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3:55 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]
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
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
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: Mashable! and CNET News
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 …
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
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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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 …
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”.
Discussion: Net Effect and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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Sam Varghese / iTWire:
Developer claims FBI implemented backdoors in OpenBSD
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 …
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon's latest Kindle deletion: erotic, incest-themed fiction  —  Amazon may be in the process of stirring up some more trouble for itself thanks to reports that the company is deleting certain kinds of erotica from both the online store and users' devices.
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:
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
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Trader Daily
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 …
Erica Sadun / TUAW:
Hacksugar: Mac-based AirPlay service allows device-to-Mac playback  —  AirPlay is a very, very cool technology.  Unfortunately, if you don't own an Apple TV 2 or other capable receiving device, it's not going to do you much good.  (If you have the cash on-hand, for $99, the Apple TV mark 2 is a pretty sweet purchase.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Twitter Scouting Sites in Sacramento  —  What's the latest on Twitter's data center expansion?  The company's not saying.  But we're hearing that Twitter has been scouting data center space in Sacramento, Calif. What does that mean for Twitter's announced plans to open a new facility in Salt Lake City?
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Flash video gets dramatically more efficient  —  Flash Player didn't start out trying to become the world's most popular video player, but life takes some interesting turns.  Instead of just playing linear media files, Flash makes video part of a flexible rendering pipeline.
 
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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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Video No Longer Accepts Video Uploads
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Game Consoles Edge Closer to Serving as Entertainment Hubs
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Bit.ly Bundles Now Allow Hyper Personalized Wikis
Discussion: bit.ly blog
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Google Realtime gets a page refresh.  Cleaner display and Top updates featured.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
A Snapshot of the Public BitTorrent Landscape
Discussion: VentureBeat