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6:00 PM ET, December 10, 2010

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Philip Dorling / Sydney Morning Herald:
How I met Julian Assange and secured the American embassy cables  —  GETTING to WikiLeaks's secret headquarters took quite some time and was not without complications.  —  This year a careful reading of statements by the WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, led me to conclude his small organisation …
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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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Fed Up With Android Market, Angry Birds Flies to Carrier Billing  —  Rovio is taking its success with mobile game Angry Birds — 50 million downloads and counting — and using it to launch a new in-app purchase, carrier-billing payment system.  The mobile developer said it's launching Bad …
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Greg Sterling / Internet2Go:
Google's Checkout ‘Failure’ Now a Big Problem for Android  —  Back when Google first launched its payments platform Checkout (in 2006) it neglected to “sell” the service to consumers.  In other words Google didn't do a very good job explaining why consumers should use the system.
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Droid 2 Was Dropped, Didn't Explode - Motorola Employee  —  Earlier this month, we told you the story of a man in north Texas whose exploding Droid 2 sent him to the hospital, resulting in a blood splattered handset and a face full of stitches.  —  The man, Aron Embry, told the press …
Reuters:
Apple preps new camera-toting iPads: sources  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc is preparing new iPads, including models that are about half the size of the current tablet computer, and will include front- and back-mounted cameras, supply chain sources told Reuters.  —  Component suppliers …
Ossi Carp / Nyheter - DN.se:
“A new WikiLeaks” revolts against Assange … The new project, “Openleaks,” has been under way for some time and will be launched Monday.  DN.se has spoken to individuals behind the new site and the message is clear. … “As a short-term goal, this is about completing the technical infrastructure …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Verizon's Cure for CrackBerry Addiction: Android  —  Another handful of worrisome data points for Research in Motion, which appears to be slipping down carriers' priority lists as the BlackBerry struggles for purchase in an increasingly sophisticated market.
Victoria Barret / Upside Potential:
Steve Ballmer's Breakfast With Twitter  —  This just heard: Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer had breakfast this week in San Francisco with Twitter's Dick Costolo, who recently took over the top dog spot from co-founder Evan Williams.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
New: Google “Reading Level” Search Filter  —  Google has added a brand new search filter option to the advanced search page named “Reading level.”  —  The purpose is to give users a way to find content based on your reading level.  The options include:  — No reading level displayed
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
World Map Of Social Networks Shows Facebook's Ever-Increasing Dominance  —  Just in case you had any doubts about the fact we live in the age of Facebook, just check out Vincenzo Cosenza's latest edition of the World Map Of Social Networks.  —  Based on this month's Alexa & Google Trends …
Computerworld:
Oracle asks Apache to reconsider Java committee departure  —  Oracle has asked the Apache Software Foundation to reconsider its decision to quit the Java SE/EE Executive Committee, and is also acknowledging the ASF's importance to Java's future.  —  Oracle has asked the Apache Software Foundation …
Peter Solderitsch / Docs Blog:
Tips & Tricks: More options for mobile editing on the the iPad  —  A couple weeks ago, we made is possible to edit your documents on many popular mobile phones and on the iPad.  —  The new mobile editor is fast and lightweight, but sometimes you want to make more style edits like changing a font, or center aligning a paragraph.
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Forrester reveals who uses location-based services the most  —  While only 4 percent of US online adults have ever used a location-based service, like popular check in app Foursquare, data from research firm Forrester shows that young adult males with college degrees appear to be the main user group.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Forrester Blogs
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Brightkite Kills Its Check-In Functionality To Focus On Group Texting  —  In what may be the first high-profile casualty of the location wars, Brightkite, an early player in the space, has today announced they're officially killing off the check-in functionality of their service.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft set to detail second Windows Phone update at Mobile World Congress in February … Microsoft is planning to unveil and detail a second Windows Phone 7 update in February.  —  The software giant has chosen the Mobile World Congress venue according to sources familiar with the plans.
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC aims to roll out 60 million handsets in 2011  —  HTC has reportedly informed its suppliers that it will eventually need parts and components for the production of up to 60 million handsets in 2011 compared to shipments of 20 million units projected for 2010, according to industry sources.
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Justin.tv claims “frame reinsertion” will cross the quality gap in mobile live video streaming  —  Live video streaming site Justin.tv today announced an update that includes what it has dubbed “Frame Reinsertion,” which will allow users to upload the full resolution version of a video in the background …
Discussion: MediaPost and GigaOM
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome Appears To Have Hit 10,000 Extensions, Inching Closer To Firefox  —  Yesterday, Google put up a post on the Chromium Blog to celebrate a year of extensions being available for their Chrome web browser.  The main part of the post touts some big numbers that the feature has accumulated in the past 12 months.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's attorney general, takes legal action to get Street View data from Google  —  Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal (and senator-elect) of Connecticut is taking legal action to force Google to turn over consumers' data it says it inadvertently collected while operating …
 
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Final bids due for Nortel patents: sources
Discussion: MacRumors, iLounge and iClarified
Brian / Groupon Blog:
Now Available: Deal Statistics
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Why The New York Times eliminated its social media editor position
Discussion: Stage Two
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Latest Update to Facebook's Official Stats Shows Surge in Off-Site Traffic
Discussion: SAI
Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
The Secrets Behind Blekko's Search Technology
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Groupon's Andrew Mason To Charlie Rose: “We Are The 'N Sync Of Websites”
Discussion: Charlie Rose
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
When Facebook Bought ConnectU From the Winklevii (Or, Parsing Legal Filings for Fun)
Discussion: ITProPortal
 Earlier Items: 
Frederik Balfour / Bloomberg:
Ipad Assembler Foxconn Says Its China Workforce Exceeds 1 Million Workers
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Electronista
David Zax / Fast Company:
“Facebook of China” Eyes U.S. IPO
Discussion: All Facebook, Reuters and The Next Web
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Warner Bros.' Newest Consumer Segment: Pirates
Discussion: Techdirt and SiliconANGLE
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Goodbye FLO TV. Hello, Service and Device Refunds!
Eric Schmidt / The Official Google Blog:
Cloud computing: the latest chapter in an epic journey
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, Thanks:amanfirdaus
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
With Kinect, Xbox outsells Wii, PS3 for sixth-straight month
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Hotmail, struggling to fight Gmail et al, looks to Reddit users for hope
Discussion: The Register and LiveSide.net
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Sprint Says 4G Tablet Coming In 2011, 80% Of CIOs Want To Buy Tablets