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 …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog, ReadWriteWeb, Political Punch, SAI, The Next Web, Budi Putra, Techie Buzz, Mashable!, The Firewall and The Huffington Post
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Operation: Payback's Facebook and Twitter accounts shut down [Updated]
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb: [UPDATED] Anonymous Ousted from Twitter and Facebook, Back on Twitter Already
Joe Weisenthal / SAI: Twitter Suspends Account Of Operation Payback
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: Anonymous makes peace with Twitter after a short attack on the service.
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz: Twitter Suspends Operation Payback Account, Will 4Chan Attack Twitter Now?
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall: MasterCard.com Taken Down By WikiLeaks Supporters, Twitter Next?
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.
Paul Mutton / Netcraft: Visa.com taken down by botnet volunteers
Robert Mackey / The Lede: ‘Operation Payback’ Attacks Target MasterCard and PayPal Sites to Avenge WikiLeaks
Michael Santo / Examiner: Hackers take revenge against sites that banned Wikileaks
Naked Security / Sophos: Hackers bring down Mastercard site for cutting off WikiLeaks
Lance Whitney / CNET News: WikiLeaks supporters attack MasterCard site
Matt Warman / Telegraph: WikiLeaks supporters hack Mastercard.com
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: 4Chan Takes Down Mastercard Site In Support Of WikiLeaks
Matthew Jones / Neowin.net: Anonymous takes up the fight for WikiLeaks
Joe Weisenthal / SAI: CYBERWAR: Now Hackers Have Taken Down Mastercard.com As Revenge For Julian Assange
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: WikiLeaks Gets Its Own “Axis of Evil” Defense Network
Peter Eichenbaum / Bloomberg: MasterCard, Visa Europe Halting Payments to WikiLeaks
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.
Esther Addley / Guardian: PayPal admits US pressure over WikiLeaks account freeze
Ryan Tate / Gawker: PayPal Busted for Bogus Wikileaks Excuse
Ben Parr / Mashable!: PayPal Responds to WikiLeaks Controversy
Winda Benedetti / msnbc.com: Coming soon ... ‘WikiLeaks: The Game’
Robert Mackey / The Lede: ‘Operation Payback’ Attacks Fell Visa.com
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: Silencing Wikileaks is silencing the press
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: WikiLeaks reinforces infrastructure to evade cyber attacks
Terrence O'Brien / Switched: Government Pressure Led PayPal to Block WikiLeaks
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: State Department told PayPal to cut off Wikileaks
Emma Woollacott / TG Daily: Anonymous brings down Mastercard in defence of Wikileaks
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Why PayPal Blocked The Wikileaks Account
Charlie Savage / New York Times: U.S. Prosecutors Study WikiLeaks Prosecution
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 …
Discussion: eMoney, Netcraft, The Next Web, The Register, Neowin.net and CrunchGear
Tricia Duryee / eMoney: PayPal Releases Funds to WikiLeaks as Supporters Strike Back
Owen Williams / Neowin.net: Paypal releases Wikileaks funds
Jameson Berkow / FP Tech Desk:
Hackers supporting WikiLeaks target Visa
Hackers supporting WikiLeaks target Visa
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall: How WikiLeaks' Online Avengers Are Growing Their Attack Ranks
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb: DDoS Attacks Take Down Mastercard and Visa Websites, “Payback” …
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!: Hackers Take Down Visa.com in the Name of WikiLeaks
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley: Hackers attack Mastercard, Paypal over WikiLeaks
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Operation: Payback announces on Twitter planned Web attack on Visa
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Why Wouldn't Google Mirror Wikileaks?
Why Wouldn't Google Mirror Wikileaks?
Discussion: PC World, The Huffington Post and Emily Bell, more at Mediagazer »
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.
Discussion: Macworld, AppleInsider, VentureBeat, paidContent, IntoMobile, Touch Arcade, SelectStart and Joystiq
Dan Moren / Macworld: Remains of the Day: It ain't over 'til it's over
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider: iOS game designer Graeme Devine leaves Apple to make Mac, iOS games
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Apple's iPhone game guru bids adieu
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent: Industry Moves: Verizon; Apple; TeePee; Flash Networks
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Apple loses iPhone gaming guru
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart: iPhone Game Evangelist Leaves Apple To Start His Own Company
David Hinkle / Joystiq: Graeme Devine leaves Apple, jumps back into game development
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, SelectStart, Guardian, Social Medium, ResourceShelf, The Next Web and SAI
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Twitter explains how to get big in Trends
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart: Prompted By WikiLeaks Queries, Twitter Finally Explains Trends Algorithm
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: Twitter makes it official: It is not blocking #wikileaks [The Next Web]
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.
Discussion: PC Magazine, L.A. Times Tech Blog, Inside Facebook, eWeek, SAI, All Facebook, Social Medium, IntoMobile, Covering Web, SiliconANGLE, The Next Web, TechCrunch, WebProNews and Download Squad
Peter Pachal / PC Magazine: Facebook Beefs Up Privacy Controls on Mobile Devices
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Facebook adding new privacy controls to its mobile websites and smart phone apps
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook: Facebook Launches a Mobile Applications Privacy Dashboard for m.facebook.com
Brian Prince / eWeek: Facebook Mobile Boosts Privacy With Application Dashboard
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Facebook Mobile Makes It Easier To Track And Block Annoying Apps
Marc Flores / IntoMobile: Facebook mobile adds more control over settings
Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE: Facebook Rolling out Mobile Privacy Controls
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Facebook Upgrades Its Mobile Privacy Dashboard
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Facebook Adds More Privacy Controls to Mobile
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
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.
Discussion: InformationWeek, PC Magazine, Engadget, Liliputing, Fortune, SlashGear, The Toybox Blog, GottaBeMobile, blogs.chron.com, GigaOM, CrunchGear, Softpedia News, LaptopMemo, Pulse2, ZDNet and The Next Web, Thanks:michaelkroker
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Google Chrome OS Hardware Vanishes In The Cloud
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine: Is Google's Chrome OS Cr-48 Beta Notebook from Inventec?
Tim Stevens / Engadget: Google Cloud Print is ready to spool in beta, if you have a Windows PC handy
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: What's in the Mysterious Black Chrome OS Box?
James Kendrick / GigaOM: Google Has 60,000 Chrome Notebooks to Share
Stefan Etienne / LaptopMemo: Inventec Ships Off 60k CR-48 Laptops For Chrome OS Testing
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: 60,000 Chrome OS Netbooks Being Shipped To Google From Inventec
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web: Google Officially Unveils Its Long Awaited Operating System …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Network Computer Arrives...Finally!
The Network Computer Arrives...Finally!
Discussion: Engadget, MediaPost, WebProNews, Ars Technica, VentureBeat, Venture Capital Dispatch and OStatic blogs, Thanks:ryanlawler
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: Amazon Set To Expand Kindle For The Web
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica: Hands on with Google's Chrome Web Store
Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch: The Daily Start-Up: Chrome Aims To Close Windows
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. …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Techland, Reuters, BloggingStocks, Gizmodo Australia, I4U News, virtualeconomics and Company Town, more at Mediagazer »
Richard Lawler / Engadget: Prima Cinema plans to offer $500 first-run movie downloads …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo: First-Run Movies at Home? Sure, For $20,000
Graeme McMillan / Techland: Stream Movies on Your TV Same Day They're in Theaters, If You Can Afford It
Ben Patterson / Reuters: Price of admission for at-home, first-run movie service: $20,000, for starters
Connie Madon / BloggingStocks: Would You Pay $20,000 for Movies in Your Home?
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo Australia: First-Run Movies At Home? Sure, For $US20,000
Seamusmccauley / virtualeconomics: Prima Cinematic launches service for millionaire film fans …
Joe Flint / Company Town: The Morning Fix: Home movies aren't cheap! …
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica, The Register, Electronista, Engadget, 901am, IntoMobile, Pulse2, GigaOM, Tech Trader Daily, DSLreports, MacRumors, ITworld.com, CNET News, The Loop, TUAW, TechEye, Daring Fireball, everythingiCafe, iLounge and GottaBeMobile
Rik Myslewski / The Register: EU telecoms to Apple, Google: 'Pay up!"
Chris Nerney / ITworld.com: Apple, Google, Facebook should help cover network costs …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: Report: Euro telcos want tech companies to pay
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Carriers want Apple to help pay for network upgrade
Tim Barribeau / everythingiCafe: European Carriers Want Apple, Google, Facebook to Help Pay For Network Upgrades
Charles Starrett / iLounge: European telcos claim Apple, Google should pay for network improvements
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?
Discussion: Force.com Blog, GigaOM, Tim Anderson's ITWriting, Computerworld and NewEnterprise
Parker Harris / Force.com Blog: What I Love About Heroku — I am thrilled to be writing …
Om Malik / GigaOM: Heroku CEO Talks About Salesforce, Future
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld: Salesforce aims to be one-stop shop for cloud development
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise: Salesforce Acquires Hosted Apps Platform Heroku
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million In Cash
Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million In Cash
Discussion: PC World, James Governor's Monkchips, Bloomberg, Irregular Enterprise Blog, PR Newswire, GigaOM, The Enterprise System …, VentureBeat, Force.com Blog, eWeek, Reuters, SmoothSpan Blog, Between the Lines Blog, WebProNews, alarm:clock, The Diversity Blog, Computerworld, SAI, Pulse2, internetnews.com, Mashable!, ReadWriteWeb and Under the Radar
James Governor / James Governor's Monkchips: Salesforce acquires Heroku: Dork Move, guys.
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise Blog: Salesforce's Database.com as a game changer now they've acquired Heroku?
Frank Scavo / The Enterprise System Spectator: First impressions: Salesforce.com far outgrows its name
Quinton Wall / Force.com Blog: What a conference! What a year!
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Salesforce.com's Heroku Acquisition a Play for Ruby Developers
Himank Sharma / Reuters: Salesforce to buy Heroku to expand in cloud computing
Ben Kepes / The Diversity Blog: Salesforce buys Heroku …
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld: Salesforce.com buys Ruby cloud-app platform Heroku
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Salesforce.com Acquires Heroku For $212 Million In Cash
Quin Street Corporation / internetnews.com: Saleforce Buying Ruby Player Heroku
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb: Salesforce.com to Buy Heroku for $212 Million
Clarejacobson / Under the Radar: Heroku Acquired by Salesforce! $212 Million!!
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
New Windows 8 user interface codenamed ‘Wind’? — Windows 8 will have two separate interfaces according to recent rumors. — Italian based windows8italia reports that Microsoft's next-generation Windows operating system will be 32-bit and 64-bit with two separate interfaces.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:nstalnecker
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 …
Discussion: The Not-So Private Parts
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.
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs, LaptopMemo, PhoneDog.com, BlackBerry Leaks, Electronista and CrunchGear
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs: Live Hands-On with the BlackBerry PlayBook!
Stefan Etienne / LaptopMemo: BlackBerry Playbook Seen In Action For More Than 9 Minutes.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: BlackBerry PlayBook Stars In “Extensive Hands-On Walkthrough”
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Mac App Store launching in January 2011 — Despite published reports to the contrary, Apple's Mac App Store will launch in January 2011. — Reports earlier this week claimed Apple would launch the Mac App Store on December 13, ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac, The Next Web, MacStories, Daring Fireball and everythingiCafe
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Mac App Store coming when Steve Jobs said it would come
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Mac App Store Actually Coming in January 2011
John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Jim Dalrymple: Mac App Store Launching in January
Christopher Meinck / everythingiCafe: Mac App Store Launching January 2011
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 …
Discussion: Bits, Intellectual Ventures Home, Wall Street Journal, Patent Law Blog, Techdirt, CNET News, The Seattle Times, paidContent, VentureBeat, Pulse2 and The Microsoft Blog, Thanks:johnhcook
Steve Lohr / Bits: Intellectual Ventures Goes to Court
Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Intellectual Ventures Files Its First Lawsuits; Giant Patent Troll Awakened
Elinor Mills / CNET News: Intellectual Ventures files three new patent suits
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Is Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures becoming a patent troll? (poll)
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Intellectual Ventures Suing 9 Tech Firms Over Patents
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Roundtable and Understanding Google …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable: TripAdvisor Reviews To Return To Google Maps
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.
Discussion: Engadget, WebProNews, VatorNews, Tech Report, Pulse2, pocketnow.com, TUAW, IntoMobile, ReadWriteWeb and Search Engine Land
Ross Miller / Engadget: Google's big week: Nexus S, Honeycomb tablets, Chrome OS laptops, and eBooks to boot
Faith Merino / VatorNews: Mayer: Google averages an acquisition a week
Steve Henn / Tech Report: Google Chrome's New Network Computer
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Google Latitude iPhone Application Releasing Soon
Anton D. Nagy / pocketnow.com: Google Latitude Briefly Appears in App Store
Mike Schramm / TUAW: Google Latitude app shows up, disappears from Japanese App Store
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Google accidentally uploads official Latitude application …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google's Mayer On “Contextual Discovery” Search
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.
Discussion: Company Town, SiliconANGLE, Pulse2, ClickZ and paidContent, more at Mediagazer »
Meg James / Company Town: CBS Interactive president stepping down
Cherr Aira Quintana / SiliconANGLE: A Year End Blow: CBS Interactive Chief Departs
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: CBS Interactive President Neil Ashe Steps Down From The Company
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ: Neil Ashe to Step Down as President, CBS Interactive
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: Neil Ashe Leaving As President Of CBS Interactive; Search Underway
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 …
Discussion: Electronista, The Next Web, GeekSmack and WinRumors
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: Sources: Microsoft to open 6 new retail stores in 2011, including one in NYC
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.
Tom Warren / WinRumors: Google not happy with Microsoft's USDA cloud deal
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Truly Decentralized BitTorrent Downloading Has Finally Arrived — BitTorrent is a great technology to share files both quickly and efficiently, but like all other P2P-technologies it has an Achilles' heel. The download process relies in part on central servers that can crash or go offline for a variety of reasons.