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8:30 AM ET, December 30, 2009

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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Leaked Nexus One Documents: $530 Unlocked, $180 With T-Mobile  —  A tipster just sent in these Nexus One screenshots that supposedly confirms two things: that Google will sell it unlocked and unsubsidized for $530, and that Google will sell it by themselves.  Plus, some other very interesting details.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Allegedly leaked Nexus One purchase page answers, raises questions (update: we've got the terms of sale)  —  So apparently the cats over at Gizmodo have gotten their hands on leaked pics of the Nexus One's landing and purchase page.  First, the meat.  According to the pages …
Discussion: Redmond Pie
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Is The Nexus One Bringing A New Android Backup Service With It?  —  Earlier this evening Gizmodo published leaked images that apparently show off the pricing details for Google's upcoming Nexus One phone.  The Nexus One comes in at a hefty $530 for an unlocked device, or $180 with contract on T-Mobile …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Announces Jan. 5 Android Event
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter 2.0: API Rate Change Could Lead to a World of New Apps & Features  —  One of the best things about Twitter is its wildly creative ecosystem of applications built by people outside the company.  Those apps have been constrained, though, by technical limits imposed on retrieving data from Twitter.
Erik Sherman / industry.bnet.com:
Google Might Get Into Hosted Gaming Via YouTube  —  There's an interesting patent application from Google (GOOG) that was published earlier this month titled Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos.  Filed February 19, 2009 and published earlier this month …
Anil Dash:
Life on the List  —  In the time it takes you to read this sentence, I'll have gained another follower or two on Twitter.  Within an hour, I'll have added more followers than 99% of Twitter users ever have.  On a typical day, I'll have averaged 100 new followers every hour.
Discussion: Scripting News, Thanks:atul
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Get every National Geographic since 1888 on a 160GB hard drive  —  From the massively-nerdy-but-really-quite- cool news department, I bring you the coolest thing I've seen since unwrapping my presents on Christmas Day. 120 years of amazing discoveries, eye-opening editorial and mind-expanding stories form …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple briefly cuts student price of MacBook to $728  —  Special reduced price of entry-level plastic notebook by 19%  —  Computerworld - Apple on Tuesday reduced the price of its least expensive notebook to $728 for students, teachers and educational staff.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Windows Mobile and Xbox Live coming together, according to Microsoft job ad  —  The hints were already pretty strong on this one, but now Microsoft has come right out and said it, albeit in a job posting — the Xbox Live gaming platform is extending beyond the console and specifically onto WinMo phones.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Appsaurus: A Smarter Recommendation Tool Than App Store Genius  —  Let's face it: The iPhone's “Genius” recommendation tool for finding apps is mediocre at best.  Fortunately a startup cooked up something better.  It's called Appsaurus.  —  You “train” Appsaurus into understanding you better …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Virtual goods ‘to make billions’  —  Virtual goods such as weapons or digital bottles of champagne traded in the US could be worth up to $5bn in the next five years, experts predict.  —  In Asia, sales are already around the $5bn mark and rapidly growing.  —  For many, virtual goods …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Dan Levine / TechCrunch:
Siebel's Stealth Carbon Startup C3 Lands $26 Million And Condoleezza Rice On Its Board  —  What do Thomas Siebel, Condoleezza Rice and $26 million have in common?  They are all connected to stealth energy startup C3, which may be entering the business of managing carbon cap-and-trade systems for corporations.
Discussion: alarm:clock, Thanks:atul
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
My Wish for 2010: A Personal Dashboard for the Social Web  —  Give, give, give — that's all I (and other social web users) do.  We share a lot of information about ourselves these days, and we get a lot out of that experience (monetarily speaking, the companies that provide the social web environment get even more).
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles and Elias Bizannes, Thanks:atul
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Have You Zeen What H.P. Is Up To?  —  This is my Zeen.  It is the key to my Airlife.  —  I'm not sure what those two sentences mean either, but someone at Hewlett-Packard just might know.  Over the last few months, the company has quietly been applying for some glitzy-sounding trademarks …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Shelly Palmer
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Engadget for iPhone / iPod touch: available now!  —  Good news, everyone!  Our very own iPhone / iPod touch app is finally really available in Apple's much talked about and critically acclaimed App Store!  That's right, all the excitement and info you've come to know and love from Engadget …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Watching a movie at home?  Grab your iPhone  —  DVD sales tumbled this year as the weak economy and competition from the Internet soured consumers on buying new discs.  What's a movie studio to do?  —  Look to the iPhone to goose sales.  —  NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox …
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Tim Ferrill / WMExperts:
MSDN Outs Windows Mobile 6.5.3  —  We've known (unofficially) for some time now that Microsoft has been working on various follow-ups to Windows Mobile 6.5.  ROMs based off of 6.5.x builds of Windows Mobile have been floating around XDA and other similar sites for months …
Gethin Chamberlain / Guardian:
No internet sex please, we're Indian  —  Yahoo, Flickr and Microsoft introduce access filters  —  It may have given the world the Kama Sutra and the Bollywood wet sari scene, but it appears that India is not yet ready to be exposed to the delicate subject of sex on the internet.
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
With Ads, Music Downloads Sing a New Tune  —  ON Hulu, the popular Web site that streams free television shows and other video, users have proved to be perfectly willing to watch short commercials, and a new site is betting that the same willingness will apply to downloading music.
Discussion: Techdirt
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Adobe to be Prime Target for Malware in 2010  —  Buzz up!  —  2009 is drawing to a close, and 2010 is almost upon us.  The Chinese calendar says 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, but a report released from McAfee claims it could be the year of Adobe malware.  —  Traditionally, the most common target for malware is Microsoft.
Discussion: McAfee Avert Labs and USA Today
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Apple Censors Dalai Lama IPhone Apps in China  —  Apple appears to have blocked iPhone applications related to the Dalai Lama in its China App Store, making it the latest U.S. technology company to censor its services in China.  —  Those apps, which appear in most countries' versions of the App Store …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Qik Releases Local Video Recording For Older iPhones (They Already Can Do It Live)  —  Two weeks ago, Apple opened the floodgates for video recording apps on the iPhone, ending a longstanding ban.  Nobody was waiting longer for the change than mobile video startup Qik, which tonight …
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.
 
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Secret Behind the Kindle's Best-Selling eBooks: They're Not for Sale
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