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5:20 PM ET, December 28, 2009

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Mark Davies / IBTimes.co.uk:
Google Chrome OS-based netbook tech specs are out  —  London - Believe it or not - the tech specs of the rumoured Google Chrome OS-based netbook are already out and by the sound of it, the netbook looks to me like a high performance machine.  —  Even as rumours grow that Google …
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Chrome Netbook Specs Stretch Believability
Discussion: PMP Today
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.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seen selling 1.4 million $600 “Kindle Killer” tablets in 2010  —  Even before it's been validated with a formal introduction, Apple's eagerly-awaited tablet device is being positioned by some members of the investment community as a device that could sell 1.4 million units in its first 9 months …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple orders 10-inch tablet displays and robust glass panels
Discussion: Softpedia News
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Placing Orders for Tablet Components?  Connectors, 10-Inch Screen
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Code That Protects Most Cellphone Calls Is Divulged  —  BERLIN — A German computer engineer said Monday that he had deciphered and published the secret code used to encrypt most of the world's digital mobile phone calls, in what he called an attempt to expose weaknesses in the security of the world's wireless systems.
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Flurry: App Store Sees Record Breaking Christmas, 50% Growth from November to December  —  As predicted here on MobileCrunch earlier this month, Apple rocked it this holiday season, and the early numbers are showing it.  According to Flurry, the biggest mobile app analytics company …
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Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Flurry Holiday 2009 Report: App Store, iPod Touch Shatter Records
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
NYC iPhone Fraud Epidemic Solved!  AT&T Web Site Selling iPhones to New Yorkers Again.  —  Looks like AT&T has gone and “modified its promotion and distribution channels” again.  Either that or the carrier has a better handle on the “online fraudulent activity” that prevented it from selling Apple's …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
[UPDATED]AT&T, the iPhone and New York City's Newly Discovered Fraud Epidemic: What Doesn't Add Up?  —  Update: AT&T is once again accepting iPhone orders from potential customers living in Manhattan.  —  Live in New York City?  Want to buy an iPhone?  Don't try ordering one from AT&T's Web site …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Leaked: Homeland Security's Post Underwear Bomb Airplane Rules  —  You saw our unofficial advice guide to flying after the crotchbomb.  Here are the new Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration's official security rules.  Read on to get all the hairy details. … Great.
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
New TSA Rules Create Gadget Chaos In The Air
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Speculative Prehistory of the iPhone  —  Remember the very first iPhone-the one that sold for $249, had an iconic click wheel, a cool slide-out keypad, and a unique two-battery design-and which ran on Apple's very own nationwide wireless network?  No, not the iPhone that Steve Jobs unveiled …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TUAW, Business Week and ParisLemon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Is About To Get Caffeinated With A Faster Search Index  —  Google is getting serious about realtime search, adding Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace streams into results and adding a recent “updates” option which is addictive.  But behind the scenes Google is also getting ready to push out an entirely new way for indexing the Web.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and ResourceShelf
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint says webOS 1.3.5 is hitting the Pre today  —  Well, lookie here: it's not up on Palm's support site yet, but Sprint is showing a release date of December 28 — that's today, by the way — for webOS 1.3.5 on the Pre.  This is a pretty nifty little upgrade, you might recall …
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
LG LS680 with Android pops up on Sprint's system  —  Shortly after the rumors surrounding the Sprint and LG event at CES just days away, we were greeted with this little screen shot in our inbox this morning.  It looks like Sprint will be getting a LG Android handset pretty soon …
Laura June / Engadget:
Lenovo possibly developing e-book reader  —  Look, we don't like having to constantly be skeptics who don't believe in anything unless there's absolute proof of its existence... oh, wait: yes we do.  Especially in scenarios like this, where sources are unclear, a bit vague, and poorly translated.
BBC:
Tech changes ‘outstrip’ netbooks  —  Netbooks are under pressure as tech firms concentrate on mobile computing  —  Rising prices and better alternatives may mean curtains for netbooks.  —  The small portable computers were popular in 2009, but some industry watchers are convinced that their popularity is already waning.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla pushes back Firefox 3.6, 4.0 deadlines  —  Mozilla won't make a 2009 deadline for releasing Firefox 3.6 and is giving itself more time to complete a major update, version 4.0.  —  The organization behind the open-source Web browser had predicted a final release of Firefox 3.6 in December 2009 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nexus One Bluetooth desktop dock clears the FCC, car clip spotted in the wilds  —  The slow steady drip of details from the yet to be announced Nexus One continues today with a pair of accessories for the HTC / Google mashup.  Above we've got a wireframe of the portrait-mode Desktop Dock to be known as model CR B410.
Zee / The Next Web:
133,000 Member Facebook Group is One Big Scam  —  Designer Ben Pieratt spotted an eye catching group in his feed this morning.  His sister had joined a group called “WE'RE AGAINST THE 4.99 A MONTH CHARGE FOR FACEBOOK FROM JUNE 30TH 2010″.  —  Naturally intrigued …
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Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Amazon shares up after Kindle boosts e-book sales  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc shares rose on Monday after it posted strong growth in holiday season orders and said its customers bought more e-books than physical books for the first time ever on Christmas Day, thanks to its hot-selling Kindle electronic book reader.
Discussion: Guardian, eWeek, PC World and MarketBeat
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches AdWords Professionals Search  —  Tim Cohn spotted that the Google Advertising Professionals Search is now live.  It can be accessed at adwords.google.com/professionals/ search and lets you search for certified AdWords professionals based on location and budget.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Notion Ink's Adam gets a name, June 2010 release  —  Well, the first bit of news here is immediately apparent — the heretofore untitled tablet device coming out of India has now been given the name of Adam.  After ruffling a few feathers a week ago with its extremely ambitious battery life projections …
 
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Smart-grid spending to hit $200 billion by 2015
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
A Decade of Innovation: How We See the Internet 10 Years After the Boom
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Rohit Khare / TechCrunch:
Privacy Theater: Why Social Networks Only Pretend To Protect You
Discussion: broadstuff and Ångströ, Thanks:atul