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2:00 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” …
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
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 …
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: The Next Web and Download Squad
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.
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.
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?
Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
SmartPush iPhone app dead, reminds us apps are not forever  —  SmartPush was a neat iPhone app from a small startup, Syphir, which allowed the configuration of clever filters for Gmail push notifications.  For example, the user could configure rules like “always send me a push notification …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Domain Exodus Continues As Torrentz Dumps .COM  —  The Internet's second biggest BitTorrent site is dumping its .COM domain.  In an apparent response to the US Government's Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement recent seizures of domain names, the site moved to a new home.
Technology Review:
Raising a Botnet in Captivity  —  Researchers created their own, imprisoned, network of zombie computers to better learn how to take down those at large on the Internet.  —  To catch a criminal, sometimes you have to think like one.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Mobile Carriers Dream of Charging per Page  —  Just a week before the FCC holds a vote on whether to apply fairness rules to some of the nation's internet service providers, two companies that sell their services to the country's largest cellular companies showed off a different vision of the future …
 
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James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Report: EU may delay Intel's McAfee acquisition
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Facebook:
Platforms, Privacy and Pandora's Box
Discussion: TiPb, pocketnow.com and Examiner, Thanks:eldon
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Google To Invest Millions in Palestine
Discussion: The Next Web
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Ed Silverstein / TechZone360:
Remote Kill Switch Added to New Intel Processor
Discussion: Examiner, Infowars and IT Business