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11:30 AM 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 …
Chris Yeh / delicious blog:
What's Next for Delicious  —  Many of you have read the news stories about Delicious that began appearing yesterday.  We're genuinely sorry to have these stories appear with so little context for our loyal users.  While we can't answer each of your questions individually …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Has Hit Rock Bottom And Is In “Absolute Disarray”  —  Yahoo has hit rock bottom.  They've now, finally, had their layoffs.  Those that are left are keeping their resumes fresh and don't expect to stay there over the long term.  Everything we hear from employees boils down to this - the company is in “absolute disarray.”
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 …
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 …
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
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: VoIP Watch
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Tumblr Raises $25 Million [Update: It's Actually $30 Million]  —  For the past several weeks there's been reports of blogging platform Tumblr raising a boatload of money.  That was confirmed today in a SEC filing with numbers on the round.  $25 million to be exact.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Prepping for iWork '11 Mac App Store Launch?  —  According to a report from 9to5Mac, stock of iWork '09 is running low at retail Apple Stores.  Meanwhile, Apple's online store auto-completes “iWork 11” as a possibility when searching for “iWork”.  While none of these findings …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Expand And Market Movie Streaming Service In 2011  —  Google is expanding its feature film streaming service, says a source who's been briefed on the product.  The service will likely be an expansion of the current movie rental/streaming test launched by Google earlier this year.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple bulking up iOS development team with navigation software experts  —  Apple this week put out a call for a number of new software engineers for its iOS development team, indicating it wants candidates that have experience developing navigation software.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Palm's tablet is codenamed ‘Topaz,’ keyboard accessory leaks out  —  Okay, it's not exactly the new webOS hardware we've been waiting for, but we just got this shot of a Palm Bluetooth keyboard from a trusted source — we're told it's an accessory for Palm's upcoming tablet, which is codenamed “Topaz.”
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
MSE 2.0 arrives with heuristic scanning, network traffic inspection  —  Following a four-month beta program, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 2.0 has been released.  The new version adds a heuristic scanning engine, improved Windows Firewall integration, and network traffic inspection.
Andrew Miller / Google Mobile Blog:
Under the hood of Google Maps 5.0 for Android  —  Yesterday we introduced Google Maps 5.0 for Android with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.  In order to create these features, we rebuilt Maps using vector graphics to dynamically draw the map as you use it.
Wall Street Journal:
EU Has Concerns on Big Intel Deal  —  Intel Corp.'s $7.68 billion deal to buy security-software specialist McAfee Inc. is running into close scrutiny by European officials that could at least delay completing the high-profile transaction.  —  The European Union's antitrust regulator …
Discussion: Computerworld and V3.co.uk
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge kills massive P2P porn lawsuit, kneecaps copyright troll  —  Only 10 days after a federal judge in Washington, DC sharply limited the US Copyright Group's mass file-sharing lawsuits there, a federal judge in West Virginia has come down even harder on another set of mass lawsuits.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday and Gawker
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
French National Assembly Approves Internet Censorship Law
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Seesmic: From Near Death to Enterprise Chat Spoiler?
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'
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Another Big Step to Retain Employees: Autonomous Business Units
Discussion: Electronista, Pulse2, SAI and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Finke / Less Talk, More Do:
Tapsure: Better password input on mobile devices
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Twitter's Happy Problem: It Can't Meet Advertiser Demand
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Stock Sold At $56 Billion Valuation In “Significantly …
Panos Ipeirotis / A Computer Scientist …:
Mechanical Turk: Now with 40.92% spam.
Discussion: Forbes, SAI and ReadWriteWeb