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3:55 PM ET, December 29, 2009


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David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile “Officially” Confirms Google Phone  —  Update: Our sources are confirming a January 5th date, 9am, ordering through Google ONLY.  Sadly, still no word on pricing.  —  T-Mobile has gone and made their expected support of the Google Phone aka Nexus One “official” this morning, albeit in a vague sort of way.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Announces Jan. 5 Android Event  —  This just in: Google will host an Android press gathering at its global HQ on Jan. 5 (click on image below to enlarge).  Presumably, the event will have something to do with the company's Nexus One, an Android phone that Google plans to sell …
Arn / MacRumors:
Another Buried Apple Trademark - ‘iGuide’ as Another Name or Service for iSlate?  —  With the revelation that Apple had acquired the domain and iSlate trademarks, it seemed clear to us that iSlate was the likely name for Apple's upcoming tablet computer.
Hans / QuickPWN:
iSlate is an eBook reader by Apple, not a Tablet  —  Many rumors of Apple launching an Apple tablet, which is believed to be a large tablet version of the iPhone/iPod touch have been spreading around.  The latest rumor suggests that it will be called an iSlate.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
It Was a Facebook Christmas; Site Hits #1 in US For First Time  —  Christmas is a holiday that brings people together, so perhaps it should be no surprise that Facebook has become a part of millions of peoples' Christmas experiences.  For the first time in its history, Facebook was the #1 …
Magic Mouse helps Apple double share of market in 8 weeks  —  Apple's new Magic Mouse helped Apple see a twofold increase in its share of domestic mice sales last month, AppleInsider has learned, garnering the Mac maker a double-digit slice of the market for the first time ever.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Nokia Increases Scope of Patent Complaints to Include ‘Virtually All’ Apple Products  —  The legal battle between Nokia and Apple has been ratcheted up another notch today with Nokia's announcement that it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) …
Azaria Jagger / Gawker:
Escaped Inmate Taunts Cops with Facebook Pictures and Status Updates  —  Remember how, in Catch Me If You Can, fugitive Leonardo DiCaprio kept calling Detective Tom Hanks to taunt him?  Here is a convicted burglar doing the same thing, in real time on Facebook.  Should we celebrate or fear him?
Discussion: All Facebook and
Neil Fraser's News:
Google Multivac  —  In 1958 Isaac Asimov wrote a short story titled “All the Troubles of the World” (included in the collection “Nine Tomorrows").  It described a world transformed by Multivac, a giant all-knowing computer.  Asimov died in 1992, a mere four years before Larry and Sergey started …
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Apple drops MacBook to $899 for students  —  Just a quick note that the online Apple Store has quietly dropped their white MacBook from $949 to $899 for students, teachers, and faculty members.  Some buyers are even seeing pricing as low as $728, according to Engadget.
Discussion: Macworld, Engadget and Macsimum News
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
‘Welcome to Macintosh’ hits CNBC Jan 4  —  ‘Welcome to Macintosh’, the independent documentary highlighting Apple Inc.'s history and following, is to make its exclusive North American television premiere on CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, on Monday, January 4 at 9:30PM ET.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Ford becomes first automaker to offer HD Radio with iTunes tagging  —  If you thought the automakers would be leaving CES to the TV and PMP makers, Ford would like to have a word with you.  A few words, actually.  Aside from announcing that in-car WiFi will be available next year …
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Rumor: 8GB iPhone 3GS Imminent?  —  Could Apple be giving the iPhone 3G the slip, replacing the $99 model with an 8GB iPhone 3GS?  It certainly seemed plausible when we first heard about it, and now a forum-dweller has received packaging suggesting it could be true.
Netflix Envoy to Wary Hollywood Pitches Web-Viewed Film Rentals to Studios  —  Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) — Netflix Inc. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos bypassed Hollywood to jumpstart the company's online film-rental business last year.  Now he has to convince the studios the company is a friend and not a foe.
Discussion: paidContent
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Ten years of BlackBerry  —  The year is 1999.  Bill Clinton is the President of the United States, gas is 94 cents a gallon, Bondi Blue iMacs are a staple in dorm rooms across the country, and Microsoft is trying to bring the desktop Windows experience to the pocket, pushing its Palm-size PC concept …
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool and blogs, Thanks:atul
Kevin Helliker / Wall Street Journal:
Daring to Live Your Life Offline  —  When reporting a story, I sometimes need to find a particular kind of person—someone who's battling cancer, or who recently switched banks, or who owns both a Chevy pickup and Toyota sedan.  —  At such moments, I call my brother Keith, a telecommunications worker in eastern Kansas.
The story of Totlol  —  Prelude - a trap set up by Google Every start-up has a story.  This is the story of Totlol.  Because I did everything myself, it is also the story of almost two years of my life.  It's the story of a flourishing service into which I put tons of work.
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
O2 says sorry for snags in London network  —  has apologised to customers who could not make phone calls because the mobile operator's London network was overwhelmed by bandwidth-hungry smartphones.  —  Ronan Dunne told the Financial Times he was disappointed with O 2 's network performance in London since the summer.
DIRECTV HD and Movie Choices to Get a Lift With Successful Satellite Launch  —  DIRECTV 12 Boosts Satellite Fleet's Capacity to More Than 200 HD Channels; Begins Operation First Half of Next Year  —  As the DIRECTV 12 satellite soars into space following its successful launch today …
Gary Merson / HDGURU.Com:
DirecTV To Launch A 3D Channel-HD Guru Exclusive
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Mr. iFart appeals to Steve Jobs  —  The developer of the iPhone's No. 1 flatulence app says Apple's policies stink  —  UPDATE: Apple on Monday quietly approved Joel Comm's Ka-Ching Button app, one month after he posted his video appeal.  —  “We added a simple options button that lets people select …
Discussion: and The iPhone Blog
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Google's Chrome OS Cited as Likely Hacker Vehicle  —  The HTML 5 technology intended to power Google's forthcoming computer operating system can access a PC online or off, warns security vendor McAfee  —  Google's computer operating system, due to be released next year …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Verizon sees rise of ‘slate’ computers in 2010  —  Verizon is looking closely at “slate” computers as it plans to expand its portfolio of offerings in 2010.  —  In an interview, Brian Ullem, who heads emerging devices for Verizon Wireless, discussed slate computers (aka tablets) …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Palm smartphone pops up in WiFi certification database: is this Verizon's Pre?  —  Look, let's not beat around the bushes — Verizon Wireless will one day stock Palm's Pre.  It's a rather well documented fact, and at this point the only real question is “when?”
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Upgrades Notes Application To Post Feed Images  —  Over the weekend I noticed a small tweak to Facebook's Notes application for blog feeds that are automatically imported: images are now included in the feed stories.  It's a small upgrade and it may have been added more than a week ago …
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Mobile Phone Encryption Crack Downplayed by GSMA
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple sells 1.8million-2 million iPhones in France in 2009
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wow!  2 Million Downloads For ‘Tap Tap Revenge 3’ Since Going Free Last Week
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