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8:05 PM ET, December 3, 2009

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Prem Ramaswami / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Public DNS  —  When you type www.wikipedia.org into your browser's address bar, you expect nothing less than to be taken to Wikipedia.  Chances are you're not giving much thought to the work being done in the background by the Domain Name System, or DNS.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Gets Into The DNS Business.  Here's What That Means  —  Google just announced Google Public DNS, a new service that lets consumers use Google as their DNS service provider.  The benefits to users are a theoretically faster and more stable browsing experience, and some additional security against malware type sites.
David Ulevitch / OpenDNS Blog:
Some thoughts on Google DNS  —  Google launched a DNS service today, almost exactly four years after I started OpenDNS.  This comes as no surprise as it was only a matter of time before one of the Internet giants realized the strategic importance of DNS.  I've received a lot of questions from bloggers …
Eric Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
How Google Can Help Newspapers  —  Video didn't kill the radio star, and the Internet won't destroy news organizations.  It will foster a new, digital business model.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It's the year 2015.  The compact device in my hand delivers me the world, one news story at a time.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Meet the new Comcast-NBCU: Content meets conduit everywhere; Will it work?  —  Comcast said Thursday that it has officially acquired a controlling stake in NBC Universal in a deal valued at $30 billion.  Comcast will have an arsenal of cable channels, a huge distribution network …
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Comcast Gets NBC From G.E. in Deal That Reshapes TV
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Can Comcast-NBC play nice with Hulu?
Discussion: Washington Post and Digits
Digits:
NBC-Comcast Memo: ‘It Will be An Exciting Journey’
Discussion: paidContent and NewTeeVee
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
New Motorola Android handset spotted, photographed  —  Posted up in our comments under our Motorola Sholes Tablet article is supposedly another never-yet-seen Motorola Android handset.  This is also apparently a full touchscreen device that features an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
YouTube beta testing stripped down “Feather” design  —  They just put the Google homepage on a diet, and now they're looking at ways to trim the fat from YouTube as well.  —  Google has introduced an opt-in beta for Feather, a new layout which strips away a lot of the excess from the standard page layout.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac Beta Launch Is Imminent  —  Sometime in the past few hours, the Mac Detailed Status page on Chromium's website has been changed to the “Mac OS X Roadmap.”  Why?  Because the team has wiped out the bugs that were blocking a beta release of Chrome for Mac, and it is on the verge of launching.
Discussion: GeekSmack and Neowin.net
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Two Weeks, 5 IPhones Sold in Chinese Online Store  —  China Unicom has sold just five iPhones through a big online retail site in the two weeks since it opened the virtual store, the latest sign that the handset is suffering in China from its high price and lack of Wi-Fi.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
3 ways Bing is ahead of Google  —  This morning, Microsoft employees demonstrated a long list of enhancements to their Bing search engine at a press event at the company's San Francisco office.  —  That office is next door to the city's newest, splashiest, most expensive shopping center …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
For 2010, IDC Predicts an Apple iPad and Battles in the Cloud  —  Apple brings out an iPad digital tablet.  Netbooks move upscale.  And I.B.M. buys Juniper Networks.  —  Those predictions for next year, and others, are being presented on Thursday by the technology research firm IDC.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia offers sneak peek at improved 2010 Symbian user interface  —  You know that new Symbian user experience promised by Nokia for next year?  Want a sneak peak?  Although Nokia's downloadable slide-deck from its Capital Market Day event leaves out all the new UI visuals, fortunately the webcast has 'em all.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Mac sales projected to grow 26% in 2010, outpacing PC market  —  Apple is predicted to continue its gains on the rest of the PC market in 2010, with Mac sales projected to grow by 26 percent while the industry is forecast to see a 16 percent year-over-year increase.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
World's first iPhone orchestra performs live on December 9  —  Given that the iPhone offers more processing power than the original iMac, this next story had to happen: December 9 will see a live performance by an orchestra, each and every one of whom will be using an iPhone to make the music happen.
Kim Hart / Hillicon Valley:
Klobuchar bill would limit cellphone cancellation fees  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today introduced a bill to set limits on the early termination fees cellphone carriers charge consumers who want to get out of their cellphone contracts early.  —  Last week, Hillicon Valley reported that she was working on the bill.
Discussion: Between the Lines, mocoNews, eWeek and CTIA
Matthew Rivera / Digits:
Coke Tries Facial-Recognition on Facebook  —  Coca-Cola wants you to know that Coke Zero is a lot like Coca-Cola Classic.  It believes this so strongly that it's willing to do something unusual to drive the point home, like introducing you to your own doppelganger. … Enter the Facial Profiler.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Yes, We Can Write Our Opinions Without Contacting The Company We're Writing About First  —  This happens all too frequently.  I recently wrote a short post about something that was apparently happening with YouTube and soon after received an angry email from a PR person at the company …
Kermit Pattison / New York Times:
A 20-Something Makes a Mint (and Sells It to Intuit)  —  Two years ago, Aaron Patzer took on the giants, introducing Mint.com, an online personal finance tool designed to be easier to use than Intuit's Quicken and Microsoft Money.  Mr. Patzer said his quest was born from his personal frustration …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Here's Looking At You, Kid - MovieClips.com Beta Goes Live  —  Movie buffs and fans, rejoice, take a seat and break out the popcorn.  MovieClips.com has announced that it has launched its online, well, movie clip destination site in public beta after reaching licensing agreements with six major Hollywood studios.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook notifies members about Beacon settlement  —  An e-mail was sent on Thursday to Facebook users who were members at the time that its controversial, now-defunct Beacon advertising program was operated: it's the official notice about the proposed settlement for the class-action lawsuit against Beacon.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft launches attack on pirates, counterfeiters  —  Microsoft has launched a coordinated attack of “enforcement actions” and “education initiatives” in 70 countries to thwart software piracy and counterfeiting.  —  Steve Ballmer is going John Connor on their butts.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Watchdog Group EFF Sues Government Regarding Social Media Surveillance Tactics  —  Consumer watchdog group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has initiated a lawsuit against multiple U.S. government agencies for failing to disclose their policies regarding the use of social media for surveillance.
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
John Cook / TechFlash:
Exclusive: Wetpaint cuts staff, changes focus to publishing  —  Wetpaint today laid off nine staffers — including co-founders Kevin Flaherty and Alex Berg — as the 4-year-old Seattle operator of wikis refocuses efforts on its own online publishing ventures.  It now employs 30 people.
Discussion: Xconomy
TJ Luoma / TUAW:
WolframAlpha iPhone-formatted web page no longer available  —  Wolfram|Alpha has discontinued their iPhone-friendly formatted webpage.  —  The page, which was available at http://wolframalpha.com/iphone, now redirects visitors to http://products.wolframalpha.com/ iphone …
 
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Amit / Digital Inspiration:
“15 Google Users Tried Bing for a Week and 10 of them Switched”
Discussion: Download Squad and Revelations …
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Open source: The money is in the cloud
Discussion: SitePoint
Zee / The Next Web Appetite:
Google has just made it so much easier to find information in any language.
Shari Roan / Los Angeles Times:
No increase in brain cancer as cellphone use rose
Discussion: The Next Web and MedPage Today
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia says halving smartphone portfolio
Discussion: Electronista and IntoMobile
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Vevo Signs Up CBS Interactive Music Group
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter, Amiando, Obopay, And Playfish Are Named Technology Pioneers …
Discussion: Forbes and amiando
 Earlier Items: 
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
2010 World Cup to be screened in 3D
Discussion: BBC and FIFA.com
Ramu Nagappan / Macworld:
Stitcher iPhone app offers live streaming radio programs
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Foursquare faces a Rummble in the Jungle, as new Android app released
Discussion: Damien Mulley and MarketingVOX, Thanks:sohear
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, EU Are Said to Modify Settlement in Browser Case
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Freemium: Can Spotify learn from Evernote?