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5:20 AM ET, December 27, 2009


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Arn / 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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Exhaustive Guide to Apple Tablet Rumors  —  The Apple tablet is almost here.  We hear.  Actually, we're hearing a whole lot lately.  With this exhaustive guide to every tablet rumor, we've got the clearest picture of the Apple tablet yet.  —  Uh, What's It Called?
Discussion: BetaNews and
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Wonder Of Apple's Tablet
Discussion: TUAW, I4U News and Reuters
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kindle Milestone: Amazon Sold More Kindle Books Than Physical Books On Xmas (AMZN)  —  Amazon's Kindle hit an important and startling milestone yesterday: On Christmas, the company sold more Kindle books than physical books.  —  Yes, this is obviously the result of everyone who got a Kindle for Christmas …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Infamous Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks just like Windows XP  —  From the Chinese pirate masters of the non-sea-faring variety comes ... Ylmf OS!  Not happy with pirating Windows XP itself, these creative Chinese have gone one step further and hacked Ubuntu to look exactly like Windows XP.
Discussion: Cloned In China
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.
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pedal Brain's Gadget Turns Your iPhone Into A Powerful Cycling Computer  —  For years, runners have been able to take advantage of Nike+, a nifty accessory that lets your iPod communicate with your shoes to turn it into a personal running coach of sorts.  Soon, cyclists will have access …
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
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.
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Location-Based Mobile Advertising Platform AdLocal Enters America, Wants To Win With Japan Know-How  —  Mobile advertising is poised to become a huge growth area, with research firm Kelsey Group seeing the market grow from just $160 million in 2008 to $3.1 billion in 2013. eMarketer projects …
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Amplification, retweeting, and the loss of source  —  Jos Schuurmans usefully coins “Amplification is the new circulation.”  And then he usefully worries about how to handle the fact that with each amplification, the link to the source becomes more tenuous.
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
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC chief Leibowitz now watches over firms he once lobbied for
Chris Williams / The Register:
Software fraudster ‘fooled CIA’ into terror alert
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flixup Brings Its Movie Tweet Aggregator To The Web For The Holiday Movie Season
Discussion: VentureBeat
Angie / Women 2.0:
Women 2.0's Female Founder Successes of 2009
 Earlier Items: 
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
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Why so few paid apps on Android? Blame Google Checkout