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8:45 PM ET, December 10, 2010

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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.
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 …
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Philip Dorling / Sydney Morning Herald:   How I met Julian Assange and secured the American embassy cables
Gabriella Coleman / The Atlantic Online:
What It's Like to Participate in Anonymous' Actions
Discussion: p2pnet
Sean Bonner / Boing Boing:
Wikileaks: Anonymous stops dropping DDoS bombs, starts dropping science
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reportedly Bidding to Purchase Nortel Patent Assets  —  Reuters reports that Nortel Networks, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and is selling off all of its assets, is soliciting bidders for its extensive patent portfolio, and Apple is rumored to be one of the major players looking …
Discussion: Pulse2 and iClarified
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Final bids due for Nortel patents: sources
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and iLounge
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.
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Kevin Yen, Director Of Partnerships At YouTube, Leaves Google  —  YouTube (NSDQ: GOOG) veteran Kevin Yen is leaving the company, he announced via e-mail Friday.  He worked at Google for over seven years, most recently as director of partnerships at the Google-owned site.
Discussion: Pulse2
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.
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
Kevin McEntee / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Why we use and contribute to open source software  —  This is Kevin McEntee, VP of Systems & ECommerce Engineering here at Netflix.  Netflix is a technology company.  We develop and apply great software technology to deliver a great streaming video experience.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Why The New York Times eliminated its social media editor position  —  Earlier this week, New York Times Social Media Editor Jennifer Preston tweeted that she would be returning to reporting full-time.  The news made me wonder: What would this mean for social media at the Times?
Discussion: Stage Two
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Microsoft set to detail second Windows Phone update at Mobile …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
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