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5:50 AM ET, December 20, 2010

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New York Times:
Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews  —  Google TV has just enacted its first programming cancellation.  —  The Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas was meant to be the great coming-out party for Google's new software for televisions, which adds Web video and other computer smarts to TV sets.
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Sony Optimistic About Google TV Despite Setbacks  —  TOKYO — Sony acknowledged on Monday that reviews of its new Internet-enabled Google TV have been mixed but remained upbeat about its prospects, even as Google asked other TV makers to delay new models until the software can be refined.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Microsoft quietly shuts down Office Genuine Advantage program  —  Late last week, with absolutely no public announcement, Microsoft quietly retired one cog in its antipiracy machine.  —  An anonymous tipster informed me on Friday that Microsoft had shut down its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program as of Thursday, December 16.
Gawker:
Mark Zuckerberg's Beijing Adventure  —  Now that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has overthrown the internet and been named Time's “Person of the Year” is there anything left for him to do?  Yes: Conquer China, beginning with this weekend's visit to Beijing.  —  Zuckerberg, who's been learning Mandarin …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Best Buy bundling free Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T MiFis with iPads, contract required  —  Best Buy has just started a offering a new iPad bundle which includes your choice of an AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint MiFi.  These MiFis support up to five wireless devices including the iPad.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Apple's Cleverest — And Most Annoying — Marketing Gimmick  —  It's universally acknowledged that Apple is one of the best companies in history when it comes to marketing, and that Steve Jobs is a very detail-oriented man.  An example of these two things is a tiny, but great marketing gimmick that Apple uses.
Stephen Hood / unique hazards may exist:
We can save Delicious, but probably not in the way you think  —  I left Yahoo over two years ago, but prior to that I spent three years running product for Delicious.  Since then I've remained a loyal user and supporter.  To this day I keep in touch with former Delicious colleagues and consider many to be friends.
Discussion: 0xDECAFBAD, HipMojo.com, Neowin.net and TechCrunch, Thanks:mdoeff
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Revival Lifts Silicon Valley  —  Firms Hire, Expand as Northern California Region Shows Best Signs of Life in State's Ailing Economy  —  The revival of Silicon Valley is on display at the juncture of San Jose's North First Street and Highway 237, which for years was largely undeveloped.
Lukas Zinnagl / TechCrunch Europe:
Breaking: eBay acquires brands4friends private sales site for $200 million  —  Germany's largest fashion club has just been acquired by eBay for a whopping $200 million (€150 million).  Although eBay's acquisitions have almost stalled since the failed take-over of Skype, this strategic transaction makes sense.
Discussion: Reuters and The Next Web
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 …
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Kenneth Corbin / EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
GOP Opposition to FCC Net Neutrality Plan Mounts
Discussion: Post Tech and Hillicon Valley
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:   Democrats put heat on FCC commissioner on net neutrality vote
Steven Loeb / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
SNL: Julian Assange Hacks Into Mark Zuckerberg's ‘Person Of The Year’ Thank-You Message  —  Julian Assange has been maligned in the press, thrown in jail, had his name dragged through the mud, but now he has a real reason to be furious with the United States:  —  Time chose Mark Zuckerberg as ‘Person of the Year’ over him!
Discussion: TechEye, Examiner, Pulse2 and Mediaite
The Business Insider:
Buyer Beware: Zynga Blocks SecondMarket From Selling Its Stock!  —  The scuttlebutt around the secondary market indicates that Zynga is now blocking all sales of their private company stock through SecondMarket, and others.  —  As for Facebook, while they don't encourage the sale …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Facebook Ramps Up Big E-Commerce Drive  —  The social network is teaming up with startups, vendors, and even giant Internet rivals to turn Facebook pages into online shopping outlets fueled by recommendations from friends who “like” to buy  —  Facebook is ramping up efforts to entice companies …
 
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Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Blip.tv Readies HTML5 as its Standard Player, Replacing Flash
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
Airport Apps Put You First in Line
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
The @Mention Cloud  —  There's a real struggle going on right …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
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Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Firefox backs “Do Not Track” with online stealth
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Thanks In Part To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Spending …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
When OCR Goes Bad: Google's Ngram Viewer & The F-Word
Glynnis MacNicol / SAI:
Joe Biden Compares Julian Assange To 'High-Tech Terrorist …
Discussion: Guardian, USA Today, The Hill and Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Yahoo Engineers Shed Light On Why Delicious And Other Acquisitions Failed
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Pulse2
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
The Best HTML5 Game Yet: A Threat To Flash?