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6:30 AM ET, December 29, 2009

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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Cellphone Encryption Code 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, saying it was his attempt to expose weaknesses in the security of global wireless systems.
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Newlaunches.com
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.
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: Googling Google and PMP Today
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 …
Times of London:
Why we can never rest: a year in the life of Twitter  —  ON June 15, our technicians told me to add a note to our website, writes Biz Stone, a co-founder of Twitter.  —  The note warned users of a planned maintenance session that meant our service would be inaccessible while we carried out an overdue system upgrade.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Twitter Blog and WebProNews, Thanks:atul
SophosLabs blog:
Twitter banned passwords  —  As you may have heard in the last few days, Twitter has banned 370 passwords (actually only 369, ‘password’ appears twice in the list) as ‘too obvious’ to be safe for their users.  A good move in theory but why are so few words banned?  And what are they?
Discussion: Spyware Sucks and Gawker
Trevor Johnston / Google LatLong:
Plan a trip in one click  —  Why should trip planning be any more complicated than opening your browser and entering the name of your favourite city?  Six months ago we launched City Tours on Google Labs with the goal of making vacation planning as easy as searching the web.
Jeff Barnard / Associated Press:
Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray  —  Buzz up!  —  KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A Nevada couple letting their SUV's navigation system guide them through the high desert of Eastern Oregon got stuck in snow for three days when the GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Gizmodo Australia
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Another Buried Apple Trademark - ‘iGuide’ as an 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.
Discussion: TECH cocktail and iLounge
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Imeem Fined $1.77M — More Than Its Sale Price  —  A U.S. district court judge has fined Imeem, the music site, $1.77 million after it failed to appear in court to respond to a copyright infringement lawsuit.  The suit, filed Oct. 21 by The Orchard Enterprises, an independent music distributor …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Pulse2
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: MobileContentToday and Fone Arena, Thanks:tim
Reuters:
Microsoft pegs China search market as top priority  —  Buzz up!  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is a vital market for Microsoft's Web search business, as it chases leaders Baidu Inc and Google in the world's biggest Internet market, the world's largest software maker said.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Polishes Its iPhone App Into A More Facebook-Like Gem  —  Following a bit of planned iTunes Connect downtime for the holidays, LinkedIn came out with the latest version of their iPhone app today.  As you might expect from a 3.0 release, the app has been much improved, namely in its user experience.
New York Times:
Ex-Employee Says Seagate Violated Law  —  A decade-long lawsuit pitting a tiny company called Convolve against Seagate Technology has taken an unexpected turn after a whistle-blower claimed that Seagate had appropriated Convolve technology and later destroyed evidence in the case.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wow!  2 Million Downloads For ‘Tap Tap Revenge 3’ Since Going Free Last Week  —  Another iPhone Christmas winner: Tapulous, whose “Tap Tap Revenge 3” music/rhythm game is the most popular app in the App Store right now.  (iTunes link.)  —  Since dropping its price to free (from 99 cents last week) …
Discussion: Pulse2 and MacNN
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.
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 …
Jay Adelson / Digg Blog:
Digging into the Top Stories of 2009  —  As 2009 winds down, I'm looking back at quite a year for us at Digg.  As I sit and reflect on everything that we've accomplished within these walls at Digg HQ, I want everyone to know that it wouldn't have been possible without our awesome, devoted Digg community.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Sprint now pushing webOS 1.3.5 to the Pre  —  We'd heard webOS 1.3.5 would be coming to the Pre on Sprint today, and here we go — it's being pushed to devices right now.  The official changelog is quite long, but the big-ticket tweaks include the removal of the app storage limit, better performance, and improved battery life.
Glyn Moody / Linux Journal:
Happy Birthday, Linus  —  Today is the birthday of Linus.  Although that's essentially a private event for him, there's an interesting historical link to the creation of the Linux kernel, too.  As is well known, before he started writing Linux, Linus coded on a Sinclair QL …
Erik Larkin / PC World:
Good Guys Bring Down the Mega-D Botnet  —  Chalk up one for the defenders.  Here's how a trio of security researchers used a three-step attack to defeat a 250,000-pronged botnet.  —  Recommends  —  For two years as a researcher with security company FireEye, Atif Mushtaq worked …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
eBay: 1.5 million items purchased via mobile this holiday season  —  Shoppers are doing more holiday gift-buying from their mobile phones, according to new numbers from eBay.  The e-commerce giant says users purchased 1.5 million eBay items from either the eBay mobile website …
Discussion: iPhone Savior, WebProNews and Pulse2
Judie Lipsett / Gear Diary:
The Camangi Webstation Unboxed  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  It seems like it took forever, but my Camangi WebStation finally showed up today.  Dan's is out for delivery, so in the meantime he is processing the raw video I've uploaded of my unboxing.  While we wait for that, here are some pictures.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, The Gadgeteer and SlashGear
 
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Brad / HP Fansite:
Alert: HP Envy 17, Envy 14, Elitebook 2540p and 2740p in the pipeline
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo Australia
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IGN comes out on top among biggest game news sites
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Roku's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Porn Policy
Discussion: Podcasting News and CrunchGear
Kathy Shwiff / Dow Jones Newswires:
Retailers, Electronics, Toys Sites Up In November -comScore
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Will Hulu Become a Blockbuster?
Discussion: WebProNews
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Korea Telecom Cuts 6,000 Jobs Amid Mobile Content Investment In China
Discussion: The Korea Times and Bloomberg
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
ISPs Won't Give You Broadband, Won't let Anyone Else, Either …
Discussion: Techdirt
Zee / The Next Web:
133,000 Member Facebook Group is One Big Scam
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