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8:25 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 …
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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 and Electronista
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
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: TechCrunch, Thanks:mdoeff
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!
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.
Discussion: WinBeta, Thanks:edbott
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” …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Wave Technology Lives On In Google's New Shared Spaces  —  Google has quietly launched a new Labs project today - Google Shared Spaces.  Based on Google Wave gadgets technology, Shared Spaces is designed to be an easy way to create and share collaborative applications.
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: ReadWriteWeb, TeleRead and Data Mining
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 …
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Firefox backs “Do Not Track” with online stealth  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — As concern about online privacy grows, Mozilla is promising to let people cloak Internet activity in free Firefox Web browsing software being released early next year.  —  “Technology that supports something …
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, The Hill, USA Today and Pulse2
 
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
The @Mention Cloud  —  There's a real struggle going on right …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Thanks In Part To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Spending …
Discussion: Fortune, comScore, Inc. and VentureBeat
Cade Metz / The Register:
Facebook: Why our ‘next-gen’ comms ditched MySQL
Discussion: Pulse2
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SmartPush iPhone app dead, reminds us apps are not forever
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BitTorrent Domain Exodus Continues As Torrentz Dumps .COM
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Tom Friend / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: the NBA is formalizing deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which may prompt WBD to sue; ESPN may pay $2.8B annually, NBC $2.6B, and Amazon $1.8B to $2B

Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
[Thread] In a meeting, Washington Post CEO Will Lewis told staff that the paper lost $77M over the past year, and saw a 50% drop off in audience since 2020

Wall Street Journal:
As TV audiences get older, media executives are focusing more on the mass-market reach of TV, and playing down the importance of age for advertisers

 
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