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12:05 AM ET, December 15, 2010

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Google Mobile Blog:
Voice Search gets personal  —  When we launched Voice Search more than two years ago, we wanted it to “just work” right out of the box, without an initial setup process.  And so, we built speech models broad enough to accommodate a wide variety of people, regardless of gender, age, and accents …
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Three Hackers Arrested in Wake of DDOS Attacks  —  One of the more cringe-worthy stories to come out of the Wikileaks-Anonymous-DDOS plotline in the last few weeks is the lack of security practiced by just about everyone involved.  Authorities found the name of a designer named Alex Tapanaris embedded …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Urlesque and Guardian
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Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange bail hearing makes legal history with Twitter ruling
Hari Nidumolu / Gmail Blog:
Email delegation: Granting access to your Gmail account  —  I use two Gmail accounts: one is my personal account and the other I share with my family (we use it to subscribe to groups like my children's classroom mailing list).  Checking these two different accounts used to mean I had to sign out and back in to Gmail all the time.
Marcus Foster / Google Voice Blog:
Google Voice app now supports iPad & iPod Touch  —  Since we launched Google Voice for iPhone a few weeks ago, we've been hard at work to add a few improvements that didn't make it into the first release.  —  At the top of the list was adding support for iPod Touch and iPad.
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Voice Now “Works” On iPad And iPod Touch — But You Can't Make VoIP Calls
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Breaking News on EFF Victory: Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment  —  In a landmark decision issued today in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize …
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Apple Launches First IAd for IPad, for Disney's ‘Tron Legacy’  —  Initial IAd for Apple's Tablet Is a Preview of What's Coming Next Year  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The first iAd for iPad will launch this afternoon for the upcoming Disney blockbuster “Tron Legacy.”
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Gawker Password Mess Spreads to World of Warcraft, and Apparently to Yahoo  —  The residual effects of the weekend hacking attack on Gawker have now spread to Yahoo and World of Warcraft players.  —  Yahoo spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek just emailed a statement saying that some Yahoo users were required to reset their passwords.
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Brodie Beta / The Next Web:
Twitter Launches Revamped Guide For Businesses  —  We've seen all sorts of different companies use Twitter to leverage their brands and now Twitter is stepping in to help further by showing companies how to use twitter effectively.  —  The new version of business.twitter.com …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Launches Online Form to Buy Ads, Trending Topics & More
Manu Sharma / The LinkedIn Blog:
Did you use one of these 10 most overused buzzwords in your LinkedIn profile this year?  —  Wonder what really makes people cringe when they look at your LinkedIn Profile?  It's those clichéd words and phrases.  You know what they are — those ambiguous ones that really don't tell you anything.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Reduces Staff By 4 Percent; Hands Out Pink Slips To Over 500 Employees  —  After weeks of no official response from Yahoo on the rumored layoffs taking place this week, a spokesperson for Yahoo has finally confirmed that Yahoo is issuing pink slips to employees today.  Here's the response:
USA Today:
Army sees smartphones as important for soldiers  —  FORT GORDON, Ga. — The Army wants to issue every soldier an iPhone or Android cellphone — it could be a soldier's choice.  —  And to top it off, the Army wants to pay your monthly phone bill.  —  To most soldiers, it sounds almost …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Gmail Creator Paul Buchheit: Chrome OS Will Perish Or “Merge” With Android  —  Former Googler, FriendFeed founder and Facebook-er turned investor Paul Buchheit just tweeted this zinger: … Considering his former employer just launched the Chrome OS pilot program last week …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Tech firms set up shop at Google Ventures' Startup Lab  —  * Space can accommodate up to 120 people  —  * Google staffers to offer classes at Startup Lab  —  A small team has toiled away since early October in a quiet corner of Google Inc's (GOOG.O) sprawling campus in Mountain View …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Yahoo search hacked?  Image result thumbnails are leading to porn pictures.  [Updated]  —  Updated at the foot of the post.  —  We've reached out to Yahoo for comment, but for now you might want to avoid letting your kids do Yahoo searches.  Taking a quick look at any search done …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Amanda Camp / Gmail Blog:
Restore your contacts  —  There are many times in life when a do-over can come in handy.  Perhaps you clicked “Send” on an email that was better left unsaid, or “Delete” on a contact before realizing you still needed it.  Just like Gmail lets you unsend a message, you can now have a second chance with your contacts too.
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Leaving Mozilla, Starting Massive Health  —  Firefox is a project you never want to leave, and Mozilla is a company of which dreams are made.  No matter where I travel in the world—from Rome to Tokyo—there are engaged Mozillian communities that immediately whirlwind me to a local pub to talk shop.
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
DeviantART database compromised, email addresses leaked  —  DeviantART, the worlds largest social network for artists, has had their database exposed.  This latest breach comes in the shadows of McDonald's member database and Gawker database exposures in the past two days.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Erictric
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's U.S. Growth Is Stalling  —  In 2010, Twitter became a truly global phenomenon with 25 billion tweets, some of them quite powerful.  But most of its growth came form overseas.  If you look at a comScore chart of U.S. visitors to Twitter.com (see above), it looks like Twitter's growth in the U.S. is stalling.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Oracle mobile Java licensing suit boomerangs  —  Breach-of-contract allegations fly  —  Oracle and a hot-selling Java mobile device maker have fired lawsuits at each other over who controls Java - and at what price.  —  Oracle and Myriad Group have filed dueling suits in the US …
 
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