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5:35 PM ET, December 18, 2010

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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 …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Platforms, Privacy and Pandora's Box  —  The Wall Street Journal just ran another piece in its series covering online privacy issues, this time focusing on how mobile apps on the Apple and Android platforms may share unique device ID numbers without consent.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Thinking Out Loud: What's Driving Groupon?  —  In the current issue of the New Yorker, columnist James Surowiecki, who I generally admire, gets it exactly wrong when it comes to Groupon.  —  He writes: … Well, that's a defensible opinion, but after visiting CEO Andrew Mason this week in Chicago …
Discussion: broadstuff
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Bari Weiss / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon's $6 Billion Gambler  —  The 30-year-old CEO in Chicago is changing the way we buy from local businesses.  And trying to make billions doing it.  —  Chicago  —  Enter the offices of Groupon, the hottest Internet start-up in the country, and staring down at you from the wall is 30-year-old CEO Andrew Mason.
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Bank of America cuts off WikiLeaks  —  Bank of America has added its name to a list of several financial institutions that have refused to process payments for WikiLeaks as the site reportedly readies a document release that targets the banking giant.  —  “This decision is based upon …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Just Killed... Consumer Confidence In Them  —  It has been fairly amazing to watch this Yahoo “sunsetting” news over the past 48 hours.  It seemed to go from a bad leak, to huge backlash, to PR disaster, to confusion, to worse PR disaster.  Now Yahoo, by way of Delicious …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo, You Flubbed News About The Future Of Delicious, Not The Press
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 …
Discussion: Examiner and eWeek
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Viewsonic G Tablet pulled from Staples stores, ‘manufacturing defect’ to blame  —  Oh boy, we've not been shy about our love for NVIDIA's Tegra 2, but the tablets that have opted to use it so far keep meeting the same miserable end: discontinuation from shop floor availability.
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
EA's App Store price war  —  As we previously reported, EA dropped prices on most of its iOS apps this week, and that sale sent shockwaves through the App Store's holiday season.  We've seen tons of awesome new apps hit the store in the past few weeks, but if you look at the Top Paid apps right now, most of them are older EA favorites.
Discussion: TiPb, MacNN and www.pocketgamer.biz
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Tumblr Now Has More Money & More Pageviews Than WordPress (Including Sequoia Money)  —  Tumblr, the hip blogging and curation platform based in New York City, announced today that it has raised a new round of venture capital.  Not yet four years old, Tumblr hosts far fewer bloggers …
Bazinga! Blog:
Google To Invest Millions in Palestine  —  At 2nd of December this year, a Google team came to Palestine, focusing in Gaza.  Luckily enough we've managed to get them to talk to Palestinian entrepreneurs and techies in the west bank.  —  Gisel Hiscock, repeatedly said (in Gaza and WB) …
Discussion: The Next Web
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Report: EU may delay Intel's McAfee acquisition  —  European regulators are looking closely at Intel's planned McAfee acquisition and may hold up the deal with an investigation, according to a report published Friday.  —  European regulators are looking closely at Intel's planned McAfee acquisition …
 
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Ed Silverstein / TechZone360:
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French National Assembly Approves Internet Censorship Law
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Judge kills massive P2P porn lawsuit, kneecaps copyright troll
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MSE 2.0 arrives with heuristic scanning, network traffic inspection
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Palm's tablet is codenamed ‘Topaz,’ keyboard accessory leaks out