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6:55 PM ET, December 18, 2010


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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Thinking Out Loud: What's Driving Groupon?  —  In the current issue of the New Yorker, columnist James Surowiecki, who I generally admire, gets it exactly wrong when it comes to Groupon.  —  He writes: … Well, that's a defensible opinion, but after visiting CEO Andrew Mason this week in Chicago …
Discussion: broadstuff
Bari Weiss / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon's $6 Billion Gambler  —  The 30-year-old CEO in Chicago is changing the way we buy from local businesses.  And trying to make billions doing it.  —  Chicago  —  Enter the offices of Groupon, the hottest Internet start-up in the country, and staring down at you from the wall is 30-year-old CEO Andrew Mason.
Wall Street Journal:
Your Apps Are Watching You  —  A Journal investigation finds that iPhone and Android apps are breaching the privacy of smartphone users.  —  Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner's real name …
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Platforms, Privacy and Pandora's Box
Paul Buchheit:
The Cloud OS  —  My recent remark about the future of ChromeOS generated a surprisingly passionate response.  Some said that my prediction was obvious and boring, but others disagreed, arguing instead that I am ugly and “don't get it”.  I won't disagree with either side …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Bank of America cuts off WikiLeaks  —  Bank of America has added its name to a list of several financial institutions that have refused to process payments for WikiLeaks as the site reportedly readies a document release that targets the banking giant.  —  “This decision is based upon …
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Kinect sex game will not become reality, Microsoft says  —  Microsoft's Kinect motion controller has been out for less than two months and already there's an adult company looking to produce a 3-D sex game for the Xbox 360 console.  —  But Microsoft, maker of Kinect and Xbox …
Discussion: Examiner and eWeek
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Just Killed... Consumer Confidence In Them  —  It has been fairly amazing to watch this Yahoo “sunsetting” news over the past 48 hours.  It seemed to go from a bad leak, to huge backlash, to PR disaster, to confusion, to worse PR disaster.  Now Yahoo, by way of Delicious …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Viewsonic G Tablet pulled from Staples stores, ‘manufacturing defect’ to blame  —  Oh boy, we've not been shy about our love for NVIDIA's Tegra 2, but the tablets that have opted to use it so far keep meeting the same miserable end: discontinuation from shop floor availability.
Bazinga! Blog:
Google To Invest Millions in Palestine  —  At 2nd of December this year, a Google team came to Palestine, focusing in Gaza.  Luckily enough we've managed to get them to talk to Palestinian entrepreneurs and techies in the west bank.  —  Gisel Hiscock, repeatedly said (in Gaza and WB) …
Discussion: The Next Web
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
EA's App Store price war  —  As we previously reported, EA dropped prices on most of its iOS apps this week, and that sale sent shockwaves through the App Store's holiday season.  We've seen tons of awesome new apps hit the store in the past few weeks, but if you look at the Top Paid apps right now, most of them are older EA favorites.
Discussion: TiPb, MacNN and
Ed Silverstein / TechZone360:
Remote Kill Switch Added to New Intel Processor  —  A remote switch can disable the Intel Sandy Bridge processor if it is ever lost or stolen, according to a recent report from Infowars.  —  Even when the operating system is not running, Anti-Theft 3.0 can disable systems over 3G networks.
Discussion: Examiner, IT Business, TG Daily and Infowars
Sarah Reedy / Light Reading:
ITU Backtracks on ‘4G’ Definition  —  5:10 PM — The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) kicked off an all-out marketing war in October when it proclaimed that Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMax were not, in fact, 4G.  Hence, the term FauxG was born and the term “4G” rendered meaningless.
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Report: EU may delay Intel's McAfee acquisition
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Another Key Feature Of Google +1: Massive-Scale Social Video Conferencing
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge kills massive P2P porn lawsuit, kneecaps copyright troll
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