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6:40 PM 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 …
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Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Will Google become a hardware company in 2010?
Discussion: Technologizer and Maximum PC
BBC:
YouTube post leads to movie deal  —  A producer from Uruguay who uploaded a short film to YouTube in November 2009 has been offered a $30m (£18.6m) contract to make a Hollywood film.  —  The movie will be sponsored by director Sam Raimi, whose credits include the Spiderman and Evil Dead films.
Discussion: p2pnet, 901am and watchmojo.com
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 …
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comScore, Inc.:
Android: Crashing the Smartphone Party
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Day in the Life of NYTimes.com  —  Have you ever wondered where the readers of The New York Times's Web site come from, and what kind of devices they use to read our content?  In a past life, not too long ago, when I worked in The Times's research and development labs …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and PSFK
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
JooJoo/CrunchPad Company Responds To Mike Arrington's Lawsuit  —  Fusion Garage, the Singapore-based company behind the JooJoo tablet — formerly known as the CrunchPad — has responded to the lawsuit that TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington filed earlier this month.
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 …
Raphaël Moll / Android Developers Blog:
Knowing is half the battle  —  As a developer, I often wonder which Android platforms my applications should support,especially as the number of Android-powered devices grows.  Should my application only focus on the latest version of the platform or should it support older ones as well?
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Analytics: 15% of all Android devices are Motorola Droids
Discussion: InfoWorld and Download Squad
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.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yet Another (Very Attractive) E-Magazine Fantasy
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Next Step in the Facebook Privacy Blowback: The FTC Complaint.  The Real Question: Will Advertisers Care?  —  The clamor about Facebook's changes to its privacy policy — the ones where the social network encourages its users to abandon their privacy — is getting louder.
Discussion: The Register, VentureBeat and PC World
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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.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Says BlackBerry E-Mail Service Is Interrupted  —  Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry phone, said some North American customers using the device are experiencing problems with their e-mail service.  —  Technicians are working on the problem, the Waterloo …
Jim Goldman / CNBC.com:
RIM Soars, Stuns the Street  —  So much concern, so much talk about dealing with disappointment, and a perceived slowdown in Blackberry momentum amid so much media clamor about anything and everything Droid from Google and what does Research in Motion do?  Blows everyone away, that's what.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Shuttleworth steps down as Ubuntu CEO  —  In a morning press call on December 17th, 2009 Mark Shuttleworth announced that he was stepping down as head of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.  In his place, Jane Silber, the current Chief Operating Officer who has been with Canonical since 2004 will take over as CEO.
Royal Pingdom:
Thank you Google for the SLOOOW Internet  —  Pingdom's management team recently visited Boston, USA, for some meetings.  On their way back they had some time left over at the airport and decided to get some work done.  Nicely enough, Google is currently offering everyone free Wi-Fi …
Discussion: These are the Droids
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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel: New graphics, ‘Core’ chips coming  —  Intel on Thursday previewed new Core processors and graphics technology that will become the pillar of its mainstream chip offerings.  —  As reported previously, Intel said it will roll out new Intel Core i processors on January 7 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 leaving Redmond's help desk less busy  —  There are many ways to measure how Windows 7 is doing.  There are reports on new PC sales, tallies of boxed copy sales, and surveys of planned enterprise adoption, to name a few.  —  But one of the most encouraging signs for Microsoft …
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
AT&T Has Spent Less on Network Construction Every Quarter Since the iPhone's Launch  —  If you like your links hyper, here is that AP story, AT&T's financial sheet [PDF], and the post in which Fake Steve Jobs originally pointed out this disparity.  Namaste.  —  Send an email to Joel Johnson, the author of this post, at .
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Shopping Procrastination Ends Today, Free Shipping Day  —  There's still a week to go before Christmas, but the holiday shopping season for online buyers is about to end. … Because of the extra time required to ship products, Thursday and Friday are deadlines for standard shipping …
Discussion: Download Squad and techeblog.com
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft updating Zune HD Twitter to stop censoring tweets  —  Microsoft definitely copped some of Apple's lame App Store antics with its tweet-censoring Zune HD Twitter app, so now it's time for the infuriatingly vague PR-speak backtracking — Redmond just pinged us to say it's …
Discussion: The Mobile Gadgeteer and Switched
Michael Cheng / The Official Google Blog:
Translate Google Sites with one click  —  Google brought translation features to many of our products in 2009, including Google Docs and Gmail and we're happy to add one more before the New Year.  To make it easier for people around the globe to read the site you created with Google Sites …
The Official Google Blog:
Transliteration goes global  —  Most of us use a keyboard to enter text; it's one of the most basic activities we perform on a computer.  However even this simple activity can be cumbersome in many parts of the world.  If you've ever tried to type in a non-Roman script using a Roman keyboard, you know that it can be difficult to do.
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web Network
Nik Fletcher / Download Squad:
Palm unveils “Project Ares” webOS developer tool  —  Ever since Palm announced its webOS system earlier in the year, the company has been continually working out its approach for application development for the device.  With the App Catalog in beta for customer use, and the Mojo SDK available …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Verizon Tests 10 Gbps to the Home.  Yeah, You'll Have to Share  —  Verizon yesterday said it tested a fiber technology in its labs and a customer home that delivered 10 Gbps downstream over its FiOS network and 2.4 Gbps in upload speeds.  The technology, called XG-PON …
Discussion: Verizon and gdgt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Watch The Buzz On Bitly.TV  —  With more than two billion links a month passed through its link shortening service, bit.ly can see what is some of the most buzzed about and shared content on the Web.  Today, it is exposing the most popular videos people share through bit.ly on Bitly.TV …
Discussion: Bits, Silicon Alley Insider and bit.ly blog, Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Adds Video Streaming Support  —  BitTorrent was first released by Bram Cohen back in 2001, long before streaming video sites such as YouTube existed.  At the time, those who wanted to watch high quality video on their computers sometimes had to wait for hours or days until a download finished.
Business Wire:
Palm Reports Q2 FY 2010 Results … Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  11.72  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM - News) today reported that total revenues in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, ended Nov. 27, 2009, were $78.1 million.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Dell Lays Off 700 Workers, Dell.com Suddenly Filled with Numerous Price Mistakes  —  Simply a coincidence, or payback from scorned employees?  —  Maybe it's a coincidence, but Dell's recent round of layoffs seems to have sparked a flurry of price mistakes on Dell.com.
 
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J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
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Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
WordPress and Tumblr show iPhone Tweetie and Twitterrific …
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Kaspersky: Beware Malicious Android Programs In 2010
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Oracle tops Wall Street views with quarterly results
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nimbuzz Comes to Android. Nice.
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Telegraph:
Most influential British Twitter users revealed
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Report: The Most Active Online Are The Most Educated.
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