom mailing list).  Checking these two different accounts used to mean I had to sign out and back in to Gmail all the time.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Erictric and The Next Web
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Reduces Staff By 4 Percent; Hands Out Pink Slips To Over 500 Employees  —  After weeks of no official response from Yahoo on the rumored layoffs taking place this week, a spokesperson for Yahoo has finally confirmed that Yahoo is issuing pink slips to employees today.  Here's the response:
Amanda Camp / Gmail Blog:
Restore your contacts  —  There are many times in life when a do-over can come in handy.  Perhaps you clicked “Send” on an email that was better left unsaid, or “Delete” on a contact before realizing you still needed it.  Just like Gmail lets you unsend a message, you can now have a second chance with your contacts too.
USA Today:
Army sees smartphones as important for soldiers  —  FORT GORDON, Ga. — The Army wants to issue every soldier an iPhone or Android cellphone — it could be a soldier's choice.  —  And to top it off, the Army wants to pay your monthly phone bill.  —  To most soldiers, it sounds almost …
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 …
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Leaving Mozilla, Starting Massive Health  —  Firefox is a project you never want to leave, and Mozilla is a company of which dreams are made.  No matter where I travel in the world—from Rome to Tokyo—there are engaged Mozillian communities that immediately whirlwind me to a local pub to talk shop.
Manu Sharma / The LinkedIn Blog:
Did you use one of these 10 most overused buzzwords in your LinkedIn profile this year?  —  Wonder what really makes people cringe when they look at your LinkedIn Profile?  It's those clichéd words and phrases.  You know what they are — those ambiguous ones that really don't tell you anything.
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare adds venue descriptions and websites  —  Foursquare users have long asked for the ability to add a description and website for each venue.  With an update to the site this afternoon, foursquare has given them their wish.  —  Descriptions now appear on the right side of each venue page …
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 …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Nook Color getting Android 2.2 and Market in January, current hacks could make it blow up? (update)  —  You had to know the hacking community was going to have a field day with the Nook Color — a $249 Android Tablet hiding behind with a thin e-reader coating.
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” …
Nick Saint / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CEO Out At Top Groupon Clone BuyWithMe  —  Cheryl Rosner, the CEO of BuyWithMe, one of the largest Groupon clones, has stepped down.  —  Rosner is the former President of Expedia and CEO and President of TicketsNow, which sold to TicketMaster in 2008.  She was brought on as CEO of BuyWithMe …
Discussion: VatorNews, eMoney and Pulse2
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Tech Behind Hit Games Comes to iPhone  —  The technology behind hit videogames such as “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Gears of War 3″ is coming to iPhone and iPad game developers this week, in another sign that mobile gaming is booming on Apple's platforms.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
U.K. Mobile Phone Operator to Offer Unlimited Internet Access  —  BERLIN — A British mobile phone operator said Tuesday that it would offer unlimited mobile Internet access, bucking the industry trend of charging based on the amount of data consumed.  —  Analysts were divided over whether …
Discussion: The Next Web and Electronista
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Oracle mobile Java licensing suit boomerangs  —  Breach-of-contract allegations fly  —  Oracle and a hot-selling Java mobile device maker have fired lawsuits at each other over who controls Java - and at what price.  —  Oracle and Myriad Group have filed dueling suits in the US …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to cut about 800 jobs in Finland  —  (Reuters) - Nokia, the world's biggest cellphone maker by volume, said on Tuesday it planned to cut about 800 jobs in its home Finnish market.  —  The company said in a statement it concluded negotiations with employee representatives on the planned reductions …
 
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Ben Collins-Sussman / Google Code Blog:
Announcing apache-extras.org  —  The Apache Software Foundation …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and eWeek
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
When It Comes To Mobile, 78% Of Web Video Is Encoded To Play On Apple Devices
John Ciancutti / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Four Reasons We Choose Amazon's Cloud as Our Computing Platform
William McQuillen / Bloomberg:
Google, Microsoft Join Obama to Combat Knockoff Drugs
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Google's Newest Patent: The Browser Search Highlight Button
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Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Delays Debut of IPhone Rival E7 to 2011 to Work on ‘User Experience’
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
A Key Figure in the Future of Yahoo
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