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6:40 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.
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 …
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: Google Watch and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Google Goggles ‘visual search’ arrives for Android
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.
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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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.
Discussion: I4U News and Softpedia News
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Soars As Intel Cancels Graphics Chip
Discussion: PC World and Reuters
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Yahoo Doesn't Want You To Know It's Spying Price List; Issues DMCA Takedown  —  Last week, well-known privacy activist, Chris Soghoian, got a lot of attention for revealing some data on how often Sprint was sharing GPS data with the government.  However, perhaps an even more interesting part …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's How-To Guide For Big Brother Leaks
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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, CNET News and Computerworld
Sangwon Yoon / Reuters:
iPhone to make Israel debut this week  —  Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPhone will make its official debut in Israel this week when the country's three main carriers will start selling the coveted smartphone 2-1/2 years after its initial launch.  —  Cellcom (CEL.N) (CEL.TA), Israel's largest mobile phone operator …
Nielsen Wire:
Three Screen Report: TV Remains Strong as DVR and Online Video Show Most Growth  —  Nielsen's latest A2/M2™ Three Screen Report - a quarterly analysis from our Anytime Anywhere Media Measurement™ initiative - shows considerable year over year growth in terms of time spent for DVR …
Discussion: MediaPost and NewTeeVee
 
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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
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Comcast Says Online Video Is Good, As Long as It Doesn't Encourage Cord-Cutting
Discussion: paidContent
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Sample Sale Site Ideeli Raises A Whopping $20 Million
Discussion: New York Times
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Alicia Keys Streams New Album On Facebook
Discussion: All Facebook
Jose Vilches / TechSpot:
Pixel Qi begins producing first batch of displays
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Opera 10.10 Smashes Download Records
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Yelp finds you food on Android
Discussion: The Download Blog and Mashable!
Reuters:
EBay and Craigslist square off in Delaware court
Discussion: craigslist blog and Business Week
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vevo's “Hulu for Music” …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, 901am, 9 to 5 Mac and AppScout
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Publisher Lays Out Plan to Save Newspapers
Discussion: paidContent and Gawker
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