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10:15 AM ET, December 14, 2009

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: first Google Phone / Nexus One photos, Android 2.1 on-board  —  Well here you have it folks, honest-to-goodness pics of the Google Phone... AKA, the Nexus One.  As you can see by the photos, the design of the device is largely similar to those we've seen, but the graphic …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Pals Up With T-Mobile to Push Its “Nexus One” Phone  —  Google plans to sell its new phone on its own Web site, without getting a wireless carrier to subsidize the handset.  —  But that doesn't mean it won't also work with a carrier: The search giant intends to launch …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Nexus One blessed by the FCC (updated)  —  Well lookie here.  A little phone by the name of “NEXUSONE” just slipped through the FCC as model number PB99100 built by HTC.  The filing also confirms a few more details including microSD expansion, 802.11b/g WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Why So Many Are So Wrong on the ‘Google Phone’  —  Google on Saturday announced that its internal developers are using a new Android-powered phone that many Web sites have dubbed “Nexus One” from its Internet browser identification string, but which many reports say is a variant of HTC's HD2 phone.
Market Wire:
Oracle Makes Commitments to Customers, Developers and Users of MySQL  —  Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) has engaged in constructive discussions with the European Commission regarding the concerns expressed by the Commission about the Oracle/Sun Microsystems transaction, and in particular the maintenance …
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Paul Meller / Computerworld:   Oracle's pledges on MySQL are ‘purely cosmetic’, say critics
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud - Amazon EC2 Spot Instances  —  Today we launched a new option for acquiring Amazon EC2 Compute resources: Spot Instances.  Using this option, customers bid any price they like on unused Amazon EC2 capacity and run those instances for as long their bid exceeds the current “Spot Price.”
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Amazon.com:   AMAZON WEB SERVICES ANNOUNCES SPOT INSTANCES FOR AMAZON EC2
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
New From Amazon: Spot Pricing on Cloud Computing
Guardian:
New Guardian iPhone app  —  Want to view the Guardian in double quick time, with slicker graphics and better clarity on your iPhone?  Well there's an app for that...
The Official Google Blog:
Cloud apps, big city: LA goes Google  —  This fall we've seen lots of government agencies decide to make the switch to cloud computing, joining the many businesses already using Google Apps for email and collaboration at work.  Today we'd like to officially welcome another customer to the mix: the City of Los Angeles.
ai.rs blog:
HTC Legend not a legend anymore  —  ai.rs blog Exclusive  —  As we promised, we bring you more info on HTC Legend.  In fact, we present you exclusive crystal clear image of the upcoming Android phone from HTC.  We suppose it will replace Hero, considering the dimensions, screen size and specs.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Location's Social Paradox  —  There's an absolute eruption of activity around location-based services right now.  Companies are getting funded left and right, new ones are popping up daily, and certain ones are seemingly starting to take off.  But for a number of them, there's a very big wall looming.
Discussion: BoomTown and /Message
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook torn down and rooted — but still respected  —  Barnes & Noble might be pitching the Nook to the literary set, but it turns out the Android-based dual-screen reader is pretty hacker-friendly as well: both the OS and filesystem are stored on a microSD card.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and DisplayBlog
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Huffington Post's New Ad Revenue Stream: Twitter Feeds  —  Marketers Can Pay to Add Tweets, Comments Alongside Readers' Own  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The Huffington Post has started offering marketers the ability to inject their own paid comments among reader comments and place paid Tweets among …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs finalist for Time's Person of the Year  —  Time's finalists for Person of the Year 2009 include Apple's CEO Steve Jobs.  Jobs won Fortune's CEO of the Decade earlier this year and is the lone business leader on this year's Time list.  Here's their ‘thinking’:
Discussion: DailyFinance
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
CBS Interactive Dumps Ad Networks  —  An Old Debate Revived: Are Networks Good or Bad for Online Media?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hoping to get an ad on CBS.com, Gamespot, TV.com or CNET?  Better call CBS.  CBS is expected to announce Dec. 14 that it will no longer do business …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate launches world's thinnest hard drive for laptops and netbooks  —  Seagate Technology is announcing tomorrow its Momentus Thin drive, the world's thinnest 2.5-inch hard disk drive for the smallest laptops and netbooks.  —  The device can also be used in backup devices and consumer electronics gear.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
TeliaSonera:
TeliaSonera first in the world with 4G services  —  Today, as the first operator in the world, TeliaSonera launches 4G services commercially to customers in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway.  —  “We are very proud to be the first operator in the world to offer our customers 4G services.
Amazon.com:
Kindle for iPhone App Now Available From App Store In More Than 60 Countries  —  Customers around the world can now synchronize their reading between Kindle, their computer and their iPhone or iPod touch and never lose their place  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Kindle …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Strong demand for parts forecasts 10M iPhone sales in Q4 2009  —  Demand for the iPhone 3GS has helped Taiwanese suppliers see a 31 percent increase in orders for components, as Apple's handset is projected to have a record quarter.  —  Citing a local firm, Taiwan-based industry publication DigiTimes noted …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Yahoo's Microblog Now in Chinese, but Blocked in China
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Is Apple Taking the Internet Seriously Now?
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
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Online Holiday Spending Approaches $20 Billion for the Season …
Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
Facebook: Starting Over  —  Like many other people, I have a Facebook account.
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DIY Book Scanners Turn Your Books Into Bytes
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3-D Maps, Camera Phones Put ‘Reality’ in Augmented Reality
Adam Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
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