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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.
Rafe Needleman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Hands-on with the JooJoo  —  CNET snagged the first journalists' demo of the new JooJoo (formerly CrunchPad) Web slate on Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan's San Francisco media tour.  Quick impressions: yeah, this is a really cool device.  Everyone reading a tech site like CNET will want one.
Discussion: SlashGear, Gadget Lab, 901am and PC World, Thanks:mgcreed
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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 …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Crunchpad manufacturer renames product JooJoo, promises launch this Friday at $499
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LaLa Was Bought By Apple For $17 Million, Not $80 Million  —  Sometimes you have to apply the smell test to what your sources are telling you, and the rumors we're hearing about Apple's purchase of music service LaLa are definitely smelling a little off.  $80 million for LaLa?  That isn't what we're hearing.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Lala's Fire Sale That Wasn't: What Apple Really Paid
Discussion: Erictric
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate finally makes move from hard drives to flash storage  —  Seagate makes about $10 billion a year in revenues from its 30-year-old hard drive business.  But today, after two years of study, the company is launching a new flash memory storage business.
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 …
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Mel Martin / TUAW:
Dragon Dictation comes to the iPhone.  Wow.  —  Put this into the 'I didn't think they could ever get this to work on an iPhone' category.  —  I'm talking about Dragon Dictation [iTunes link] from Nuance, the developers of the very popular Dragon Naturally Speaking for the PC.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Million People Riding Google Wave.  Most Of Them On Their Stomachs.  —  The first time you go surfing, it's a pretty significant achievement to just stand up on the board and ride a wave.  Most people never leave their stomachs, or when they do, they fly face first into the wave.
Discussion: Mashable! and Google Wave Blog
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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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Hyperlocal Aggregator Outside.in Raises $7 Million From CNN, Others  —  Time Warner's CNN is taking a stake in hyperlocal aggregator Outside.in—the latest example of a big media organization making a play in the hyperlocal space.  CNN is getting a share of Outside.in as part …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
New Cloud-based Service Steals Wi-Fi Passwords  —  For US$34, a new cloud-based hacking service can crack a WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) network password in just 20 minutes, its creator says.  —  Launched Monday, the WPA Cracker service bills itself as a useful tool for security auditors …
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Journalism and Freedom  —  Government assistance is a greater threat to the press than any new technology.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  We are at a time when many news enterprises are shutting down or scaling back.  No doubt you will hear some tell you that journalism is in dire shape, and the triumph of digital is to blame.
The Official Google Blog:
Fighting fraud online: taking “Google Money” scammers to court  —  “Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!” or “Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!”  You may have seen offers like these using Google's name or logo that sounded too good to be true.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Dell Rings Up $6.5 Million in Sales Using Twitter Promotions  —  Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) — Dell Inc., relying on social- networking sites to drum up sales of personal computers, said its promotions on Twitter have helped generate more than $6.5 million in orders for PCs, accessories and software.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Follow the money: The ROI Scareware, Spyware, click fraud, pharma spam  —  Massive banking exploits and easy to deploy threats will be more prevalent in 2010, but the real cash cows will remain scareware, spyware, click fraud, advance-fee fraud and pharma, according to Cisco's annual security report.
Gmail Blog:
Offline Gmail graduates from Labs  —  Almost a year ago, we launched Offline Gmail in Gmail Labs.  By installing Offline Gmail, you're able to use the normal Gmail interface to read and write mail, search, and organize, even when there's no internet connection.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
If You Can Draw It on a Whiteboard, You Can Send It to a Kindle  —  As a “type A” student, I routinely tried to write down nearly everything my teachers wrote on the chalkboard.  Aside from blisters and far too many trips to the pencil sharpener, I'm not sure my approach yielded much.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Look Up, Don't Look Down!  TC50 Star Tonchidot Raises $4 Million Series A  —  There were quite a few memorable presentations during 2008's TechCrunch50 (that's the conference before last).  But if you had to pick one, there's a good chance you'd think of Tonchidot, the startup behind the Sekai Camera.
Discussion: VentureBeat and mocoNews
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Travel Startup With Ties To Twitter Founders Gets Funding  —  Travel site Trazzler has raised $750,000 in funding, according to an SEC filing.  The company features short recommendations of things to do in cities around the world.  Conceptually, it sounds similar to Nextstop …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Study: Facebook users willingly give out data  —  Facebook users are too willing to give out their personal information, security firm Sophos has found.  —  According to Sophos' Australian team, which conducted a study to see how likely Facebook users were to offer up personal information …
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 …
 
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Jamey Heary / Network World:
Cisco Completes Acquisition of Cloud Based ScanSafe
Discussion: TMCnet and CNN
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hold On, MySpace/Imeem Deal Ain't Done Yet, Being Renegotiated
DigiTimes:
Flextronics lands 2 million netbook order from HP for 2010, says paper
Discussion: TeleRead
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Assistly Comes Out Of Stealth, Adds Mark Cuban And David Liu As Advisors
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google - from friend to foe?
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Stations Turn Apps Into Cash
Discussion: mocoNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Soars As Intel Cancels Graphics Chip
Discussion: Bits and PC World
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
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Verizon Promises LTE Speeds of 5-12 Mbps
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Sample Sale Site Ideeli Raises A Whopping $20 Million
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Personalized Results: The “New Normal” …
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:atul
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AT&T releases Mark the Spot, a network failure reporting tool
 

 
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