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1:00 AM ET, December 11, 2010

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Dirk Dougherty / Android Developers Blog:
Android Market Client Update  —  The Android Market engineering team has been hard at work on improving the Android Market experience for users and developers.  Today, I'm pleased to announce a significant update to the Android Market client.  Over the next two weeks, we'll be rolling …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Nexus S review  —  It can be difficult to review a phone like Google's Nexus S in a world already populated by so many outstanding Android devices.  Not only does the manufacturer of this phone make a series of handsets that are all essentially the same (the Galaxy S line) …
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Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric:
Google Demonstrates New Google Maps 5.0 on Nexus S  —  On Monday, Google Chief Android Architect Andy Rubin announced at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference that version 5.0 of Google Maps for Android would be released soon.  The application will include several new features such 3D view of building …
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.
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: VentureBeat, Pulse2 and iClarified
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Final bids due for Nortel patents: sources
Discussion: CNET News, iLounge and Electronista
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.
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 …
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.
Mike Isaac / Social Medium:
Path and Facebook ‘Hook Up’  —  In a blog post Friday afternoon, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Morin announced an update for his most recent startup Path, the self-proclaimed “personal network” that lets users connect and share photos via their iPhone.  The announcement?
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
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
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?
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.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Oracle wants $211 million in interest from SAP  —  Turning up the heat in a bitter legal dispute, software-maker Oracle is asking a federal judge to order German rival SAP to pay $211 million in interest on a record $1.3 billion jury award for software pirating.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
John Cox / Network World:
Apple quietly drops iOS jailbreak detection API  —  Version 4.2 disables a query to discover compromised OS  —  Apple has disabled, without explanation, a jailbreak detection API in iOS less than six months after introducing it.  Device management vendors say the reasons for the decision are a mystery …
Gabriella Coleman / The Atlantic Online:
What It's Like to Participate in Anonymous' Actions  —  Anonymous, who have been on a week long sprint/spree to paralyze website sites like Mastercard and Paypal, are often described in the news as a “group” with “members.”  This is usually followed by a series of prolonged qualifications …
Discussion: p2pnet and Boing Boing
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.
 
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Brian / Groupon Blog:
Now Available: Deal Statistics
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 and NBC Bay Area
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's attorney general, takes legal action …
Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Justin.tv claims “frame reinsertion” …
Discussion: GigaOM and MediaPost
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
When Facebook Bought ConnectU From the Winklevii (Or, Parsing Legal Filings for Fun)
Discussion: ITProPortal
David Zax / Fast Company:
“Facebook of China” Eyes U.S. IPO
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Warner Bros.' Newest Consumer Segment: Pirates
Discussion: Techdirt and SiliconANGLE
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
World Map Of Social Networks Shows Facebook's Ever-Increasing Dominance
Ossi Carp / Nyheter - DN.se:
“A new WikiLeaks” revolts against Assange