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3:44 AM ET, December 15, 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 …
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, VentureBeat and Guardian
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Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange bail hearing makes legal history with Twitter ruling
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.
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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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.”
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Spammers Were Offering $2K For The Gawker Database.  Now They Have It For Free.  —  In the modern media equivalent of a Greek myth, the Gawker empire was hit hard over the weekend when it was revealed that a hacker group had infiltrated its commenter database via a vulnerability in its source code …
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Brodie Beta / The Next Web:
Twitter Launches Revamped Guide For Businesses  —  We've seen all sorts of different companies use Twitter to leverage their brands and now Twitter is stepping in to help further by showing companies how to use twitter effectively.  —  The new version of business.twitter.com …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Launches Online Form to Buy Ads, Trending Topics & More
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.
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:
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Facebook Tops Glassdoor's List of Places to Work  —  Engineers aren't just flocking to Facebook for a potential blockbuster IPO payout — apparently the social network is also a great place to work.  Glassdoor.com announced that Facebook is debuting at the top of its third-annual list …
Discussion: NetworkEffect and TechCrunch
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 …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Tech firms set up shop at Google Ventures' Startup Lab  —  * Space can accommodate up to 120 people  —  * Google staffers to offer classes at Startup Lab  —  A small team has toiled away since early October in a quiet corner of Google Inc's (GOOG.O) sprawling campus in Mountain View …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Yahoo search hacked?  Image result thumbnails are leading to porn pictures.  [Updated]  —  Updated at the foot of the post.  —  We've reached out to Yahoo for comment, but for now you might want to avoid letting your kids do Yahoo searches.  Taking a quick look at any search done …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Toshiba denies rumor Apple will invest in mobile display subsidiary  —  Toshiba has denied rumors that Apple will invest in the new production plant of its small- to medium-size panel subsidiary, Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD).  —  Panel makers indicated that the rumors could make sense …
Discussion: MacStories and 9 to 5 Mac
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Oodle Widens Its Social Reach On Facebook Marketplace  —  When Oodle started out six years ago as a classifieds search engine, it's focus was all around search and bringing together the best classified ads from all over the web.  Today, it still does that, but increasingly it is moving more and more towards social classifieds.
Discussion: eMoney, CNET News and VentureBeat
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
DeviantART database compromised, email addresses leaked  —  DeviantART, the worlds largest social network for artists, has had their database exposed.  This latest breach comes in the shadows of McDonald's member database and Gawker database exposures in the past two days.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Erictric
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.
 
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