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3:45 AM ET, December 17, 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!
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  —  Facebook has added ‘Memories’ to the long list of new features rolling out on the site over the last few weeks.  This will be particularly useful for college students who struggle to remember the drunken times they have had …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Neowin.net
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The new Facebook Fan pages are live.  No tabs, cleaner interface and more features.
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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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 …
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!
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
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.
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 and SelectStart
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.
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 …
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) …
Discussion: iPhone in Canada Blog
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.
John Leyden / The Register:
Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs  —  Something's wrong with one of them, but we won't tell you which or whose  —  Internet-connected HDTVs could be used by hackers to infiltrate home networks, according to a firm that markets device security software for smartphones, VoIP devices and TVs.
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 …
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!
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.
 
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Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
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Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Run Oracle Applications on Amazon EC2 Now!
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?
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Opera 11 now available with extensions, tab stacks
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foodspotting Swallows Food Sharing Community Eat.ly
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Q: Why No Twitter Board Seat for Kleiner's John Doerr? …
Nokia:
Nokia files patent infringement complaints against Apple in the UK …