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8:50 PM ET, December 16, 2010

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Is Yahoo Shutting Down Del.icio.us?  [Update: Yes]  —  For a couple of days now, we've been hearing rumors that the Yahoo layoffs included the entire Delicious team.  Now Former Yahoo employee and Upcoming founder Andy Baio has tweeted out the above Yahoo! product team meeting slide that seems …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Following Layoffs, Yahoo Cuts Products: MyBlogLog, Delicious, Yahoo Buzz  —  At an all-hands meeting for the Yahoo product team following a round of layoffs yesterday that significantly impacted that group, EVP of Americas Ross Levinsohn and Chief Product Officer Blake Irving announced plans to …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
R.I.P. Delicious: You Were So Beautiful to Me  —  Social bookmarking service Delicious announced five years ago last Thursday that it had been acquired by Yahoo The first comment posted on the blog entry announcing the deal was from TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, saying “Congratulations!
Discussion: Financial Times
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Feds charge five in Silicon Valley with insider trading of tech stocks  —  Federal prosecutors charged five Silicon Valley people with illegal insider trading today.  The people charged traded on information they obtained about technology companies such as Dell, Apple, Advanced Micro Devices and Flextronics International.
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Apple iPad: Secrets from the Insider Trading Case
Discussion: Reuters and Engadget
Michael Siliski / The Official Google Blog:
The next generation of mobile maps  —  I'm excited to announce Google Maps 5.0 for Android, with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.  We launched Google Maps for mobile a little more than five years ago.  Since then, we've added dozens of features …
ifixit:
Nexus S Teardown  —  Nearly one year after the release of the Nexus One, Google, in partnership with Samsung, has released its second official phone the Nexus S. It has some fancy gimmicks features that separate it from other Android phones on the market, such as a curved display and the newest 2.3 Gingerbread update.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nexus S has been rooted, let the madness commence!
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Seek New Funding After Rebuffing Google's $6 Billion Offer  —  Groupon Inc., owner of a daily coupon website with 40 million subscribers, is seeking funds after rejecting a takeover offer from Google Inc., three people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: VatorNews, DailyFinance and VentureBeat
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Q: Why No Twitter Board Seat for Kleiner's John Doerr? …
Carlos Pizano / Google Chrome Blog:
Safer plug-ins, faster search, and richer graphics  —  Last week, we previewed several upcoming features that will be available to users on Chrome and Chrome OS.  Today we're excited to introduce a few of these new security, speed, and open web platform features into Chrome's beta channel.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chrome Browser Sandboxes Flash To Protect Against Malware
Discussion: Computerworld
Paul Tarjan / Facebook Developer Blog:
Making registration simple and social in just a few steps  —  Today we're launching a new registration tool that gives website owners the ability to offer quick, easy and social options for sign-up.  It is an excellent alternative to using Facebook Login (formerly Facebook Connect) when …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's New User Registration Tool for Websites: Implementation …
Discussion: WebProNews and SelectStart
Apple:
Apple's Mac App Store to Open on January 6  —  Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ will open for business on Thursday, January 6.  By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever.
Justin Mitchell / Facebook Blog:
Making Photo Tagging Easier  —  Every day, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on Facebook.  They do it because it's an easy way to share photos and memories.  Unlike photos that get forgotten in a camera or an unshared album, tagged photos help you and your friends relive everything …
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail introduces interactive email using Active Views  —  Starting today, Hotmail and select partners are introducing a new type of interactive and dynamic email that runs on the Hotmail Active Views platform.  —  Beginning in the late 90s, email services evolved from supporting just plain text …
DigiTimes:
Apple to upgrade MacBook Pro and iMac in 1H11  —  In addition to iPad, Apple is set to launch upgraded MacBook Pro and iMac models in the first half of 2011, according to sources from upstream component makers.  —  The sources noted that Apple plans to launch at least four upgraded MacBook Pros …
Jon Orwant / The Official Google Blog:
Find out what's in a word, or five, with the Google Books Ngram Viewer  —  Scholars interested in topics such as philosophy, religion, politics, art and language have employed qualitative approaches such as literary and critical analysis with great success.  As more of the world's literature …
Emmanuel Orssaud / PlayStation Blog:
The Official PlayStation App, Coming Soon To iPhone And Android Handsets  —  I'm very happy to finally be able to announce on the PlayStation.Blog that we will launch the Official PlayStation App very soon.  —  The app will be available to download for iPhone and iPod Touch with OS 4 and above …
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Facebook Briefly Shuts Down After Code Leak  —  Facebook, one of the largest websites in the world, voluntarily shut itself down Thursday after the code for several new products was made public before the products were ready for launch, the company confirmed to Wired.com.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Web Data Shows Windows Phone 7 Barely a Blip on the Radar  —  Microsoft's smartphone strategy isn't yet paying off in terms of sales, market share or user adoption, at least not from any measurable statistics, which are far and few between.  The company hasn't offered even the slightest hint …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
About.Me Has 400,000 Beta Testers, Opens Doors To All  —  In September About.me started letting people reserve names for its personal profile page.  They guaranteed your name (I'm about.me/mike, for example) and started letting those people in slowly in batches.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Congress Hears WikiLeaks Is ‘Fundamentally Different’ From Media  —  The Justice Department would have no problem distinguishing WikiLeaks from traditional media outlets, if it decides to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act, a former federal prosecutor told lawmakers Thursday.
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The new Facebook Fan pages are live.  No tabs, cleaner interface and more features.  —  Update: It appears that Facebook pulled the updates, for the time being.  These were apparently “prototype” features.  See our post with full details.  —  We've waited and now they're here …
 
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard's Mike McCue: Web format has ‘contaminated’ online journalism
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Opera 11 now available with extensions, tab stacks
Discussion: Computerworld, BetaNews and Engadget
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Vimeo turns its video site into a film school
Discussion: GigaOM and Podcasting News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foodspotting Swallows Food Sharing Community Eat.ly
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
SkyFire web browser brings Flash video and social features to iPad
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and IntoMobile
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook to Big Media: We Like You. We Really, Really Like You.
 Earlier Items: 
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Will Oracle and Microsoft Bid on Autonomy?
Discussion: SAI
Nokia:
Nokia files patent infringement complaints against Apple in the UK …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Hits All-Time Market Share High In November, comScore Says
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly adds new touch panel suppliers for iPad 2
Discussion: Computerworld and Pulse2
 

 
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Frances Perraudin / Guardian:
Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool

Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
What's the right news experience on a phone?  Stacy-Marie Ishmael and BuzzFeed are trying to figure it out

Emily Bell / Reuters Institute:
After ceding power to Silicon Valley, journalists must build own tools, explore issues of regulation, and report deeply to retain influence

 
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