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2:05 PM ET, December 9, 2010

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Rajen Sheth / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Message Continuity, powered by Postini  —  When we acquired Postini in 2007, we incorporated additional cloud-based spam and virus filtering, email archiving and encryption services into our Enterprise products.  We had a vision that the power of the cloud could deliver …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google morphs Gmail into Microsoft backup service  —  Backup today.  Flee Redmond tomorrow  —  Google has unveiled a service that lets businesses use Gmail as a back-up for Microsoft Exchange.  —  Known as Google Message Continuity, the service replicates all your Microsoft Exchange data on Google's servers.
Discussion: SAI and silicontap.com
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 …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Wikileaks' Cables now available on Amazon, reviewers are not happy.  —  In the interests of keeping the Wikileaks Cables available for all, regardless of whether the official website is taken offline, an enterprising Amazon trader has taken the 5000 Cables and is now selling …
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Information is the Antidote to Fear: Wikileaks, the Law, and You
Discussion: CNET News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Microsoft: “Yeah, We Tried To Acquire Facebook.”  —  While on the “How To Get Acquired” panel here at Le Web, Microsoft Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions Fritz Lanman admitted that Microsoft did try to acquire the social network Facebook, acquisition talks first reported …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google Cr-48 Chrome laptop preview  —  Well, would you look at what showed up on our frigid doorstep this morning?  That's right, we are now the proud owners of Google's first Chrome OS laptop — the Cr-48.  Obviously, we ripped open the box and got right to handling the 12.1-inch, Atom-powered laptop.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Two Days After Unveiling, Cr-48 Chrome Notebook Already Showing Up On Doorsteps  —  Ben Kessler woke up to an unexpected surprise on the doorstep of his New York home this morning: a Cr-48.  Yes, the just-unveiled Google Chrome Notebook is already rolling out to those who requested one.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Full List Of The Top iPhone And iPad Apps Of 2010  —  We've already highlighted the four apps that Apple has chosen as their “award winners” for 2010.  But they've also highlighted the following: Overall Paid iPhone Apps, Overall Free iPhone Apps, Overall Grossing iPhone Apps …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Apple to tap Intel's graphics for future MacBooks  —  Apple has decided to use Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors in its MacBook line, a transition that will occur in 2011, squeezing out Nvidia's graphics processors in at least some models of the popular laptops, sources have told CNET.
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).
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Forecast: IPad Will Generate Two Percent of North American Net Traffic by End of 2011  —  How's this for a prediction?  By the end of 2011, the iPad will generate more than two percent of all North American Web traffic.  —  That's according to Chitika, which has been tracking iPad adoption rates …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
16 Tycoons Agree to Give Away Fortunes  —  The billionaire founder of social network Facebook Inc. has agreed to give the majority of his wealth to charity, part of a broader group of rich entrepreneurs committing to philanthropy earlier in their lives.  —  Mark Zuckerberg has signed onto the …
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.
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.
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.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Snapstick takes on Apple TV, Google TV  —  Snapstick in action in CNET headquarters on an iPhone 4 and TV monitor.  —  A startup called Snapstick is introducing its spin on Internet TV today that it hopes will compete heavily with Apple TV, Google TV, and other set-top boxes.
Johanna Wright / The Official Google Blog:
Zeitgeist 2010: How the world searched  —  In the search team we talk a lot about that people are always looking for new things with Google.  In fact, about 20% of our queries are new each day.  As it gets to be the end of the year, it's a great time to look at what searches we all have in common.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Apache Software Foundation Resigns from Java Executive Committee  —  Making good on its promise to walk away from the Java Executive Committee following disagreements with Oracle, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has just announced its resignation from the Java Community Process (JCP) “effective immediately.”
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 …
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.
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Donations Ban on iPhone Apps Irritates Nonprofits  —  The nonprofit world is stewing over the ban Apple has put on making donations on the iPhone via charity apps.  —  No one, including Apple, has data on how many nonprofits have created apps for the iPhone.
 
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
YouTube raises the upload length for some users; now exceeds 15 minutes
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla in 2011: Focus on Performance, Video, Identity & App Stores
Discussion: The Next Web
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Andrew Lyle / Neowin.net:
Windows 7 hits 25% market share, XP sinks to 50%
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DST Partner: On A Path To Becoming A $1 Billion Company?  Come Talk To Us
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
DivX plug-in does Flash video better than Adobe
Zach Epstein / BGR:
AT&T responds to Consumer Reports beating, cites A+ rating from BBB
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Adsense Creator Lands $25 Million Round From Andreessen …
Discussion: VatorNews, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Mac App Store launching in January 2011
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Google says shut out of USDA cloud computing deal
Discussion: SlashGear