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3:45 AM ET, December 3, 2010

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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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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:
Maybe We Should Start Burning Books, Too  —  Tableau Software: … WikiLeaks has never been found guilty of violating a single U.S. law.  As Glenn Greenwald writes, Lieberman, using his position as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is pressuring hosts to drop WikiLeaks content …
Mahendra Palsule / Skeptic Geek:
EveryDNS.net Terminates Wikileaks DNS Services  —  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.  —  In a statement posted on their website, EveryDNS.net states:
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Amazon Denies Dropping WikiLeaks Because Of ‘Government Inquiry’  —  Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) says that a “government inquiry” did not drive its controversial decision to stop hosting WikiLeaks' site Monday.  In a short blog post, the company says charges that a government inquiry prompted …
Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Making Copyright Work Better Online  —  There are more than 1 trillion unique URLs on the web and more than 35 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.  It's some pretty fantastic stuff - content that makes us think, laugh, and learn new things.  Services we couldn't have imagined ten years ago …
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
In depth: Google's Simon Morrison on its new anti-piracy steps
Discussion: madisonian.net
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Android Gingerbread UI Gets Exposed In The Crispest Video To Date  —  Wow, this went unnoticed for a while, didn't it?  On November 23rd, Google's own GoogleinHK YouTube account posted a video walkthrough of the new Google Voice Search in Cantonese.  With only 2100 views …
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 …
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Buying Milo.com For $75 Million  —  eBay is acquiring local shopping site Milo.com, we've learned from a reader.  We confirmed it with a second source.  The price tag according to our sources is $75 million in cash.  Milo.com is shopping search engine that lets you find out what's in stock at local stores.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Ebay Acquires Milo For $75 Million.  Investors Make A Killing.
Amar Toor / Switched:
YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug to Obtain Your Browsing History  —  Researchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered a bug that many sites are using to track the browsing behavior of their visitors.  The flaw was found on some 485 websites, including YouPorn …
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Native apps are always better than Web apps; Psst, the new way has an escape chute  —  When we talk about the mobile Web being a good candidate to be a unifying platform for mobile and beyond, we often get nay-sayers telling us that there is no chance of this happening.  —  Their claims often chanted include:
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
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 …
Discussion: Fortune and The Next Web
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
WikiLeaks' new home is in a former bomb shelter  —  WikiLeaks, the website known for publishing top-secret government information, has found a new home for its trove of covert dossiers: inside a Cold War bomb shelter.  —  Truly the stuff of spy films, the site features solid steel doors …
Discussion: CNN and SAI
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.”
Andy Serwer / Fortune:
Diller stepping back at IAC?  “Ridiculous ... I'm stepping closer”  —  FORTUNE — Barry Diller it seems has been pondering the future lately.  Today he took action.  —  Every summer Diller takes some time off to do a deep think.  “I call it my summer project,” he says in an interview with Fortune.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Liberty Exits IAC For Evite, Gifts.com And $220M In Cash - Diller Steps Down As CEO
Elizabeth Fish / PC World:
AVG Free Update Bricks 64-Bit Windows 7 PCs  —  If you haven't already downloaded the latest mandatory AVG 2011 Free software update, it may be best not to if you want your computer to turn on again.  The December 1 update is causing 64-bit PCs running Windows 7 to totally breakdown.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
Tom Rizzo / Why Microsoft:
Google, the GSA and the Competition  —  Today, the General Services Administration made the decision to replace several different versions of IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino software with Google for its own email.  While we are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to meet …
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.
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.
Paul Krill / Computerworld:
Google upgrades its cloud platform  —  InfoWorld - Google will upgrade on Thursday its Google App Engine cloud platform and its software development kit, adding capabilities for real-time communications and increased data replication.  —  The company will roll out Google App Engine 1.4.0 …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Silverlight 5 to bring media boost, windowed apps  —  Microsoft today unveiled the next iteration of its Silverlight technology, Silverlight 5, which the company said will improve things like media playback and the time it takes to develop applications.  —  “There's been a lot of angst …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhone sales in China ‘disappointing’  —  But they will improve rapidly, says an analyst, now that Wi-Fi and the iPhone 4 have arrived  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Morgan Keegan  —  “In general, smartphones have exploded in China this year,” writes Morgan Keegan's Travis McCourt in a report to clients issued Thursday.
 
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Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Facebook Seeks Friends in Washington Amid Privacy Concerns
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom Set to Appeal in YouTube Case
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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U.S. Senator Kohl Urges DOJ Review of Google ITA Bid
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
10gen Raises $6.5M to Dominate the NoSQL Space
Discussion: SAI, VatorNews, CloudAve and VentureBeat
Adam Mills / The Next Web:
Chrome 8 comes out of beta, PDF viewer and Chrome Web Store support included
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