DAILY FIVE (12/20)

20 December 2010

1. Facebook’s Zuckerberg visits China, Los Angeles Times, David Pierson

ZuckerbergLiFacebook Inc. chief Mark Zuckerberg was spotted in Beijing on Monday touring the campus of China’s No. 1 search engine, Baidu, ending months of anticipation as to when he would visit China, the world’s largest Internet market.

2. Apple in 2011: 10 things to expect, Tech Radar, Craig Grannell

There’s every chance Steve Jobs will at some point pull the tech industry equivalent of a rabbit out of a hat in 2011, unleashing an amazing gadget no-one had thought of but that everyone will want (or, if they’re a competitor, want to copy).

3. Your Apps Are Watching You, Wall Street Journal, Scott Thurm and Yukari Iwatani Kane

Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner’s real name—even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off. These phones don’t keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

4. Tough Tech: 10 Rugged Gadgets That Will Go the Distance, Mashable, Amy-Mae Elliott

If you’re looking for gadgetry that can withstand the rigors of the outdoors or just the chaos of everyday life, there are some great options out there, from waterproof cameras to fireproof data protection. Our selection of gadgets will take whatever you can throw at it (or in some cases throw it at) and keep on going, ideal for anyone who lives life to the fullest and expects their kit to keep up with them.

5. EXCLUSIVE: FCC Dems Narrowing Net Neutrality Gaps, National Journal, David Hatch

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is making progress in narrowing gaps with his two Democratic colleagues over his controversial plan to adopt sweeping new rules for the Internet, National Journal has learned. But with the talks very fluid, and differences remaining, there’s still a possibility that the regulatory initiative could be pulled at the last minute from the agenda of Tuesday’s commission meeting.

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