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2:30 PM ET, November 20, 2010

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Stephen C. Webster / Raw Story:
Oregon Senator Wyden effectively kills Internet censorship bill  —  It's too early to say for sure, but Oregon Senator Ron Wyden could very well go down in the history books as the man who saved the Internet.  —  A bill that critics say would have given the government power to censor …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The 19 Senators Who Voted To Censor The Internet  —  This is hardly a surprise but, this morning (as previously announced), the lame duck Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move forward with censoring the internet via the COICA bill — despite a bunch of law professors explaining …
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
Congress's latest awful tech-policy idea: the Net-censorship bill
Discussion: Music Ally, PlagiarismToday and Pulse2
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Offer Free MobileMe Service to Some iOS Users?  —  Earlier this month, we noted that the original golden master version of iOS 4.2 appeared to be preparing to allow users to sign in to MobileMe using their Apple IDs and even offer users the ability create a free Apple ID right from the MobileMe settings page in iOS.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Whoa, Google, That's A Pretty Big Security Hole  —  Facebook would probably just consider this a feature, but the rest of us will definitely consider this a big security hole.  The creator of http://guntada.blogspot.com (don't visit that site just yet) emailed us this morning to explain.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Iran Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program  —  The German software engineer who in September was the first to report that a computer worm was apparently designed to sabotage targets in Iran said Friday that the program contained two separate “digital warheads.”
Discussion: Haaretz, Reuters and Langner
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Accel Sold Big Chunk Of Facebook Stock At $35 Billion Valuation  —  Sometime in the last week or so, we've heard from multiple sources, Accel Partners has sold very significant chunks of Facebook stock.  So significant, in fact, that their ownership percentage has dropped to a point …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Low Volume and No Retweets: Ping Is Not Going Viral on Twitter  —  Last week, Apple launched a partnership with Twitter that allows the users of its Ping social network to send their likes to their Twitter streams.  Using Microsoft's Archivist, we tapped into the Twitter firehose …
Thanks:fredericl
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Zemanta's CEO Has The Funding - Now How About A Visa?  —  Bostjan Spetic's problem isn't running a U.S. business.  It's running a business while in the U.S.  —  His company Zemanta Ltd. is experiencing success here, having recently raised an additional $3 million to grow its New York-based team.
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
‘The Office’ Spoofs Silicon Valley  —  While the fictional desk jockeys of Dunder Mifflin are usually pushing pencils and selling paper, Thursday night's episode of the The Office was unexpectedly technology-focused.  (Warning: mild spoilers below.)  —  In the episode, titled “WUPHF.com …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Where Are the Android Killer Apps?  —  Every few weeks or so, I reiterate my wish for an Android analog to the iPod Touch — something more or less comparable to state-of-the-art Android phones in terms of performance, software, and quality, but costing, say, $250 (or less) with no contract.
Discussion: Gizmodo, displayblog and Joystiq, Thanks:rawmeet
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors:
Palm Mansion To Come With 5″ Touchscreen Display; Launching In Q1 2011?  —  Palm is known to be working on at least two new devices - Palm Mansion and PalmPad - that are likely to be launched early next year.  While not much information is available about these devices as yet …
Ben Rooney / Wall Street Journal:
High-Tech Buzz: All of a Sudden Everyone Wants to Love a Eurogeek  —  Europe may be having a hard time of it at the moment, but there is one bright light on the horizon.  —  Across the continent there is a huge buzz in the tech sector.  From the F.ounders conference in Dublin last month …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Cybersecurity bill gives DHS power to punish tech firms
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Manhunt! LimeWire, RIAA both search for “Pirate Edition” creator
Doree Shafrir / Newsweek:
Pennies From Heaven  —  With cash for tech startups in shorter supply …
adafruit industries blog:
Microsoft now says it's “inspired' by community finding new uses for Kinect...
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Facebook Warns Debt Collectors About Using Its Service
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What's New At Tumblr: Funding, Hires, Office, Board Member, And A Focus On Fashion
Discussion: Softpedia News and Scripting News
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 2.0 will be released to “all devices” in coming months (Update: Video online)