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8:20 PM ET, December 22, 2009

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Nielsen Wire:
Top Mobile Phones, Sites and Brands for 2009  —  The iPhone and various Blackberry handhelds dominated the mobile device market, while Google, Yahoo! and YouTube led the way as far as most accessed sites and brands on the mobile web.  —  Top 10 Mobile Phones in Use (U.S.) - January -October 2009 RANK Device Embedded Base of
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Dave Rosenberg / CNET News:   LG, RIM top Apple in number of phone users
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement Regarding the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Ruling in the i4i Case  —  Statement by Kevin Kutz, Director of Public Affairs, Microsoft  —  We have just learned that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied our appeal in the i4i case.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft loses its appeal in $200-million-plus Custom XML patent infringement case  —  Microsoft is going to have to cease providing Custom XML as part of its Office suite, as it has lost its appeal to overturn a patent-infringement verdict awarded to Toronto-based i4i for that technology.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Epic Demonstrates Unreal Engine 3 for the iPod Touch/iPhone 3GS  —  Buy the Apple MC011LL/A iPod Touch 64GB Screen  —  I got together with Mark Rein last week and he showed me an Unreal Engine 3 tech demo running on a 3rd generation iPod Touch.  The same Unreal Engine 3 that powers Gears of War 2, running on an iPod Touch.
Telegraph:
Facebook fuelling divorce, research claims  —  Facebook is being cited in almost one in five of online divorce petitions, lawyers have claimed.  —  The social networking site, which connects old friends and allows users to make new ones online, is being blamed for an increasing number of marital breakdowns.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The $75 Tablet Computer  —  Designer Yves Behar shares images and details from One Laptop Per Child's flashy PC plans.  —  Take a look at the designs for what could someday be the world's cheapest PC, and you may start to wish you were a third-grade child in Burundi.
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Business Wire:   One Laptop Per Child Drives Breakthrough Advances in Revolutionary …
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Vaporware 2009: Inhale the Fail  —  Take a deep breath and savor the sweet stench of disappointment.  It's time for another installment of Wired.com's Vaporware Awards.  —  This is the 12th year we've offered our annual roundup of the tech industry's biggest, brashest and most baffling unfulfilled promises.
Discussion: Blue's News
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Israeli programmer hacks Kindle, breaks DRM protection  —  Nothing makes you feel like you truly own your media and content like being able to do almost whatever you want with it.  We're already used to DRM for our MP3s and the limitations it puts on device selection and sharing …
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Macon Phillips / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Introducing the New Cybersecurity Coordinator  —  Today the White House announced the President's new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, Howard Schmidt.  —  President Barack Obama greets his new White House Cyber Security Chief Howard A. Schmidt in the Cross Hall of the White House.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Red Hat's Q3 earnings defy gravity  —  Someone needs to let the folks in Raleigh know we're in a down economy still.  While much of the tech market lingers in the doldrums, Red Hat announced another strong earnings report for its fiscal third quarter 2010.  —  Here are some of the headline numbers:
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Android App Market Splinters  —  Netbook and tablet manufacturers are launching app stores for Android devices.  How many Android stores are too many?  —  Google designed its mobile operating system, Android, so anyone could grab the code and inject it into a product.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The World Is Flat For Twitter, As In Global Growth Has Stalled  —  Twitter's international traffic continues to flatten as the microblogging site's number of unique visitors flattened in November.  Twitter saw 60.3 million unique visitors in November compared to 58.3 million unique visitors in October.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Twitter's Biz Stone Looks Back at 2009 and Forward to 2010 …
Arn / MacRumors:
More Evidence of iPhone OS 4.0 Already in Testing  —  Last week we saw the first evidence that iPhone 4.0 was in testing with reports that it was already being spotted in web site logs.  We pointed out at the time that while interesting, such user agent logs could easily be faked.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Firefox for mobile ready to debut  —  The mobile browser has been in development for the last year and a half  —  The first mobile phone version of the popular web browser Firefox is “days away” from launch, the head of the project has told the BBC.  —  The browser, codenamed Fennec …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Options Jump On Takeover Rumors (NFLX, AMZN)  —  Netflix (NFLX) option activity is jumping as scuttlebutt says the company could be a takeover target.  —  Earlier today, Reuters reporter Anupreeta Das tweeted “Netflix-Amazon rumor doing rounds of options market again.”
Chris / cdixon.org:
Google should open source what actually matters: their search ranking algorithm  —  Websites live or die based on how a small group of programmers at Google decide their sites should rank in Google's main search results.  As the “router” of the vast majority of traffic on the internet …
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Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
BitGravity Co-Founder Announces 3Crowd, Funded By Jay Adelson And Kevin Rose  —  3Crowd Technologies, Barrett Lyon's new stealth startup, has announced that the company has received funding from Storm Ventures, Greenwich Technology Associates and angels Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson participating as well.
Discussion: Verbophobia and blog.3crowd.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Warner Music in Video Deal With Hulu; Second Label After EMI  —  Hulu is looking more and more like a mini-Vevo competitor: after a deal with EMI, done last month before Vevo's launch, Warner Music (not part of Vevo JV) has just announced a deal Hulu.  Among the Warner labels …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone price wars begin - massive discounts hit France...  France is Europe's healthiest iPhone market because the device has been sold there by multiple carriers, driving sales higher - now carriers there are slashing prices on the product, applying steep discounts against the regular price.
Bing / Search Blog:
Bing...life should be easier  —  Holiday season is in full swing.  And what a great time of year it is - the snow is flying, people are heading out on vacation to spend time with family and friends, and everyone's got some last minute things to do.  At Bing, our goal is to make your life …
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Russians Wary of Cyrillic Web Domains  —  MOSCOW — The Kremlin has long been irritated by the way the United States dominates the Internet, all the way down to the ban on using Cyrillic for Web addresses — even kremlin.ru has to be demeaningly rendered in English.
Kate O'Brien / mobilesyrup.com:
Nokia Beta Labs intros “Nokia Image Space”  —  Nokia Beta Labs is back again with a new project.  This time it's called “Nokia Image Space” and it's a “solution for showing a new view to your photos, as well as to those from your friends and other people”.  Confused?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Twitter/FriendFeed Connection Goes Realtime Once Again  —  It has been a sad few months on FriendFeed following their acquisition by Facebook.  Despite assurances that FriendFeed would not die, activity has dwindled and many users have moved on.  While the service was still working …
Chloe Albanesius / Gearlog:
Acer Unveils Ultra-Thin Timeline Series for Business Users  —  Acer on Tuesday introduced its new TravelMate Timeline series of ultra-thin notebooks intended for business customers.  —  The three versions of the device - the 8571, 8471, and 8371 - include 6-cell batteries that promise …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Comcast settles P2P throttling class-action for $16 million  —  Comcast has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over the throttling of P2P connections that had users up in arms in late 2007 and 2008.  The company still stands behind its controversial methods for “managing” network traffic …
Discussion: TorrentFreak and TG Daily
 
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Michael Schmitt / RAIN:
RAIN 12/22: Students create Net radio app for Ford's in-dash web system
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Sprint, LG, Microsoft To Intro WinMo WiMax Phone?
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com
David Lawsky / MediaFile:
From science fiction to desktop for telepresence
Tameka Kee / mocoNews:
Digital Chocolate's Trip Hawkins: Offerpal Is Still A Good Partner …
Discussion: Inside Social Games
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bump Shares Its Phone Tapping, Data Swapping Technology With A New API
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The Typekit Blog:
Customize your WordPress blog with Typekit fonts
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Accused ‘Wolverine’ pirate calls charges ‘ridiculous’
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 Earlier Items: 
Nick Spence / Computerworld:
Autodesk launches Smoke 2010 for Mac OS X (Updated)
Mark Gibbs / Network World:
Tynt, a whole new set of Web metrics
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
As Microsoft Warily Eyes Google Buying Spree, Will It Jump …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
The U.S. Can Look To Europe To See What The iPhone's Future Will Be Here
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Telegraph, Thanks:atul
Roberto Mateu / Opera Labs:
Opera 10.5 pre-alpha for Labs