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10:00 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
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 …
Discussion: VatorNews
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile “Officially” Confirms Google Phone
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Has Big Plans for Google Voice, Cloud Computing in 2010  —  Google's Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product management at Google, said Google Voice and cloud computing will be huge plays for the search engine giant in 2010.  Expect the Gizmo5 assets to bolster the Google Voice phone management application.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins 11 Patent Designs for MacBook Pro, Expose, iPod Classic, More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 19 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  The notables within this group include a patent for an Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Push Button Antenna that may Point to Cable TV Content
Discussion: App Advice, Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook and Seppukoo get lawyered up  —  Credit: Russel A. Daniels/Associated Press  —  The battle between social networking giant Facebook and Seppukoo.com may spill into the courtroom over privacy violations, according to a letter written by a Facebook lawyer.
Discussion: Techdirt, Mashable! and Softpedia News
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: Venture Capital Dispatch and alarm:clock, Thanks:atul
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.
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, Engadget and Shelly Palmer
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
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: TechCrunch and 9 to 5 Mac
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola: 2 New Phones At CES?  —  Motorola (MOT) may be planning to announce a pair of new phones at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry.  — In a research note today, Chowdhry asserts that the company “may announce” …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
D-Link to introduce iPhone app for Boxee Box  —  D-Link and Boxee plan to introduce an iPhone application to enable remote control of the features of the two firm's soon-to-be-announced Boxee-powered set-top box.  —  D-Link will showcase the free application for the iPhone and iPod touch at CES next month, the company has confirmed.
Discussion: DigiTimes
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
China BAK CFO Denies Speculation of Order From Google  —  Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — China BAK Battery Inc. Chief Financial Officer Tony Shen said the unprofitable Chinese company hasn't won any orders from Google Inc., denying speculation that drove the stock up 63 percent.
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 …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Tony Bradley / PC World:
Adobe to be Prime Target for Malware in 2010
Discussion: McAfee Avert Labs and USA Today
Jonathan Ansfield / New York Times:
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Gonzalez Pleads Guilty in More Hacking Cases
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
My Wish for 2010: A Personal Dashboard for the Social Web
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