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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
PayPal VP On Blocking WikiLeaks: State Department Said It Was Illegal  —  Of course Milo Yannopoulos' first question on stage to PayPal's VP of Platform Osama Bedier was why PayPal blocked WikiLeaks payments and froze its account. … The answer was met with boos from the mostly European audience.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Media Comes To The Defense Of WikiLeaks At LeWeb: “The Leakers Will Win”  —  Today during the Media Panel at LeWeb ‘10 in Paris, France, there was one thing on everyones’ mind: WikiLeaks.  —  “This is a turning point for the Internet — it's not just about WikiLeaks anymore,” Weblogs SL's Julio Alonso said.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why Wouldn't Google Mirror Wikileaks?  —  Consider: Your mission is to “organize the world's information and make it universally accessible.”  You thumbed your nose at Wall Street, and you proved them wrong.  You've stood up to the entire media industry by purchasing YouTube and defending fair use …
Esther Addley / Guardian:
MasterCard site partially frozen by hackers in WikiLeaks ‘revenge’  —  ‘Operation: Payback’ hacks into MasterCard site over payment network's decision to cease taking donations to WikiLeaks  —  The website of MasterCard has been hacked and partially paralysed in apparent revenge …
Guardian:
WikiLeaks: Who are the hackers behind Operation Payback?
Discussion: New York Times
DigiTimes:
Inventec ships 60,000 Chrome OS netbooks to Google  —  Alongside Google's announcement of its new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system as well as Chrome OS on December 7, Inventec confirmed that it has already shipped about 60,000 Chrome OS-based netbooks to Google, which are expected to be used for testing.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Network Computer Arrives...Finally!  —  Thank you Eric Schmidt for taking me down memory lane, to the heyday of another bubble, in another century.  Today, at the launch of Chrome OS — a new Google operating system for web-centric computing — Schmidt talked about 1997 when he …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Google: Chrome OS laptops won't dual boot with Windows, live …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google unveils Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop
Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Asked to Pay Up as European Operators Inundated by Data  —  Google Inc., Apple Inc., and Facebook Inc. need to pitch in to help pay for the billions of dollars of network investments needed for their bandwidth-hogging services, European phone operators say.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million In Cash  —  Salesforce.com has just announced that it is acquiring Heroku, which provides a Ruby application platform-as-a-service, for approximately $212 million in cash.  —  That's one hell of an exit for the startup, which was founded in 2007 and has raised only $13 million in funding.
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James Lindenbaum / Heroku:
The Next Level  —  What if enterprise apps were built the way you'd build an agile Ruby app?  What if they were a pleasure to work with, deploy, and manage?  What if big companies could adopt the philosophies of Heroku and the Ruby community?  What if your company actually preferred you use Heroku to build apps?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tracked Down: Google Just Quietly Launched An Official Latitude iPhone App  —  I guess Google really is in a feisty mood tonight.  After the Chrome Web Store, Chrome OS, some leaked Google +1 information, and a Google Groups re-launch, we've just gotten word that Google has launched an official Latitude app for the iPhone.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs: MobileMe to ‘Get A Lot Better’ Next Year  —  Apple's MobileMe service has been a bit of a mixed bag with consumers, with some seeing value in the service's email, photo/file hosting, and syncing capabilities while others feel that the $99 annual list price for the service is too high.
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Coretronic reportedly to supply BLUs for iPad 2  —  Coretronic has reportedly entered the supply chain for the second generation iPad, and will supply BLUs to Chimei Innolux (CMI) and LG Display.  —  Coretronic has declined to comment.  —  The second generation iPad is expected to hit …
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
AMO-DEAD, iPad 2 will use LCD
Discussion: TiPb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer's Next Big Thing: “Contextual Discovery” — Google Results Without Search  —  Today at LeWeb '10 in Paris, France, our own Michael Arrington took the stage to talk with Google's Marissa Mayer.  Mayer recently took a new job within Google.  Technically, she's now the head of consumer products for the company.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Twitter Adds More Ways to Say Where You Are  —  Twitter is quietly improving its Places location feature, by allowing developers to access an expanded database of locations for tweets associated with a specific place.  The company has allowed users to include their location on tweets since this summer …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter VP Of Product Jason Goldman Steps Down (At Le Web)  —  Our very own MG Siegler interviewed Jason Goldman, VP of Product at Twitter, at Le Web 10.  —  Our notes:  —  Siegler started off by asking about the new integrations Twitter launched yesterday.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
250 Million People Now Using Facebook Connect Every Month  —  Here at Le Web in Paris, Facebook head of platform Ethan Beard told our very own Mike Arrington that 250 million people are now connecting via the Facebook Connect ecosystem monthly.  Over 100 million of those people started using Connect in the past year.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM's PlayBook has its coming out party for developers: No functional browser yet  —  Research in Motion is talking about its PlayBook tablet a lot and showing off demos, but the companies aren't giving developers much to work with just yet.  The biggest deliverable needed: A functional browser.
Discussion: Engadget and Inquirer
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
RIM sees PlayBook OS as 10-year future for smartphones, tablets
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
4Chan's Moot Joins Lerer Ventures As An Advisor  —  Christopher Poole, aka Moot, the founder of 4chan and still stealthy Canvas Networks, is now a venture advisor.  He just joined Lerer Ventures, the New York City seed fund started by Ken and Ben Lerer.  While he is not a formal partner, he will have the ability to greenlight deals.
Discussion: Pulse2 and SAI
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CBS Interactive Head Neil Ashe Stepping Down  —  Neil Ashe, president of CBS Interactive, is stepping down from his post.  —  CBS confirmed the move, after BoomTown made inquiries recently, after hearing of various executives who had been contacted by the media giant about the position.
Discussion: paidContent
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Yahoo CEO: Don't Judge Me Until 2012  —  Carol Bartz has been CEO of Yahoo for almost two years now.  That's long enough for some people to declare her ineffective and call for her to be replaced.  But to hear Bartz tell it, not only is it premature to demand her resignation now — it will still be premature 12 months from now.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Pulse2
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Netflix inks Disney, ABC streaming deal, CFO departs  —  Netflix said Wednesday that it has broadened it streaming media selection via a deal with Disney and its ABC Television unit.  In addition, Netflix's chief financial officer left the company.  —  First, the streaming deal.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Intellectual Ventures sues nine tech firms for patent infringement  —  Intellectual Ventures, a Bellevue, Wash.-based firm that's amassed a huge trove of technology patents over the years, has sued nine technology companies for patent infringement.  It's the first time Intellectual Ventures …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Hits 2 Million Check-ins, 25K New Users Daily
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Intel Girds For Netbook and Tablet Wars
Discussion: SlashGear, Electronista and Engadget
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Involver Introduces Social Markup Language
Discussion: NetworkEffect and Inside Facebook
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
Verizon launches IPv6 transition services
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Map Wiki Plots New Route
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Tech Sector Adds 47,000 Jobs So Far in 2010
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Electronista:
AT&T on iPhone: ‘exclusive arrangements end’
Discussion: eMoney and TUAW
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
$1.9 million violin stolen: Great ad for Windows Phone?
Discussion: Computerworld and VentureBeat
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Waze, a Social Driving App, Raises $25 Million
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Google Executive: No Time to Build, So We Buy
Brian Hendricks / Bing:
Bing's new mall maps: Get in, get out, and the avoid the crowds