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11:35 AM ET, December 17, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Can't Dent iTunes  —  On the day Apple Inc. rolled out the Beatles' catalog on its iTunes Store, Amazon.com Inc. fired back with a digital exclusive of its own: The latest album from rap-rocker Kid Rock—whose music still isn't available on iTunes—for just $3.99.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
R.I.P. Delicious: You Were So Beautiful to Me  —  Social bookmarking service Delicious announced five years ago last Thursday that it had been acquired by Yahoo The first comment posted on the blog entry announcing the deal was from TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, saying “Congratulations!
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Is Yahoo Shutting Down Del.icio.us?  [Update: Yes]  —  For a couple of days now, we've been hearing rumors that the Yahoo layoffs included the entire Delicious team.  Now Former Yahoo employee and Upcoming founder Andy Baio has tweeted out the above Yahoo! product team meeting slide that seems …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Following Layoffs, Yahoo Cuts Products: MyBlogLog, Delicious, Yahoo Buzz
Jon Ying / The Dropbox Blog:
Dropbox hits 1.0!  —  Hey everyone!  —  We're super excited to announce the new hotness that we've been cooking up for the past few months: Dropbox 1.0!  In addition to hundreds (yep, hundreds) of bug fixes, vastly reduced resource usage (think of it as the Prius model of Dropbox) …
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Facebook Briefly Shuts Down After Code Leak  —  Facebook, one of the largest websites in the world, voluntarily shut itself down Thursday after the code for several new products was made public before the products were ready for launch, the company confirmed to Wired.com.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The new Facebook Fan pages are live.  No tabs, cleaner interface and more features.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Word Lens Translates Words Inside of Images.  Yes Really.  —  Ever been confused at a restaurant in a foreign country and wish you could just scan your menu with your iPhone and get an instant translation?  Well as of today you are one step closer thanks to Word Lens from QuestVisual.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
RIM In Talks To Buy Gist  —  RIM, the company behind iconic mobile messaging platform, Blackberry is said to be in talks to acquire Seattle-based start-up Gist, according to industry sources.  While the deal is said to be nearly done, there is always a fair chance that the two parties might not come to an agreement.
Emmanuel Orssaud / PlayStation Blog:
The Official PlayStation App, Coming Soon To iPhone And Android Handsets  —  I'm very happy to finally be able to announce on the PlayStation.Blog that we will launch the Official PlayStation App very soon.  —  The app will be available to download for iPhone and iPod Touch with OS 4 and above …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
In 500 Billion Words, New Window on Culture  —  With little fanfare, Google has made a mammoth database culled from nearly 5.2 million digitized books available to the public for free downloads and online searches, opening a new landscape of possibilities for research and education in the humanities.
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Jon Orwant / The Official Google Blog:
Find out what's in a word, or five, with the Google Books Ngram Viewer
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM: “Playbook redefines what a tablet should do”  —  On Research in Motion's conference call with analysts to discuss third quarter earnings result, there was the obligatory comments about the quarter that just passed - but clearly, one of the biggest topics of interest centered around the upcoming launch of the Playbook tablet.
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
How The World's Technology Juggernaut Lost Its Buzz And Became The ‘Underdog’  —  Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg recently took the stage at a joint press conference alongside another large technology company.  He described his partner using a once-unthinkable designation.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Feds charge five in Silicon Valley with insider trading of tech stocks  —  Federal prosecutors charged five Silicon Valley people with illegal insider trading today.  The people charged traded on information they obtained about technology companies such as Dell, Apple, Advanced Micro Devices and Flextronics International.
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Apple iPad: Secrets from the Insider Trading Case
Discussion: Reuters, Engadget and Law Blog
James Kanter / New York Times:
E.U. Deepens Investigation Into Google  —  BRUSSELS — European Union authorities have broadened their investigation of Google by accepting two complaints from Germany, one involving a powerful group of newspaper and magazine publishers and the other, a mapping company, officials said on Friday.
Wall Street Journal:
Phone-Wielding Shoppers Strike Fear Into Retailers  —  Tri Tang, a 25-year-old marketer, walked into a Best Buy Co. store in Sunnyvale, Calif., this past weekend and spotted the perfect gift for his girlfriend.  —  Last year, he might have just dropped the $184.85 Garmin global positioning system into his cart.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Web Data Shows Windows Phone 7 Barely a Blip on the Radar  —  Microsoft's smartphone strategy isn't yet paying off in terms of sales, market share or user adoption, at least not from any measurable statistics, which are far and few between.  The company hasn't offered even the slightest hint …
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Nexus S Teardown  —  Nearly one year after the release of the Nexus One, Google, in partnership with Samsung, has released its second official phone the Nexus S. It has some fancy gimmicks features that separate it from other Android phones on the market, such as a curved display and the newest 2.3 Gingerbread update.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nexus S has been rooted, let the madness commence!
Discussion: Examiner and dailywireless.org
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Playable games come to Bing's search result pages  —  Bing is putting Flash gaming into search results pages, letting users play a title without ever having to visit its specialty Bing Games site, or the publisher's hosted game page.  —  The first title to be offered with this functionality …
Martyn Williams / PC World:
NEC to Show Dual-screen Android Tablet at CES  —  NEC will show a dual-screen tablet computer based on Google's Android operating system at January's International Consumer Electronics Show.  —  The new tablet will be based on the LifeTouch model that NEC unveiled in Tokyo in November.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard's Mike McCue: Web format has ‘contaminated’ online journalism  —  Flipboard, the social magazine app for the iPad, seems to be having a flipping good run.  —  Last week, the famously design-conscious Apple Inc. named Flipboard its App of the Year.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's New User Registration Tool for Websites: Implementation Details and Impact  —  Facebook has officially launched its new “registration tool” for third-party websites.  This powerful plugin allows websites to insert a single line of code to create a registration form which pre-populates fields with a user's Facebook data.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Follow Other Commenters On Disqus
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Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley No Longer Reflects Name as Investors Shun Chips
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
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Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Groupon Leading Surge in Value of Private Companies
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Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Run Oracle Applications on Amazon EC2 Now!
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John Leyden / The Register:
Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Adds “Follow News” Button, Easy Way To Customize Home Page
Daniel Brusilovsky / Teens in Tech:
So What Do Those 300,000 Apps On The App Store Really Mean?
Thanks:jakeosmith
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter Use Has Changed, From 2009 to 2010
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Congress Hears WikiLeaks Is ‘Fundamentally Different’ From Media
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
About.Me Has 400,000 Beta Testers, Opens Doors To All
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Vimeo turns its video site into a film school
Discussion: GigaOM, Macworld and Podcasting News
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Seek New Funding After Rebuffing Google's $6 Billion Offer
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews and DailyFinance