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10:05 AM ET, December 17, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For The Google Branded Chrome OS Netbook  —  Most of the tech world now considers it a given that Google will be selling its own unlocked phone, called the Nexus One, to customers directly early in 2010.  A few stragglers are still debating the finer points of the difference between Google working …
Facebook:
Facebook Data Team: How Diverse is Facebook?  —  How Diverse is Facebook?  —  In order to make Facebook as open and connected as possible for everyone, one of our goals is to understand how different populations of users join and use the service.  With that objective in mind …
Discussion: ZDNet, Softpedia News and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook releases first-ever demographic look at users  —  In its earliest days, Facebook was primarily a white and Asian phenomenon.  No more.  In the first-ever study of the race and ethnicity of its U.S. users, Facebook said Wednesday that blacks and Latinos have joined the social networking giant …
Bruno Bowden / The Official Google Blog:
Browser Size: a tool to see how others view your website  —  In a newspaper, the most important story is featured on the front page.  If it's a really important piece, then it's placed “above the fold,” which means you can find it on the top half of the first page — the bottom half …
Wall Street Journal:
Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones  —  $26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in Iraq; Iranian Backing Suspected  —  WASHINGTON — Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Working on 3D ‘Hyper-Reality’ Displays  —  Apple's patent applications always provide an interesting peek into what Apple researchers have been working on.  In one of the more interesting patent applications we've discovered, Apple appears to be researching 3D displays in which the user will be able to look around an object.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Ex-MySpace Execs Launch Gravity Into Private Beta  —  Back in March 2009 a trio of MySpace execs -COO Amit Kapur, SVP Steve Pearman and SVP Jim Benedetto - left to begin working on a new startup.  —  In May we learned that the company, then called Blue Rover Labs, had raised $10 million in funding.
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune HD Twitter app now live UPDATE: it censors tweets!  —  It was a slow rollout today, but the promised Zune HD Twitter app is now live in Marketplace.  We've been playing with it a little since we got it, and while it's definitely one of the more attractive mobile Twitter clients we've come across …
Jack Hebert / The Official Google Blog:
More great news sources to discover in Fast Flip  —  Three months ago, we launched Google Fast Flip, a service that seeks to make reading articles online as fast and simple as flipping through a magazine or newspaper.  It's still early in this experiment, which is why Fast Flip remains in Google Labs.
Google LatLong:
Google & Audi take Google services in a car to the next level in the new Audi A8  —  Nowadays, it seems like everything is connected to the Internet: mobile phones, laptops, netbooks, portable game consoles, personal navigation devices.  Think of how applications such as Google Maps for mobile …
Discussion: Mashable! and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Alvin / Plurk Labs:
Plurk's official response to Microsoft's apology … We are currently looking at all possibilities on how to move forward in response to Microsoft's recent apology statement.  We are still thinking of pursuing the full extent of our legal options available due the seriousness of the situation.
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Dungeons & Dragons For Microsoft Surface Has Come A Long Way  —  The guys who are bringing Dungeons & Dragons (unofficially) to Microsoft's tabletop Surface system have been plugging away at their creation, giving us an extended, in-depth look at how one DMs the world's most expensive, most technically impressive campaigns.
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Backflip/Enzo Pictures & Details!  —  We just got a big scoop from an anonymous tipster that will leave you doing backflips... or, uh... Enzos.  If you remember our first Motorola Backflip article, you'll remember a unique/odd form factor that left people guessing exactly how it would work.
MacNN:
VLC for Mac development on verge of demise?  —  All work on the Mac version of VLC may soon have to come to a halt, says VideoLAN.  VLC is an open-source media playback application, notable for supporting both audio and video, and formats missing from official playback tools made by Apple and Microsoft.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Unclogs Yahoo Pipes  —  Two weeks ago we wrote about the story of developer Romy Maxwell, who had built a Craigslist mashup using Yahoo Pipes.  A few weeks after sending his app to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark (who forwarded it to other members of the Craigslist team) …
Mwsherman / ClipperHouse:
Amazon's core competency?  Pricing.  —  I think it's quite brilliant that Amazon has introduced spot pricing for servers.  Great way to exploit unutilized CPUs and bring prices down.  Nicholas Carr explains it in utility terms: … I seem to recall Sun predicting this many, many years ago.
Jackie Kong / Facebook Blog:
Celebrating Anniversaries on Facebook  —  As much as I enjoy celebrating my birthday every year with my friends, I often regard the anniversary of my relationship with my significant other to be even more important.  —  At Facebook, we're always looking to make it easier to share and recognize such milestones.
Matt Webb / BERG:
Mag+, a concept video on the future of digital magazines  —  I've got something I want to share with you.  —  We've been working with our friends at Bonnier R&D exploring the future of digital magazines.  Bonnier publish Popular Science and many other titles.
Roy Furchgott / Bits:
The iPhone Goes to War  —  Is the iPhone going to war?  —  On Wednesday at the 2009 Intelligence Warfighting Summit in Tucson, Raytheon, the military contractor, announced an iPhone application that tracks friends and foes, shows their positions on live, real time maps and provides secure communications.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ComScore: iPhone overtakes Windows Mobile use for the first time in US  —  There are plenty of ways to measure smartphone marketshare.  IDC measures units shipped from manufacturers whereas Gartner measures units sold to consumers.  Then there's comScore, the research firm that conducts monthly surveys …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Political Punch:
V.P. Biden to Announce Stimulus Funding for Broadband Internet Projects  —  ABC News' Karen Travers reports:  —  Today, Vice President Biden will travel to Georgia to announce more than $2 billion in Recovery Act grants and loans to bring broadband Internet services to communities that currently do not have it.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Greystripe And Tribal Fusion See Success With Web-To-Mobile Ad Campaigns  —  Mobile ad network Greystripe recently partnered with ad placement service Tribal Fusion to allow online ads to run on iPhones, diminishing the need for mobile specific ad formats.  The partnership allows online ads …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Zee / The Next Web Network:
Report: The Most Active Online Are The Most Educated.  —  People who spend the most time online are in fact the most educated claims a recent report from Eurostat.  —  The study, that covered households containing at least one person aged 16-74 across Europe, shows that nearly 90 …
Discussion: TechStartups.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Facebook Squeezes More From Its Machines  —  Back in June, during an onstage conversation with me at our Structure 09 conference, Facebook VP of Technical Operations Jonathan Heiliger lamented how chip makers such as Intel and AMD don't quite understand the needs of web behemoths like his company …
Yahoo It Was You:
Yahoo! France striking today  —  Despite multiplying its profit by more than 300% in the third quarter of 2009, mostly through cost-cutting, Yahoo! is planning to lay-off all its engineers currently located in France.  This would put an end to the Yahoo! R&D centre in Grenoble inaugurated …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Zulily raises $4.6M as it looks to launch shopping site for moms  —  Mark Vadon and Darrell Cavens were part of the first e-commerce revolution as two of the early executives at Blue Nile, the Seattle online diamond retailer.  Now, the two Internet pioneers are cooking up a new idea …
MediaShift:
Lessons Learned from Tweeting a Biker Gang Trial  —  We fell into Twitter somewhat accidentally in our newsroom at the London Free Press in Ontario, Canada.  —  The Bandidos biker gang trial was going to be a big one for the Free Press.  We'd extensively covered the crime when it first happened …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Nvidia CEO Not Above Celebrating Intel's Misfortune [Memo]  —  A number of tech companies are rejoicing over the Federal Trade Commission's complaint against Intel today, none more so than Nvidia.  —  A top player in the market for graphics processing units, Nvidia stands to gain quite a bit …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EA to launch three big franchise games on the iPhone  —  Electronic Arts continues its offensive on the iPhone today as it announces the impending launches of three major games on the iPhone: Need for Speed Shift, Spore Creatures, and the Simpsons game.  —  All three games could be called second-generation iPhone games.
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenID Ends 2009 With 1 Billion Users  —  At the close of a whiz-bang year, OpenID has a lot to be proud of.  —  With a community of 9 million sites that use OpenID logins and 1 billion individual users, OpenID has effectively revolutionized the way we are able to create and maintain portable identities.
 
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Ariel David / Associated Press:
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