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4:30 PM ET, December 13, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nexus One, The Google Phone, Captured In The Wild (Pictures)  —  Apparently, Googlers aren't supposed to be tweeting the details of the Google Phone, but they have no problem tweeting about how awesome it is.  And they also apparently have no problem showing it off.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google Phone / Nexus One makes first Twitter appearance? (update: new pics!)  —  Look familiar?  For a story that broke on Twitter it's only fitting that the first reported picture of the mythical, magical “Google Phone” (AKA, Nexus One) would appear there as well.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Sell Own Phone  —  Google Inc. has designed a cellphone it plans to sell directly to consumers as soon as next year, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The phone is called the Nexus One and is being manufactured for Google by HTC Corp., these people said.
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” …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Real Google Phone: Everything Is Different Now  —  It wasn't supposed to exist.  “The” Google Phone.  Then we (and others) heard otherwise.  And now, Google isn't just handing this “sexy beast” out to employees, they're going to sell it directly.  Everything has changed.  Here's what we know.
Mario Queiroz / Google Mobile Blog:
An Android dogfood diet for the holidays
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:   Nine ways of looking at a Google phone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The End Of Hand Crafted Content  —  Old media loves nothing quite so much as writing about their own impending death.  And we always enjoy adding our own two cents - the AP not knowing what YouTube is, the NYTimes guys reading TechCrunch every day, etc.  —  Speaking broadly, I like what Reuters …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Google Faces a Different World in Italy  —  PARIS — One morning in January 2008, Peter Fleischer, the chief privacy counsel at Google, was walking to the University of Milan to deliver a speech at a conference when someone shouted his name from behind.  Shortly afterward, he was surrounded by five Italian police officers.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google green-lights extension which clearly violates its own policies  —  When Google opened the doors to its Chrome Extensions Gallery the other day, there were some interesting questions to be answered: Would ad blockers be allowed?  What about YouTube downloaders?
Monty says:
Help saving MySQL  —  I, Michael “Monty” Widenius, the creator of MySQL, is asking you urgently to help save MySQL from Oracle's clutches.  Without your immediate help Oracle might get to own MySQL any day now.  By writing to the European Commission (EC) you can support this cause and help secure …
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
How To Make Your Kindle Into an Automatic Instapaper  —  It's flawed, but I love my Kindle 2.  The reading experience is great, and if I can forget about the DRM I can enjoy any of the books Amazon deigns to sell to foreigners.  It is also a fantastic personal newspaper when combined with Instapaper …
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Christmas Comes Early For BitTorrent - Demonoid is Back  —  In September, Demonoid, one of the world's most important and well-loved trackers, went down with overwhelming hardware problems.  —  An update on the situation was not good, with the site owners forecasting severe data loss.
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