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2:50 PM ET, December 25, 2009


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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Purchased in 2007.  Apple's New Tablet Called iSlate?  —  With rumors of the Apple tablet reaching new highs, MacRumors has found evidence that Apple acquired the domain name presumably in preparation for the new device.  —  The domain was originally registered …
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 …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and SlashGear
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Basically Every ISP Is Trying to Scare You Into Paying for Internet You Don't Need  —  You thought AT&T was screwing unsuspecting customers into paying obscene bandwidth bills with ridiculous claims of stuff you can't do?  Time Warner says you can't have 3 people on the internet without at least 15Mbps.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Macs top Amazon's ‘Most Gifted’ list  —  Some computer wishes seem to have come true this holiday season  —  Last time we looked — on the eve of Cyber Monday — there was a conspicuous discrepancy in Amazon's (AMZN) computer department between the “Most Wished For” and “Most Gifted” machines.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Discussion: Apple and VoIP Watch
Schneier on Security:
Intercepting Predator Video  —  Sometimes mediocre encryption is better than strong encryption, and sometimes no encryption is better still.  —  The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Iraqi, and possibly also Afghan, militants are using commercial software to eavesdrop on U.S. Predators …
Discussion: CrunchGear and
Surfdaddy Orca /
By Thought Alone: Mind Over Keyboard  —  Why bother to type a document using a keyboard when you can write it by simply thinking about the letters you need to type?  —  A brain wave study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society shows that people with electrodes …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Want to connect your iPhone and Bluetooth keyboard?  There's a (jailbroken) app for that (Update: video!)  —  The wait has been long, but now there's finally a means by which to connect your dear, yet almost buttonless, iPhone or iPod touch to a Bluetooth keyboard for some more intense finger tapping action.
Discussion: Communications … and Digits
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
A year out, where's RIAA's promised ISP help?  —  A decade after the rise of Napster and a year after promising a new antipiracy strategy, the Recording Industry Association of America appears to be floundering on the piracy front.  —  The plan the trade group for the four largest recording companies adopted …
Discussion: Electronista and DSLreports
Justin Scheck / Digits:
Critics of H-P Software Soften Their Stance  —  Two people named Desi and Wanda recently set off an uproar with a YouTube video claiming that Hewlett-Packard computers are racist, based on the performance of the company's facial-recognition software.  After a discussion with the company, they seem to be backing down a bit.
Discussion: New blog articles …
Lara Farrar / CNN:
Micro-blogs in China: Tweeting through the Great Firewall  —  Beijing, China (CNN) — A handful of homegrown micro-blogging sites emerged about the same time Twitter started to gain a small, yet steadily growing, share of Chinese Internet users, beginning about 2007, around a year after Twitter was launched in the U.S. in 2006.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
New York Daily News Takes “Major” Stake In Content Aggregator Service Loud3r  —  It is the year of low-cost content creators and aggregators.  In that vein, Loud3r, a company that had to reboot earlier this year after some early missteps, has now raised a “multi-million” …
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Memory chip shortage seen in H2 2010: DRAMeXchange
Discussion: DigiTimes, TG Daily and Maximum PC
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Texas County to Name Drunk Drivers on Twitter
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SCVNGR Raises $4 Million From Google Ventures
Discussion: Pulse2 and mocoNews, Thanks:daniel_levine
Sherri / philosecurity:
Our Google Government  —  Recently I saw an ad which read:
Discussion: VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes/MySpace Mystery Solved: A Christmas Miracle!
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Footprint: real-time web stats, for free
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Early Holiday Gift For Googlers: $2.3 Billion
Discussion: SFGate