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5:00 PM ET, December 7, 2009

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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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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Elliot Schwartz / Google LatLong:
Find what's nearby and try Labs features with Google Maps for Android
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Google Goggles ‘visual search’ arrives for Android
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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola Droid getting 2.0.1 now, Verizon posts details  —  The “coming weeks” timeframe that Verizon had promised for 2..1 to start pushing to Droids has been mercifully condensed down to just a few days, because a number of folks are starting to report that they're receiving the update …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Joins Twitter (With An Awful Name)  —  Back in March, Google CEO Eric Schmidt caused a little controversy when he was quoted as thinking of Twitter (and the other micro-messaging services like it) as a “sort of poor man's email systems.”  He later clarified his remarks a bit.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   About @EricSchmidt: Google CEO Gets A Better Twitter Name
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell, GigaOM and AppScout
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nvidia Ion 2 reportedly lands orders from Acer  —  Nvidia has reportedly landed orders for Ion 2-based chips designed to support Intel's upcoming (Pineview) Atom N450, N470, D510 or D410 CPUs and related (Tiger Point) chipsets from Acer, according to sources from PC makers.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC's 2010 roadmap goes on display?  —  Those among us with minds like steel traps might recall that HTC's 2009 was leaked with shocking accuracy way back in January of this year, which lends some credibility to this already-believable series of slides we have seemingly showing off …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Computerworld and CNET News
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Yelp finds you food on Android  —  Frequent Yelp users will be pleased to see a Yelp for Android app take its place in the Android Market on Monday.  Be forewarned, however, that the app contains the minimum services from Yelp.com in this iteration.  —  There's the usual search for restaurants …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vevo's “Hulu for Music” Gets a Prelaunch Boost: EMI Adds Its Clips (But Not Equity) to the Mix  —  Vevo, the “Hulu for music videos” site that launches tomorrow, just got a bit bigger: In addition to clips from owners Sony (SNE) and Universal Music Group, the site will offer EMI Music Group's videos.
Discussion: 901am, 9 to 5 Mac, NewTeeVee and AppScout
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.
Discussion: Techdirt, NBC Bay Area and Threat Level
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Publisher Lays Out Plan to Save Newspapers  —  When Axel Springer, the founder of the German newspaper publishing business bearing his name, laid the cornerstone in 1959 for a high-rise headquarters in Berlin only steps away from the tense line separating East from West, people called him crazy, arrogant or both.
Discussion: paidContent and Gawker
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Alicia Keys Streams New Album On Facebook  —  Alicia Keys fans will have another reason to compulsively check her Facebook fan page today: Keys is releasing her new album The Element of Freedom exclusively through the world's largest social network.  Fans will be able to tune …
Discussion: All Facebook
 
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Verizon Promises LTE Speeds of 5-12 Mbps
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Sample Sale Site Ideeli Raises A Whopping $20 Million
Discussion: New York Times
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: NewTeeVee
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Goes Hollywood With New Video Search Refiners
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Hunch Gets A New Board Member: Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
EBay and Craigslist square off in Delaware court
Discussion: craigslist blog
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Comcast's NBC deal could be roadblock for Apple's subscription hopes
Discussion: Digits, paidContent and TUAW
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Zappos Tries a Printed Catalog
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Why Open Source Phones Still Fail
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Aardvark Mulls Over A $30+ Million Offer From Google