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4:10 AM ET, December 14, 2009


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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Pals Up With T-Mobile to Push Its “Nexus One” Phone  —  Google plans to sell its new phone on its own Web site, without getting a wireless carrier to subsidize the handset.  —  But that doesn't mean it won't also work with a carrier: The search giant intends to launch …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nexus One, The Google Phone, Captured In The Wild (Pictures)
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Nine ways of looking at a Google phone
Discussion: Beyond Search
AMAZON WEB SERVICES ANNOUNCES SPOT INSTANCES FOR AMAZON EC2  —  Allows customers to bid on unused capacity, enabling lower costs and access to significant short-term capacity for those with flexibility in when their applications can run  —  Amazon Web Services LLC, an company …
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud - Amazon EC2 Spot Instances  —  Today we launched a new option for acquiring Amazon EC2 Compute resources: Spot Instances.  Using this option, customers bid any price they like on unused Amazon EC2 capacity and run those instances for as long their bid exceeds the current “Spot Price.”
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, DST Make Play For AOL's ICQ  —  A number of companies are pursuing AOL's ICQ instant messaging product, we're hearing.  Russian press is saying DST (a recent Facebook investor) is talking about buying the service.  Our sources say they're a relatively new bidder to the process, and others continue to show interest.
Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
Facebook: Starting Over  —  Like many other people, I have a Facebook account.  One reason is to keep track of what's happening in the planet's largest social network, including what application developers and users are doing there.  —  Another is that some of my friends — actual friends — are using the site.
Discussion: Technologizer and, Thanks:ilamont
Market Wire:
Oracle Makes Commitments to Customers, Developers and Users of MySQL  —  Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) has engaged in constructive discussions with the European Commission regarding the concerns expressed by the Commission about the Oracle/Sun Microsystems transaction, and in particular the maintenance …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Monty says:
Help saving MySQL
Discussion: Reuters and Computerworld
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
How To: Totally Overhaul Your Phones With Google Voice  —  Google Voice, which lets users consolidate all their phones under one number, archive your texts and voicemails, and much, much more, is two things to most people: vaguely promising, and totally confusing.  Here's how to make the switch, in plain English.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
DIY Book Scanners Turn Your Books Into Bytes  —  For nearly two years, Daniel Reetz dreamed of a book scanner that could crunch textbooks and spit out digital files he could then read on his PC.  —  Book scanners, like the ones Google is using in its Google Books project, run into thousands of dollars …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
CBS Interactive Dumps Ad Networks  —  An Old Debate Revived: Are Networks Good or Bad for Online Media?  —  NEW YORK ( — Hoping to get an ad on, Gamespot, or CNET?  Better call CBS.  CBS is expected to announce Dec. 14 that it will no longer do business …
Discussion: paidContent
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Microsoft Invents Price-Gouging the Least Influential  —  theodp writes “In the world envisioned by Microsoft's just-published patent application for Social Marketing, monopolists will maximize revenue by charging prices inversely related to the perceived influence an individual has on others.
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Adam Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Screenwerk
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google green-lights extension which clearly violates its own policies
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Google Faces a Different World in Italy
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Christmas Comes Early For BitTorrent - Demonoid is Back
Discussion: Slyck