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1:45 PM ET, December 17, 2010

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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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple owns 66% of online music market, Amazon second at 13%  —  Despite unrelenting competition from numerous online music vendors—particularly Amazon—iTunes has managed to actually increase its market share.  The music service now makes up 66.2 percent of the online music market …
Discussion: Gearlog
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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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Word Lens augmented reality app instantly translates whatever you point it at  —  Augmented reality and optical character recognition have just come into their own, beautifully intertwined into an instant translation app for the iPhone.  Download Word Lens, pay $4.99 for a language pack …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
RIM In Talks To Buy Gist  —  RIM, the company behind the iconic mobile-messaging platform BlackBerry, is said to be in talks to acquire Seattle-based startup Gist, according to industry sources.  While the deal is said to be nearly done, there is always a fair chance that the two parties might not come to an agreement.
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!
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Is Yahoo Shutting Down Del.icio.us? [Update: Yes]
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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James Kanter / New York Times:
E.U. Deepens Investigation Into Google  —  BRUSSELS — European Union authorities have broadened their investigation of Google by accepting two complaints from Germany, one involving a powerful group of newspaper and magazine publishers and the other, a mapping company, officials said on Friday.
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
EU extends Google investigation to news and mapping
Discussion: Bloomberg
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Rupert Murdoch's “Daily” iPad Newspaper Set for January Launch  —  Want to get a gander at “the Daily,” Rupert Murdoch's much-discussed but still sorta-secret iPad newspaper?  Wait a month.  —  News Corp. plans to launch the publication the week of January 17, multiple sources tell me.
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
How The World's Technology Juggernaut Lost Its Buzz And Became The ‘Underdog’  —  Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg recently took the stage at a joint press conference alongside another large technology company.  He described his partner using a once-unthinkable designation.
Amazon.com:
Newspapers and Magazines Coming to Amazon's Buy Once, Read Everywhere Kindle Apps - Starting with Kindle for Android  —  All of the features customers love about Kindle newspapers and magazines coming to Kindle for Android, including convenience of automatic overnight delivery of subscriptions …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM: “Playbook redefines what a tablet should do”  —  On Research in Motion's conference call with analysts to discuss third quarter earnings result, there was the obligatory comments about the quarter that just passed - but clearly, one of the biggest topics of interest centered around the upcoming launch of the Playbook tablet.
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
In 500 Billion Words, New Window on Culture  —  With little fanfare, Google has made a mammoth database culled from nearly 5.2 million digitized books available to the public for free downloads and online searches, opening a new landscape of possibilities for research and education in the humanities.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Playable social games come to Bing's search results  —  Bing is putting social gaming into search results pages, letting users play a title without ever having to visit its specialty Bing Games site, or the publisher's hosted game page on social networks like Facebook.
Vint Cerf / The Official Google Blog:
Governments shouldn't have a monopoly on Internet governance  —  The beauty of the Internet is that it's not controlled by any one group.  Its governance is bottoms-up—with academics, non-profits, companies and governments all working to improve this technological wonder of the modern world.
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.
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.
Panos Ipeirotis / A Computer Scientist …:
Mechanical Turk: Now with 40.92% spam.  —  At this point, Amazon Mechanical Turk has reached the mainstream.  Pretty much everyone knows about the concept.  Post small tasks online, pay people cents, and get thousands of micro-tasks completed.  —  Unfortunately, this resulted in some unfortunate trends.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SAI
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 Kiley / Sky News:
EXCLUSIVE: More Cyber Attacks Promised  —  A pro-WikiLeaks hacker has told Sky News an internet insurgent group will keep attacking those companies who target the whistleblowing website. … Speaking on camera for the first time, the cyber-insurgent “Bass”, from the group Anonymous …
Martyn Williams / PC World:
NEC to Show Dual-screen Android Tablet at CES  —  NEC will show a dual-screen tablet computer based on Google's Android operating system at January's International Consumer Electronics Show.  —  The new tablet will be based on the LifeTouch model that NEC unveiled in Tokyo in November.
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
92 percent of RIM's sales growth came from outside the US
Discussion: GigaOM, mocoNews and Tech Check
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
The Details Behind The Government's Recent Domain-Name Seizures
Discussion: Techdirt
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
EMI poaches key iTunes exec to lead A&R
Discussion: iLounge
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Follow Other Commenters On Disqus
Discussion: Disqus Blog and The Blog Herald
Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley No Longer Reflects Name as Investors Shun Chips
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
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Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Run Oracle Applications on Amazon EC2 Now!
Discussion: Forward Thinking
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
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter Use Has Changed, From 2009 to 2010
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard's Mike McCue: Web format has ‘contaminated’ online journalism
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Congress Hears WikiLeaks Is ‘Fundamentally Different’ From Media
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Web Data Shows Windows Phone 7 Barely a Blip on the Radar
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's New User Registration Tool for Websites: Implementation …
Discussion: CNET News and All Facebook