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4:00 PM ET, December 19, 2010

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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
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:   Democrats put heat on FCC commissioner on net neutrality vote
Kenneth Corbin / EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
GOP Opposition to FCC Net Neutrality Plan Mounts
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Post Tech
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” …
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 …
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?
Discussion: TeleRead
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
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, The Hill and Pulse2
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Thanks In Part To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Spending Up 12 Percent To $27.5B  —  We know that online holiday spending is reaching highs this year, as consumers are looking to the web for deals this season.  To date, comScore is reporting that $27.46 billion has been spent online …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Thinking Out Loud: What's Driving Groupon?
 
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Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
SmartPush iPhone app dead, reminds us apps are not forever
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Bazinga! Blog:
Google To Invest Millions in Palestine
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Mike Schramm / TUAW:
EA's App Store price war
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment and TiPb