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11:30 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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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 …
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.
Leland / Twitter Blog:
Takeout dogfood  —  Hi all, this is @leland, user experience lead on the @twittermobile team.  I wanted to share a little bit of what we've been working on and thinking about.  —  It's probably no secret that Twitter has an active developer community, using our APIs to create fantastically innovative apps.
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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.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Bing back online after hour long outage  —  Microsoft's search and decision engine, Bing, experienced what appears to have been nearly an hour long worldwide outage this evening.  —  Reports of Bing's unavailability first surfaced on Twitter where hundreds of people commented on the issues.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bing Bombs  —  Wow.  Bing is completely and utterly down right …
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.
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Can Comcast-NBC play nice with Hulu?
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Digits
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google quietly rolls out Dictionary [Updated]  —  What does “googling” mean?  Google can tell you.  —  The search giant has quietly rolled out Google Dictionary, which presents definitions and synonyms.  Exactly what you'd expect from a dictionary.  —  In addition to Google's own database …
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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.
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.
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.
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
“15 Google Users Tried Bing for a Week and 10 of them Switched”  —  Bing is good and it has definitely helped Microsoft improve its market share in the search engine market this year but most people here would have problems agreeing with the findings of a study that was recently posted on YouTube.
Discussion: Download Squad and Revelations …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
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.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Friendster to be sold by month's end -source  —  * To be sold to an Asian buyer end-Dec for at least $100 mln  —  * More than half of Friendster's 100 mln users from Asia  —  * Industry blog values Friendster at $210 million (Adds background, details)  —  Friendster, one of the world's …
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, CTIA, mocoNews and eWeek
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.
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 …
Brian Garner / AppleInsider:
Publisher Hearst releases plans for digital magazine, newspaper service  —  Hearst Corp. plans to launch a service sometime in 2010 to sell digital subscriptions of magazines and newspapers intended to be viewed on e-readers, cell phones, and tablets.  —  Dubbed Skiff, Hearst Corp.'s planned …
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.
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Open source: The money is in the cloud  —  For those entrepreneurs looking to make a living from open-source software, Index Ventures general partner Bernard Dallé has some advice: get thee to a cloud strategy.  —  Why?  At a time when enterprises may be less willing to spend on software …
Discussion: SitePoint
Alaska Miller / Silicon Alley Insider:
EBay Founder Invests $1.4 Million Into Emergency Alert System  —  Omidyar Network — run by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar — is investing $1.4 million in Ushahidi, an open-source emergency alert platform.  —  Ushahidi works by taking information submited via SMS texts, email, or the Internet …
Discussion: The Ushahidi Blog and Pulse2
Sean / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry App World Test Center Launches  —  As part of my job as a Product Manager here at Research In Motion (RIM), I make sure to spend time reading through user feedback so that this feedback can be utilized in future application versions.  As part of our continuous effort …
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs
 
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
HTC's Touch.B gets demonstrated, featurephone status confirmed (video)
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Online Ad Industry: Advertising Is ‘Creepy’
Discussion: MediaPost and ClickZ
CNN:
Cisco Controls Approximately 89 Percent of TANDBERG — 90 Percent Condition Waived
Discussion: eWeek and Reuters
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
More than business for Adobe's founders
John Cook / TechFlash:
Exclusive: Wetpaint cuts staff, changes focus to publishing
Discussion: Xconomy
Shari Roan / Los Angeles Times:
No increase in brain cancer as cellphone use rose
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia says halving smartphone portfolio
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Vevo Signs Up CBS Interactive Music Group
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
 Earlier Items: 
Kermit Pattison / New York Times:
A 20-Something Makes a Mint (and Sells It to Intuit)
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
2010 World Cup to be screened in 3D
Discussion: BBC, FIFA.com and broadcastnow.co.uk
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Foursquare faces a Rummble in the Jungle, as new Android app released
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Damien Mulley, Thanks:sohear
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Watchdog Group EFF Sues Government Regarding Social Media Surveillance Tactics