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5:30 AM ET, December 7, 2010

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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google's Andy Rubin Gives a Flash of Tablet Future  —  Although Andy Rubin's keynote at D: Dive into Mobile is scheduled for just before dinner, expect to hear a lot of talk about dessert.  On the menu are Froyo, Gingerbread and perhaps even a hint of Honeycomb.
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Motorola Android tablet prototype makes a cameo at D: Dive Into Mobile running Honeycomb  —  Google's Andy Rubin brought more than just a Nexus S in his bag of goodies tonight.  On stage at D: Dive Into Mobile, the man has brought with him a prototype Android tablet from Motorola.
Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread  —  The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008.  Just over two years later, Android's vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices.  Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Review: Google Nexus S  —  For the last few days we've been using the Google Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung, with the new Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system.  This is a phone that was designed with direct input from the Google Android team.
Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
Google Samsung Nexus S pricing: $529 unlocked, $199 with two-year contract  —  The Google Nexus S with Android 2.3 Gingerbread looks like a killer superphone and with the pricing, Google appears to have learned from its mistakes with the Nexus One.  —  You'll be able to stroll …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Has Android's growth slowed down?
Android Developers Blog:
Android 2.3 Platform and Updated SDK Tools
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Android 2.3 Gingerbread tour in screenshots
DigiTimes:
Foxconn to ship iPad 2 by the end of February 2011  —  Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) plants in Shenzhen, China have recently been notified they will ship Apple's iPad 2 within the next 100 days with initial shipments to reach 400,000-600,000 units, according to sources from Taiwan-based component makers.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook: We're Not Kicking Wikileaks Off Our Site  —  Classified document publishing website Wikileaks has now been kicked off of Amazon, Paypal, its DNS server and its Swiss bank account - but it lives on, including across hundreds of mirrored sites and is the subject for widespread discussion on Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: The Social, virtualeconomics and CNET News, Thanks:marshallk
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Abraham Murray / The Official Google Blog:
Discover more than 3 million Google eBooks from your choice of booksellers and devices  —  Today is the first page in a new chapter of our mission to improve access to the cultural and educational treasures we know as books.  Google eBooks will be available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore.
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Adobe:
Adobe Announces Adoption of eBook DRM by Google
Gmail Blog:
A Priority Inbox update: time savings, new features, and your feedback  —  It's been a couple of months since we first launched Priority Inbox.  Since then, we've heard from a number of you who've found it helpful in combating information overload, and we've seen evidence of this in aggregate too.
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Google Maps for Android Now Faster, Smoother, in 3D and Works Offline  —  Google has just unveiled their new, refreshed Maps 5.0 app for Android, launching soon.  What's new about it?  Well, it renders buildings in 3D, loads faster, works offline and will automatically rotate the map according to the phone's compass.
Kathy Kristof / CBS Money Watch:
Online Retailer Charged with Fraud, Threats  —  DecorMyEyes founder Vitaly Borker — also known as Tony Russo and Stanley Bolds — was arrested Monday and charged with defrauding customers of his online eye wear company and making repeated and violent threats to customers who attempted to return defective goods.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
DecorMyEyes Merchant Vitaly Borker Arrested After NYT Piece On Google Rankings
David Karp / Tumblr Staff Blog:
Downtime  —  Yesterday afternoon, during planned maintenance that was not intended to interrupt service, an issue arose that took down a critical database cluster.  This brought down our entire network while our engineers worked feverishly to restore these databases and bring your blogs back online.
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
TUMBLR IS BACK!
Alex North / Google Wave Developer Blog:
Introducing Apache Wave  —  One of the best outcomes from November's Wave Protocol Summit was a proposal for Wave to enter the Apache Software Foundation's incubator program.  Apache has a fantastic reputation for fostering healthy open source communities that create great software.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Amazon to demo Kindle for the Web on Tuesday  —  Demo is one day after Google announces eBooks; Battle shapes up between two Internet giants  —  Computerworld - Amazon plans to demonstrate a new version of Kindle for the Web on Tuesday, one day after Google launched its Google eBooks and eBookstore strategy.
Dwight Silverman / Houston Chronicle:
Consumer Reports: AT&T is the worst carrier  —  Consumer Reports is out with its latest survey of cell phone service by its members, and AT&T is now ranked as the worst in the country, as well as the worst in Houston.  —  In the 2009 survey, AT&T was at the bottom of the list locally, but came in next-to-last nationally.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Apache loses Java showdown vote to Oracle  —  Assume positions, brace for exit  —  Exclusive The Apache Software Foundation - one of tech's most influential open-source groups - is closer to quitting Java's governing body after losing a stand-off vote against Oracle on Java.
Discussion: Service-Oriented …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Android Hardware Button Order  —  The four hardware buttons — back, menu, search, home — are in different orders on different phones.  The Nexus S buttons are in a different order than other Samsung Galaxy S phones — and in a different order than the Nexus One.
Discussion: Ben.geek.nz
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga's CityVille Springs To A Metropolis Overnight (Surprised?)  —  Late last week, Zynga launched CityVille, its latest flagship title that's sure to draw millions of rabid fans.  The game represents Zynga's entry into the very popular (and already-crowded) city-building genre …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Help Desk Software Developer Zendesk Raises $19 Million  —  Customer support startup Zendesk has raised $19 million in Series C funding led by Matrix Partners with existing investors Benchmark Capital and Charles River Ventures participating in the round.  This brings Zendesk's total funding to over $25.5 million.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Verizon may pay Apple to keep iPhone away from T-Mobile, Sprint  —  With the launch of the Verizon iPhone widely expected in early 2011, the wireless carrier may pay Apple to keep its smartphone off of rival networks Sprint and T-Mobile.  —  Analyst Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros. said in a note …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BSkyB closes Sky Songs music subscription service  —  Sky Songs, BSkyB's music-streaming service, is to close after failing to reach a ‘large enough customer base’  —  BSkyB today closed its music-subscription service, Sky Songs, little more than a year after its high-profile launch.
Discussion: Telegraph, PC Pro and The Next Web
 
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
LivingSocial Counts on Amazon.com's Assistance in ‘Gunfight’ With Groupon
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iTunes sending out free movie rentals
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:markgurman
Geoff Cook / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Has It All Wrong When It Comes To Social Games
Discussion: Blog.games.com and VentureBeat
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Copyright Group Drops Cases Against Thousands of BitTorrent Users
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White House to continue copyright crackdown
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Google's New Social Sitelinks
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Russia's DST Out of Twitter Funding Race, With Kleiner Poised to Take the Deal
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eMarketer:
Online Ad Spend Continues Double-Digit Growth
Discussion: paidContent, more at Mediagazer », Thanks:clarkf
Milo Yiannopoulos / Telegraph:
Dark forces gunning for Google