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4:10 AM ET, December 13, 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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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” …
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.
Zee / The Next Web Network:
“Google Phone”: It's called Nexus One, It's not built by Google …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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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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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Graphics issues force Apple to delay iMac orders, resellers report  —  Shipments of 27-in. model delayed after users complain of flickering screens, other problems  —  Computerworld - Apple has delayed shipping new 27-in. iMacs until it can figure out the cause of flickering screens …
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Apple Says Audiobooks Must Have DRM  —  DRM doesn't work.  We know it, you know it and even the RIAA knows it.  The FCC has had hearings on it, and even the retailers agree that it is useless, which was why Apple removed DRM from their music.  Unfortunately, it's still required for audiobooks …
Nancy Gohring / ITworld.com:
Sprint's Android updates highlight fragmentation  —  I like it!  —  Just as Verizon pushes out the first operating-system update to the Droid, Android version 2.0.1, Sprint says its Android phones will get the 2.0 version as late as June next year.  —  On Friday, Sprint posted …
Discussion: FierceDeveloper and Ubergizmo
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone sales hit 90,000 in S. Korea, expect 700,000 sales in 2010 - report  —  iPhone sales in South Korea appear to be off the charts, with local carrier KT claiming “some 90,000 new iPhone subscribers,” so far.  —  These figures include the 53,000 iPhones pre-ordered prior to launch …
New York Times:
In Shift, U.S. Talks to Russia on Internet Security  —  The United States has begun talks with Russia and a United Nations arms control committee about strengthening Internet security and limiting military use of cyberspace.  —  American and Russian officials have different interpretations …
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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 …
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