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11:20 AM ET, December 19, 2009


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Anil Dash:
The Twitter API is Finished.  Now What?  —  Update: We've got some results already!  Joseph Scott at Automattic mentions in the comments that he's added RSD support for the Twitter API to  I should also make clear that I am very confident that we'll be building apps on top …
Discussion: Workbench, Thanks:atul
WordPress 2.9, oh so fine  —  Filed under Releases.  —  I want to make you mine, all the time... oh wait.  Hello.  I'm here on behalf of the entire WordPress development team and community to announce the immediate availability of WordPress version 2.9 “Carmen” named in honor …
Zee / The Next Web:
Wordpress 2.9 is out.  —  It's out.  The world's most popular blogging engine has released it's latest update and there's a little something for everyone.  —  Along with a mass of bug and security fixes, Wordpress highlights the following as the major geek candy:
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Reality check: Rackspace's cloud goes down; A few blog sites notice  —  You'd think that an outage at Rackspace crippled the Internet and left us peering outside our cubicles left to actually talk to real people or something.  The reality: Rackspace had another unfortunate outage that happened …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rackspace Goes Down.  Again.  Takes The Internet With It.  Again.  —  Another day, another Rackspace outage.  The hosting company had a complete and total failure today that took down a number of big sites on the Internet, including ours.  This has been happening all too often in recent months, including downtime just last month.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Twitter's own account caused blackout, says DNS provider  —  Twitter's authorized account made changes to DNS records, shunting users to hacker site, says Dyn Inc.  —  Computerworld - Hackers redirected's traffic to a rogue Web site for more than an hour early today by accessing …
Mac Clone Computer Maker Psystar To Shutter  —  SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Psystar Corp. is in the process of closing down its operations, a move that follows a court decision earlier in the week barring it from selling products already found to have violated Apple Inc. (AAPL) copyrights.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Experimenting With Browser Login For Chrome OS  —  Google has made a change to Chrome OS to move the user login from the machine to the browser.  Our guess is Google is, or will eventually use, Google Friend Connect to facilitate login.  —  The feature was first mentioned on October 13 …
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Facebook Feeds Begin Showing Up on YouTube's Homepage  —  You might have noticed that YouTube's been getting a lot more social lately.  We've launched several features in the last few months that let you better connect with the platforms that matter most to you (and discover new videos you're likely to love in the process).
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Open House?  Google Has Also Been Eying Trulia in Real Estate Search Play.  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  According to sources close to the situation, along with its pending bid for Yelp, Google has been in on-again, off-again acquisition talks with Trulia, the real estate search engine.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Sex, porn, Jacko top kids' searches in 2009  —  Sex, porn, and Michael Jackson were among the most popular items kids searched for online in 2009, as tracked by Symantec's OnlineFamily.Norton.  —  Symantec on Thursday revealed the top 100 favorite search terms among children 18 and under found …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon Kindle DX out of stock  — yesterday trumpeted that December is already its best sales month ever for its Kindle electronic readers, and tried to further juice sales with a free shipping offer on its $259 basic Kindle.  But the company has also quietly run out of its other reader, the large-screen Kindle DX.
Louis Gray:
Growing Grumblings on Tech News Don't Address Incentives  —  If you are the subject of the news, people will judge your actions and how you react to being in the spotlight.  If you are the distributor of the news, how you message that news, and how accurately you report that news, will also be dissected.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Quicktime Vets Bring Mobile Video And Photo Sharing With Thwapr (Beta Launch)  —  Sharing videos on the Web is easy: Upload to YouTube or Facebook, send out a link.  Sharing videos on mobile phones is still a pain.  The iPhone tries to make it easier by letting you upload directly to YouTube …
Philip Willan / PC World:
Italy contemplates Web restrictions after Berlusconi attack  —  The proposal comes after a Facebook fan page draws thousands of users following the attack  —  The Italian government has proposed introducing new restrictions on the Internet after a Facebook fan page for the man …
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Score Two Wins Against Software Patents  —  I have to keep reminding myself that some things just take a long time.  My rampage against software patents continues and, while my efforts around the StartupVisa have dominated my “government time” in the past quarter, I've still got my eye …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Responds To FCC Inquiry On ETFs, Erroneous $1.99 Fee  —  And the excuses are just as lame as you thought they'd be...  · fcc  · business  · wireless  —  As we've been covering, the FCC recently sent a latter to Verizon asking them to explain why they just doubled …
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Brian Wheeler / BBC:
Chinese plan to meter net traffic
Discussion: p2pnet
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Russian ISP Blocking Political Opposition Websites
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Policy Watch: Facebook Targets Dubious Subscription and Download Ads …
Sales of music video games plummet in 2009
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Trident Gum Turns Fan Tweets into Full-Page USA Today Ad
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Conviva CEO Swap Official; Feher In, Co-Founder Zhang To Chief Scientist
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Won't Be The Only One Selling Kindle Books Next Year (AMZN)
Discussion: Kindle Review
Steve Smith / MediaPost:
Having The Big Cookie Talk
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Grabs Plaxo's CTO To “Turbocharge” The Opening Of The Social Web
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Skype Talks Cooperation With Avaya
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