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11:10 AM ET, December 1, 2009

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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 …
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Zeitgeist 2009: the collective consciousness  —  Curiosity — it's why we search the web.  Whether searching for the latest news, a popular holiday gift, a website you've heard about, the latest singing sensation, or the trailer to a blockbuster film, you come to Google with something on your mind.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is YouTube Ready for Prime Time?  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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The End Of The CrunchPad  —  It was so close I could taste it.  Two weeks ago we were ready to publicly launch the CrunchPad.  The device was stable enough for a demo.  It went hours without crashing.  We could even let people play with the device themselves - the user interface …
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why The Crunchpad Didn't Pencil Out  —  Ignore the soap opera.
Discussion: PC World and eSarcasm
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft looking into Windows ‘black screen of death’ problem
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%.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Electronista
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.”
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 …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Droid Nears Its Million-Device Target  —  Motorola and Verizon's $100 million marketing push seems to be paying off: The much-ballyhooed Droid smartphone made by Motorola and powered by Google's Android 2.0 OS is inching toward its goal of a million devices sold during the fourth quarter of 2009.
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
DigiTimes:
Intel notebook platforms for 2010 to not push WLAN chips  —  New notebook platforms launched by Intel in 2010 will no longer highlight the inclusion of an Intel CPU, chipset, and wireless solution under the Centrino brand, and will instead focus on the CPU under the Core brand, a company representative has revealed.
Discussion: TG Daily
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.
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Microsoft offers Twitter-style service in China  —  IDG News Service - Microsoft has launched a microblog-style service in China based on Windows Live Messenger, expanding the social-networking functions linked to the chat software in a country where it is a hit.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
M.I.T., Google, And Umberto Eco Want To Erect a Realtime Cloud Over The 2012 London Olympics  —  What is it with architects that they feel the need to glom onto the latest buzzwords to justify their projects?  A group from M.I.T.'s Senseable City Lab is looking for funding …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Erictric
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Plancast Is Foursquare... For The Future  —  If you're going to leave your job at TechCrunch, you better have a good reason.  I think Mark Hendrickson actually may have had one.  —  Hendrickson left TechCrunch in March.  After about two years of writing and doing development for TC, he got the startup itch.
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.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple iPhone May Go to T-Mobile Next  —  Stock quotes in this article: AAPL , VZ , MOT , T  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple's (AAPL Quote) path to U.S. smartphone dominance may take an abrupt detour as the iPhone's next destination may be Deutsche Telekom's (DT Quote) T-Mobile and not Verizon (VZ Quote).
 
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Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
SEC Looking At Angel Groups
Roy Mark / eWeek:
FCC Moves Forward on White Spaces
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Silicon Valley's dim view of Microsoft softens
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Dan Goodin / The Register:
FreeBSD bug gives untrusted root access
Mac Slocum / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How a shift in perspective salvaged Boston.com's local search project
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Facebook Verified App Saga Ends Tomorrow
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BNO News Launches Wire Service; MSNBC.com Takes Over @BreakingNews
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:atul
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
IBM Tivoli Now Available on Amazon EC2
Discussion: ITworld.com and The Register
Journal Business Staff / Edmonton Journal:
Edmonton company sues Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft
Discussion: Bloomberg