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9:20 AM ET, December 15, 2010

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Lev Grossman / Time:
Person of the Year 2010: Mark Zuckerberg  —  On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook's conference rooms, so named because it's in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in.
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.
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
The Internet Goes to War  —  If you weren't paying attention recently, the Internet has gone to war.  —  ABC News proclaimed “Welcome to Infowar, Version 1.0″.  Fox warned of the “growing data war”.  And the Guardian provided minute by minute coverage on the opening salvos of this first “Internet-wide Cyber War”.
Discussion: Net Effect
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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: VentureBeat and Urlesque
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Launches Online Form to Buy Ads, Trending Topics & More  —  The business end of Twitter has revamped its website tonight and it now includes a form that companies can use to express interest in purchasing Promoted Accounts, Promoted Tweets or Promoted Trends.
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Brodie Beta / The Next Web:
Twitter Launches Revamped Guide For Businesses
Peter-Paul Koch / A List Apart:
Smartphone Browser Landscape  —  Users expect websites to work on their mobile phones.  In two to three years, mobile support will become standard for any site.  Web developers must add mobile web development to their skill set or risk losing clients.  —  How do you make websites mobile compatible?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
Hacksugar: Mac-based AirPlay service allows device-to-Mac playback  —  AirPlay is a very, very cool technology.  Unfortunately, if you don't own an Apple TV 2 or other capable receiving device, it's not going to do you much good.  (If you have the cash on-hand, for $99, the Apple TV mark 2 is a pretty sweet purchase.
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
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Time to loosen Google's grip?  —  In case you hadn't noticed, Google isn't just a Web search company any longer.  In addition to online advertising, it's moving into operating system and application software, mobile telephone software, e-mail, Web browsers, maps, and video aggregation.
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Don Harrison / Google Public Policy Blog:
Acquisitions and antitrust
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
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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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.
MSDN Blogs:
Transport for London Moves to Windows Azure  —  Today we have some great news to announce as Transport for London (TfL) has taken to the cloud by moving their Developers Area and new Trackernet data feed to the Windows Azure platform.  This forms the first major step forward as part …
Sam Varghese / iTWire Latest Headlines:
Developer claims FBI implemented backdoors in OpenBSD  —  The US Federal Bureau of Investigation implemented a number of backdoors in the open cryptographic framework used in OpenBSD, according to a former developer of the operating system.  —  Gregory Perry wrote to OpenBSD project chief Theo de Raadt …
Electronista:
Rogers first to bring back post-sale iPhone unlocking  —  Canadian carrier Rogers and its sub-brand Fido have brought back a system that would let customers more officially unlock iPhones after the sale, a possible leak of its strategy has uncovered.  As part of a broader move …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Realtime gets a page refresh.  Cleaner display and Top updates featured.  —  If you're a fan of Google Realtime, you're going to love this.  The search modifier, which looks across social media sites for updates in “real time” has gotten a completely clean new look that makes data easier to decipher:
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: SAI, Bits, Reuters, NetworkEffect and TechCrunch
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
mSpot Brings Cloud-Based Streaming Music Service To iPhones  —  Mobile entertainment startup mSpot is bringing its free music cloud service that allows you sync your entire music collection across mobile phones and PCs/Macs to iPhones with the launch of a new app.
Discussion: MediaMemo and VentureBeat
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
A Snapshot of the Public BitTorrent Landscape  —  In a few months BitTorrent will celebrate its tenth anniversary, and in these years it has become the preferred technology to share files online.  Today we document a piece of BitTorrent history with one of the most elaborate overviews …
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.”
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:
Jodiolson / Twitter Blog:
Hindsight2010: The Year's Most Retweeted Tweets  —  In this edition of #Hindsight2010, we reveal the 10 Most Retweeted Tweets of the year.  —  American TV personality Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) tops the list with a wry Tweet about the Gulf Oil Spill, the year's biggest Trend on Twitter.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's U.S. Growth Is Stalling  —  In 2010, Twitter became a truly global phenomenon with 25 billion tweets, some of them quite powerful.  But most of its growth came form overseas.  If you look at a comScore chart of U.S. visitors to Twitter.com (see above), it looks like Twitter's growth in the U.S. is stalling.
Discussion: SAI
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Oodle Widens Its Social Reach On Facebook Marketplace
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and eMoney
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Big In China, Tencent Debuts International Version Of Its Popular IM Client, QQi
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Tech firms set up shop at Google Ventures' Startup Lab
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Yahoo search hacked? …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
DeviantART database compromised, email addresses leaked
Discussion: Softpedia News and Erictric
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Oracle mobile Java licensing suit boomerangs
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare adds venue descriptions and websites
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Comcast Tries Walling Off the Web
USA Today:
Army sees smartphones as important for soldiers
Marcus Foster / Google Voice Blog:
Google Voice app now supports iPad & iPod Touch