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2:20 PM ET, December 5, 2010

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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity  —  The past week has seen plenty of ink spilled — virtual and otherwise — about WikiLeaks and its mercurial front-man, Julian Assange, and the pressure they have come under from the U.S. government and companies such as Amazon and PayPal …
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Richard Waters / FT Tech Blog:
Twitter fails to jump to Dept of State's defence  —  That famous love-in between Hillary Clinton's state department and the world's favourite micro-blogging service must be wearing a bit thin this weekend.  —  As other internet services have acted to cut Wikileaks off over its massive dump …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Skype and the Incredible Power of Persistent Group Chats  —  What is one reason why many people continue using Skype for chat / instant messaging when so many other solutions are out there?  Particularly when Skype chat is a closed, proprietary “walled garden” that doesn't interact with IM networks?
Discussion: Communications …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
More Details On Skype's Big Move To The Web  —  Earlier today we broke the news that Skype was ramping up in preparation for new web-based products — a big shift for the company, which has historically offered its extremely popular service via native desktop clients.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Staffing Up For A Big Push To The Cloud
Discussion: GigaOM, VoIP Watch and BGR
Mark Suster / TechCrunch:
Social Networking: The Future  —  Editor's note: This is the third of a three-part guest post by venture capitalist Mark Suster of GRP Partners on “Social Networking: The Past, Present, And Future.”  Read Part I and Part II first.  This series is an adaptaion of a recent talk Suster gave …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Goes After Twittersearch.com  —  Twitter late last week filed a UDRP complaint, notably its first ever since the company was founded, in an effort to obtain ownership over the (currently parked) domain name twittersearch.com - as you can see here.  —  Obviously, Twitter is right to do this …
Discussion: Startup Meme
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:   Why Twitter Singled Out TwitterSearch.com
Zee / The Next Web:
Facebook profiles are getting a new look - going live tomorrow [Screenshot]  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is on 60 minutes tonight and has given the show an exclusive look at the social network's new profile page.  There's little to go just now until the show airs tonight at 7 p.m. PT. …
Discussion: Startup Meme and Mashable!
New York Times:
Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web  —  As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top Chinese leaders had become so obsessed with the Internet search company: they were Googling themselves.
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Shortage of Engineers or a Glut: No Simple Answer  —  Ask a child if there is a shortage of ice cream in the world, and no doubt, the response will be an emphatic yes—there certainly is.  And ask a tech CEO if there is a shortage of engineers, and you will get the exact same answer.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Tops 1 Million Units Sold  —  Samsung confirmed it has sold more than 1 million Apple iPad rival Galaxy Tab tablet computers worldwide, up from 600,000 just two weeks ago.  The holiday rush helped sales.  —  Samsung has sold more than 1 million Apple iPad rival Galaxy …
Discussion: Internet2Go and BlogsDNA
Fred / A VC:
Invest In The Mess  —  There's a front page story in the NY Times today about the hyperactivity in web startupland.  They quote from a few posts I've made on this blog and I think Jenna and Evelyn did a nice job with the story.  The thing that's clear from reading the story is the hyperactivity …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lufthansa launches in-flight WiFi on intercontinental flights, ushers in ‘the future’  —  There's just no two ways about it: what Lufthansa has managed to accomplish here is nothing short of incredible.  While avid jetsetters have been enjoying in-flight WiFi on (select) …
Amit Klein / Trusteer blogs:
The Golden Hour of Phishing Attacks  —  We recently conducted research into the attack potency and time-to-infection of email phishing attacks.  One of our findings was eye-popping, namely, that 50 per cent of phishing victims' credentials are harvested by cyber criminals within the first 60 minutes of phishing emails being received.
Discussion: Softpedia News
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Amazon adds Wikipedia to book-shopping pages
Discussion: CNET News and Crave
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Sens. Snowe and Warner want WiFi in all federal buildings
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News, Thanks:thejimmix
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Testing New Registration Social Plugin
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Friendly, The Hugely Successful Unofficial Facebook iPad App, Goes Free
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Possible “+1″ iPhone App, Facebook Similarities …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple patents map-based iPhone radio app
Discussion: TiPb and App Advice
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Director Of Monetization Tim Kendall Steps Down
Discussion: All Facebook
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
The strange, unpredictable pricing of 3G data plans
Discussion: GottaBeMobile