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9:05 PM ET, December 8, 2010

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Mike Isaac / Social Medium:
Facebook and Twitter Suspend Operation Payback Accounts  —  Apparently, Wikileaks has a posse.  —  Or rather, those who support the ideals behind Wikileaks, and the spreading of information.  On Tuesday, my colleague Andy Greenberg reported on how the hacker group Operation:Payback …
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Guardian:
WikiLeaks: Who are the hackers behind Operation Payback?  —  The MasterCard website was forced offline for several hours today, following an online assault led by a shadowy group of hackers protesting against the card issuer's decision to block payments made to the WikiLeaks website.
The PayPal Blog:
Updated Statement about WikiLeaks from PayPal General Counsel, John Muller  —  Media reports today regarding a statement made by our vice president of platform, mobile and new ventures, Osama Bedier, at the LeWeb conference in Paris, have created confusion about PayPal's decision …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why Wikileaks Will Never Be Closed Or Blocked  —  Last weekend, rather than read stories about the US diplomatic cables that Wikileaks has released, I decided to read them directly myself.  In doing so, I better understood why no one — certainly not the US State Department — is going to shove those cables back into the darkness.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Media Comes To The Defense Of WikiLeaks At LeWeb: “The Leakers Will Win”
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why Wouldn't Google Mirror Wikileaks?
Rose Yao / Facebook Blog:
More Control on Mobile  —  Over 200 million people use Facebook on their mobile phones to share photos, access applications and stay connected with friends.  In October, we added a dashboard to give you a way to clearly see and control the ways applications use your information.
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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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Google: Chrome OS laptops won't dual boot with Windows, live …
Discussion: SAI, Newlaunches.com and The Register
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
To Trend or Not to Trend...  Since Twitter first introduced the Trends feature in the summer of 2008, one frequently asked question has been “Why isn't X trending?”  This question has come up around a variety of subjects, from #justinbieber and #adamlambert to #flotilla, #iranelection and #demo2010.
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.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Why Groupon Said No To Google's $6 Billion  —  Each and every Groupon board member stood to gain millions, hundreds of millions, or even more than a billion dollars by accepting Google's $6 billion offer to acquire the company.  —  Groupon cofounders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky might …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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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Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Movies at Home, for $20,000  —  A proposed service aims to bring movies to homes the same day they hit theaters, a milestone that Hollywood has long anticipated with a mixture of fear and fascination.  —  But there's a catch: At the prices currently being discussed by Prima Cinema Inc. …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Apple Loses Its iPhone Game Guru  —  The man in charge of making sure that Apple's popular portable devices play games well is no longer with the tech titan.  —  Graeme Devine joined Apple's iPhone Game Technologies division last year.  Devine tells Kotaku that his last day at the company was Friday.
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 …
The Smoking Gun:
Porn Site Gave Federal Agents Free Rein  —  Investigators secretly monitored Free6.com users for 16 months … The operators of a notorious pornography web site granted federal agents administrative access to the site, giving investigators the ability to monitor traffic and public …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook hands-on video demo  —  We promised a hands on demo video of the BlackBerry PlayBook, and that's what you're going to get from us — almost 10 minutes of 1080p joy.  As we said previously, we were pretty impressed seeing the PlayBook demo'd in person right in front of us, and well, we could go on for days.
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.
Kevin May / Tnooz:
Google Places blocked from using TripAdvisor reviews  —  Now here is an interesting development - Google is no longer able to stream in reviews from TripAdvisor to Places pages after the user review giant blocked it.  —  TripAdvisor confirmed the move today in an email …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CBS Interactive Head Neil Ashe Stepping Down  —  Neil Ashe (pictured here), 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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Microsoft store for NYC coming in 2011  —  As part of my job as a full-time Microsoft watcher, I get a lot of tips about Microsoft from customers, competitors, partners and even Softies themselves.  However, ever since I worked for PCWeek more than 15 years ago …
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Google says shut out of USDA cloud computing deal  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc didn't get the chance to compete for the largest federal government “cloud computing” deal yet announced, according to the Web firm, adding to its concerns that government agencies are unfairly favoring rival Microsoft Corp.
Discussion: WinRumors
Jason Roberts / Codus Operandi:
How I Screwed Up My Google Acquisition  —  I began building a web-based version of PowerPoint called Preezo back in the Spring of 2005 after switching the direction of my angel-funded startup for the third time in less than a year.  Prior to that I had been working on a web collaboration concept akin …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Google Android phones biggest network hogs: study  —  (Reuters) - Users of Google's Android phones, such as Samsung's Galaxy S, use more data services than those with other smartphones, threatening to choke wireless network capacity, an industry study showed.
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Is Foursquare About to Add Photo Sharing?  [PIC]  —  Is Foursquare about to turn on one of user's most request features?  Judging by the screenshot that just landed in our inbox, it appears so.  —  The screenshot — which we believe to have been inadvertently sent to our tipster …
Discussion: About Foursquare, Thanks:jolieodell
 
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Mac App Store launching in January 2011
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Best Buy Mobile offering iPhone 3GS for free on December 10th
Discussion: The Next Web and Gizmodo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Truly Decentralized BitTorrent Downloading Has Finally Arrived
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Sponsored Accounts: A way to get Evernote Premium for groups of any size
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, GottaBeMobile and Xconomy, Thanks:keithdsouza
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
SimpleGeo Launches, Aims to Make All Apps Geo-Aware
Discussion: SimpleGeo and The Next Web
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
ViKi Raises $4.3 Million from VC All-Stars to Translate the World's Video
 Earlier Items: 
Andrea James / Boing Boing:
Facebook Community Council quietly closes
Discussion: All Facebook
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Twitter Adds More Ways to Say Where You Are
Discussion: WebProNews
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
250 Million People Now Using Facebook Connect Every Month
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
4Chan's Moot Joins Lerer Ventures As An Advisor
Discussion: Mashable!, Pulse2 and SAI