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12:10 AM ET, December 20, 2010


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New York Times:
Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews  —  Google TV has just enacted its first programming cancellation.  —  The Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas was meant to be the great coming-out party for Google's new software for televisions, which adds Web video and other computer smarts to TV sets.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Best Buy bundling free Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T MiFis with iPads, contract required  —  Best Buy has just started a offering a new iPad bundle which includes your choice of an AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint MiFi.  These MiFis support up to five wireless devices including the iPad.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft quietly shuts down Office Genuine Advantage program  —  Late last week, with absolutely no public announcement, Microsoft quietly retired one cog in its antipiracy machine.  —  An anonymous tipster informed me on Friday that Microsoft had shut down its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program as of Thursday, December 16.
Discussion:, Examiner and WinBeta, Thanks:edbott
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
Internet road rules near FCC vote  —  (Reuters) - A controversial proposal for Internet traffic rules that would allow providers to ration access to their networks is scheduled to come before communications regulators for a vote on Tuesday.  —  The rules would ban high-speed Internet providers …
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:   Democrats put heat on FCC commissioner on net neutrality vote
Kenneth Corbin / EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
GOP Opposition to FCC Net Neutrality Plan Mounts
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Post Tech
Steven Loeb / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
SNL: Julian Assange Hacks Into Mark Zuckerberg's ‘Person Of The Year’ Thank-You Message  —  Julian Assange has been maligned in the press, thrown in jail, had his name dragged through the mud, but now he has a real reason to be furious with the United States:  —  Time chose Mark Zuckerberg as ‘Person of the Year’ over him!
Discussion: Examiner, Pulse2 and Mediaite
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flirting Social Network Likealittle Hits 20M Pageviews In 6 Weeks  —  If you were paying attention to Hacker News this weekend, you may have seen both the following post advertising “YC W11 Startup Social Network, 20M Pageviews in 6 Wks, Hiring Hackers/Designers” and the subsequent thread trying …
Stephen Hood / unique hazards may exist:
We can save Delicious, but probably not in the way you think  —  I left Yahoo over two years ago, but prior to that I spent three years running product for Delicious.  Since then I've remained a loyal user and supporter.  To this day I keep in touch with former Delicious colleagues and consider many to be friends.
Discussion: 0xDECAFBAD and TechCrunch, Thanks:mdoeff
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
Airport Apps Put You First in Line  —  IT goes without saying: Holiday travel is brutal.  Security lines are longer.  Planes are more crowded.  The battle for storage space heats up as travelers vie to stuff all those gift-laden bags in overhead bins.  And if bad weather hits …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: Readies HTML5 as its Standard Player, Replacing Flash  —  While most of the the major video sites and online video services providers are providing HTML5 support, primarily for Apple iOS devices, is going to adopt HTML5 as its standard player for the Web and other platforms …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
The @Mention Cloud  —  There's a real struggle going on right now for control of the InBox.  The platform is the iPad and the challengers are Flipboard and Twitter.  I just tried the revamped Flipboard and still felt handcuffed between an art director's vision of what I should like and what I would like to discover.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
When OCR Goes Bad: Google's Ngram Viewer & The F-Word  —  Google launched its Google Books Ngram Viewer this week, a tool that lets you research how popular words and phrases have been over several centuries, based on their appearance in books.  But can you trust it?
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Rebooting Web Publishing Design  —  Let's start by reviewing the basic ingredients of a successful online publishing operation:  —  1 / Quick load.  —  2 / Ease of operation and update  —  3 / Consistent visual identity  —  4 / Platform independence  —  5 / Open to the rest of the web
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
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Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Firefox backs “Do Not Track” with online stealth
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Thanks In Part To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Spending …
Glynnis MacNicol / SAI:
Joe Biden Compares Julian Assange To 'High-Tech Terrorist …
Discussion: Guardian, The Hill, USA Today and Pulse2
 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / The Register:
Facebook: Why our ‘next-gen’ comms ditched MySQL
Discussion: Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Yahoo Engineers Shed Light On Why Delicious And Other Acquisitions Failed
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Pulse2
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
The Best HTML5 Game Yet: A Threat To Flash?