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2:45 PM ET, December 21, 2010

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Removes WikiLeaks App From App Store  —  Looks like an unofficial iPhone and iPad app that let you view WikiLeaks site content and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account on the go has been removed from the App app store earlier today.  The app used to be available here (here's the Google cache).
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Why Apple Removed a WikiLeaks App From Its Store  —  Apple on Tuesday confirmed that it had removed from its online store an iPhone and iPad app that let users view the content on the WikiLeaks site and follow WikiLeaks Twitter account.  —  Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman …
Clayton Morris / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: iPad Competitor Coming Soon From Palm  —  FoxNews has obtained exclusive images of Palm's forthcoming competitor to the iPad, called the PalmPad, which will debut at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.  —  The Apple iPad has a solid lead in the tablet space.
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:   Is the PalmPad a recycled HP Slate?
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Fluther Flocks to Twitter  —  There are now three times as many people on the Twitter team as there were at this time last year.  More than half of our employees work in engineering and operations, and those teams continue to grow as we attract more and more talented people interested …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:   Twitter Triples Team in One Year, Acqhires Q&A Start-Up
The Politico:
FCC approves net neutrality rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that will govern how Internet providers treat Web traffic and services, a move that sets the stage for a heated political battle on Capitol Hill come January.  —  Led by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski …
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Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
FCC Chair Julius Genachowski's Statement on the New Net Neutrality Rules  —  This afternoon, the FCC is expected to pass a landmark new set of rules governing online communications.  Update, 1:38pm: The FCC has voted to approve the new rules, which will be the first enforceable rules on net neutrality.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Instant Personalization On TripAdvisor  —  Hot on the heels of bringing Instant Personalization to Clicker last week, today Facebook is announcing the latest addition to the program: TripAdvisor.  The popular travel site, which includes user reviews of hotels, restaurants …
Discussion: MediaPost Raw
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Apple:
New Apple TV Sales to Top One Million This Week  —  Apple® today announced that it expects sales of its new Apple TV® to top one million units later this week.  The new Apple TV offers the simplest way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows, stream content from Netflix …
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Google shopping for Groupon wannabe: sources  —  Google, whose $6 billion buyout offer was spurned by online coupon site Groupon, is in talks with much smaller rivals of the two-year-old firm, a source close to the situation told The Post.  —  The deal talks show that the search giant …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Windows Phone 7: 1.5 Million Devices Sold, But Not To Consumers  —  In the last six weeks, there has been a lot of speculation over just how many Windows Phone 7 handsets have been sold since the devices hit the market.  Now we have a number, sort of: 1.5 million, revealed by Microsoft's …
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Microsoft:
Windows Phone 7 Sales Off to a Promising Start, First Step in a New Era of Mobile
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Roku CEO: Sales Doubled When Apple TV Launched  —  When Apple and Google made big moves into the “digital living room” this year, it made sense to assume that business would become a lot harder for Roku.  —  The Silicon Valley-based company has been selling inexpensive web TV set-top boxes since 2008 …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: PlayStation phone to hit shops in April  —  Sources confirm to Pocket-lint launch date and release  —  The Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone will hit shops in April, after a February Mobile World Congress launch, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Pocket-lint.
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
IDC: Windows Phone 7 marketplace ramping up “faster than Android”  —  The Windows Phone 7 marketplace is ramping up faster than Android, and even when compared to the iPhone App store (red line) it does not look too bad.  (WP7 graph from WP7Applist.com)  —  We continue to see rather odd stories …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
One of the “Killer Apps for Android,” Swype Opens Its Beta  —  Oh, the war of words between iPhone and Android fans.  How it has preoccupied us this year.  I won't take sides now.  I own both.  (Don't judge.)  But I will say this: if you're an Android user, you might want to go now and join Swype's beta.
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Cloud Engines raises $15M to turn old hard drives into private cloud servers  —  Cloud Engines, maker of the Pogoplug set-top appliance that turns external hard drives into private cloud servers, announced today that it has raised $15 million from Softbank Capital and Morgan Stanley.
Discussion: GigaOM
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
About.Me CEO Tony Conrad: Here's Why I Sold My Company To AOL So Quickly  —  About.me, a super-simple make-your-own-pretty-looking- homepage tool, just launched last week, and today the company announced that it had already been acquired by AOL.  (Actually, the company signed a letter of intent in November …
Ezone.com iPhone News:
It's Official: EA Owns the App Store - Now What Do We Do?  —  It's official.  The big publishers now own the App Store.  We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later (it's just we all hoped it would be later).  Apologies for leading off our second idevblogaday post with another ranking chart …
Discussion: SlashGear
DigiTimes:
Acer, Asustek, Lenovo to launch new notebooks with ultra-thin design in 1Q11  —  As Apple's new MacBook Air notebook has seen a strong demand in the channel, notebook brands including Acer, Asustek Computer and Lenovo are all set to follow suit and launch 13.3- to 14-inch notebooks …
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
VCs say they'll invest, hire and sell more in 2011  —  Venture capitalists say they will invest more in 2011, as hiring in the sector heats up and selling begins to shake off the lingering woes of the financial crisis, according to a study released today by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource.
Douwe Osinga / Google Wave Blog:
Announcing Google Shared Spaces  —  In August, Google announced that Wave would no longer be developed as a standalone product, but that the Wave technology would survive in other products.  Today, I am happy announce the launch of Google Shared Spaces in Google Labs as one of those off-shoots.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
LivingSocial CEO Has Big Plans Now that Amazon Is in His Back Pocket  —  Groupon's co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason has stolen the spotlight recently, by appearing on the “Today Show” and being interviewed on “Charlie Rose.”  —  But it's hard not to make news when you turn down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google.
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook Revenue Is Not Growing Like Google's Did  —  Want to get the Chart of The Day before everybody else?  Get it in an email.  —  Facebook is on track to generate $2 billion in sales this year, a nice milestone for the social networking king.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
No Hulu Plus for Your Cable DVR  —  Hulu Plus is slated to come to TiVo's Premiere DVR soon — but don't expect it to show up on any TiVo devices supplied by cable companies like Suddenlink, Cox or RCN.  Rights holders are resisting subscription-based streaming content being placed next …
 
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Scott Thurm / Wall Street Journal:
Cellphone Marketers Plan Rules on Privacy
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Instagram Quickly Passes 1 Million Users
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
Ex-Flextronics Manager Accused of Leaking Apple Tips Wins Bail
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
U.S. military strong-arming IT industry on IPv6
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Asks Appellate Court To Let Beacon Settlement Stand
Discussion: All Facebook
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Steve Jobs is the No. 4 ‘wealth creator’
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Real Estate Site Trulia Acquires Movity
Discussion: Screenwerk
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Foursquare Already Getting Almost One Photo Upload Per Second
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Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Skype Looks for a Spot in Offices and Cellphones
Discussion: SAI and VoIP Watch
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple will close Mac OS X downloads site on January 6
Discussion: Macworld, SlashGear, MacRumors and TUAW
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Title Junk  —  The recent hubbub about Delicious got me thinking …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is Google In A Dream World? If So, Just How Close To Limbo Are They?
Discussion: GigaOM and parislemon
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
After Critiquing Facebook, Google Researcher Paul Adams Joins It
Wall Street Journal:
SEC Probes Hurd Exit From H-P