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2:00 PM ET, December 26, 2009


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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple ‘iSlate’ Trademark and What is a ‘Magic Slate’?  —  After we broke the news yesterday that Apple had acquired, other pieces to the puzzle seemed to fall into place.  Notably, TechCrunch found that iSlate had been registered as a trademark by an unknown Delaware company …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple's New Tablet To Be Baptized iSlate?  Let's Dig A Little Deeper  —  Nice scoop by MacRumors, which reportedly retrieved historical evidence that Apple has acquired the domain name back in 2007.  Apparently, the Cupertino company registered the domain through brand protection firm Mark Monitor …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Wonder Of Apple's Tablet  —  In 2007, just prior to its launch, I was absolutely positive I wasn't going to buy an iPhone.  My rationale was that I didn't even like using a cellphone, so why would I want a $600 one?  What I wanted was a touch screen iPod — basically, an iPhone without the phone.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Reuters
Kindle Review:
NYTimes misuses Kindle Review stats to attack the Kindle  —  The NYTimes' Bits Blog has an article using Kindle Review statistics to attack the Kindle.  —  It's a perfect example of why people are losing faith in newspapers.  —  Here's what the ‘Is Amazon Working Backward’ article by Nick Bilton does -
Discussion: Bits and TeleRead
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Learning from bad graphs and weak analysis  —  Yesterday's Times features a blog post about the Kindle.  There's a lot wrong with the post (which hopefully has been corrected by the time you read this) and I thought I'd point out two useful lessons.  Nick Bilton, the author of the post …
Stefanie Olsen / New York Times:
Helping Children Find What They Need on the Internet  —  When Benjamin Feshbach was 11 years old, he was given a brainteaser: Which day would the vice president's birthday fall on the next year?  —  Benjamin, now 13, said he typed the question directly into the Google search box, to no avail.
Discussion: Techmamas
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nook fails to communicate, download purchased ebooks  —  You didn't think the whole Nook saga was over, did you?  After just succeeding in delivering devices to expectant pre-orderers in time for Christmas, Barnes and Noble is today cleaning up yet another mess courtesy of its ill-prepared content servers.
Discussion: Gadgetell and Erictric
Chris Williams / The Register:
Software fraudster ‘fooled CIA’ into terror alert  —  Spooks ‘f*cking livid’  —  A con man fooled US spooks into grounding international flights by selling them “technology” to decode al-Qaeda messages hidden in TV broadcasts, it's claimed.  —  A long and highly entertaining Playboy article explains …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Enough Waiting — It's Time for Amazon to Buy Netflix  —  Like an old sports injury, the rumor of Amazon buying Netflix seems to flare up once every few months.  It happened again this week when a Reuters reporter tweeted about its impact on stock-options trading, and the meme gained traction when other blogs ran with it.
TJ Luoma / TUAW:
Is Google Voice available for the iPhone?  —  Need a refresher on the Google Voice and Apple saga?  Let's recap the story to date:  —  Apple pulled all Google Voice related apps from the App Store back in July, which led to an FCC inquiry, which led Apple to claim they had not rejected but were …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flixup Brings Its Movie Tweet Aggregator To The Web For The Holiday Movie Season  —  At our Realtime CrunchUp in November, Bazaar Labs showed off their iPhone application Flixup, which scans Twitter to create aggregate scores for movies.  Tonight, just in time for the busy Christmas movie-going season …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Angie / Women 2.0:
Women 2.0's Female Founder Successes of 2009  —  This has been perhaps one of the more challenging years we've seen.  Still, we've been celebrating successes on Twitter at @women2 and below.  Are you a female founder with a success to celebrate in 2009?  Join the list - here's how …
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC chief Leibowitz now watches over firms he once lobbied for
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Facebook Privacy Problem? Advertisers Yawn.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
EMusic mulls sale as digital market shifts
Discussion: paidContent
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Why so few paid apps on Android? Blame Google Checkout
Frances Dinkelspiel / New York Times:
With High-End Meal Perks, Facebook Keeps Up Valley Tradition
Discussion: Gawker
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Lara Farrar / CNN:
Micro-blogs in China: Tweeting through the Great Firewall
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Macs top Amazon's ‘Most Gifted’ list
Discussion: Electronista, VoIP Watch and 9 to 5 Mac
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Basically Every ISP Is Trying to Scare You Into Paying for Internet You Don't Need
Justin Scheck / Digits:
Critics of H-P Software Soften Their Stance
Discussion: The Next Bench

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