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7:40 AM ET, December 19, 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 …
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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
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 …
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Bari Weiss / Wall Street Journal:   Groupon's $6 Billion Gambler
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Instagram Gains Suggested Users, 7 New Languages, And Yes, 2 New Filters  —  An update to Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app for the iPhone, has just hit the App Store.  And while the version numbering (1.0.6) may not make it seem like a big update, there are a few notable things about the latest version.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Domain Exodus Continues As Torrentz Dumps .COM  —  The Internet's second biggest BitTorrent site is dumping its .COM domain.  In an apparent response to the US Government's Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement recent seizures of domain names, the site moved to a new home.
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 …
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
SmartPush iPhone app dead, reminds us apps are not forever  —  SmartPush was a neat iPhone app from a small startup, Syphir, which allowed the configuration of clever filters for Gmail push notifications.  For example, the user could configure rules like “always send me a push notification …
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.
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 …
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 …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Notion Ink releases Adam demo video, attempts to explain itself (update: second vid)  —  As promised, Notion Ink has just released a video of the Adam tablet in action, complete with that snazzy new Eden UI — the first anyone's seen of the device since its first working prototype.
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 …
 
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Mike Schramm / TUAW:
EA's App Store price war
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Kinect sex game will not become reality, Microsoft says
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