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: Political Punch, L.A. Times Tech Blog, The Next Web, ReadWriteWeb, Budi Putra, Techie Buzz, Mashable!, The Firewall, SAI and The Huffington Post
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Operation: Payback's Facebook and Twitter accounts shut down [Updated]
Brad McCarty / The Next Web: Anonymous makes peace with Twitter after a short attack on the service.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb: [UPDATED] Anonymous Ousted from Twitter and Facebook, Back on Twitter Already
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz: Twitter Suspends Operation Payback Account, Will 4Chan Attack Twitter Now?
Joe Weisenthal / SAI: Twitter Suspends Account Of Operation Payback
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Guardian, Gawker, Mashable!, Washington Post, Techland, Between the Lines Blog, Boing Boing, The Lede, CNET News, msnbc.com, The Register, VentureBeat, Switched, Neowin.net, THINQ.co.uk, The Huffington Post, ITProPortal, TechCrunch, TG Daily, Geek.com, Pulse2 and New York Times
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Wikileaks on Pirate Bay: The Facts & Figures
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
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: Silencing Wikileaks is silencing the press
Robert Mackey / The Lede: ‘Operation Payback’ Attacks Fell Visa.com
Winda Benedetti / msnbc.com: Coming soon ... ‘WikiLeaks: The Game’
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: WikiLeaks reinforces infrastructure to evade cyber attacks
Terrence O'Brien / Switched: Government Pressure Led PayPal to Block WikiLeaks
Emma Woollacott / TG Daily: Anonymous brings down Mastercard in defence of Wikileaks
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com: State Department told PayPal to cut off 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: The Next Web, eMoney, The Register and Neowin.net
Tricia Duryee / eMoney: PayPal Releases Funds to WikiLeaks as Supporters Strike Back
Owen Williams / Neowin.net: Paypal releases Wikileaks funds
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.
Michael Santo / Examiner: Hackers take revenge against sites that banned Wikileaks
Robert Mackey / The Lede: ‘Operation Payback’ Attacks Target MasterCard and PayPal Sites to Avenge WikiLeaks
Carole Theriault / Naked Security: Hackers bring down Mastercard site for cutting off WikiLeaks
Matt Warman / Telegraph: WikiLeaks supporters hack Mastercard.com
Lance Whitney / CNET News: WikiLeaks supporters attack MasterCard site
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
Matthew Jones / Neowin.net: Anonymous takes up the fight for WikiLeaks
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: 4Chan Takes Down Mastercard Site In Support Of WikiLeaks
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
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Operation: Payback announces on Twitter planned Web attack on Visa
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley: Hackers attack Mastercard, Paypal over WikiLeaks
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, SAI, Guardian, SelectStart, Social Medium, The Next Web and ResourceShelf
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]
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: LAPTOP Magazine, GottaBeMobile, CrackBerry.com blogs, BlackBerry Cool, PhoneDog.com, BlackBerry Leaks, Gizmodo, Electronista, LaptopMemo and CrunchGear
Brian Oliver Bennett / LAPTOP Magazine: New BlackBerry PlayBook Hands-On Video Surfaces
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Demo Shows Off Speedy UI
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs: Live Hands-On with the BlackBerry PlayBook!
Casey Chan / Gizmodo: The BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Its Video Close Up
Stefan Etienne / LaptopMemo: BlackBerry Playbook Seen In Action For More Than 9 Minutes.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: BlackBerry PlayBook Stars In “Extensive Hands-On Walkthrough”
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, eWeek, Inside Facebook, All Facebook, SAI, 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
Brian Prince / eWeek: Facebook Mobile Boosts Privacy With Application Dashboard
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook: Facebook Launches a Mobile Applications Privacy Dashboard for m.facebook.com
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
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Twins who accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing idea for Facebook launch ANOTHER lawsuit against him — The twins who have accused Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for the world-conquering website from them have re-started their bitter legal battle against him.
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, Reuters, Techland, 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
Ben Patterson / Reuters: Price of admission for at-home, first-run movie service: $20,000, for starters
Graeme McMillan / Techland: Stream Movies on Your TV Same Day They're in Theaters, If You Can Afford It
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! …
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
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: AppleInsider, MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW, The Next Web, MacStories and Daring Fireball
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Mac App Store coming when Steve Jobs said it would come
Michael Rose / TUAW: Mac App Store will be live in January '11, says The Loop
Federico Viticci / MacStories: Mac App Store Actually Coming in January 2011
John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Jim Dalrymple: Mac App Store Launching in January
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: James Governor's Monkchips, Bloomberg, GigaOM, Irregular Enterprise Blog, PR Newswire, VentureBeat, The Enterprise System …, Force.com Blog, eWeek, Reuters, Between the Lines Blog, Pulse2, internetnews.com, Computerworld, SmoothSpan Blog, SAI, WebProNews, alarm:clock, The Diversity Blog, Mashable!, Under the Radar and ReadWriteWeb
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
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Salesforce.com Acquires Heroku For $212 Million In Cash
Quin Street Corporation / internetnews.com: Saleforce Buying Ruby Player Heroku
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld: Salesforce.com buys Ruby cloud-app platform Heroku
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Salesforce.com Buys Heroku For $212 Million
Ben Kepes / The Diversity Blog: Salesforce buys Heroku …
Clarejacobson / Under the Radar: Heroku Acquired by Salesforce! $212 Million!!
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb: Salesforce.com to Buy Heroku for $212 Million
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Best Buy Mobile offering iPhone 3GS for free on December 10th — We just received a tip from a Best Buy ninja of ours, and well, it seems that Radio Shack isn't the only game in town in you're looking for an Apple iPhone. Best Buy will be offering up Apple's iPhone 3GS for free for one day only, this Friday the 10th.
Discussion: Electronista, The Next Web and Gizmodo
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Andy Rubin: Google activates 300,000 phones every day! — Boom! — Andy Rubin just Tweeted that Google (GOOG) is activating 300,000 phones a day. That passes Apple's (AAPL) iOS, that passes Blackberry (RIMM). That even matches any figures that Symbian has ever put up.
Discussion: GeekSmack, Thanks:markgurman
Paul Paliath / GeekSmack: Andy Rubin: Over 300,000 Android phones activated daily
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, Forbes, MediaPost, Engadget, Ars Technica, WebProNews, VentureBeat and OStatic blogs, Thanks:ryanlawler
Brian Caulfield / Forbes: Chrome OS: Om Malik Has Seen This Movie Before
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica: Hands on with Google's Chrome Web Store
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews: Amazon Set To Expand Kindle For The Web
Inventec ships 60,000 Chrome OS netbooks to Google
Inventec ships 60,000 Chrome OS netbooks to Google
Discussion: PC Magazine, Engadget, InformationWeek, Liliputing, Fortune, SlashGear, The Toybox Blog, GottaBeMobile, GigaOM, CrunchGear, Pulse2, blogs.chron.com, Softpedia News and LaptopMemo, Thanks:michaelkroker
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
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Google Chrome OS Hardware Vanishes In The Cloud
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: What's in the Mysterious Black Chrome OS Box?
James Kendrick / GigaOM: Google Has 60,000 Chrome Notebooks to Share
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: 60,000 Chrome OS Netbooks Being Shipped To Google From Inventec
Stefan Etienne / LaptopMemo: Inventec Ships Off 60k CR-48 Laptops For Chrome OS Testing
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: pocketnow.com, Ars Technica, IntoMobile, The Register, Electronista, 901am, Pulse2, GigaOM, Engadget, ITworld.com, Tech Trader Daily, DSLreports, MacRumors, TechEye, TUAW, CNET News, everythingiCafe, The Loop and Daring Fireball
Stephen Schenck / pocketnow.com: European Networks Want to Double-Dip for Data Charges
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
Tim Barribeau / everythingiCafe: European Carriers Want Apple, Google, Facebook to Help Pay For Network Upgrades
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Carriers want Apple to help pay for network upgrade
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, The Seattle Times, paidContent, VentureBeat, CNET News, 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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Is Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures becoming a patent troll? (poll)
Elinor Mills / CNET News: Intellectual Ventures files three new patent suits
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Intellectual Ventures Suing 9 Tech Firms Over Patents
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.
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
Matt Idema / Yahoo!'s Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Gets Hyper-Local — Here at Yahoo! we are constantly redefining how people experience and interact with content on the Web. Users today want to go beyond words presented on the screen. They want videos. They want social activity. They want it anywhere and anytime.
Discussion: Y! Mobile Blog, Bits, PC Magazine, paidContent, SAI, GigaOM, The Toybox Blog, IntoMobile, Search Engine Land and Search Engine Watch
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits: Yahoo Revamps Local Pages
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine: Yahoo Launches Local News, Deals
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: Yahoo Overhauls Its Local Pages; Downplays Business Reviews
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Yahoo Local Comes To Neighborhoods
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM: Yahoo Goes Hyper-Local With Content (For Targeted Ads)
Rachel King / The Toybox Blog: Yahoo! Local guides being tested in over 30 U.S. neighborhoods, cities
Marin Perez / IntoMobile: Yahoo tests local mobile content on Android, iOS
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land: Yahoo Local Expands Its Beta To Mobile
Danny Goodwin / Search Engine Watch: Yahoo Testing New Local Design
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