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3:25 PM ET, December 19, 2010

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Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
The Best HTML5 Game Yet: A Threat To Flash?  —  Casual gaming is a bastion for Adobe's Flash format, but we are told that it is just a matter of time until HTML5 will replace Flash as we know it today.  Grant Skinner has released the best casual HTML5 game we have seen to date and we wonder …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Yahoo Engineers Shed Light On Why Delicious And Other Acquisitions Failed  —  As we've written a number of times over the past few days, Yahoo appears to be in complete disarray.  Following layoffs at the company this week, a leaked memo revealed that Yahoo is “sunsetting” …
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
Internet road rules near FCC vote  —  (Reuters) - A controversial proposal for Internet traffic rules that would allow providers to ration access to their networks is scheduled to come before communications regulators for a vote on Tuesday.  —  The rules would ban high-speed Internet providers …
Discussion: Multichannel News and DSLreports
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John Borthwick / TechCrunch:
Neutrality Or Bust  —  Access to fast, affordable and open broadband, for users and developers alike is, I believe, the single most important driver of innovation in our business.  The FCC will likely vote next week on a framework for net neutrality—we got aspects of this wrong ten years ago, we can't afford to be wrong again.
Discussion: New York Times
Kenneth Corbin / EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
GOP Opposition to FCC Net Neutrality Plan Mounts  —  Republican lawmakers are ratcheting up their opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's plan to vote on net neutrality rules at its meeting next week, warning against what they see as an unwarranted regulatory overreach.
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Post Tech
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 …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Facebook: Why our ‘next-gen’ comms ditched MySQL  —  Cassandra founder plays Ace of HBase  —  About a year ago, when Facebook set out to build its email-meets-chat-meets-everything- else messaging system, the company knew its infrastructure couldn't run the thing.
Discussion: Pulse2
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
When OCR Goes Bad: Google's Ngram Viewer & The F-Word  —  Google launched its Google Books Ngram Viewer this week, a tool that lets you research how popular words and phrases have been over several centuries, based on their appearance in books.  But can you trust it?
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.
Discussion: Pulse2, Download Squad and The Next Web
Glynnis MacNicol / SAI:
Joe Biden Compares Julian Assange To ‘High-Tech Terrorist,’ Says Justice Dept. Looking Into Charges  —  From Meet the Press this morning.  —  Vice President Joe Biden sounded quite grave on the subject of Julian Assange, whom he compared to “a high-tech terrorist”
Discussion: Guardian, USA Today and The Hill
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.
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Broadband firms urged to block sex websites to protect children  —  Government wants BT, Virgin and other internet providers to put access to adult pornography on ‘opt-in’ basis  —  Internet service providers are to be asked by the government to tighten up on website pornography to try to combat the early sexualisation of children.
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
 
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Remote Kill Switch Added to New Intel Processor
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