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9:25 PM ET, December 21, 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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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 …
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 …
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
FCC Chair Julius Genachowski's Statement on the New Net Neutrality Rules  —  This afternoon, the FCC voted to approve a new set of rules governing online communications, its first enforceable rules on net neutrality, by a vote of 3-2.  As Wired points out, the only group that seems …
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: PR Newswire and Everything webOS
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: SAI and Gawker
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon's Secret Kindle Sales: Eight Million in 2010?
Discussion: Computerworld and msnbc.com
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
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 the WikiLeaks Twitter account.  —  Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Apple Removes WikiLeaks App From App Store
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 …
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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 …
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Email secrecy won't save you from spam  —  The spam wars aren't going away soon but treating public email addresses as secret is of no benefit  —  Last week, I needed to get in touch with a colleague, an academic who'd recently changed universities; I didn't have his current email address …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
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.
Discussion: NetworkEffect, ReadWriteWeb, GigaOM and VentureBeat, Thanks:bpedro
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
How Click-to-Call Boosts Google's Mobile Revenues  —  In October, Google crowed about its mobile business hitting a $1 billion run rate, though much of that is assumed to be mobile search advertising, an offshoot of Google's biggest business online.  But Google's mobile revenues are also finding …
Discussion: ThinkMobile
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 …
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, CloudAve and Stage Two
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.
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 …
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
EBay Sends Shoppers to Offline Stores  —  To help last minute holiday shoppers, EBay is sending them to bricks and mortar stores.  —  Yes, you read that right.  The company has adopted a counter-intuitive strategy intended to make its Web site more of a resource - even if it means sending shoppers elsewhere.
 
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Reuters:
Analysis: Will Google follow Microsoft footsteps in EU probe?
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
U.S. Internet Users Ready to Limit Online Tracking for Ads
Discussion: Screenwerk and MediaPost
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Motorola Close To Acquiring Cloud Storage Startup Zecter
Discussion: Electronista
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Snaps Back: 1 Million Photos ...But Foursquare May Hit That In 2 Weeks
Discussion: The Next Web and AppScout
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhoto 9.1.1 With New Email Options
Discussion: Computerworld, 9 to 5 Mac, MacNN and Macgasm
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Men and No Women of Web 2.0 Boards (BoomTown's Talking to You …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Full Homeland Security Affidavit To Seize Domains Riddled …
Discussion: DSLreports and New York Times
Frank Sinton / MeFeedia Blog:
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Wins Approval for McAfee Acquisition From FTC
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meebo closes $27.5M round to socialize the Web
Discussion: Adweek and NetworkEffect
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Panasonic finally buys up all of Sanyo
Discussion: Crave
Jamie Barnett / Federal Communications Commission Blog:
Moving Forward on Next Generation 911
Discussion: Tech Sanity Check
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
LivingSocial CEO Has Big Plans Now that Amazon Is in His Back Pocket
Ezone.com iPhone News:
It's Official: EA Owns the App Store - Now What Do We Do?
Discussion: SlashGear