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12:15 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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Mahendra Palsule / Skeptic Geek:
EveryDNS.net Terminates Wikileaks.org DNS Services, Wikileaks.ch Back Up in Switzerland  —  EveryDNS.net, which provided DNS services to the wikileaks.org domain has terminated them at 10 PM EST, December 2, 2010, citing threats to the stability of their infrastructure.
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 …
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 …
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Lieberman Introduces Anti-WikiLeaks Legislation  —  Senator Joseph Lieberman and other lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would make it a federal crime for anyone to publish the name of a U.S. intelligence source, in a direct swipe at the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.
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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
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)
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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” …
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: All Points Blog, WebProNews and eWeek
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Oracle Sets Database Speed Record; Larry Ellison Disses HP  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is having a big day.  On the day of the premiere of a high-profile Bloomberg TV documentary that promises to burnish his legend, he also got to brag that Oracle had retaken the current land speed record in database computing from IBM.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Roger Ehrenberg raises big(ger) fund for big data  —  “Big data” is the tech startup world's latest buzzword, and one New York City investor has raised a fund to capitalize on the revolution.  —  IA Ventures has closed its debut fund with $50 million in capital commitments, Fortune has learned.
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Google Maps Mania
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
BMC acquires GridApp Systems; Expands Salesforce.com partnership
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Silverlight 5 to bring media boost, windowed apps
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Native apps are always better than Web apps; Psst, the new way has an escape chute
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
 Earlier Items: 
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, BBC and Telegraph
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Ebay Acquires Milo For $75 Million.  Investors Make A Killing.