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10:30 PM ET, December 16, 2010

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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 …
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Following Layoffs, Yahoo Cuts Products: MyBlogLog, Delicious, Yahoo Buzz  —  At an all-hands meeting for the Yahoo product team following a round of layoffs yesterday that significantly impacted that group, EVP of Americas Ross Levinsohn and Chief Product Officer Blake Irving announced plans to …
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!
Discussion: ZDNet and Financial Times
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 and Engadget
Michael Siliski / The Official Google Blog:
The next generation of mobile maps  —  I'm excited to announce Google Maps 5.0 for Android, with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.  We launched Google Maps for mobile a little more than five years ago.  Since then, we've added dozens of features …
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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Zack Whittaker / iGeneration Blog:
Facebook adds ‘Memories’: Internal prototype exposed by mistake
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The new Facebook Fan pages are live.  No tabs, cleaner interface and more features.
ifixit:
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: dailywireless.org
Carlos Pizano / Google Chrome Blog:
Safer plug-ins, faster search, and richer graphics  —  Last week, we previewed several upcoming features that will be available to users on Chrome and Chrome OS.  Today we're excited to introduce a few of these new security, speed, and open web platform features into Chrome's beta channel.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chrome Browser Sandboxes Flash To Protect Against Malware
Discussion: Computerworld and Softpedia News
Paul Tarjan / Facebook Developer Blog:
Making registration simple and social in just a few steps  —  Today we're launching a new registration tool that gives website owners the ability to offer quick, easy and social options for sign-up.  It is an excellent alternative to using Facebook Login (formerly Facebook Connect) when …
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's New User Registration Tool for Websites: Implementation …
Discussion: WebProNews
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Seek New Funding After Rebuffing Google's $6 Billion Offer  —  Groupon Inc., owner of a daily coupon website with 40 million subscribers, is seeking funds after rejecting a takeover offer from Google Inc., three people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: VentureBeat, VatorNews and DailyFinance
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.
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 …
Apple:
Apple's Mac App Store to Open on January 6  —  Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ will open for business on Thursday, January 6.  By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever.
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 …
Jon Orwant / The Official Google Blog:
Find out what's in a word, or five, with the Google Books Ngram Viewer  —  Scholars interested in topics such as philosophy, religion, politics, art and language have employed qualitative approaches such as literary and critical analysis with great success.  As more of the world's literature …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter Use Has Changed, From 2009 to 2010  —  It's been a good year for Twitter, and not merely because the company announced yesterday it has secured another huge round of funding.  The microblogging platform has grown by over 100 million users this year and expanded its staff from 130 to 350 people.
Discussion: Mashable!
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail introduces interactive email using Active Views  —  Starting today, Hotmail and select partners are introducing a new type of interactive and dynamic email that runs on the Hotmail Active Views platform.  —  Beginning in the late 90s, email services evolved from supporting just plain text …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Congress Hears WikiLeaks Is ‘Fundamentally Different’ From Media  —  The Justice Department would have no problem distinguishing WikiLeaks from traditional media outlets, if it decides to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act, a former federal prosecutor told lawmakers Thursday.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
About.Me Has 400,000 Beta Testers, Opens Doors To All  —  In September About.me started letting people reserve names for its personal profile page.  They guaranteed your name (I'm about.me/mike, for example) and started letting those people in slowly in batches.
Justin Mitchell / Facebook Blog:
Making Photo Tagging Easier  —  Every day, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on Facebook.  They do it because it's an easy way to share photos and memories.  Unlike photos that get forgotten in a camera or an unshared album, tagged photos help you and your friends relive everything …
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Adds “Follow News” Query
Daniel Brusilovsky / Teens in Tech:
So What Do Those 300,000 Apps On The App Store Really Mean?
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Opera 11 now available with extensions, tab stacks
Discussion: Engadget, BetaNews and Computerworld
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Vimeo turns its video site into a film school
Discussion: GigaOM and Podcasting News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foodspotting Swallows Food Sharing Community Eat.ly
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Q: Why No Twitter Board Seat for Kleiner's John Doerr? …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
SkyFire web browser brings Flash video and social features to iPad
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook to Big Media: We Like You. We Really, Really Like You.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Who bought those 882 Novell patents? Not just Microsoft
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Will Oracle and Microsoft Bid on Autonomy?
Discussion: SAI
Nokia:
Nokia files patent infringement complaints against Apple in the UK …
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly adds new touch panel suppliers for iPad 2
Discussion: Computerworld, AppleInsider and Pulse2