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2:00 PM ET, December 13, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nexus One, The Google Phone, Captured In The Wild (Picture)  —  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.
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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” …
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").
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Real Google Phone: Everything Is Different Now  —  It wasn't supposed to exist.  “The” Google Phone.  Then we (and others) heard otherwise.  And now, Google isn't just handing this “sexy beast” out to employees, they're going to sell it directly.  Everything has changed.  Here's what we know.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ZOMG The Google Phone Is “Like An iPhone On Beautifying Steroids”
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 …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Daily Patricia and Reuters
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:
A not-so-brief chat with Randall Stephenson of AT&T
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google green-lights extension which clearly violates its own policies  —  When Google opened the doors to its Chrome Extensions Gallery the other day, there were some interesting questions to be answered: Would ad blockers be allowed?  What about YouTube downloaders?
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 …
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.
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.
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