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5:30 AM ET, December 8, 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.
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, PC World, 901am and eHomeUpgrade, Thanks:mgcreed
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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 …
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: PC World, Bits and eWeek
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  —  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.
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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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.
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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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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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.
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNET News and ReadWriteWeb
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sold estimated 60,000 iPhones in South Korean launch  —  In its first day of availability at the end of November, the iPhone sold an estimated 60,000 units in South Korea, giving Apple one successful Asian debut.  —  According to Digital East Asia, wireless carrier KT Corporation saw …
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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.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google - from friend to foe?  —  Two bright young men transformed an idea into the era's dominant technology company by outmaneuvering lumbering giants in the field.  As the upstart blossomed into a titan in its own right, its behavior sparked allegations of monopolistic practices and drew the eye of the Justice Department.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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 …
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
5 New Features from Google Analytics  —  Yesterday at SES Chicago, Google announced the following updates to Analytics:  —  Annotations  —  If you share Google Analytics information with multiple people, then this will be particularly useful.  Just make a note about a spike or dip …
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Assistly Comes Out Of Stealth, Adds Mark Cuban And David Liu As Advisors  —  We've just gotten our first look at Assistly, a new startup that's looking to provide businesses with a robust platform for engaging customers on everything from Email to Facebook and Twitter.
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: broadstuff, Thanks:atul
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: Ubergizmo
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hold On, MySpace/Imeem Deal Ain't Done Yet, Being Renegotiated  —  Last month we broke the news that MySpace was acquiring music service iMeem, and that an agreement had been signed between the two companies.  —  All of that was accurate, including the $1 million fire sale price.
 
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Jamey Heary / Network World:
Cisco Completes Acquisition of Cloud Based ScanSafe
Discussion: TMCnet and CNN
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Finalizes $675,000 RIAA Piracy Verdict, Won't Gag Defendant
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
Tim Adams / Guardian:
Will e-books spell end of great writing?
Discussion: Kindle Review
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
FTC to consider stricter online privacy rules
Discussion: internetnews.com and Digits
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Stations Turn Apps Into Cash
Discussion: mocoNews
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
FTC Will Review Google's Proposed Acquisition of AdMob
Discussion: Digital Daily and mocoNews
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Soars As Intel Cancels Graphics Chip
Discussion: 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
Discussion: DSLreports
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Sample Sale Site Ideeli Raises A Whopping $20 Million
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and alarm:clock
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Alicia Keys Streams New Album On Facebook
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Opera 10.10 Smashes Download Records
 

 
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