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5:00 PM ET, December 15, 2010

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Lev Grossman / Time:
Person of the Year 2010: Mark Zuckerberg  —  On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook's conference rooms, so named because it's in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in.
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Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
In snub to WikiLeaks, Zuckerberg wins TIME Person of Year 2010  —  Richi's rant regarding rank ridiculousness.  Why bother having a vote if you're going to ignore the result?  WikiLeaks' Assange should have won, not Zuckerberg.  —  It's mid-December, which means it's TIME Magazine's Person of the Year time again.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Zuckerberg On Privacy, WikiLeaks And More [Video]
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Twitter Raises $200 Million at $3.7 Billion Valuation; Adds McCue and Rosenblatt to Board  —  Twitter has completed its latest round of funding-$200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation-with Kleiner Perkins as the lead investor, according to sources familiar with the situation.
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Dick Costolo / Twitter Blog:
Stocking Stuffer  —  Growth is fun.  In the past 12 months, Twitter users sent an astonishing 25 billion Tweets and we added more than 100 million new registered accounts.  In that time, our team has grown from 130 people to more than 350 today.  —  This week, we added two new members …
Discussion: SAI, Bits, Mashable!, CNET News and SelectStart
Larry Yang / The Official Google TV Blog:
What's new with Google TV?  —  It's been two months since the first Google TV device went on sale.  Since then, we have been hard at work thinking about how we can make the platform even better for our users.  In fact, one of the greatest things about Google TV is that it comes with free …
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Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
Google TV updated with Netflix, dual view, and voice enabled Android app
Discussion: Techland
Milo Medin / The Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Fiber  —  Earlier this year we announced an experiment we hope will help make Internet access better and faster for everyone: to provide a community with ultra high-speed broadband, 100 times faster than what most people have access to today.
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google names broadband head, delays city choice for high-speed network
Discussion: MediaPost
New York Times:
YouTube Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Next New Networks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, is in talks to buy Next New Networks, a Web video production company, according to two people briefed on the discussions.  The acquisition would be YouTube's first major foray …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here's Carol Bartz's Internal Layoff Memo to Beleaguered Yahoo Troops  —  It's Yahoo, it's BoomTown and so it's an internal memo from CEO Carol Bartz to staff about the layoffs at the Silicon Valley Internet giant yesterday.  —  Here it is:
Discussion: SAI, L.A. Times Tech Blog and Epicenter
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
An Open Letter to Carol Bartz, CEO Yahoo Inc.  —  I just finished reading your demoralizing letter regarding recent layoffs at Yahoo over at All Things Digital.  Although I'm only a Yahoo user, not an employee, I am a heavy user of your Flickr product — a product that I've enjoyed and loved for many years now.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Tipsters: Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ release to add HTML 5 support  —  In addition to talking up Windows tablets and slates at the January Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft execs also are expected to use the conference to give another push to Windows Phone 7.
Matt Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Reality TV for the Rest of Us  —  We've all been there—spending hours in front of the TV, getting lost clicking through hundreds of channels, just to realize that you haven't really watched anything at all.  The best way to stay out of the TV weeds is to get recommendations from your friends …
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Friends Recommend Movies, Music, Food & Now T.V. with Clicker
Discussion: Mashable!
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Releases Huge Set of Upgrades: Maps, Local, Mobile, Travel, Image Search  —  At the Bing Search event in San Francisco today, Microsoft unveiled a dizzying array of nearly across-the-board updates and improvements for Bing online and mobile apps.  Some are minor and some are more significant.
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
E-Readers With Color Open Door for Pictures  —  Millions of consumers have embraced black-and-white e-readers like the Kindle for reading simple novels or nonfiction — but books with color illustrations have generally remained better read in print.  —  Now publishers are making headway …
Google Chrome Blog:
Chrome is Ready for Business  —  When we announced that Chrome is now used by over 120 million users and showed off some of its latest features last week, we saw a tremendous amount of excitement from both users and businesses.  Many businesses asked how they can get the benefits of increased security …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Time to loosen Google's grip?  —  In case you hadn't noticed, Google isn't just a Web search company any longer.  In addition to online advertising, it's moving into operating system and application software, mobile telephone software, e-mail, Web browsers, maps, and video aggregation.
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Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
The Internet Goes to War  —  If you weren't paying attention recently, the Internet has gone to war.  —  ABC News proclaimed “Welcome to Infowar, Version 1.0″.  Fox warned of the “growing data war”.  And the Guardian provided minute by minute coverage on the opening salvos of this first “Internet-wide Cyber War”.
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay Buys Critical Path Software, Doubling Size of Mobile Team  —  Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — EBay Inc. acquired Critical Path Software Inc., a developer of smartphone applications, to accelerate its lead in mobile commerce.  —  The acquisition doubles the size of EBay's mobile team …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft gives Firefox an H.264 video boost  —  Mozilla is outspoken in its dislike of the patent-encumbered video technology called H.264, but Microsoft, an H.264 fan, is providing a plug-in that will let Windows 7 users use it anyway.  —  H.264 is a codec—technology to encode and decode video …
Discussion: eWeek, Port 25, WinRumors and Softpedia News
Theo de Raadt / MARC:
Allegations regarding OpenBSD IPSEC  —  I have received a mail regarding the early development of the OpenBSD IPSEC stack.  It is alleged that some ex-developers (and the company they worked for) accepted US government money to put backdoors into our network stack, in particular the IPSEC stack.
Peter-Paul Koch / A List Apart:
Smartphone Browser Landscape  —  Users expect websites to work on their mobile phones.  In two to three years, mobile support will become standard for any site.  Web developers must add mobile web development to their skill set or risk losing clients.  —  How do you make websites mobile compatible?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Wanted To Buy Spotify, But Internal Fighting Stopped It  —  Google was close to buying a subscription-based streaming music service - either Spotify or Rhapsody, according to a source with knowledge of Google's music plans.  —  But there were three different groups vying for control …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Video No Longer Accepts Video Uploads  —  It looks like Yahoo is making significant changes to its YouTube-like video site, Yahoo Video.  According to a notice on the site, Yahoo will be removing the ability for users to upload a video to the site, and will be removing all user-generated content …
Discussion: MediaPost and Electronista
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
OnLive awarded important patent on streaming gaming content
Discussion: Computerworld and VentureBeat
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Forecast: 19 Million Notebooks Lost to Tablet Cannibalization (Meaning iPad) in 2011
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Market America Acquires Bill Gates-Backed Shopping Site Shop.com
Discussion: PR Newswire and TechFlash
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Flash video gets dramatically more efficient
Discussion: MacRumors, Electronista and 9 to 5 Mac
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Scouting Sites in Sacramento
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Nielsen Wire:
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Bit.ly Bundles Now Allow Hyper Personalized Wikis
Discussion: bit.ly blog
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
Hacksugar: Mac-based AirPlay service allows device-to-Mac playback
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
A Snapshot of the Public BitTorrent Landscape
Discussion: VentureBeat