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7:10 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.
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.
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 …
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
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”.)
Discussion: Boing Boing, Thanks:atul
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
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.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Can Nokia Recapture Its Glory Days?  —  IF there's anywhere left in the world where it's still impolite to flash a BlackBerry or an iPhone, it's Nokia's annual analyst meeting.  —  But earlier this month, as executives talked up the company's plans for 2010, the optimistic message from the stage …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pixi clears FCC with Verizon frequencies and WiFi in tow  —  If you were looking for just one more reason to ditch Sprint then this could be it.  A CDMA-flavored Palm Pixi just cleared the FCC — yes, another one — and we can say with confidence it's not coming to Sprint this time around.
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 …
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3-D Maps, Camera Phones Put ‘Reality’ in Augmented Reality
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Google green-lights extension which clearly violates its own policies
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In Shift, U.S. Talks to Russia on Internet Security
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