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Abdur / Twitter Blog:
Top Twitter Trends of 2009  —  My name is Abdur and I'm part of the Research team here at Twitter.  As Chief Scientist, it's my job to interpret data so we can understand and appreciate how Twitter is constantly evolving.  Since it's the end of the year, we thought it would be interesting …
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Android Market grows up, hits 20,000 apps milestone  —  Rest assured that 2010 is going to be a big year for the Android operating system, with many new handsets finding their way to stores around the world (including Google's own phone) and an increasing number of developers building tools …
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
The Problem With Android Market's Growth
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bing Crushes Yahoo Again In November  —  Another good month for Microsoft's Bing, and another very bad month for Yahoo, according to comScore's November search stats just delivered via a note from JPMorgan's Imran Khan.  —  Yahoo search is going down the tubes.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Comcast Launches Its “TV Everywhere” Plan Nationwide, With an Awful Name: Say Hello to “Xfinity”  —  As promised, Comcast is opening up the trial of its “TV Everywhere” program, which gives its subscribers-but only its subscribers-access to extra TV programming, streamed via the Web.
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Apple Approves Video Recording App for iPhone 2G and 3G  —  If you've been reconsidering your position as a jailbreaker thanks to recent security threats or Apple's strong disapproval, there's now one more reason to consider going legit.  Apple just approved a new app that allows iPhones other than the 3GS to record video.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement Regarding MSN China Joint Venture's Juku Feature  —  Additional information regarding the Juku beta application.  —  On Monday, December 14, questions arose over a beta application called Juku developed by a Chinese vendor for our MSN China joint venture.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
AT&T Responds to Fake Steve's Operation Chokehold  —  AT&T has dismissed Fake Steve's Operation Chokehold protest as an attention-getting stunt.  —  Fake Steve is calling on disgruntled AT&T customers to bring AT&T's data network “to its knees” at 12 noon PST this Friday, December 18.
Macworld:
Macworld's iPhone apps of the year  —  We pick our 20 favorite apps of the year for the iPhone and iPod touch  —  Looking through Apple's App Store, it's easy to get lost in the numbers.  From December 2008 to November 2009, some 90,000 apps arrived in the online store …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome Mac, Linux betas push browser into No. 3 spot  —  Passes Safari, may beat Firefox at its own game on Linux  —  Computerworld - The release last week of betas of Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux pushed the Google browser's share past Apple's Safari and into the No. 3 spot, a Web measurement company said today.
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Official Google Australia Blog:
Our views on Mandatory ISP Filtering
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
ComScore: Facebook Grew 5.6% in the US last month.  Hitwise: “Facebook” Top US Search term  —  Facebook traffic grew by around 5.5 million users in the United States last month, according to the latest data from web traffic measurement firm comScore.  This is basically in line with what we tracked over the same period.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Passes Aol In The U.S.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Launches Location Check-ins for Facebook  —  Now that Foursquare has money in the bank, the New York-based startup is starting to quickly launch updates to its increasingly popular mobile location-based game.  —  The service recently released their API, paving the way for nifty apps …
Discussion: The Next Web Network
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
In the wild world of URL shorteners, Libya is king  —  Google is betting on Greenland, Facebook on Montenegro and Bit.ly on Libya.  —  The rise of URL shorteners — those brief links that are thriving on space-constrained networks such as Twitter — has in turn created a sort of gold rush …
Discussion: internetnews.com
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
McDonald's Adds Free Wi-Fi to the Menu  —  In an effort to become more of a “destination” than a grab-n-go eatery, that most iconic of fast food chains — McDonald's — is now serving up free wi-fi.  Starting mid-January, the restaurant will nix the $2.95 fee that it had previously charged …
PR Newswire:
Cherrypal Launches World's First $99 Laptop  —  New 7-inch Netbook Helps Bridge the Digital Divide; Redesigned Intel N280 Bing laptop features 13.3-inch wide screen; New Cherrypal Open Store Launched  —  Cherrypal, the company that brought the world's “greenest” desktop computer to market last year …
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
AT&T offers new position on net neutrality  —  IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should back away from creating strict nondiscrimination rules requiring broadband service providers to carry all Internet content, because such net neutrality rules could hurt investment in networks, AT&T told the FCC today.
Discussion: internetnews.com and Epicenter
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google files for Nexus One trademark  —  The mystery of the Nexus One continues to grow ever deeper, but we can pretty much confirm Google's planning to sell something under that name: the search giant filed an intent-to-use trademark application for “Nexus One” on December 10th …
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Gmail Introduces Duplicate Contact Cleaner for Merging Contacts  —  Quite sometime back we had told you how to remove duplicate contacts in Windows Live Hotmail and removing duplicate contacts in Yahoo Mail, back then Gmail did not have the ability to remove duplicate contacts.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Bing App Debuts on iPhone (So When's the Android Version Coming?)  —  Microsoft's feisty little search service, Bing, has finally made an iPhone app, which is now up on the Apple iTunes app store tonight.  —  Bing showed off the free app at a party thrown by its mobile team in San Francisco.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Suggests You Lie, Break Its Own Terms Of Service To Keep Your Privacy  —  Here's a new one.  As Facebook continues to grapple with the negative press over its privacy overhaul, it's now suggesting a new way to protect your personal information: lie about it.
Project Honey Pot:
1 Billion Spammers Served  —  Our 1 Billionth Spam Message  —  On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 06:20 (GMT) Project Honey Pot received its billionth email spam message.  The message, a picture of which is displayed below, was a United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phishing scam.
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Nancy Blair / USA Today:
Google URL shortener not working for Firefox  —  Firefox browser users eager to try out Google's new web link shortener, you can stop shaking your heads now: It's not you.  Google says there is a small bug in the Google Toolbar for Firefox that currently doesn't convert URLs into goo.gl URLs.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
PastryKit  —  One of the recent themes here has been the topic of iPhone OS web apps — apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch that are built with nothing more than HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  And specifically, the issues of how good an experience iPhone web apps can offer, and how easy they are to develop …
Discussion: Ajaxian, Thanks:atul
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Adobe confirms PDF zero-day attacks.  Disable JavaScript now  —  Malicious hackers are exploiting a zero-day (unpatched) vulnerability in Adobe's ever-present PDF Reader/Acrobat software to hijack data from compromised computers.  —  According to an advisory from Adobe …
Michael Bürge / Google LatLong:
More information, fewer clicks  —  Earlier this year, we proclaimed that “1000 is the new 10” when we began showing small dots on the map for all your local search results.  This has been a great way to get a better understanding of the density of certain listings - for example …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ASCAP Now Demanding License From Venues That Let People Play Guitar Hero  —  We've been detailing how the various collection societies around the globe have been trotting out all sorts of dubious reasoning to try to get more people to pay up for a license.  In the US, ASCAP has been particularly …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Sticks With “It's Y!ou,” Expanding Pricey Ad Campaign by Pushing “Hero Products” and Relevance  —  When Yahoo launched its massive advertising campaign-featuring the tagline, “It's Y!ou"-earlier this fall with splashy events in New York and slick marketing rollouts all over the U.S., not everyone at the Internet portal loved it.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC:
CPT Claims “World's Largest” Capacitive Touch Panel  —  Thanks in part to native support in Windows 7 and falling LCD panel pricing (price fixing allegations notwithstanding), the time is right for touch technology to really take off on the desktop.  Enter Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) …
Discussion: DigiTimes, Engadget and SlashGear
David Chartier / Macworld:
Pastebot clipboard manager debuts for iPhone and Mac  —  Tapbots is on a small list of iPhone software developers that, when it releases a new app, I just know I'm going to like it.  I use Weightbot to track my weight, Convertbot to teach myself the metric system, and now I'm jazzed to check out Pastebot, Tapbot's newest app.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Daring Fireball
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Exclusive Video: Hands-on With Swype For Android  —  I've been pretty pumped about Swype's ultra-speedy alternative typing solution for touchscreen devices ever since it first debuted at TechCrunch50 2008.  My excitement only grew when it finally made its way to a handset, the Omnia II …
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Tweaks Search History, Dings Google
Discussion: Search Blog and WebProNews
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Guardian's iPhone App Sold 9,000 Downloads In First Two Days
Discussion: textually.org and Guardian
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Adds Place-Ranking System, Should Yelp Be Afraid?
Discussion: Google LatLong
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A Critique Of ‘Hulu For Magazines’
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Robert Werlinger / PreCentral.net:
Google Quietly Updates Maps For webOS
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Ebooks For Dummies: Wiley Joins 150 Publishers In The Scribd Store
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