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9:20 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) …
Discussion: IntoMobile, BGR, WebProNews and displayblog
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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 …
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Google's Nexus S CAN do mobile payments — SDK on its way soon  —  “All the functionality you need is in the Nexus S,” NXP has told NFC World, and Google will be rolling out SDKs to support mobile payments and other NFC services on a step-by-step basis.  —  GINGERBREAD: Full NFC functionality is coming to Android soon
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Final bids due for Nortel patents: sources  —  (Reuters) - Final bids are due within weeks for blocks of patents owned by Canada's once mighty telecom giant Nortel Networks, including some that could change the balance of power among mobile operators.
Discussion: CNET News and iLounge
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reportedly Bidding to Purchase Nortel Patent Assets
Discussion: VentureBeat, Pulse2 and iClarified
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: The Next Web and TUAW
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Comcast Nixed Metered Pricing.  But What About Time Warner Cable?  —  Earlier this week, Comcast Corp. (NSDQ: CMCSA) president Neil Smit stated pretty emphatically it had no plan to institute usage-based broadband pricing.  But Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) COO Landel Hobbs seemed to send …
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.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Fed Up With Android Market, Angry Birds Flies to Carrier Billing
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?
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.
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.
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 …
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, Fast Company and PSFK
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.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Amazon Extends Holiday Free Shipping Deadline  —  Free shipping is inexorably becoming a cost of doing business for e-commerce companies.  —  For people who are still in the “making a list, checking it twice” phase of Christmas shopping, Amazon.com extended the deadline for free shipping in time for the holiday.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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
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.
 
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Kevin McEntee / The Netflix Tech Blog:
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Brian / Groupon Blog:
Now Available: Deal Statistics
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Why The New York Times eliminated its social media editor position
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Latest Update to Facebook's Official Stats Shows Surge in Off-Site Traffic
Discussion: MediaPost and 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”
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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: MediaPost and GigaOM
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
When Facebook Bought ConnectU From the Winklevii (Or, Parsing Legal Filings for Fun)
Discussion: ITProPortal
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Warner Bros.' Newest Consumer Segment: Pirates
Discussion: Techdirt and SiliconANGLE
Computerworld:
Oracle asks Apache to reconsider Java committee departure
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Droid 2 Was Dropped, Didn't Explode - Motorola Employee