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6:55 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.
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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Nexus One, Is Google Eating Its Own Dogfood Or Its Own Children?  —  January 5.  That's the day we'll learn all we want to know about the Nexus One.  Google didn't explicitly say anything about the device in its invites today for an “Android press gathering,” but we all know what is coming.
Discussion: TmoNews and Digits
JR Raphael / PC World:
Google Confirms Android Media Event — Hello, Nexus One?  —  JR Raphael, PC World  —  It may be the moment the tech world's been waiting for: Google has just officially announced plans for an Android-related media event to be held next Tuesday, January 5, at its Mountain View campus.
Arn / MacRumors:
Another Buried Apple Trademark - ‘iGuide’ as Another Name or Service for iSlate?  —  With the revelation that Apple had acquired the iSlate.com domain and iSlate trademarks, it seemed clear to us that iSlate was the likely name for Apple's upcoming tablet computer.
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AppleInsider:
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.
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 number …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Approves “Tits & Boobies” and “Pussy Lovers” Apps  —  I knew this was bound to happen sooner or later, but it's wrong.  From the iTunes description.  “If you love pussy, this application is for you.  Each and every pussy is more and more tight and super tempting.”  Really?  —  Of course not.
Discussion: GeekSmack, KRAPPS and Mobile Whack
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) …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Push Button Antenna that may Point to Cable TV Content  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a newly granted patent of Apple's that would suggest that they may be considering a push button style antenna for future devices such as their iPhone, iPod Touch or perhaps even a new tablet.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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 Mirror.co.uk
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 …
Discussion: lalawag
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Secret Behind the Kindle's Best-Selling eBooks: They're Not for Sale  —  One big reason readers choose e-books over ink and paper versions: The digital ones are cheaper.  —  This wasn't the case when e-books first appeared a decade ago.  But Amazon (AMZN) has made a point of selling …
Discussion: Mobile Whack, CNET News and GalleyCat
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.
Discussion: 901am
Steve Outing / Editor and Publisher:
Goodbye, for Now: Looking Foward  —  Back in 1995, Editor & Publisher invited me to start writing a freelance column for its brand-new Web site, initially called MediaInfo.com.  Nearly 15 years later, this will likely be my last column for E&P — and I'd like to project on what digital possibilities …
Discussion: SteveOuting.com, Thanks:atul
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: Engadget, PC World and Macsimum News
Electronista:
Paradigm Shift to out color e-book reader at CES  —  A relatively unknown company called Paradigm Shift Sourcing and Manufacturing will introduce two full-color e-book readers that use 5- and 7-inch color displays at next month's CES show in Las Vegas.  The company says both units …
Totlol:
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: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
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 CrackBerry.com blogs, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
First Look at Blio, Ray Kurzweil's Tablet-Friendly Ebook Format  —  Blio, officially debuting next week at CES, lets you read your ebooks as they're intended to look on paper.  Clearly, Kurzweil is signaling his choice of tablets over e-ink, and his first shots are definitely persuasive.
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Mobile Phone Encryption Crack Downplayed by GSMA  —  The Global System for Mobile Communications Association claims the latest attack on the A5/1 encryption algorithm is not practical.  —  Security researchers have cracked the encryption code used to protect most of the world's digital mobile phone calls …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Court orders three H-1B sites disabled  —  Judge's ruling to shut down three opposition sites is part of Apex libel lawsuit  —  Computerworld - A New Jersey judge has ordered the shutdown of three H-1B opposition Web sites and seeks information about the identity of anonymous posters.
Discussion: Techdirt, eWeek and The Spam Diaries
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
AT&T: The most hated company in iPhone land  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Consumer outrage about AT&T's 3G service for iPhones is boiling over, but the dropped calls and spotty service reflect a greater lack of foresight in the wireless industry.  —  Analysts say AT&T's problems …
 
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