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10:15 AM ET, December 14, 2010

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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Microsoft to demo new slate PCs, Windows 8 tablet functionality at CES?  —  The CES 2010 Ballmernote has become something of a black mark for Microsoft — the company's delivered almost nothing in the year after Steve demoed the HP Slate and talked about future Windows 7 Slate PCs …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Microsoft to Announce New Slates Aimed at the iPad  —  A decade ago Bill Gates, founder and former chief executive of Microsoft, presented a new class of computing to the world: a tablet PC that offered a fully functional computer with the “intuitive aspects of pencil and paper.”
Paul Butler / Facebook:
Visualizing Friendships  —  Visualizing data is like photography.  Instead of starting with a blank canvas, you manipulate the lens used to present the data from a certain angle.  —  When the data is the social graph of 500 million people, there are a lot of lenses through which you can view it.
Zachary M. Seward / Digits:
The Top 50 Gawker Media Passwords  —  Readers of Gizmodo, Lifehacker and other Gawker Media sites may be among the savviest on the Web, but the most common password for logging into those sites is embarrassingly easy to guess: “123456.”  So is the runner-up: “password.”
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
An Interview with Gnosis, the group behind the Gawker hacking  —  The chances are you already know about the Gawker Media security breach, a network-wide attack that compromised over a million registered accounts across Gawker's web properties.  Internal memos were accessed …
Lars Backstrom / Facebook Blog:
2010 Memology: Top Status Trends of the Year  —  Natural disasters and human triumphs made their mark in our 2010 list of top trends in status updates, but more than anything else people wanted to spend time with their friends and family.  The fastest growing trend was the use …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google, These Aren't Really The Best Answers For Users.  They Are The Best Answers For You.  —  Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal ran an article pointing out how Google is increasingly favoring its own properties, in search results over natural results to outside sites which previously commanded the top spots.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Best Buy tells the Nexus S retail story: 8AM online sales, two per customer maximum  —  Want a Nexus S this Thursday?  Yeah, well, welcome to the club, pal — you're not alone, so you're going to want to be armed with the right information to figure out your plan of attack.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
A Key Figure in the Future of Yahoo  —  TOKYO — “I shouldn't make a comment on that, ” said Masayoshi Son, the usually voluble serial entrepreneur who is one of the richest men in Japan.  “It's too delicate a question.  Too sensitive right now.”  —  We had been chatting for some time on the 26th floor …
Discussion: SAI and GMSV
Ben Kolada / Inorganic Growth:
Google adds to NFC with Zetawire  —  Google continues to gobble up startups, and we've just uncovered a deal that supports its near field communications (NFC) ambitions.  We've learned that Google recently picked up Zetawire, a Canadian startup focusing on mobile payments transactions.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Google Bought Stealthy Mobile Payments Startup Zetawire
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
LG Star (SU660) to Be ‘Optimus 2X’ in Korea, More Videos Uncovered  —  In a press release (in Korean) concerning the bundling of Italian composer Ennio Morricone's original music (and a few new ringtones and tunes) into the LG Optimus Mach, the South Korean branding of the LG Star (SU660) was revealed.
Kevin Allocca / YouTube Trends:
Welcome to YouTube Trends  —  Sometimes waiting for popular new videos to hit your inbox / chat window / wall / feed / mobile / pager / two-way radio can be frustrating.  Sometimes keeping up with the latest YouTube fad can be hard to do.  Sometimes you want to know more about what's happening from where it's happening.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nvidia seeing popularity grow in tablet PC market  —  Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform has recently become a new spotlight in the tablet PC market as most of the tablet PC vendors including Acer, Asustek Computer, Toshiba and Samsung Electronics as well as several regional brand vendors in China …
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Yahoo May Cut 5 Percent of Its Staff  —  Yahoo, the beleaguered Web portal, plans to cut up to 650 jobs as soon as Tuesday, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  The layoffs come as Carol A. Bartz, Yahoo's chief executive, tries to reduce costs amid sluggish growth in Yahoo's online advertising business.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Digits:
Japanese Publishers Threaten to Bite Apple  —  So it turns out that maybe not everyone in Japan loves Apple Inc.  —  A Japanese consortium of book, e-book, magazine and digital comic publishers issued a stern rebuke of Apple's enforcement of copyrights on its App Store.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Android And iOS In Deadlock Again For Monthly Smartphone Impression Share  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media is releasing its monthly data on mobile devices and OS marketshare for November today.  Millennial's ads reach 63 million of a total of 77 million mobile web users in the U.S. …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
NPD data shows Apple on track to sell record 4.3M Macs in Dec. quarter  —  Apple is on pace to have yet another record breaking quarter for Mac sales, this time crossing the 4 million milestone in a three-month span for the first time ever.  —  New November domestic sales data from the NPD Group …
Discussion: Electronista and LOOPRumors
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
I.B.M. Supercomputer ‘Watson’ to Challenge ‘Jeopardy’ Stars  —  An I.B.M. supercomputer system named after the company's founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr., is almost ready for a televised test: a bout of questioning on the quiz show “Jeopardy.”  —  I.B.M. and the producers of “Jeopardy” …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Top Google Engineer: Google Instant Has No Brand Bias  —  “What we do at Google and what we've done for years is to not inject any subjectivity into these algorithms,” says Amit Singhal, Google Fellow and head of the company's search quality, ranking, and algorithm team.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Chrome, Google Is Moving Towards Deeper Location Integration  —  It should be pretty clear by now that Google is taking location very seriously.  The original launch of Latitude in early 2009 was just a first step.  Now they have robust APIs, Google Places, and key executive Marissa Mayer …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Rising Computer Prices Buck the Trend  —  Average Prices Rose 6% in November, Industry Reversal Has Some Executives Saying Prices Have Bottomed; No $99 Laptop  —  For the first time in several years, people shopping for personal computers are doing something new: paying more.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
With iPad, Apple Will Claim 12 Percent of PC Market in 2011  —  Some 54.7 million tablets will be sold next year and of those, 37.2 million will be iPads.  That's the forecast from Goldman Sachs's Bill Shope, who says exploding sales of the device may well make Apple “one of the largest vendors …
 
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
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Kerry A. Dolan / Shades of Green:
Frenzy For Facebook Shares Heats Up With A New Auction
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bing Adds Natural Language To Flight Search
Discussion: Bing and LiveSide.net
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Analyst: HP WebOS Tablet Coming In March
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Exclusive first look: The voice app that makes iTunes voice controllable
Discussion: ThinkMobile and Digital Trends, Thanks:scobleizer
NR Sethuraman / Reuters:
Toshiba plant to make LCD panels for Apple: report