Today in Tech: iPad 2, Chrome OS netbook, and WikiLeaks

December 10, 2010: 6:11 AM ET

A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.

  • Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

    To prevent sensitive documents from leaking out in the future, Major General Richard Webber, commander of Air Force Network Operations, issued the "Cyber Control Order" to "immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines" on the Defense Department's network. Other military branches have made similar directives. (Wired)

  • The first member of the WikiLeaks hacker group Anonymous was arrested. The unnamed 16-year-old Dutch teen, who admitted to participating in the attacks on Visa and MasterCard, continues to be be interrogated (Ars Technica).
  • Seth Weintraub previews the Chrome OS CR-48 netbook. Features he liked: the MacBook Pro-ish island-style keyboard, lightning-fast browser experience and Verizon's free 100 MB data plan. Not so not? The tinny speakers, average trackpad and confusing photos upload process. (Fortune)
  • In a recent interview, Marc Andreesen admits Andreesen Horowitz upped the range of its deal sizes, from between $50,000 and $50 million to betwen $10,000 and $100 million. (peHUB)
  • Take this with a grain of salt, but photos of a reported iPad 2 case from Shenzhen MacTop Electronics called the "Crystal Case for iPad 2nd Generation" indicates the new Apple tablet could have a rear-facing camera similar in layout to the iPhone and fourth-gen iPod Touch, a larger speaker grille on the back, and a proper SD card slot. (iLounge)
  • The tables have apparently turned on the Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, aka the Winklevoss twins. Wayne Chang, whose web development company merged with the Winklevosses' business, ConnectU, claims the brothers did not give him a part of the cut they received from the sale of ConnectU despite an express agreement that "the litigation between ConnectU and Facebook was an asset of ConnectU and an asset of WCG [Winklevoss Chang Group]." (Silicon Alley Insider)
  • Facebook announced the 2011 Hacker Cup, wherein competitors will need to solve algorithm-based problem statements over the course of three rounds to nab $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for 2nd, and $1,000 for 3rd. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Why Mark Zuckerberg is the first "Millennial CEO." (Hint: It may have something to do with Facebook's unending meteoric rise and this critically-acclaimed movie, The Social Network.) (The Huffington Post)
  • Among Apple's iOS app "award winners" this year: Hipstamatic, Plants Vs. Zombies, Flipboard, and Osmos. Gotta get 'em all! (TechCrunch)
  • Two distinct features missing from Apple's Mac App Store, launching in January: in-app purchases and Game Center. (9 to 5 Mac)
  • An awesomely funny, if inaccurate, video from Taiwan-based, computer animation news organization NMA.tv on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. (TechCrunch)
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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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