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8:15 PM ET, December 7, 2009

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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Relevance meets the real-time web  —  Search is a natural starting point for discovering the world's information, and we strive to bring you the freshest, most comprehensive and relevant search results over an ever expanding universe of content on the multitude of devices you use to access it.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Aims To Push The Speed Of Light With Realtime Results.  Seriously.  —  Today, at its Search Event in Mountain View, Google Fellow Amit Singhal took the stage to announce a big new feature for the search giant: Realtime.  “It's Google's relevance technology meeting the realtime web,” is how Singhal described it.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Will Be Google-able (If Your Profile is Set to Public)
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Crunchpad manufacturer renames product JooJoo, promises launch this Friday at $499  —  A year and a half ago, TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington set out to build and sell a “dead-simple Web tablet for $200.”  —  His reasoning: There's a giant hole in the market for a computer bigger than an iPhone …
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Fusion Garage fires back at TechCrunch's Arrington, alleging broken promises  —  Fusion Garage this morning fired back at Michael Arrington, a blogger who last week accused the startup of treachery and theft of intellectual property.  —  Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan, the chief executive of Fusion Garage …
Discussion: Computerworld, eWeek and MediaFile
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Hands-on with the JooJoo  —  CNET snagged the first journalists' demo …
Discussion: PC World and SlashGear, Thanks:mgcreed
Vic Gundotra / Google Mobile Blog:
Mobile Search for a New Era: Voice, Location and Sight  —  Editor's note: today Google held a launch event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.  Fresh off the stage, we've invited Vic to highlight the mobile team's announcements, and the unique set of technologies that make them possible.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Lala's Fire Sale That Wasn't: What Apple Really Paid  —  On Friday, I reported that Apple was buying Lala at a fire-sale price, which meant that investors in the music service wouldn't get their money back.  I was wrong.  —  Apple ended up paying around $80 million for the company, according to multiple sources.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's Lala purchase forecasts browser access to iTunes content  —  Apple's acquisition of the streaming music service Lala could pave the way for iTunes content and purchases to be accessed from multiple locations via a Web browser, one analyst has predicted.
The Official Google Blog:
Explore a whole new way to window shop, with Google and your mobile phone  —  What if you could decide where to shop, eat or hang out, with a little help from local Google users?  —  It might take you a while to ask them all, so to make it easier we've launched a new effort to send window decals …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Almost 1% Of The App Store Pulled Over A Rating Scam  —  Glyn Evans over at iphoneography brought a very interesting story to the public's attention this weekend.  A friend of his, SCW, was looking into some photography apps by the developer Molinker (the apps actually look curiously similar …
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T releases Mark the Spot, a network failure reporting tool  —  Poor AT&T, it must be tired of being tied to the whipping post and constantly flogged in the media for its abysmal network performance.  To address its network woes, AT&T has released a new iPhone application called Mark …
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Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Introduces Ad Interest Manager  —  Provides Consumers with Greater Transparency and Control over Their Online Advertising Experience  —  Today Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) released a beta version of a new consumer tool called Ad Interest Manager, which takes transparency in online advertising …
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Tim Lohman / Computerworld:
VMware developing dual OS smartphone virtualisation  —  Work and home phones apps and calls will run on the same handset at the same time via virtualisation  —  VMware has flagged smartphones as the next platform in the evolution of virtualisation, but at least one major competitor …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's How-To Guide For Big Brother Leaks  —  On December 23, 2008, Yahoo (YHOO) created a “complicance guide for law enforcement,” detailing what kinds of user data the company keeps and for how long, and how government officials should go about requesting it.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
FTC Will Review Google's Proposed Acquisition of AdMob  —  The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing Google Inc.'s proposed acquisition of mobile advertising company AdMob Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The development at this stage appears procedural …
Discussion: mocoNews
Reuters:
EBay and Craigslist square off in Delaware court  —  GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - EBay has put its former chief executive, Meg Whitman, on the witness stand on Monday to make the case that Craigslist unfairly denied the Internet giant a seat on its board.
Discussion: Bloomberg and craigslist blog
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Personalized Results: The “New Normal” That Deserves Extraordinary Attention  —  On Friday afternoon, Google made the biggest change that has ever happened in search engines, and the world largely yawned.  Maybe Google timed its announcement that it was personalizing everyone's search results just right, so few would notice.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab, Thanks:atul
Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Flurry Smartphone Industry Pulse, November 2009  —  The data in this report is computed from a sample size of over 3,000 applications, 45 million consumers and 4 platforms: Apple (iPhone and iPod Touch), Blackberry, JavaME and Google Android.  Each day, Flurry tracks over 15 million end user …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Verizon Promises LTE Speeds of 5-12 Mbps  —  Verizon Wireless has finally disclosed expected speeds for its upcoming LTE network, saying the technology will support average data rates per user of 5-12 Mbps on download and 2-5 Mbps on uploads.  LTE latency will be roughly one-fourth …
Discussion: DSLreports
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Boxee shows off beta version with improved interface  —  At an event in Brooklyn on Monday, Boxee showed off the upcoming beta version of its media center application for OS X, Windows, Linux, and Apple TV.  The Boxee software, based on the open-source XBMC, lets you watch and listen …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, CNET News and Engadget
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Comcast Says Online Video Is Good, As Long as It Doesn't Encourage Cord-Cutting  —  Comcast said Monday that it remains committed to the cable business and that its recent deal with General Electric's NBC Universal will help its Internet offerings. … “Everybody is trying to figure out …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Stations Turn Apps Into Cash  —  Merely extending news brand to handhelds not enough for some  —  If 2009 was the year when stations launched their iPhone applications, 2010 will be when many outlets aim to turn those apps—downloads offering real-time local news on various mobile devices—into real profit.
Discussion: mocoNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Sample Sale Site Ideeli Raises A Whopping $20 Million  —  We've written about the rapid growth of online sample sales; with the latest news coming from the rumored acquisition of European sample sale site Vente-Privee by Amazon for an estimated $3.01 billion .
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Your First Look at Nook: The Technologizer Review  —  In retrospect, it was probably inevitable.  Bookselling behemoth Barnes & Noble has spent much of the past decade and a half duking it out with online archrival Amazon.com.  So when Amazon unveiled its Kindle e-reader two years ago …
Associated Press:
Virgin Galactic unveils commercial spaceship  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled Monday in what backers of the venture hope will signal a new era in aviation history.  —  The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks …
 
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Tim Adams / Guardian:
Will e-books spell end of great writing?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Soars As Intel Cancels Graphics Chip
Discussion: PC World and Reuters
Michael Muchmore / PC Magazine:
Glide Takes on Google with Search-Centric Web OS
Discussion: Macsimum News
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Red Hat Tunes Up Real-Time OS
Discussion: The Register
Sangwon Yoon / Reuters:
iPhone to make Israel debut this week
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Alicia Keys Streams New Album On Facebook
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Jose Vilches / TechSpot:
Pixel Qi begins producing first batch of displays
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Opera 10.10 Smashes Download Records
Nielsen Wire:
Three Screen Report: TV Remains Strong as DVR and Online Video Show Most Growth
Discussion: MediaPost and NewTeeVee
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
About @EricSchmidt: Google CEO Gets A Better Twitter Name
Discussion: Guardian
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vevo's “Hulu for Music” …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, 901am and 9 to 5 Mac
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nvidia Ion 2 reportedly lands orders from Acer
Discussion: I4U News and Softpedia News
 

 
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