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11:10 PM ET, December 23, 2009


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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple To Demo Tablet In January, Asks Developers To Get Apps Ready (AAPL)  —  Is the long-awaited Apple tablet just weeks away?  —  Apple is preparing to show off a new, larger mobile device with a higher resolution display in January — probably a version of the Apple tablet we've been hearing …
David Gelles /
Exclusive: Apple to host event in January  —  Apple has something big up its sleeve for next month.  —  The company has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for several days in late January, according to people familiar with the plans.
Boy Genius Report:
Apple tablet definitely coming in 7″ size?  —  We're really going out on a limb here, but one of our very connected sources let us know that they've heard very solid information about Apple's upcoming tablet.  It has been widely reported recently that the size of the tablet is 10″ …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
2010: The Year of the Tablet  —  An image from an Apple tablet patent.  —  Publishers made 2009 the year of the concept newspaper and magazine.  Time Inc. teamed up with design company The Wonder Factory to create a fun concept video of the Sports Illustrated of the future.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Nexus One full specs detailed, invite-only retail sales starting January 5th?  —  We know you're itching to get your hands on a Nexus One — Google's managed to build buzz here the way only a couple companies in the world know how.  Unfortunately, it sounds like you're going to need …
Twitter Blog:
Mixing It Up at 795 Folsom St  —  In August, we previewed expanded location support for developers.  Last month we launched our Geotagging API with support from several of the top Twitter clients.  When current location is added to tweets, new and valuable services emerge …
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Mixer Labs To Step Up Geo-Location  —  Twitter CEO Ev Williams just announced on the company blog that they have acquired Mixer Labs, creators of GeoAPI.  In a nutshell, GeoAPI provides developers with the ability to query the world through services which include a reverse geocoder …
Discussion: alarm:clock
Paul Feng / Google Public Policy Blog:
An update on our AdMob acquisition  —  Since we announced our plans to acquire AdMob, we've been excited about the positive reaction — particularly from advertisers and publishers who have told us that they're enthusiastic about the possibilities for how the combination of AdMob and Google …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
F.T.C. Steps Up Scrutiny of Google's AdMob Acquisition
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft removes Custom XML features from Office 2007  —  As my colleague Mary Jo Foley reported earlier today, Microsoft has lost a crucial court judgment over technology used in Office 2007: … Registered OEM partners got a tip-off that the judgment was on its way Monday afternoon …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Web staggers under pre-Christmas DDoS attack  —  Update: A customer support representative for NeuStar, the company that provides the UltraDNS service, confirms the outage was the result of a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack.  More details below.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple thrives despite Jobs being away  —  2009 was a year for the record books for Apple.  —  Besides recording three of the most profitable quarters in company history and ending the year with $36 billion in the bank, Apple had its biggest iPhone opening weekend ever this summer.
Discussion: BetaNews and VatorNews
Associated Press:   Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes $1 salary in 2009
David Coursey / Computerworld:
Outage: Few Options for Upset BlackBerry Users  —  A second e-mail outage, even in the same week, will not be a confidence-buster for most BlackBerry users, even if it does fray the nerves.  Still, the question looms: How many more outages will Research In Motion's customers accept before large-scale defections begin?
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Research in Motion Statement Regarding December 22nd Service Outage …
HBO App Now Available From App Store  —  HBO App Now Available From App Store  —  The FINANCIAL — HBO on December 22 announced the availability of its free HBO App on the App store.  —  “Developed by Atimi Software, Inc, the new HBO App is designed to provide iPhone and iPod touch users with an in-depth …
Discussion: MediaPost and TUAW
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Qik Live Recording Finally Makes It To The iPhone (Legally)
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
FCC commish says Verizon's ETF response is ‘unsatisfying and, in some cases, troubling’  —  A member of the FCC's five-person commission, Mignon Clyburn, has sent out a letter today in response to Verizon's earlier reply regarding questions surrounding its gargantuan $350 early termination fee on so-called …
Scott Budman / NBC Bay Area:
Got Baggage?  Let Yahoo Pick it Up  —  Web giant helping out at the airport  —  Technology companies love to help the community.  It's part of what makes them beloved to Silicon Valley residents (well, that, along with their stock options and cool perks).
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Maximum PC
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Panasonic Delivering a Lithium Storage Battery That Can Power Your Home For a Week  —  After officially taking over Sanyo earlier this week, Panasonic is hitting the ground running with a joint venture aimed at developing a powerful lithium-ion storage battery than could store enough juice to power an average [Japanese] home for a week.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Will Ship Around 60,000 Nooks This Year  —  A lot more people have ordered the Barnes & Noble Nook, first announced on October 20, than the company expected (despite getting panned by the official reviewers).  The company had Foxconn, their ODM, build far fewer of them than they should have.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Next-gen iPhone w/ 5-Megapixel camera for second half 2010 - WWDC launch?  —  Taiwanese sources suggest the debut of an all-new model iPhone, equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, could coincide with the currently mooted WWDC 2010 event in June.  —  Industry sources report orders …
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
New!  Viliv N5 Clamshell Launching at CES  —  We've just been invited to see the Viliv N5 at CES.  —  4.8", 1024×600, Clamshell design, 3G, Wifi, GPS and we can probably expect Viliv's usual high quality build and battery life.  The UMID M2 has a competitor!  —  Note that the S10 is launching too.
Dan Macsaiwed / Fast Company:
Why Does Facebook Want to Suck the Fun Out of Unfriending?  —  As Facebook roars past the 350 million usermark, it's become so ubiquitous that literally everybody I know has a profile.  And even though I've accepted precisely 1,252 of their friend requests over the years …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
23AndMe Completes $27.8 Million Series B Round  —  Personal genomics startup 23andMe has recently raised another $14.2 million to close out its $27.8 million Series B round, according to regulatory filings with the SEC. The filing indicates that the new funding is an amendment …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Facebook's Sandberg Nominated To Disney Board  —  A big-name Silicon Valley addition to the Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) board.  The company just nominated Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg to its board of directors.  In a statement, Disney Chairman John Pepper says Sandberg …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mashable!
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Connected Nation, Created By Telco Lobbyists, Gets Millions In Gov't Funding To Hide Broadband Data From The Gov't  —  While many were surprised that the first few grants of broadband stimulus money did not go to the telco lobbyist boondoggle known as Connected Nation, you knew it had to come eventually.
Discussion: DSLreports
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Fun Stats: 28% Of Sites Use Google Analytics; 5% Have Facebook Or Twitter Links  —  Factual has analyzed data from 4 million web sites and provided a holiday gift for stats junkies.  Did you know 5% of pages have either a Twitter or Facebook link?  Or that 28% of sites run Google Analytics?
Discussion: Factual Blog
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
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Kodak, Samsung Agree to Negotiate Patent Dispute Settlement
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