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5:40 AM ET, December 18, 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Has Hit Rock Bottom And Is In “Absolute Disarray”  —  Yahoo has hit rock bottom.  They've now, finally, had their layoffs.  Those that are left are keeping their resumes fresh and don't expect to stay there over the long term.  Everything we hear from employees boils down to this - the company is in “absolute disarray.”
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo, You Flubbed News About The Future Of Delicious, Not The Press  —  Yesterday, like many news outlets, we saw a leaked slide that suggested that Yahoo might be closing Delicious.  We didn't publish until we had a statement from Yahoo.  That statement clarified nothing.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Trying To Unload Del.icio.us, Not Shut It Down
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Another Big Step to Retain Employees: Autonomous Business Units  —  There's a lie that companies and entrepreneurs tell themselves in order to commit to an acquisition. … It usually works for a little while, but big company bureaucracy- whether it's HR, politics or just endless meetings- almost always creeps in.
Discussion: Pulse2, Electronista, Gizmodo and SAI
Wall Street Journal:
Your Apps Are Watching You  —  A Journal investigation finds that iPhone and Android apps are breaching the privacy of smartphone users.  —  Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner's real name …
Andrew Miller / Google Mobile Blog:
Under the hood of Google Maps 5.0 for Android  —  Yesterday we introduced Google Maps 5.0 for Android with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.  In order to create these features, we rebuilt Maps using vector graphics to dynamically draw the map as you use it.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Tumblr Raises $25 Million [Update: It's Actually $30 Million]  —  For the past several weeks there's been reports of blogging platform Tumblr raising a boatload of money.  That was confirmed today in a SEC filing with numbers on the round.  $25 million to be exact.
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and paidContent
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Tumblr Staff:
Getting ready for 2011  —  This has been an incredible year for Tumblr.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Kinect sex game will not become reality, Microsoft says  —  Microsoft's Kinect motion controller has been out for less than two months and already there's an adult company looking to produce a 3-D sex game for the Xbox 360 console.  —  But Microsoft, maker of Kinect and Xbox …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Palm's tablet is codenamed ‘Topaz,’ keyboard accessory leaks out  —  Okay, it's not exactly the new webOS hardware we've been waiting for, but we just got this shot of a Palm Bluetooth keyboard from a trusted source — we're told it's an accessory for Palm's upcoming tablet, which is codenamed “Topaz.”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Another Key Feature Of Google +1: Massive-Scale Social Video Conferencing  —  Over the past few weeks, we've been able to dig up a bunch of details about Google's secret forthcoming social service.  The service, previously codenamed “Emerald Sea” but currently being called “+1” …
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.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
MSE 2.0 arrives with heuristic scanning, network traffic inspection  —  Following a four-month beta program, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 2.0 has been released.  The new version adds a heuristic scanning engine, improved Windows Firewall integration, and network traffic inspection.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Expand And Market Movie Streaming Service In 2011  —  Google is expanding its feature film streaming service, says a source who's been briefed on the product.  The service will likely be an expansion of the current movie rental/streaming test launched by Google earlier this year.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple bulking up iOS development team with navigation software experts  —  Apple this week put out a call for a number of new software engineers for its iOS development team, indicating it wants candidates that have experience developing navigation software.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge kills massive P2P porn lawsuit, kneecaps copyright troll  —  Only 10 days after a federal judge in Washington, DC sharply limited the US Copyright Group's mass file-sharing lawsuits there, a federal judge in West Virginia has come down even harder on another set of mass lawsuits.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday and Gawker
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Prepping for iWork '11 Mac App Store Launch?  —  According to a report from 9to5Mac, stock of iWork '09 is running low at retail Apple Stores.  Meanwhile, Apple's online store auto-completes “iWork 11” as a possibility when searching for “iWork”.  While none of these findings …
Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog:
Facebook To Make About 15 Talent Acquisitions in 2011  —  Next year, look for Facebook to make plenty of small acquisitions to beef up its engineering expertise, like it did with Hot Potato and Drop.io this fall.  —  That was the message from Michael Brown, corporate development manager at Facebook …
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
U.S. code-cracking agency works as if compromised  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. government's main code-making and code-cracking agency now works on the assumption that foes may have pierced even the most sensitive national security computer networks under its guard.
Discussion: Inquirer and DailyTech
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
French National Assembly Approves Internet Censorship Law  —  We were just talking about how Thai government officials were admitting that internet blacklists simply don't work, and along comes France's National Assembly to approve a law to set up a blacklist allowing the government to censor any website it doesn't like.
John Hilvert / iTnews:
UN mulls internet regulation options  —  WikiLeaks sparks push for tighter controls.  —  The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonise global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet.  —  Establishment of such a group …
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Vint Cerf / The Official Google Blog:
Governments shouldn't have a monopoly on Internet governance
Discussion: PC Magazine, 901am and WebProNews, Thanks:hornokplease
 
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
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Reuters:
Sharp considering building new LCD line: sources
Discussion: Engadget, TUAW and GottaBeMobile
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
Memo: 'Gawker tech team didn't adequately secure our platform'
Christopher Finke / Less Talk, More Do:
Tapsure: Better password input on mobile devices
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Twitter's Happy Problem: It Can't Meet Advertiser Demand
Panos Ipeirotis / A Computer Scientist …:
Mechanical Turk: Now with 40.92% spam.
Discussion: Forbes, ReadWriteWeb and SAI
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Rupert Murdoch's “Daily” iPad Newspaper Set for January Launch
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
How The World's Technology Juggernaut Lost Its Buzz And Became The ‘Underdog’
Discussion: Computerworld