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3:52 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.
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: Pluggd.in, Technologizer, Examiner and WinBeta, Thanks:edbott
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.
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
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: HipMojo.com, 0xDECAFBAD, TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:mdoeff
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Flirting Social Network Likealittle Hits 20M Pageviews In 6 Weeks  —  If you were paying attention to Hacker News this weekend, you may have seen both the following post advertising “YC W11 Startup Social Network, 20M Pageviews in 6 Wks, Hiring Hackers/Designers” and the subsequent thread trying …
Thanks:blogfisher
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: Examiner, Pulse2 and Mediaite
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.
Michelle Higgins / New York Times:
Airport Apps Put You First in Line  —  IT goes without saying: Holiday travel is brutal.  Security lines are longer.  Planes are more crowded.  The battle for storage space heats up as travelers vie to stuff all those gift-laden bags in overhead bins.  And if bad weather hits …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Rebooting Web Publishing Design  —  Let's start by reviewing the basic ingredients of a successful online publishing operation:  —  1 / Quick load.  —  2 / Ease of operation and update  —  3 / Consistent visual identity  —  4 / Platform independence  —  5 / Open to the rest of the web
 
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Facebook Ramps Up Big E-Commerce Drive
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cricket tries to Muve music collections to cellphones
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Blip.tv Readies HTML5 as its Standard Player, Replacing Flash
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
The @Mention Cloud  —  There's a real struggle going on right …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Wave Technology Lives On In Google's New Shared Spaces
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Cade Metz / The Register:
Facebook: Why our ‘next-gen’ comms ditched MySQL
Discussion: 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?