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6:25 AM ET, December 17, 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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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!
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 …
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.
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Zack Whittaker / iGeneration Blog:
Facebook adds ‘Memories’: Internal prototype exposed by mistake  —  Facebook has added ‘Memories’ to the long list of new features rolling out on the site over the last few weeks.  This will be particularly useful for college students who struggle to remember the drunken times they have had …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The new Facebook Fan pages are live.  No tabs, cleaner interface and more features.
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 …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:   Google Maps 5.0 for Android now available with 3D buildings, offline support
Jon Ying / The Dropbox Blog:
Dropbox hits 1.0!  —  Hey everyone!  —  We're super excited to announce the new hotness that we've been cooking up for the past few months: Dropbox 1.0!  In addition to hundreds (yep, hundreds) of bug fixes, vastly reduced resource usage (think of it as the Prius model of Dropbox) …
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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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Word Lens Translates Words Inside of Images.  Yes Really.  —  Ever been confused at a restaurant in a foreign country and wish you could just scan your menu with your iPhone and get an instant translation?  Well as of today you are one step closer thanks to Word Lens from QuestVisual.
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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!
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Can't Dent iTunes  —  On the day Apple Inc. rolled out the Beatles' catalog on its iTunes Store, Amazon.com Inc. fired back with a digital exclusive of its own: The latest album from rap-rocker Kid Rock—whose music still isn't available on iTunes—for just $3.99.
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacNN
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
Kenneth Russell / Chromium Blog:
WebGL now in Beta: here comes the 3D web!  —  We're happy to announce that WebGL is now on by default in Google Chrome's beta channel, with some shiny new demos to show off what the technology can do.  —  WebGL is a 3D graphics API for JavaScript that developers can use to create fully 3D web apps.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chrome Browser Sandboxes Flash To Protect Against Malware
Discussion: Softpedia News
Wall Street Journal:
Phone-Wielding Shoppers Strike Fear Into Retailers  —  Tri Tang, a 25-year-old marketer, walked into a Best Buy Co. store in Sunnyvale, Calif., this past weekend and spotted the perfect gift for his girlfriend.  —  Last year, he might have just dropped the $184.85 Garmin global positioning system into his cart.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard's Mike McCue: Web format has ‘contaminated’ online journalism  —  Flipboard, the social magazine app for the iPad, seems to be having a flipping good run.  —  Last week, the famously design-conscious Apple Inc. named Flipboard its App of the Year.
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.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter Use Has Changed, From 2009 to 2010  —  It's been a good year for Twitter, and not merely because the company announced yesterday it has secured another huge round of funding.  The microblogging platform has grown by over 100 million users this year and expanded its staff from 130 to 350 people.
Discussion: Mashable!
Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley No Longer Reflects Name as Investors Shun Chips  —  Silicon Valley has lost its appetite for silicon.  —  While venture capitalists are pouring money into social networking, e-commerce and online-game companies, investments in chipmakers are close to a 12-year low.
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.
 
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Brian Wheeler / BBC:
EU could turn to ‘crowd sourcing’ in cyber crime fight
Discussion: ITProPortal, V3.co.uk and The Next Web
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
New Pitch for Start-Up Visas
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Groupon Leading Surge in Value of Private Companies
Discussion: SAI
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Run Oracle Applications on Amazon EC2 Now!
John Leyden / The Register:
Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Adds “Follow News” Button, Easy Way To Customize Home Page
Daniel Brusilovsky / Teens in Tech:
So What Do Those 300,000 Apps On The App Store Really Mean?
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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