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10:50 PM ET, December 9, 2010

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google Cr-48 Chrome laptop preview (update: in-depth impressions!)  —  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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
First Day Review: The Google Chrome OS Cr-48 Notebook  —  My Google Chrome Cr-48 notebook has just arrived.  For my first day with it, I decided a good torture test would be to unplug my Windows 7 machine and see how the Google laptop worked in its place.  Let's go! … Chrome, Chromium & What Is The Cr-48?
Paul Betlem / Adobe Flash Player Team Blog:
Flash Player for Chrome Notebooks
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
Discussion: SAI and GigaOM
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon Explains Why It's Okay to Sell Books About the WikiLeaks Stuff It Won't Host  —  Last week Amazon pulled the plug on WikiLeaks, by refusing to host the group's data on its server.  But Amazon is now profiting from some of that data, via a Kindle e-book title now available through its U.K. outlet.
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Evgeny Morozov / Foreign Policy:
Parsing the impact of Anonymous
Paul Westbrook / Google Mobile Blog:
Gmail for Android: better Priority Inbox support and improved compose  —  When we first released Gmail in Android Market back in September, we said that you'd be getting new stuff faster, and we meant it.  After getting thousands of comments on that release, we made a bunch of updates based …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Why the Nexus S has NFC - Google Places window stickers are NFC enabled  —  Google has just announced that it will be starting its first local rollout of Hotpot, the Google Places recommendation/rating engine, in Portland, Oregon.  —  Google says that it has already started to reach …
Discussion: Google LatLong, Gizmodo and Mashable!, Thanks:stinson
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Markets HotPot In Portland & Breaks Its Own Rules On Local Reviews
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Calls Flipboard “iPad App Of The Year”
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
IRONY ALERT: Man Sues Winklevoss Twins, Says They Stole Company Stake From Him  —  You've read the news everywhere: Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are suing Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg again.  —  The basic allegation remains the same.  They say Zuckerberg unfairly cut them out of an ownership stake in Facebook.
Discussion: All Facebook, The Social and Pulse2
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.
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.
Steve Kanefsky / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Instant for mobile now available globally  —  When we launched Google Instant for mobile in beta back in November, we announced that we would be supporting additional countries and languages, beyond just the U.S. in English.  Today we're happy to let you know that Google Instant …
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google Has 300 Telephone Reps in Mtn View  —  My vast network of sources has divulged to me that Google now has roughly 300 telephone sales reps in Mountain View.  They're selling Tags and Boost.  —  The telephone reps are addressing a number of US markets apparently (but less than 30).
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
First iPad 2G case shows rear camera, new curves?  —  Shenzhen MacTop Electronics, a Chinese manufacturer, is now offering what it claims is a case for the second-generation iPad.  Dubbed the “Crystal Case for iPad 2nd Generation,” the case appears to have different, slimmer contours …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Ingeniously at Work on a New Way to Share & Buy Apps  —  On December 9, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced system for purchasing apps at Apple's App Store or future Mac App Store.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac App Store: No Game Center, In App Purchases  —  Apple has informed App Store developers that two major iOS app store features will not make their way ‘back to the mac.’ These are Game Center and in app purchases.  In app purchases allow App Store developers to go with a “freemium” …
Discussion: MacStories, Engadget, SAI and The Next Web, Thanks:benjamincrozat
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Gorilla Glass, the Smartphone's Unsung Hero  —  I've always been just a little baffled at the whole concept of app-phone cases.  I mean, people go out of their way to buy these thin, gorgeous iPhones and Android phones, and then wrap them in 3/4 inches of ugly black rubber!
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Unaffected By Toshiba Outage, Says Gleacher  —  Following reports that Toshiba's (TOSBF.PK) semiconductor fab in Yokkaichi, Japan was halted today by a sudden drop in power, Brian Marshall with Gleacher & Co. this morning writes in a note to clients that Apple (AAPL) …
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Split second power outage may lead to drop in Toshiba chip shipments
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Pulse2
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Automattic Hits 300 Million Unique Visitors, Roughly $10 Million In Revenue  —  Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg and CEO Toni Schneider were interviewed by our own Alexia Tsotsis at Le Web 10 today.  Our live notes (paraphrased):  —  Can you talk about your vision from blogging and how it changed from 2003 to 2010?
Jose Antonio Vargas / The Huffington Post:
Mark Zuckerberg — Our First Millennial CEO  —  Like all influential and complex entrepreneurs, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is many things to many people.  But he is, first and foremost, our young century's first Millennial CEO.  That's a fact that's been glaringly omitted …
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.”
China Real Time Report:
Alibaba Passes Google in China Online Ads … Research firms have already noted how Google's slide in China's online search market has been good for the company's Chinese rival, Baidu.  Now it appears Google may have given up ground to another Chinese internet giant: Alibaba Group.
Discussion: The Next Web and WebProNews
 
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Snapstick takes on Apple TV, Google TV
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel says tablets and phones on the way in 2011