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1:35 AM ET, December 10, 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
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Military Bans Disks, Threatens Courts-Martial to Stop New Leaks  —  It's too late to stop WikiLeaks from publishing thousands more classified documents, nabbed from the Pentagon's secret network.  But the U.S. military is telling its troops to stop using CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and every …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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.
Sean Bonner / Boing Boing:
Wikileaks: Anonymous stops dropping DDoS bombs, starts dropping science
Discussion: The Next Web
Reuters:
Apple suppliers point to new camera-toting iPad in 2011  —  (Reuters) - Component suppliers for Apple Inc's iPad are gearing up for a new round of production in the first quarter, sources said on Friday, with one saying the product will be a revamp of the popular tablet computer including front- and back-mounted cameras.
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
First iPad 2G case shows rear camera, new curves?
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 …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Markets HotPot In Portland & Breaks Its Own Rules On Local Reviews
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Electronista
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 …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Calls Flipboard “iPad App Of The Year”  —  Apple just named Flipboard, the app that turns Twitter and Facebook into a magazine like experience, its “iPad App of the Year.”  —  This is huge news for the startup.  It will likely see downloads explode in the next few days.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Full List Of The Top iPhone And iPad Apps Of 2010
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
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 …
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
First arrest made in WikiLeaks revenge attacks  —  4chan vigilante group Anonymous is used to getting away with its DDoS attacks and other Internet shenanigans, but that's not going to be the case this time around.  An arrest has been made in 4chan's revenge attacks on PayPal, Visa …
Tim Stanke / Facebook:
Announcing the Facebook 2011 Hacker Cup  —  Hacking is a central part of Facebook's culture.  Whether we're building the next big product at one of our Hackathons or creating a smarter search algorithm, we're always hacking to find a better way of doing things.
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 …
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, The Next Web and SAI, Thanks:benjamincrozat
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iOS and Android App Economies  —  I try my best to avoid writing sensational headlines for my pieces here.1 I slipped, though, with my piece on the differences between the Android and iOS app markets two weeks ago.  “Where Are the Android Killer Apps?” was too broad.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Exclusive: PlayStation Phone ‘Zeus Z1’ prototype benchmarked on video  —  We can't get enough of Sony Ericsson's PlayStation Phone (also known as Zeus Z1), and we're guessing neither can you.  We were just sent a new video of the device in action, only now it's running Qualcomm's Neocore benchmark app.
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Big Just Got Bigger - 5 Terabyte Object Support in Amazon S3  —  Today, Amazon S3 announced a new breakthrough in supporting customers with large files by increasing the maximum supported object size from 5 gigabytes to 5 terabytes.  This allows customers to store and reference a large file …
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).
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.
 
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