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6:45 PM ET, December 12, 2010

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Gawker:
Commenting Accounts Compromised — Change Your Passwords  —  Our user databases appear to have been compromised.  The passwords were encrypted.  But simple ones may be vulnerable to a brute-force attack.  You should change your Gawker password and on any other sites on which you've used the same passwords.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Gawker Media Confirms That Their Commenter Database Was Hacked  —  Yesterday Gawker Media denied reports that their database of 1.5 Million usernames, emails and passwords had been hacked.  Comments broadcast via the apparently compromised Twitter feed of Gawker Media's tech …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
A Snapshot of Apple's Latest iPhone Camera Patents  —  The iPhone's updated 5 megapixel camera includes a feature called High Dynamic Range or HDR.  According to Apple, the iPhone's HDR feature when activated, takes a series of three photos, each with different exposure levels.
Discussion: Fortune and Internet2Go
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Chrome Web Store, HTML5 and the iPad: symbiosis at its best  —  It's all coming together, folks.  It doesn't take much of a gander at the Chrome Web Store to notice a trend: some of the flashiest, most mature “apps” are actually just in-browser versions of iPad apps.  And you know what else?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft and Facebook: What could have been (but will not be)  —  A Microsoft exec confirmed this week what was already reported (by author David Kirkpatrick earlier this year) — namely, that CEO Steve Ballmer made a serious offer to buy Facebook, but was rebuffed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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 …
Rady Ananda / Voices:
WikiRebels: Swedish docufilm on WikiLeaks chronicles a new form of global resistance  —  “What we have here is a new breed of rebels, IT guerrillas without a national base.”  —  Finally, in response to globalized eco-destruction, globalized wars, and globalized banking that robs national …
Discussion: The Next Web
comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Online Holiday Spending Approaches $22 Billion for the Season, Up 12 Percent vs. Year Ago  —  Upcoming “Green Monday” (Dec. 13) Among Candidates for Heaviest Online Spending Day of the Year  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable!, eMoney and I4U News
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: Mashable! and Search Engine Land
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
MPAA, RIAA: Lawsuits won't protect content  —  Trade groups representing the music and film sectors say copyright law offers too many excuses for ISPs to do nothing about protecting copyright.  —  Lawyers representing independent filmmakers, including the studio that produced Oscar-winner …
Discussion: CNET News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't You Wish Your Airport Had an App Like This?  (SFO)  —  The San Francisco Airport has released its own iPhone app called flysfo, complete with schedules, maps, airport restaurant reviews and notifications when any of your Facebook friends are also at SFO and available to drink …
 
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Twitter to base its new European headquarters in London
Discussion: The Next Web and Neowin.net
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad now available at BestBuy.com
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Group finds 5 main flaws with proposed Net Neutrality rules
Discussion: internetnews.com
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
FCC: 68% Of U.S. Connections Slower than 3 Mbps Down, 768kbps Up …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Damon Lavrinc / Autoblog:
Exclusive: Navteq acquires Trapster
Discussion: GigaOM and GPS Tracklog
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Google DoubleClick Caught Serving Malicious Ad
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Microsoft Introduces Montage, a Magazine-Like, Topic-Based Web App
Discussion: Neowin.net
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
ICANN Delays TLD Expansion Approval
Discussion: The Register and DomainIncite.com
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
$50 sale leaves Radio Shack with nationwide shortage of Apple's iPhone
Discussion: TUAW and The Next Web