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12:55 PM ET, December 3, 2010

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Guardian:
WikiLeaks fights to stay online after US company withdraws domain name  —  Everydns.net says attack against leaks site endangered other customers' service - effectively pushing site off the web  —  The US was today accused of opening up a dramatic new front against WikiLeaks, effectively …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Troubled Wikileaks Moves To Pirate Party Domain  —  After being cut off by its nameserver provider EveryDNS, Wikileaks has moved to a domain registered by Pirate Party Switzerland.  EveryDNS was forced to stop its services to Wikileaks after continued DDoS attacks, creating yet another setback …
Mahendra Palsule / Skeptic Geek:
EveryDNS.net Terminates Wikileaks.org DNS Services, Wikileaks.ch …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Cloud Picker, Google's Stealthy New Storage Product  —  What is Google Cloud Picker?  According to these Blogger Forums, Sites Forums, and others, Google has been testing a new online storage tool called, you guessed it, Cloud Picker.  —  From these accounts, it appears that the tool …
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Some Data-Miners Ready to Reveal What They Know  —  Seeking to head off escalating scrutiny over Internet privacy, a group of online tracking rivals is building a service that lets consumers see what information those companies know about them.  —  The project is the first of its kind …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple won't allow demos, trials, betas on Mac App Store  —  Apple this week provided more information to developers regarding its forthcoming Mac App Store, and informed them that, unlike on iOS, trial versions of software will not be allowed.  —  Apple issued a handful of updates via …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon LTE Blows Through Monthly Data Cap in 32 Minutes  —  Verizon's new 4G LTE network is so fast that you can use up your entire 5GB, $50 monthly allotment in 32 minutes.  —  I'm in the middle of testing Verizon's new LTE network, and the 2010-era speeds are soured by the 2005-era thinking on data plans.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Confirms $175 Million Amazon Investment  —  The rumors are true!  Amazon and daily deals site LivingSocial have just officially confirmed their partnership, with the e-tailer investing a whopping $175 million in the latter.  This comes at an interesting time for both companies …
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
In latest treatise, Level 3 says feud with Comcast like great telecom unbundling  —  Continuing its public feud with Comcast, Level 3 Communications Friday released its own FAQ to explain to both the public and public policy makers, why their fight is important.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast: We bent over backwards to help Level 3! (those bastards)
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Viber is a new free VOIP app, currently available only for the iPhone.  I've been trying it today, and have a few notes.  —  The Good  — Initial setup is very easy.  Your phone number is your Viber identifier.  You launch the app, tell it your phone number, and a moment or two later …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and PhoneArena
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
50 Percent of Smartphones Sold in China Last Quarter Run Android  —  The smartphone market in China is growing at an extraordinary rate, largely thanks to Google's Android OS.  Chinese consumers purchased 8 to 10 million smartphones last quarter, up from an estimated 2 to 3 million in the same period last year.
Discussion: asymco and FM Blog
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Mike Cohen / The Official Google Blog:
Can we talk?  Better speech technology with Phonetic Arts  —  In Star Trek, they don't spend a lot of time typing things on keyboards—they just speak to their computers, and the computers speak back.  It's a more natural way to communicate, but getting there requires chipping away at a range of hard research problems.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Prosecutors Dismiss Xbox-Modding Case Mid-Trial  —  LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities in the first-of-its-kind game-console-modding criminal trial abruptly dropped their prosecution here Thursday, “based on fairness and justice.”  —  “The government has decided to dismiss the indictment …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
A Guided Tour of Computing History  —  Steve Wozniak with George Stibitz's one-bit computer from 1936  —  On January 13th, the seven-year-old Computer History Museum will open its first truly full-blown permanent exhibit:, the 25,000-square-foot, $19 million “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing.”
Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Buy New York Office Building  —  Google Inc. has signed a contract to buy the building that houses its New York City offices, in a deal that values the property at close to $1.9 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The deal for the massive 2.9-million-square-foot property …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Engineering Shortage Is Real.  Former Digg Engineer Gets 7 Offers, Takes One for $150K  —  In recent months, venture capitalists have been complaining that a shortage of talented engineers is driving up engineering salaries at their portfolio companies.  —  Turns out all that complaining is warranted.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Toying With Naming Social Product “Google +1″ As Sergey Brin Gets Involved  —  Yesterday, after some digging, we were able to confirm that the internal codename for Google's upcoming social project is “Emerald Sea”.  Despite some confusion that it may be called “Emerald City” …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola CEO talks smartphones, tablets and 4G; alludes to Q1 Verizon iPhone launch  —  Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha delivered a keynote yesterday at the Credit Suisse 2010 Technology Conference, and it was quite a doozy.  Topics covered included the future of Motorola's smartphone business …
Justin O'Beirne / 41Latitude:
Google Maps & Label Readability  —  Why Do Google Maps's City Labels Seem Much More “Readable” Than Those of Its Competitors?  —  For months, I've been trying to figure out why Google Maps's city labels seem so much more readable than the labels on other mapping sites.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Gartner names Samsung top Android provider in States, 3M Galaxy S handsets shipped in U.S.  —  Samsung has just issued a press release pertaining to kudos it recently received from analytics firm Gartner.  Gartner has named Samsung the top Android provider in the United States based on …
Rebecca Moore / Official google.org Blog:
Introducing Google Earth Engine  —  Today, we launched a new Google Labs product called Google Earth Engine at the International Climate Change Conference in sunny Cancun, Mexico.  Google Earth Engine is a new technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite imagery and data …
Bloomberg:
Seagate Said to Have Spurned Takeover Proposal From Rival Western Digital  —  Seagate Technology Plc, the disk- drive maker that ended takeover talks with TPG Capital, also turned down a proposal from competitor Western Digital Corp., according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
 
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 More Items: 
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Roger Ehrenberg raises big(ger) fund for big data
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
BMC acquires GridApp Systems; Expands Salesforce.com partnership
Ben Rooney / Tech Europe:
U.K. Government Urged to Back Open Web
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Silverlight 5 to bring media boost, windowed apps
Andy Serwer / Fortune:
Diller stepping back at IAC? “Ridiculous ... I'm stepping closer”
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Native apps are always better than Web apps; Psst, the new way has an escape chute
 Earlier Items: 
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Facebook Seeks Friends in Washington Amid Privacy Concerns
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Elizabeth Fish / PC World:
AVG Free Update Bricks 64-Bit Windows 7 PCs
Discussion: TechEye, Inquirer and Softpedia News
Paul Krill / Computerworld:
Google upgrades its cloud platform
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom Set to Appeal in YouTube Case
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
WikiLeaks' new home is in a former bomb shelter
Discussion: Techie Buzz, Examiner, CNN and SAI
Amar Toor / Switched:
YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug to Obtain Your Browsing History
Discussion: Notebooks.com, Telegraph and BBC
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Android Gingerbread UI Gets Exposed In The Crispest Video To Date