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11:40 PM ET, December 18, 2010

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Paul Buchheit:
The Cloud OS  —  My recent remark about the future of ChromeOS generated a surprisingly passionate response.  Some said that my prediction was obvious and boring, but others disagreed, arguing instead that I am ugly and “don't get it”.  I won't disagree with either side …
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Thanks:zee
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
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 …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Mobile Carriers Dream of Charging per Page  —  Just a week before the FCC holds a vote on whether to apply fairness rules to some of the nation's internet service providers, two companies that sell their services to the country's largest cellular companies showed off a different vision of the future …
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: PC Magazine, eWeek, Examiner and Gearlog
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.
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 …
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Raising a Botnet in Captivity  —  Researchers created their own, imprisoned, network of zombie computers to better learn how to take down those at large on the Internet.
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 …
Ed Silverstein / TechZone360:
Remote Kill Switch Added to New Intel Processor  —  A remote switch can disable the Intel Sandy Bridge processor if it is ever lost or stolen, according to a recent report from Infowars.  —  Even when the operating system is not running, Anti-Theft 3.0 can disable systems over 3G networks.
Discussion: IT Business, TG Daily, Examiner and Infowars
 
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James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Report: EU may delay Intel's McAfee acquisition
Bazinga! Blog:
Google To Invest Millions in Palestine
Discussion: The Next Web
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
EA's App Store price war
Discussion: TiPb, MacNN and www.pocketgamer.biz
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
French National Assembly Approves Internet Censorship Law
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Another Key Feature Of Google +1: Massive-Scale Social Video Conferencing
Discussion: Working Anywhere
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge kills massive P2P porn lawsuit, kneecaps copyright troll
Discussion: PlagiarismToday and Gawker