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12:00 PM ET, December 25, 2009

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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 islate.com back in 2007.  Apparently, the Cupertino company registered the domain through brand protection firm Mark Monitor …
Reuters:
Apple shares hit new high on tablet excitement
Discussion: CNET News and Boy Genius Report
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
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
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 rc3.org
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.
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
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” …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Is Coming Back To The iPhone Via The Browser, Thanks To VoiceCentral  —  Last summer, when Apple pulled third-party Google Voice applications from the App Store, one of them was VoiceCentral.  Apple's subsequent rejection of the official Google Voice app spurred an FCC investigation …
Sherri / philosecurity:
Our Google Government  —  Recently I saw an ad which read:  —  Google and State Gov  —  “Over 60% of the U.S. state governments have gone Google.”  —  Does this mean that we've now handed the majority of our state governments' operational data to a single privately-controlled company …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Early Holiday Gift For Googlers: $2.3 Billion
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Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Qualcomm COO resigns to take CEO job elsewhere
 

 
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