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11:50 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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Pals Up With T-Mobile to Push Its “Nexus One” Phone  —  Google plans to sell its new phone without getting a wireless carrier to subsidize the handset.  But that doesn't mean it won't work with a carrier: The search giant intends to launch its phone next year with the help of T-Mobile, say sources familiar with its plans.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:   Nine ways of looking at a Google phone
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Market Own Phone
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Who Do You Believe, Randall Stross or Your Own Lying Eyes?  —  Randall Stross is getting a lot of attention for his piece in The New York Times this weekend, titled “AT&T Takes the Blame, Even for the iPhone's Faults”.  (In the original headline, still visible in the <title> element, “faults” was “glitches”.)
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.
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 …
Discussion: TeleRead
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
Adam Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
Online, Offline, No Line  —  The dot-com bubble might seem like a distant memory after the recent financial crisis, but around the world, the Internet continues to fuel hopes for innovation, wealth and economic expansion.  —  That's why the Internet has sparked something of an arms race between …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
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 …
Discussion: 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.
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