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4:20 PM ET, December 12, 2009

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Mario Queiroz / Google Mobile Blog:
An Android dogfood diet for the holidays  —  At Google, we are constantly experimenting with new products and technologies, and often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements in a process we call dogfooding (from “eating your own dogfood").
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ZOMG The Google Phone Is “Like An iPhone On Beautifying Steroids”  —  We told you the Google phone was confirmed.  And now some Googler's seem to be confirming it, too.  There is a lot of chatter on Twitter about Google employees with HTC-built unlocked Google Phones running Android 2.1.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Phone, Unlocked (Confirmed And More Details)  —  Last night, we started seeing some Tweets from Google employees and others about a new Android-powered Google phone that was apparently handed out at an “all hands” meeting.  Now Google is confirming that it is indeed “dogfood” …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
The Google Phone: This changes everything (mostly)  —  We don't have much information on the Google Phone just yet.  In fact, it sounds more like a party favor than anything else.  However, if and when Google starts selling this thing, prepare for some of the strangest - and coolest - times in mobile we've ever experienced.
Discussion: Erictric
Randall Stross / New York Times:
AT&T Takes the Blame, Even for the iPhone's Faults  —  I LOVE my iPhone.  I just wish it were matched with Verizon Wireless, the carrier with the most envied reputation as fast, ubiquitous, reliable, nigh perfect.  —  Consumer Reports has just released its annual survey of cellphone service …
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
A not-so-brief chat with Randall Stephenson of AT&T  —  So we set up a call with Randall this morning to discuss some of the profoundly stupid things his guy Ralph de la Vega said recently about creating incentives that would encourage people to stop using AT&T's data network so much.
Discussion: /Message, DisplayBlog and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Matt / WordPress.com News:
Post and Read via Twitter API  —  The other day I talked about micro-blogging and mega-blogging and shared my view that new forms of social media, including micro-blogging, are complementary to blogging.  We've seen ongoing growth at WordPress.com as people started using Twitter, and we expect that to continue.
WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Mobile 7 coming “late next year”  —  In a Q&A session at the ‘Connect!’ technology summit in London recently, Microsoft UK head of mobility Phil Moore confirmed Windows Mobile 7 will not be showing up very soon. … Late 2010 suggests a Q4 rather than Q3 launch.
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Hello, tablets.  Good-bye, netbooks!  —  Seven trends are conspiring to usher in a tsunami of tablets — and sink netbooks  —  Computerworld - Look, I know you like the netbook idea — and you love netbook prices.  If you're like most people, you think tablets are expensive, slow, heavy and a pain to use.
Discussion: TeleRead and internetnews.com
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
SHOP4APPS: Motorola's Android application store revealed  —  Using the power of Google search, we were able to uncover the URL for the new Motorola application store called SHOP4APPS.  The app store is web based and can be browsed from any Android phone.  Since the store is web based …
Discussion: Engadget
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
In Familiar Books, a Plot Twist: Battle on Electronic Rights  —  William Styron may have been one of the leading literary lions of recent decades, but his books are not selling much these days.  Now his family has a plan to lure digital-age readers with e-book versions of titles like …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tiger Woods' hiatus from golf could hurt EA's golf video games  —  Struck by a personal scandal, Tiger Woods announced today he would take a break from professional golf.  The announcement could take a toll on Electronic Arts' big Tiger Woods video game franchise.
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla to open - gasp! - Firefox add-on store
Discussion: Ajaxian and The Next Web Network, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want Everyone To See Your Credit Card Transactions? …
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles