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2:50 PM ET, December 17, 2010

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Chris Yeh / delicious blog:
What's Next for Delicious  —  Many of you have read the news stories about Delicious that began appearing yesterday.  We're genuinely sorry to have these stories appear with so little context for our loyal users.  While we can't answer each of your questions individually …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Trying To Unload Del.icio.us, Not Shut It Down  —  Yesterday, a leaked internal Yahoo slide brought us the news that Yahoo will soon be shuttering Del.icio.us, the bookmarking service it bought a few years back.  Today, Yahoo has released a statement on the group's blog.
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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple owns 66% of online music market, Amazon second at 13%
Discussion: Gearlog
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.
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Word Lens augmented reality app instantly translates whatever you point it at  —  Augmented reality and optical character recognition have just come into their own, beautifully intertwined into an instant translation app for the iPhone.  Download Word Lens, pay $4.99 for a language pack …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
RIM In Talks To Buy Gist  —  RIM, the company behind the iconic mobile-messaging platform BlackBerry, is said to be in talks to acquire Seattle-based startup 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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Rupert Murdoch's “Daily” iPad Newspaper Set for January Launch  —  Want to get a gander at “the Daily,” Rupert Murdoch's much-discussed but still sorta-secret iPad newspaper?  Wait a month.  —  News Corp. plans to launch the publication the week of January 17, multiple sources tell me.
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.
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
EU extends Google investigation to news and mapping
Discussion: Bloomberg
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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Panos Ipeirotis / A Computer Scientist …:
Mechanical Turk: Now with 40.92% spam.  —  At this point, Amazon Mechanical Turk has reached the mainstream.  Pretty much everyone knows about the concept.  Post small tasks online, pay people cents, and get thousands of micro-tasks completed.  —  Unfortunately, this resulted in some unfortunate trends.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SAI
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.
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.
Gideon Wald / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
New hacked site notifications in search results  —  Today we've added a new notification to our search results that helps people know when a site may have been hacked.  We've provided notices for malware for years, which also involve a separate warning page.
Discussion: Krebs on Security and CNET News
Amazon.com:
Newspapers and Magazines Coming to Amazon's Buy Once, Read Everywhere Kindle Apps - Starting with Kindle for Android  —  All of the features customers love about Kindle newspapers and magazines coming to Kindle for Android, including convenience of automatic overnight delivery of subscriptions …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Stock Sold At $56 Billion Valuation In “Significantly Oversubscribed” Auction  —  Private shares market Sharespost just sold 165,000 Facebook shares for $25 each.  That price implies a $56 billion valuation of Facebook.  —  In an email to members, Sharespost said that because the auction was …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
92 percent of RIM's sales growth came from outside the US  —  First, a round-up of the quarter's numbers:  — 14.2 million devices shipped, sell-through: 12.3 million  — expect to ship 14.5 to 15 million units in the next quarter  — ASP of approximately $315  — US, UK and Canada are 56% of sales
Discussion: GigaOM, mocoNews and Tech Check
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
The Details Behind The Government's Recent Domain-Name Seizures  —  When Immigrations & Customs Enforcement agents seized 82 web domain names over the Thanksgiving weekend, it was an unprecedented event—not just because of the scope of the seizures, but also because the web sites grabbed included …
Vint Cerf / The Official Google Blog:
Governments shouldn't have a monopoly on Internet governance  —  The beauty of the Internet is that it's not controlled by any one group.  Its governance is bottoms-up—with academics, non-profits, companies and governments all working to improve this technological wonder of the modern world.
Discussion: iTnews.com.au, Thanks:hornokplease
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.
Sam Kiley / Sky News:
EXCLUSIVE: More Cyber Attacks Promised  —  A pro-WikiLeaks hacker has told Sky News an internet insurgent group will keep attacking those companies who target the whistleblowing website. … Speaking on camera for the first time, the cyber-insurgent “Bass”, from the group Anonymous …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Playable social games come to Bing's search results  —  Bing is putting social 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 on social networks like Facebook.
 
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
EMI poaches key iTunes exec to lead A&R
Discussion: iLounge
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Follow Other Commenters On Disqus
Discussion: Disqus Blog and The Blog Herald
Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley No Longer Reflects Name as Investors Shun Chips
Discussion: NewEnterprise
Angus Loten / Wall Street Journal:
New Pitch for Start-Up Visas
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Groupon Leading Surge in Value of Private Companies
Discussion: SAI
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Run Oracle Applications on Amazon EC2 Now!
Discussion: Forward Thinking
John Leyden / The Register:
Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs
Wall Street Journal:
Phone-Wielding Shoppers Strike Fear Into Retailers
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter Use Has Changed, From 2009 to 2010
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard's Mike McCue: Web format has ‘contaminated’ online journalism
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Feds charge five in Silicon Valley with insider trading of tech stocks
Emmanuel Orssaud / PlayStation Blog:
The Official PlayStation App, Coming Soon To iPhone And Android Handsets