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2:45 PM ET, December 7, 2010

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blogging The Google Chrome OS Netbook Press Conference  —  Google has “exciting news to share” about Google Chrome today.  That news is widely rumored to be a look at Google Chrome OS-powered netbooks that may soon go on sale for consumers.  We'll see, soon enough.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Launches Chrome Web Store, Shows Off “Always Connected” Chrome Notebook  —  It's easy to sell premium applications on smartphones; Apple's iTunes App Store has proven that.  Is it equally easy to sell them on the Web?  We'll soon find out.  At an event in San Francisco this morning …
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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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 …
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
BBC:
Wikileaks' Visa payments suspended
Discussion: VatorNews
Sarah Nahm / Chromium Blog:
A New Crankshaft for V8  —  Today we are introducing Crankshaft, a new compilation infrastructure for V8, Google Chrome's JavaScript engine.  By using aggressive optimizations, Crankshaft dramatically improves the performance of compute-intensive JavaScriptapplications - often by more than a factor of two!
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Chrome Browser, Now Used By 120 Million People, Just Cranked Up Its Speed
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 …
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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.
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
Discussion: Guardian, VentureBeat, eWeek and Neowin.net
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, ThinkMobile and Phones Review
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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 …
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.
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.
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
IE9 and Privacy: Introducing Tracking Protection  —  The feedback and conversation on IE9's Platform Previews and Beta to date from many different communities has made the IE9 development process, and product, substantially better than previous releases.  The discussions around hardware-accelerated HTML5 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Work, play on a single phone: LG teams up with VMware to deploy Android handsets with virtualization  —  VMware has been chatting up seamless, sexy virtualization among multiple operating systems on a single smartphone for some time — and it's finally getting the opportunity to deliver en masse thanks to a new partnership with LG.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Rackspace launches managed cloud services
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge and GigaOM
Jonathan Protzenko / Mozilla Labs:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunchIT:
Salesforce Chatter Goes Freemium
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
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Bloomberg:
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Rachael King / Business Week:
Here Come the Cloud Services Brokers
Discussion: BusinessWeek.com
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Where A Google-Groupon Deal Would Have Ranked In History
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
Discussion: Service-Oriented …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iTunes sending out free movie rentals
Discussion: PadGadget, MacRumors, TiPb and Gizmodo, Thanks:markgurman