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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple, Psystar strike deal in copyright case  —  Mac clone maker to pay Apple unspecified damages, but may be able to keep selling systems  —  Computerworld - Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar agreed Monday to settle a 17-month lawsuit that will effectively stop Psystar from preinstalling Apple's Mac OS X …
Zee / The Next Web:
Introducing twitter's first augmented reality iPhone app with geo-tagging built in.  —  Twitter 360 is an iPhone app that lets you visually see the flow of tweets from locations nearby, layered on top of your natural “real” environment.  —  Thanks to to the iPhone's video camera and Twitter's …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is YouTube Ready for Primetime?  Google Wants to Stream TV, for a Fee.  —  YouTube, which is already trying out the movie rental business, wants to get into TV too.  —  Google's video site has been trying to convince the TV industry to let it stream individual shows for a fee, multiple sources tell me.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Fring Brings Free Video Calling To The iPhone, Nokia Smartphones  —  Apple has long been rumored to integrate video conferencing capabilities in the iPhone, and most expected Skype to incorporate such a feature in its free application for iPhone and iPod Touch devices sooner or later, but Israel's fring is first to actually do it.
Boy Genius Report:
Apple's iDVD getting refreshed with iTunes LP creation support?  —  That's what one of our connects are telling us.  We've been informed that Apple plans to completely redo their iDVD application (in addition to others in iLife 2010), and besides iDVD not being refreshed in a pretty long time …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What's powering Web apps: Google waving goodbye to Gears, hello to HTML5 [Updated]  —  Of all the things Google is really good at, patience isn't necessarily one of them.  —  To prove Web applications like Gmail and Google Docs could be as sophisticated as desktop apps …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
XP's usage share down, Win 7, Firefox & IE8 up  —  Data released by web metrics company Net Applications indicates that the release of Windows 7 to the general public has put a significant dent into Windows XP's usage share.  —  For the November period, web usage of XP dropped by 1.45%, while Vista's usage share only dropped by 0.2%.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
“Black Screen of Death” problems seem to be little more than scattered cases  —  The “Black Screen of Death” problem which was widely reported in the tech media yesterday doesn't seem to be the huge “HELP!  The sky is falling in on us!!!” problem that is was made out to be yesterday.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo's 2009 searches topped by Michael Jackson and Twilight, not Twitter  —  Barely more than a few hours after Microsoft revealed the year's top queries on its new search engine Bing, Yahoo followed suit with its own top 10.  Unsurprisingly, Michael Jackson topped both lists …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Nokia Sues Samsung, Display Panel Manufacturers Over Price-Fixing Claims  —  Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, sued Samsung Electronics Co., LG Display Co., AU Optronics Corp. and other manufacturers of liquid-crystal displays over claims they colluded to fix prices of panels.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Confirmed: Office 2010 to ship in June  —  After several Web sites today claimed to having seen a possibly inadvertent notice from Microsoft claiming June as the release month for its forthcoming Office 2010 (we looked hard and couldn't find it ourselves), a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Need Help Selecting a Payment Processor?  Look No Further Than Payments-R-Us  —  More and more startups are finally focusing on real business models, ones that are based on actually selling a product or service.  You know, for money.  —  The irony is that many get pretty far …
Alaska Miller / Silicon Alley Insider:
Check Out Google's Favorite Android Apps  —  Google named the winners today in its second annual mobile apps contest.  —  The top prizes for this year's Android Developer Challenge went to:  — Sweet Dreams, which lets you avoid late-night phone calls and save battery power
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
NCR to Roll Out Blockbuster DVD Kiosks  —  NCR Corp. is expected to announce today it will roll out 200 Blockbuster-branded DVD rental machines in New York City drugstores by year end, a move that will likely accelerate the move to low-price rentals at the expense of more lucrative revenue streams for Hollywood.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Comcast keeps promise, launches data usage meter  —  Nearly a year ago, Comcast first announced that it would establish a data usage tracking meter to help its broadband customers determine the amount of data being used on their accounts, especially since the company imposed a 250 GB cap on usage last year.
Discussion: Comcast Voices
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Nokia's Ovi, the World (Minus the U.S.) Is Enough  —  Tero Ojanperä, Nokia's EVP of Services  —  For nearly two years, I have been critical of Nokia for a diverse set of reasons including its denial of competition from Apple's iPhone, its hardware, and a botched launch of its Ovi app store.
Andres Sehr / SpotifySpotify:
Say hello to Oskar, our new CTO.  —  I wanted to take a moment to introduce Oskar Stål who recently joined Spotify as our new CTO.  —  Oskar is coming to us from the successful mobile transaction company mBlox, where he was a key part of the technical leadership for the last eight years.
Elizabeth Bernstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Dark Side of ‘Webtribution’  —  Imagine this scenario: Every person you know—each family member, friend, co-worker and casual acquaintance—receives an anonymous email from a stranger making terrible accusations about you.  —  How would you feel?  —  Renee Holder knows: “Devastated.”
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Harvard study: Computers don't save hospitals money  —  Hospital computer systems are often built for administrators, not doctors  —  Computerworld) A Harvard Medical School study that looked at some of the nation's “most wired” hospital facilities found that computerization of those facilities …
Discussion: Rough Type
John Markoff / New York Times:
Looking for Balloons and Insights to Online Behavior  —  The prize is $40,000, and it goes to the first person or group to determine the locations of 10 red balloons that can be anywhere in the continental United States.  —  The apparent frivolity of the challenge is only on the surface.
Discussion: CNET News and Smart Mobs
Roy Mark / eWeek:
FCC Moves Forward on White Spaces  —  The agency begins the process of establishing databases that will tell white space devices where existing television signals exist.  White space devices are expected to deliver broadband services in the interference buffer zones between TV signals.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Clearwire Launches WiMax In Seattle; CEO Says They Are In Talks With Many Other Partners  —  Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) is launching its WiMax service in the greater Seattle area tomorrow, putting it slightly ahead of its goal of reaching 30 million people by the end of the year …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
AT&T Ranked Last in Consumer Reports' Best Cellphone Service Survey  —  The annual survey of wireless customer satisfaction from Consumer Reports hits the streets this week and it doesn't have much good to say about AT&T. In a canvass of more than 50,000 readers spanning 26 U.S. cities …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Coremetrics Says Online Retailers See 14 Percent Rise In Cyber Monday Sales  —  Cyber Monday might have turned out to be better than expected.  Online retailers saw a 13.7 percent increase in sales compared to last year, and 24.1 percent more than on Black Friday 2009.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Should There Be Punishment For Bogus ‘Pre-Settlement’ Letters?  —  We've recently seen efforts to ramp up the system of “pre-settlement” letters as a way to “profit” off of file sharing.  The scheme works by having a company that either holds the copyrights to certain works or has merely licensed …
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Intel notebook platforms for 2010 to not push WLAN chips
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Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Microsoft offers Twitter-style service in China
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Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
SEC Looking At Angel Groups
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James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Silicon Valley's dim view of Microsoft softens
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
FreeBSD bug gives untrusted root access
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Verified App Saga Ends Tomorrow