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2:45 PM ET, December 14, 2010


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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.
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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 ( — The first iAd for iPad will launch this afternoon for the upcoming Disney blockbuster “Tron Legacy.”
Discussion: TechCrunch, 9 to 5 Mac, The Next Web and MacStories, Thanks:kunur
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 …
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 …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
ChromeOS puts data at risk from police, warns activist  —  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” …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Nook Color getting Android 2.2 and Market in January, current hacks could make it blow up [updated]  —  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.
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Google's Newest Patent: The Browser Search Highlight Button  —  You might think that Google (GOOG) has become a favorite punching bag of intellectual property lawyers.  Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) both indirectly targeted the company via patent infringement suits against such Android handset vendors as Motorola (MOT) and HTC.
Discussion: Pulse2
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.
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.
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 …
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
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. …
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Delays Debut of IPhone Rival E7 to 2011 to Work on ‘User Experience’  —  Nokia Oyj, the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, will postpone the first shipments of the E7 smartphone until early next year, after missing an earlier deadline for handsets using the Symbian operating system.
Discussion: Digital Daily, Reuters and mocoNews
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