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10:10 AM ET, December 13, 2009

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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” …
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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.
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").
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Nine ways of looking at a Google phone  —  The long-rumored gPhone has surfaced, but no one can agree about what it means  —  The purported Google phone.  Photo: Cory O'Brien  —  Google (GOOG) announced on its mobile blog Saturday what dozens of staffers had already leaked …
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:
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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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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.
New York Times:
Twitter Tapping  —  The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters.  A public interest group has filed a lawsuit to learn more about this monitoring, in the hope of starting …
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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 …
Discussion: The Consumerist
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.
 
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