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1:40 AM ET, December 12, 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 …
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Stephen Tenerowicz / Android Police:
[Updated: Hands-On] Breaking: New Android Market APK Ripped, Posted For All To Enjoy  —  Remember the new, upgraded Android market we told you about last night?  Well, now it appears that the APK has been ripped and posted for all to enjoy (or loathe, depending on your personal feelings).
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
LG Star preview  —  The LG Star.  The dual-core beast from the east that was once a mere twinkle in our eye has managed to find its way to the Engadget mansions, having been lent to us by a very generous (and very anonymous) tipster.  It's clearly a test device, as evidenced by its diagnostics menus …
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Verizon: KIN Studio is closing January 31.  Sorry.  Here's a new phone?  —  The title says it all, but let us get into some details about the closing of Microsoft's KIN Studio, which was the backbone in the cloud for the device.  —  Evidently, come January 31st, people with KINs …
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 …
Groklaw:
Google's Motion to Dismiss Paul Allen's Patent Infringement Complaint Granted  —  Paul Allen's patent infringement complaint against the world and its dog has been dismissed.  The court agreed with Google et al that it “lacks adequate factual detail to satisfy the dictates of Twombly and Iqbal” …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Group finds 5 main flaws with proposed Net Neutrality rules  —  A group of more than 80 advocacy groups including The Media Access Project, Reporters without Borders, Daily Kos, Common Cause, and Nonprofit Technology filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission on Friday citing five main areas …
Discussion: internetnews.com
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) …
Discussion: IntoMobile, BGR, WebProNews and displayblog
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Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Google's Nexus S CAN do mobile payments — SDK on its way soon
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
$50 sale leaves Radio Shack with nationwide shortage of Apple's iPhone  —  Just days after Radio Shack began a promotion offering $50 off the iPhone, and before the sale was set to expire, many of the U.S. retail chain's stores are sold out of their entire stock of phones.
Discussion: Examiner, TUAW and The Next Web
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Google DoubleClick Caught Serving Malicious Ad  —  DoubleClick, the Google-owned ad technology, has been distributing malware in an online ad served through a number of websites, according to the security researcher who says he discovered the attack.  —  The malware infects users who visit …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
FCC: 68% Of U.S. Connections Slower than 3 Mbps Down, 768kbps Up - As critics say FCC reports still gloss over competitive shortcomings  —  New data (pdf) from the FCC suggests that most consumers aren't getting speeds that technically adhere to the agency's new definition of broadband …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CableTechTalk
Damon Lavrinc / Autoblog:
Exclusive: Navteq acquires Trapster  —  Earlier this week, the ink dried on a deal for Navteq to acquire Trapster, the speed trap and road hazard tracking company that makes GPS apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.  Navteq's interest in Trapster is obvious: One of the world's largest mapping …
Discussion: GigaOM, GPS Tracklog and ReadWriteWeb
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
ICANN Delays TLD Expansion Approval  —  Internet regulatory body ICANN postponed approval of a mechanism to let groups apply for and manage new Internet domain extensions called generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), such as the existing .com and .net.  —  More time is needed to work through …
Discussion: The Register and DomainIncite.com
 
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