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4:00 AM ET, December 22, 2010

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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why everyone hates new net neutrality rules—even NN supporters  —  It's no surprise that those who have always opposed net neutrality weren't pleased with today's FCC order instituting it—one expects no less—but the sheer vehemence of the objections was still surprising.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
FCC: We didn't impose stricter net neutrality regulations on wireless because Android is open  —  Rest assured that we're working on a full analysis of the FCC's major net neutrality decision today, but the Commission hasn't actually released the full text of the order yet …
The Politico:
FCC approves net neutrality rules
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC: Yup, we're going to stop “paid prioritization” on the 'Net
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 / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is the PalmPad a recycled HP Slate?
Discussion: Engadget and PR Newswire
Paul Buchheit:
Four reasons Google is still Awesome  —  My recent predictions about which Google products will succeed (and which won't) are causing people to think that I'm anti-Google, which makes me sad since Google is probably still the best company of its size, and I really enjoyed my time there.
Discussion: Gawker and SAI
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Announce Version of Windows for ARM Chips  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, will announce a version of its Windows operating system that runs on ARM Holdings Plc technology for the first time, said two people familiar with Microsoft's plans.
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Plans to talk Windows on ARM at CES, but Products a Ways Off
Discussion: CNET News
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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Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:   How Twitter acquires people
Bloomberg:
Amazon Is Said to Exceed Kindle Sales Estimates by 60 Percent  —  Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. is likely to sell more than 8 million Kindle electronic-book readers this year, at least 60 percent more than analysts have predicted, according to two people who are aware of the company's sales projections.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Big Problem: It Ain't What You Think  —  When I first met Larry Page and Sergey Brin back in the 20th century, my first impressions about them included phrases like super-smart, engineer's engineers and minimalists.  They argued against the clutter that was AltaVista …
James Somers / The Atlantic Online:
The Simple Software That Could — but Probably Won't — Change the Face of Writing  —  It took T. S. Eliot about a year to compose his masterpiece epic poem, “The Waste Land,” and by the time he was done he had left a substantial paper trail.  He wrote his triumph of modernism in a distinctly modern way …
Matt Richtel / Bits:
E-Mail's Big Demographic Split  —  In an article in Tuesday's Times, I wrote about the changing status of e-mail.  Once it was cool to merely have an e-mail account (or several), but many young people now think of it as old school, and much prefer the zip of texting, instant messaging and social networks.
Discussion: New York Times
Joann S. Lublin / Wall Street Journal:
Calpers, Apple at Odds on Governance  —  Giant Pension Fund Wants Companies to Adopt Majority-Vote Rules for Directors  —  In a California showdown over corporate governance, the largest U.S. public pension fund is attacking Apple Inc. for the way it handles board elections.
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacNN
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Will Offer Motorola Phone for 4G Network  —  Verizon Wireless will distribute a smartphone made by Motorola Inc. to run on its speedy new 4G network next year, the carrier's chief operating officer, John Stratton, said in an interview Tuesday.  —  The comments mark the first time the carrier …
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
The Problem With Home  —  If you sit and watch people use an iPhone there's a mistake made often and reliably: They hit the home button when they mean to just go back to the app's main screen.  Going home has heavy consequences—to recover you've got to find that app again …
Jeff Cormier / The Next Web:
Hidden Safari Mobile feature reveals augmented reality capability  —  Occipital, the company behind the grand app recently profiled by TNW, 360 Panorama, has discovered something new and exciting contained within the Safari Mobile Browser.  —  To use what Occipital's discovered note …
Latoya Peterson / NPR:
The Worst Ideas Of 2010: Ping  —  All week we'll be talking about the best and worst ideas in music this year — click here to see all the stories.  Write us at therecord@npr.org if anything in the business or culture struck you as particularly effective or shockingly misguided in 2010.
Discussion: MacStories, NewsGrange and Macgasm
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Rolling Out More Prominent Design of News Feed Filters  —  Facebook is rolling out a new way to filter the news feed.  Users with access to the redesigned feature see a drop-down arrow beside their Most Recent news feed tab on the home page, revealing filters for status updates, Photos, Links, Pages, Games and friend lists.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Jon Gotow on Apple's Replacing the Mac OS X Software Directory With the Mac App Store  —  You know Apple's Mac OS X Software directory: it's where you go when you choose “Mac OS X Software...” from the Apple menu in Mac OS X. It's a huge driver of traffic for indie Mac developers …
Reuters:
Analysis: Will Google follow Microsoft footsteps in EU probe?  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Internet search algorithm is the technology world's equivalent of the Coca-Cola formula: a top-secret corporate crown jewel.  —  But pressure is growing on Google to lift the veil …
Discussion: WinBeta
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Men and No Women of Web 2.0 Boards (BoomTown's Talking to You: Twitter, Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and Foursquare)  —  In one memorable episode of the famous old short films “The Little Rascals,” after not getting invited to a party, the Our Gang little dudes decided to form their own group …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Email Contact Manager Etacts  —  We heard earlier today that Y Combinator-funded Etacts shut down its CRM-like email contact manager after less than a year in service.  We subsequently learned that Salesforce has bought Etacts, and have confirmed the acquisition with Salesforce.
 
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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Sync and speed in latest Firefox 4 beta
Discussion: BetaNews and The Register
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The Pandora-Elevation Deal that Never Closed and a Mid-2011 IPO?
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Red Hat revenues in 20% climb
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Motorola Close To Acquiring Cloud Storage Startup Zecter
Discussion: Electronista
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
How Click-to-Call Boosts Google's Mobile Revenues
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhoto 9.1.1 With New Email Options
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Full Homeland Security Affidavit To Seize Domains Riddled …
Discussion: DSLreports and New York Times
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Email secrecy won't save you from spam
Discussion: Lifehacker
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meebo closes $27.5M round to socialize the Web
Discussion: NetworkEffect, Adweek and SFGate
Douwe Osinga / Google Wave Blog:
Announcing Google Shared Spaces
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Why Apple Removed a WikiLeaks App From Its Store
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Windows Phone 7: 1.5 Million Devices Sold, But Not To Consumers
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: PlayStation phone to hit shops in April