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8:05 AM ET, December 9, 2010

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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.
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The Economist:
More Wikileaks: The 24-hour Athenian democracy … I am talking to members of a group called “Anonymous”, using a web-based collaborative text-editing service.  It is the first such interview for all of us, and their answers begin to collide on the page.  One member comes from Norway …
Mike Isaac / Social Medium:
Facebook and Twitter Suspend Operation Payback Accounts
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Information is the Antidote to Fear: Wikileaks, the Law, and You
Agence France Presse:
WikiLeaks followers target Swedish govt: report
Discussion: Telegraph and ITProPortal
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.
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Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Prompted By WikiLeaks Queries, Twitter Finally Explains Trends Algorithm
Discussion: Social Medium
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.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Andy Rubin: Google activates 300,000 phones every day  —  Google may now be the biggest smartphone vendor on earth.  —  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.
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.
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 …
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Business Week:   When Groupon Dodged Google
Pew Internet:
8% of online Americans use Twitter  —  This is the first-ever survey reading from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project that exclusively examines Twitter users.  In previous surveys, the Project had asked internet users whether they “used Twitter or another service …
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.
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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.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Adsense Creator Lands $25 Million Round From Andreessen Horowitz, Index For New Startup, Factual  —  Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures have co-led a $25 million round in Factual, a data startup.  —  Factual is founded by Gil Elbaz, who is the co-founder of Applied Semantics …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple rolling out 90-second iTunes song previews  —  Apple has begun extending song previews in the iTunes Store to 90 seconds on select songs in the U.S. store.  —  Some songs on iTunes now offer 90-second previews for users of the U.S. iTunes Music Store.
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.
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Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:   Facebook Updates Mobile Dashboards To Adjust Privacy On The Go
Andrey Doronichev / Google Mobile Blog:
YouTube 2.1 App Now Available on Android Market  —  When you're watching a video on YouTube, how often do you JUST watch the video?  If you're like me, you scroll down, maybe read the video description and glance over at the related videos to choose what you might watch next.
Owen Fletcher / China Real Time Report:
iPad-Smuggling Housewives Detained … Chinese housewives carrying dozens of iPads into China can only confirm what the U.S. war on drugs has already shown: Border control can't fully staunch the flow of a product in huge demand.  —  Customs officials in Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
DivX plug-in does Flash video better than Adobe  —  Who says Flash video has to monopolize your laptop and drain its battery at scary rate?  Aside from Steve Jobs, that is?  —  Divx, the video technology company whose software is in dozens of Blu-ray players and other devices …
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.
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Electronista:
AMD, Intel, PC builders plan to drop VGA by 2015  —  AMD, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung and LG on Wednesday said they plan on focusing on putting digital DisplayPort and HDMI connections into their computer products.  They hope to drop analog VGA and LVDS connections in AMD- and Intel-based products by 2015, the chipmakers said.
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. …
 
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Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel says tablets and phones on the way in 2011
Discussion: TechEye, Tea & Tech, eWeek and TG Daily
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IPO Gives Chinese Video Site Youku A $3.3 Billion Market Cap; Worth More Than AOL
Discussion: SAI
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Facebook in breach of Korean privacy laws, says regulator
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
New Windows 8 user interface codenamed ‘Wind’?
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web, Thanks:nstalnecker
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Is Foursquare About to Add Photo Sharing? [PIC]
Discussion: About Foursquare, Thanks:jolieodell
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Google says shut out of USDA cloud computing deal
Discussion: SlashGear and WinRumors
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Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Sponsored Accounts: A way to get Evernote Premium for groups of any size
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Kevin May / Tnooz:
Google Places blocked from using TripAdvisor reviews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Microsoft store for NYC coming in 2011
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Intellectual Ventures sues nine tech firms for patent infringement