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12:25 PM ET, December 7, 2010

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Sky News:
WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange  —  Andy Winter, Sky News Online  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police over sexual assault claims in Sweden. … The 39-year-old Australian was detained by Scotland Yard officers at around 9.30am after he voluntarily went …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Julian Assange refused bail - will stay in custody until 14 Dec. hearing  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court today that he will fight his extradition to Sweden on sex crime charges.  Assange has been refused bail and will be remanded in custody till 14 December.
Discussion: eWeek, Guardian and Neowin.net
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.
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.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Dive Video-Google's Andy Rubin Shows Off Prototype Motorola Tablet  —  Google's Andy Rubin came to D: Dive Into Mobile packing some serious hardware, and not just the company's newly announced smartphone, the Nexus S. He came with a prototype Motorola Android tablet, running a dual-core Nvidia chip …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's Andy Rubin on Apple: “Everybody Is Embracing the iPhone”  —  Google and Apple may be fierce rivals in the mobile space, and they may have different visions of the meaning of “open,” but there's a mutual respect between the two companies that was in evidence tonight at D: Dive Into Mobile.
Julian Assange / The Australian:
Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths  —  WIKILEAKS deserves protection, not threats and attacks.  —  IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide's The News, wrote: “In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.”
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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.
Paul Marks / New Scientist:   Info pirates seek an alternative internet
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google Nexus S preview  —  We're here at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco, and we've just had a chance to lay our ever-loving hands all over Google's latest wunderkind, the Nexus S. As you've probably already read and seen, the device is set to be the next flagship phone sporting a pure Google experience.
Discussion: SAI, Phones Review and ThinkMobile
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
MasterCard pulls plug on WikiLeaks payments  —  MasterCard is pulling the plug on payments to WikiLeaks, a move that will dry up another source of funds for the embattled document-sharing Web site, CNET has learned.  —  “MasterCard is taking action to ensure that WikiLeaks …
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BBC:   Wikileaks' Visa payments suspended
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
One Database To Rule The Cloud: Salesforce Debuts Database.com For The Enterprise  —  Oracle has dominated the database market, especially following its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.  But today, its “frenemy” Salesforce.com will become more of a competitor with the launch of Database.com …
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.
James Kendrick / GigaOM:
Google Books for Android — a Review  —  Google opened its e-book store and released a reader app for Android today.  Google Books is a typical no-frills app — common with Google's usual first efforts — but it handles the basic tasks of an e-book reader well.
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Adobe:
Adobe Announces Adoption of eBook DRM by Google
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.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iTunes sending out free movie rentals  —  Apple today started sending out free iTunes movie rental codes to many iTunes users.  This seems to be random and we have no idea why they're doing this.  Maybe to promote the rental service?  People aren't renting enough movies?
Discussion: MacRumors, TiPb, Gizmodo, TUAW and The Next Web, Thanks:markgurman
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Playstation Phone controls spotted lurking in the Android Gingerbread SDK  —  L1.  L2.  R1.  R2.  If those aren't ringing any bells, you've really gotta spend some time with a Playstation.  As any kid born in the last few decades could tell you without hesitation, those are the names given …
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.
Pal Takacsi-Nagy / 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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Will Launch Chrome Web Store and Chrome OS Today  —  Today is an important day for Google Chrome: Google will launch Chrome Web Store, a marketplace for web apps, and Chrome OS, the first browser-centric operating system.  Google has uploaded two introductory videos to the YouTube channel, but they're not yet publicly available.
Bloomberg:
Google Says China Is at ‘the Heart’ of the Internet's Future Development  —  Google Inc. said it has many chances for growth in China, where the company shut down its web-search site in a dispute over censorship, and called the Asian nation the “heart” of the Internet's future.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Finance Adds Curated Stock Conversations From StockTwits  —  StockTwits, which curates conversations about stocks, nailed down another impressive business development deal today.  Yahoo is now pulling data from the StockTwits API and adding it to individual stock pages - here's Apple (AAPL) for example.
DigiTimes:
Toshiba to launch 3 new tablet PCs in 1Q11  —  Toshiba is aiming to launch three new tablet PCs in the first quarter of 2011 and has outsourced their production to its Taiwan-based partners Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Technology.  The three devices are already set to show …
 
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
‘New Bebo’ launches video chat to attract users
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Rachael King / Business Week:
Here Come the Cloud Services Brokers
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Lizette Chapman / Venture Capital Dispatch:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BSkyB closes Sky Songs music subscription service
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
LivingSocial Counts on Amazon.com's Assistance in ‘Gunfight’ With Groupon
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Apache loses Java showdown vote to Oracle
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Help Desk Software Developer Zendesk Raises $19 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Android Hardware Button Order
Discussion: Ben.geek.nz and Gadget Lab
Geoff Cook / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Has It All Wrong When It Comes To Social Games
Discussion: Skype Journal and Blog.games.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
US Copyright Group Drops Cases Against Thousands of BitTorrent Users
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga's CityVille Springs To A Metropolis Overnight (Surprised?)
Discussion: Inside Social Games and VatorNews
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Cord Cutting Could Get Costly for ESPN