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3:20 PM ET, December 18, 2010

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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  —  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.
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 …
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: eWeek
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  —  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
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” …
Discussion: Working Anywhere
blog.bazinga.ps:
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
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 and Infowars
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
iPod nano Watch Project Makes Kickstarter History  —  The iPod nano watch kit TikTok+LunaTik is now officially the most successful Kickstarter project of all time.  —  The all-or-nothing funding site has had its fair share of successes in the past, but the TikTok and LunaTik multi-touch watch kits are on another level.
Discussion: Engadget, TUAW and iClarified
 
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Wall Street Journal:
EU Has Concerns on Big Intel Deal
Discussion: V3.co.uk and Computerworld
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
French National Assembly Approves Internet Censorship Law
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge kills massive P2P porn lawsuit, kneecaps copyright troll
Discussion: PlagiarismToday and Gawker
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
MSE 2.0 arrives with heuristic scanning, network traffic inspection
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Seesmic: From Near Death to Enterprise Chat Spoiler?
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
U.S. code-cracking agency works as if compromised
Discussion: Inquirer and DailyTech
Reuters:
Sharp considering building new LCD line: sources
Discussion: Engadget, GottaBeMobile and TUAW
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
Memo: 'Gawker tech team didn't adequately secure our platform'
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Another Big Step to Retain Employees: Autonomous Business Units
Discussion: Electronista, Pulse2, SAI and Gizmodo