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5:10 PM ET, December 1, 2010

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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Verizon to switch on 4G network on Sunday, but not for smartphones  —  Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that it would turn on its 4G wireless network Sunday in 38 U.S. cities, though the new network will not support smartphones until the first half of 2011.  —  Instead, the 4G network …
Discussion: TechFlash
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Verizon 4G Going Live Dec 5th; 5 GB Per Month For $50, 10 GB For $80
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Verizon 4G Network to Launch Sunday
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sen. Joe Lieberman: Amazon Has Pulled Hosting Services For WikiLeaks  —  WikiLeaks was briefly down this morning not only because of ongoing DDoS attacks, but because it was actually taken off Amazon Web Services by Amazon and moved back to a Swedish provider, according to a statement from Senator Joe Lieberman:
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
WikiLeaks site, pummeled by attacks, leaves US  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The WikiLeaks website has left its U.S. Web host, Amazon.com, and moved back to a Swedish provider.  The site, which just released a trove of sensitive U.S. State Department documents, took up residence on Amazon.com Inc.'s …
Discussion: SAI, Neowin.net and BGR
Nielsen Wire:
U.S. Smartphone Battle Heats Up: Which is the “Most Desired” Operating System?  —  According to October 2010 data from The Nielsen Company, 29.7 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones that run full operating systems.  —  The most popular smartphones are the Apple iPhone and RIM Blackberry …
Peter Baldwin / Official Google Reader Blog:
The Android Google Reader app is here!  —  It's been a long time coming, but the official Google Reader app for Android is finally here.  Let's jump into the features, shall we?  —  The app supports all the basics you'd expect like unread counts, friends, sharing, liking, and starring, but it also has a whole lot more, including:
Wall Street Journal:
Google in Talks to Buy Groupon  —  Google Inc. is in talks to buy local deals site Groupon Inc., said people familiar with the matter, a move that would mark Google's biggest acquisition yet and a major push into local advertising.  —  The two sides weren't prepared to announce a deal as of Tuesday …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Changes Its Rank Algorithm In Response To DecorMyEyes Story  —  more info (via: Wylio)Over Thanksgiving weekend a New York Times story, “A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web” clued a lot of people in to some of the drawbacks of Google, namely that negative attention online and complaint links …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google: Now Using Online Merchant Reviews As Ranking Signal
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Motorola Olympus Found at Flea Market Poses For Hi-Res Photoshoot  —  Of course, we're never too sure that what our tipsters have told us is the truth, but this one claims he bought Motorola's unannounced new flagship at a market.  The very same Android that's leaked all over the place recently.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture  —  Google Inc. is in the final stages of launching its long-awaited e-book retailing venture, Google Editions, a move that could shake up the way digital books are sold.  —  The long-delayed venture—Google executives had said they hoped to launch this summer …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Google Editions E-bookstore Due Soon, Controversy (And Failure?)
Discussion: Computerworld
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix Boosts Streaming Catalog With First-Run Movies  —  Netflix announced today that it has signed a multi-year deal with newly-formed film distribution company FilmDistrict to bring first-run films to its streaming catalog.  —  Last week, Netflix introduced a streaming-only subscription plan …
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Staff Issues Privacy Report Offers Framework for Consumers, Businesses, and Policymakers  —  Endorses “Do Not Track” to Facilitate Consumer Choice About Online Tracking The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's chief privacy policy and enforcement agency for 40 years …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bidding War For Twitter Raises Valuation To Nearly $4 Billion.  Kleiner Perkins Currently In Pole Position  —  Two weeks ago we reported that Twitter was mulling over raising a big new round of financing and the expected valuation was in the $3 billion range.  Things have developed since then, it seems.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
No One Happy With FCC Chairman's Speech, Except Broadband Investors  —  Everyone has something to say about today's speech by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on the subject of net neutrality (video below).  Having been blocked in the courts from imposing sanctions on Comcast for throttling users …
Discussion: Reboot FCC Blog and GMSV
Wall Street Journal:
Race Is On to ‘Fingerprint’ Phones, PCs  —  IRVINE, Calif.—David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.  —  He's off to a good start.  So far, Mr. Norris's start-up company, BlueCava Inc., has identified 200 million devices.
Discussion: TechEye
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Amazon Poised to Make a Major Strategic Investment in LivingSocial to Counter Groupoogle Threat  —  With the red-hot acquisition dance between Google and Groupon sucking up all the attention, it's easy once again to ignore the No. 2 player in the fast-growing social buying space-LivingSocial.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Claims Breakthrough in Laser-Based Chips  —  A race to transform computers with laser-based communications is accelerating, with International Business Machines Corp. the latest to claim breakthroughs in chips that send data at blazing speeds using pulses of light.
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
Andrew / Groublogpon:
Coming Soon: Groupon Stores and the Deal Feed  —  This summer, we launched personalization to bring you deals that better suit your interests.  We weren't about to stop there - today, we're giving you a sneak peak of some new stuff that will bring you even more deals you love: Groupon Stores and the Deal Feed.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Dell Venue Pro finally available to order: $99 on contract, shipping December 9th  —  The much-delayed and much-desired Venue Pro is now finally ready for its proper launch.  Dell has begun taking online orders for its first Windows Phone 7 device and prices are set at $99 for the 8GB handset …
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2011 and Beyond  —  Predictions Show Clear Linkage of IT Investments and Business Results Becoming an Imperative for IT Organizations  —    Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2011 and beyond.
Naval Ravikant / Startup Boy:
There is No Angel Bubble.  There are Many Angel Bubbles.  —  A common meme floating around right now is that there is an Angel investing bubble.  —  In the sense that an enormous amount of capital is being placed at risk, and its popping will have grave macro-economic consequences, No.
David Lam / David Lam's Business & …:
RIM sues Kik for patent infringement  —  If you've been following BlackBerry news lately, you know that Kik Messenger was booted out of the Blackberry app store by RIM on Nov 12, for “breaching contractual obligations”.  —  Kik is an in instant messaging service, much like RIM's BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AOL Acquires Email Prioritization App Unblab To Boost Project Phoenix  —  It looks like AOL has just acquired email prioritization app Unblab, according to an email sent from Unblab's founder Eli Holder.  The acquisition was also announced on Unblab's website.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed (AOL also owns TechCrunch).
Discussion: paidContent and SiliconANGLE
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Future Is Here: DoubleTwist Brings Wireless Sync To Android For Music, Photos & Video  —  Earlier today, Winamp released a new version of its Android application that allowed users to sync their music wirelessly with their Windows desktop (disclosure: Winamp and TechCrunch are both owned by AOL).
comScore, Inc.:
Billion Dollar Bonanza: Cyber Monday Surpasses $1 Billion in U.S. Spending as Heaviest Online Shopping Day in History  —  Cyber Monday Shows 16 Percent Increase vs. Year Ago with Half of Online Spending Coming from Work Computers  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
 
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Don Clark / Digits:
Qualcomm CEO Comes Clean About Mobile TV Miscues
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
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Microsoft's Xbox Live Rewards Actually Have Value
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Nokia, HTC Overturn Two-Thirds of IPCom Phone Patent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Officially Launches Ads You Can Skip
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
What Social Signals Do Google & Bing Really Count?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nearly Every Single Topic On Quora Now Has A Twitter Account
Julia Angwin / Digits:
A New Type of Tracking: Akamai's ‘Pixel-Free’ Technology
Rob Walker / Fast Company:
Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing
Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
HP Pulls Out of the Windows Home Server Market, Leaves Vail Out in the Cold
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Kindle Feels iPad's Heat, Sees E-Reader Lead Going Up in Smoke