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8:00 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
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.
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 …
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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.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:   Apple orders 10-inch tablet displays and robust glass panels
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
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  —  Flurry evaluated download growth driven by Christmas across the leading Apple and Android devices, as well as their respective app stores, pulling a sample that represents approximately 10% of all download volume in the App Store and Android Market.
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 …
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: Engadget, TUAW, Gizmodo and Business Week
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.
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
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Will Hulu Become a Blockbuster?  —  Hulu has grown a huge audience this year, but what happens when you compare its business to the feature film world?  The social media marketing firm Buzzpoint sent us a well-designed yet daunting infographic they made while wondering when Hulu might finally become a …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Fun: FirstFollower Identifies Any Twitter User's First Follower  —  Who was the first person to follow you on Twitter?  According to the app FirstFollower.com, mine was someone I never followed back until today!  Chances are you're already following your first follower …
Discussion: Mashable! and Twittercism
Gary Merson / HDGURU.Com:
DirecTV To Launch A 3D Channel-HD Guru Exclusive  —  (December 28, 2009) DirecTV intends to launch the first US 3D HDTV channel early next year.  The satellite TV provider plans to make the announcement at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7th.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista, SlashGear and DVICE
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Don't Steal This: Xbox 360 Thief Tracked by Gamertag  —  Steal an Xbox 360, don't forget to disable the auto sign-in feature before going online.  That's the lesson high-tech crooks are probably gleaning from today's New York Post brief about a thief, 22-year-old Jeremy Gilliam …
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 …
eMarketer:
How Alike Are Android and iPhone Users?  —  Android users act a lot like iPhone owners  —  Awareness of the Android mobile operating system is rising, and users have a lot in common with iPhone fans, according to research from comScore and Compete.  —  comScore found that 37% of US mobile users had heard of Android in November 2009.
Discussion: App Advice, Mashable! and TUAW
Jason Min / Facebook Blog:
A New Help Center for 2010  —  When you need help using Facebook, we want it to be as easy as a click for you to get it.  Our Help Center offers a central resource for you to find answers to common questions and learn more about using Facebook.  —  Recently, we introduced a more streamlined design …
Discussion: The Next Web
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Students power BlackBerry growth  —  Young people are becoming one of the largest sources of growth for BlackBerry, as students turn to the traditionally corporate devices to feed their instant messaging and texting needs.  —  BlackBerry's sudden popularity on university campuses has taken many by surprise …
Discussion: Fone Arena, Thanks:tim
 
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Imeem Fined $1.77M — More Than Its Sale Price
Jay Adelson / Digg Blog:
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Roku's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Porn Policy
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Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
As books go beyond printed page to multisensory experience, what about reading?
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Smart-grid spending to hit $200 billion by 2015
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
VeVite Taps Into Twitter For Event Invitations
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
ISPs Won't Give You Broadband, Won't let Anyone Else, Either …
Zee / The Next Web:
133,000 Member Facebook Group is One Big Scam
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Jon Brodkin / PC World:
Tech Mergers and Acquisitions to Grow in 2010
Rohit Khare / TechCrunch:
Privacy Theater: Why Social Networks Only Pretend To Protect You
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