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7:45 AM ET, December 13, 2010

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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Gawker hackers release file with FTP, author & reader usernames/passwords  —  Updates at foot of post.  —  Gawker has released Gawker Media is under siege at the moment, fighting off attacks from a group of attackers that have been able to compromise the entire database of Gawker Media's web properties.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Exclusive: ‘Gnosis’ Explains The Method And Reasoning Behind Gawker Media Hack  —  Over the last 24 hours Gawker Media's network of sites have been under attack from a group who have identified themselves “Gnosis,” a seemingly mysterious collective of hackers who has been falsely considered part …
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.
Hari Sreenivasan / Online NewsHour:
Gawker Data Breach Could Lead to Attacks on Government Agencies
Discussion: The Register and Runnin' Scared
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola's 10-inch Honeycomb tablet meets Mr. Blurrycam, shows off Verizon logo  —  By now you're probably familiar with this slate, seeing as how Google's Andy Rubin recently unveiled it on stage, but we're willing to bet you've never seen the top edge — you know, the part now bearing …
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites  —  Search Giant Displays Its Own Health, Shopping, Local Content Ahead of Links to Competing Sites  —  Google Inc. increasingly is promoting some of its own content over that of rival websites when users perform an online search, prompting competing sites to cry foul.
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Carter Maslan / Google Public Policy Blog:
Local search: It's all about the best answers for users
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
On The Road With Cr-48: The Chrome Notebook Is Both Shiny And Tarnished  —  Every piece of technology has both good and bad attributes.  Nothing is perfect.  Not even the iPhone.  (Well, at least not until that AT&T exclusivity ends.)  But until three days ago, I had never used a product …
Discussion: Forbes, IntoMobile and ThinkMobile
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Chrome OS and IT platform longevity  —  Google's targeting of Chrome OS is interesting.  Rather than trying to attract consumers, who have demonstrated that they're not interested in “Net PC"-like browser-only hardware, Google is positioning Chrome OS hardware as inexpensive …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:   Who really needs a Chrome OS laptop?
Reuters:
Amazon websites outage was due to hardware failure  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's websites in Europe suffered an outage for more than half an hour on Sunday night, in what the company said was a hardware failure in its European data center network.  —  “The brief interruption …
Mia Quagliarello / YouTube Blog:
Double rainbows, annoying oranges and bed intruders: the year on YouTube  —  It's time to rewind back through the YouTube videos that people in the U.S. and around the world were watching and searching for in 2010.  These lists of most-watched videos reflect the people …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Warner Views Netflix as a Fading Star  —  For the past year, executives at big media companies have watched Netflix with growing resentment — for its success in delivering movies and television shows via the Internet, for its stock price nearly quadrupling, for its chief executive …
Discussion: Engadget and SAI
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Web Focus Helps Revitalize the Atlantic  —  WASHINGTON — How did a 153-year-old magazine — one that first published the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and gave voice to the abolitionist and transcendentalist movements — reinvent itself for the 21st century?
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Internet Access Should Be Application-Agnostic  —  Julius Genachowski, the Chairman of the FCC, recently announced that he would ask the FCC to adopt rules to protect the open Internet at its open meeting on December 21st.  We applaud the Chairman's effort, but we worry the proposed framework …
Discussion: A VC
 
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Verizon Strikes Out in Smartphones
Discussion: Fortune
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Marketers Test Ads in E-Books
Discussion: TeleRead
comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Online Holiday Spending Approaches $22 Billion for the Season …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable!, I4U News and eMoney
Rady Ananda / Voices:
WikiRebels: Swedish docufilm on WikiLeaks chronicles a new form of global resistance
Discussion: CNN, The Next Web and Examiner
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Chrome Web Store, HTML5 and the iPad: symbiosis at its best
Discussion: ThinkMobile
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft and Facebook: What could have been (but will not be)
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
MPAA, RIAA: Lawsuits won't protect content