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11:30 AM 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 iSlate.com, 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 …
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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 …
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: 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
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC chief Leibowitz now watches over firms he once lobbied for  —  When Jon Leibowitz was nominated in 2004 to sit on the Federal Trade Commission, critics feared that the former Hollywood lobbyist would be soft on the media and high-tech industries he used to promote.
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
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
EMusic mulls sale as digital market shifts  —  The biggest music company you've never heard of is looking to make a move.  — In the wake of several industry mergers, New York-based music site eMusic.com is examining strategic alternatives for its business, considering a sale, recapitalization …
Discussion: paidContent
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Why so few paid apps on Android?  Blame Google Checkout  —  The new monthly report on location-based apps from Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo and American location-detection technology maker Skyhook Wireless opens with a striking stat: Only 21 percent of the location-based Android mobile apps …
 
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Angie / Women 2.0:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Facebook Privacy Problem? Advertisers Yawn.
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Frances Dinkelspiel / New York Times:
With High-End Meal Perks, Facebook Keeps Up Valley Tradition
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Surfdaddy Orca / hplusmagazine.com:
By Thought Alone: Mind Over Keyboard
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Lara Farrar / CNN:
Micro-blogs in China: Tweeting through the Great Firewall
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Macs top Amazon's ‘Most Gifted’ list
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Justin Scheck / Digits:
Critics of H-P Software Soften Their Stance
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Intercepting Predator Video
Discussion: CrunchGear and rc3.org
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Want to connect your iPhone and Bluetooth keyboard? …
Discussion: TUAW, Communications … and Digits
Sherri / philosecurity:
Our Google Government  —  Recently I saw an ad which read:
Discussion: Beyond Search and VentureBeat
 

 
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