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1:25 AM ET, December 28, 2009

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Laura Northrup / The Consumerist:
AT&T Customer Service: “New York City Is Not Ready For The iPhone”  —  AT&T has apparently found a workable solution to the reported data congestion in New York City.  They've quietly stopped selling the iPhone to customers in the New York metropolitan area, at least from their web site.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AT&T, the iPhone, and New York City's Newly Discovered Fraud Epidemic.  What Doesn't Add Up?  —  Live in New York City?  Want to buy an iPhone?  Don't try ordering one from AT&T's Web site: The wireless carrier, at least for now, won't sell New Yorkers a new phone online, citing “increased fraudulent activity”.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
WTF: AT&T Stops Online NY iPhone Sales Due to Network Frailty?  —  Consumerist is investigating readers' complaints regarding the inability to purchase an iPhone through AT&T's website when using an NY zip code.  So far they've discovered that, according to a CS rep: “New York is not ready for the iPhone.”
Discussion: TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Analyzing Facebook's Forthcoming Redesign  —  Last week, a source emailed us two screenshots of Facebook's forthcoming redesign.  While it's still a work in progress, it shows some simple yet major enhancements that reveal where the world's largest social network with over 350 million subscribers might be headed.
Discussion: All Facebook
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Innolux to supply panels for Apple tablet  —  Innolux, the panel-making subsidiary of the Foxconn Group, will be the initial supplier of touch panels for Apple's tablet PC, with Wintek standing a change of becoming a second supplier at a later time, according to sources from Apple's component suppliers.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Sorry, Shoppers, but Why Can't Amazon Collect More Tax?  —  BEFORE settling on Seattle as the home of Amazon.com, the founder, Jeff Bezos, considered placing the company on an Indian reservation near San Francisco.  “This way, we could have access to talent without all the tax consequences …
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's blog:
Self-Proclaimed Social Media Gurus on Twitter Multiplying Like Rabbits  —  In May 09 when we first used Tweepsearch to count of the Twitter bios of self-proclaimed social media gurus, experts, superstars and ninjas there were 4,487.  A mere seven months later, we were shocked to see that there are now nearly 16.000.
Marion Maneker / Washington Post:
E-books spark battle inside the publishing industry  —  The evolution of publishing from print to digital has caused a schism in the reading world.  There are now two constituencies: readers (and writers) on the one hand, and the publishing world on the other.  And they don't want to hear each other.
Discussion: TeleRead
Boy Genius Report:
GV Mobile 2.0 first look  —  It's pretty simple: Apple's iPhone OS is basically the only major smartphone operating system without an official or unofficial Google Voice client.  We used to have GV Mobile and VoiceCentral, but as we all know, those were abruptly removed from the App Store …
Chris Jacob / Gizmodo:
The New, Terrifying, No-Electronics US Flight Security Rules  —  That failed terrorist attack yesterday might make international flights a whole lot less enjoyable.  Passengers are reporting that new restrictions are in place.  Among them: No electronics allowed.  Updated:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Expanding iWork In The Cloud?  —  A year ago Apple launched iWork.com in beta, which allowed users of their office suite of applications to publish documents online.  It's a light feature set compared to Google Docs and Office 10 - just viewing and commenting.
Nick Douglas / lalawag:
Twitter Is Profitable.  Your Argument Is Invalid.  —  Oh.  Thank.  God.  Twitter's deals with Google and Microsoft (letting the two companies search Twitter in real-time) total $25 million and make the company profitable for 2009, according to BusinessWeek.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
The 10 best new Firefox add-ons of 2009  —  This past year felt like a rebuilding year for Firefox add-ons, with two new frameworks implemented to help guide the future of extensions.  Personas gave Firefox on-the-fly theme-switching, and users can expect it to be part of the stable version of Firefox 3.6 when that gets released.
Discussion: Computerworld and TechSpot
 
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