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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple in ‘advanced’ acquisition talks with Lala  —  Apple is close to acquiring digital music service, Lala, according to two sources with knowledge of the discussions.  —  Talks are very advanced said the sources.  One of the sources said that the sides have already agreed on terms and have only to sign a final agreement.
Andre Lebedev / The Official Google Blog:
Now on Google Finance: streaming news  —  Ever since we launched real-time and streaming quotes on Google Finance last year, we've heard from users how vital that up-to-date information has been.  Especially in today's volatile financial environment, current information can be the difference between …
John Leyden / The Register:
Spyware threat haunts squeaky-clean iPhones  —  Research finds rogue app privacy risks to regulation models  —  Apple's line that iPhone users who toe the line and resist any temptation to jailbreak, unlock or otherwise desecrate their smartphone are protected from threats has been called into question by new research.
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Google Acquires AppJet, The Maker Of EtherPad  —  That didn't take long.  Less than half an hour ago we broke the news that Google was in the process of acquiring AppJet, the startup behind the powerful real-time document editor EtherPad.  The official EtherPad blog has just been updated confirming the news.
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple sued for infringing digital camera patent with iPhone  —  St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming the company is violating several of its digital camera patents.  —  Filed in the United States District Court in Delaware …
Patrick Hoge / bizjournals:
CrunchPad partner plans media event  —  The man whom TechCrunch blog network founder and editor Michael Arrington blamed for killing his CrunchPad hardware project has scheduled a video call with reporters and industry analysts for Monday, according to a Silicon Valley public relations firm.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Adds 3.33 GHz Quad-Core Option to Mac Pro [Updated: Xserve]  —  Apple has quietly upgraded its Mac Pro offerings, adding the option of a 3.33 GHz quad-core processor and adding the ability to configure both the quad-core and 8-core models with 2 TB hard drives …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
FCC Wants to Know Why Verizon Increased Termination Fees  —  Updated with Verizon's response: The Federal Communications Commission wants to know why Verizon decided to double its early termination fee (ETF) for new customers who sign on to the wireless service using advanced devices...longhand for smartphones.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Vendors to launch Atom N450-based netbooks on January 11, 2010  —  Asustek Computer, Acer, Lenovo and even Micro-Star International (MSI), which originally planned to launch in December, are all set to launch their Atom N450-based netbooks on January 11, 2010, complying with their agreement …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft is making progress on search: You noticed Bing's glitch  —  It's a happy day for Microsoft's search team.  Bing had a half hour outage late Thursday and a few folks actually noticed.  —  Bing went down for a half hour between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. PST over a configuration glitch.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC admits CableCARD a failure, vows to try something else  —  The Genachowski-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seems to delight in dropping bombshells on a weekly basis, but we didn't see this one coming: the FCC admits that its CableCARD mandate has been an abysmal failure.
Discussion: Bits, Gizmodo and Engadget
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Sources: Facebook Connect Will Be “Everywhere” on MySpace Next Year  —  Yahoo announced that it will be making Facebook Connect a deeply-integrated part of its site earlier this week.  The move surprised some people, because Yahoo itself has historically been the largest social site on the web.
Discussion: Mashable!
Matt Wilson / L.A. Daily News:
Apple clears first hurdle in bid for new Cupertino campus  —  Apple Inc. is one step closer to building a second campus in Cupertino after waiting eight months for city planners to rezone its 7.78-acre property on Pruneridge Avenue to allow office use.  —  The planning commission …
Randy Abrams / ThreatBlog:
PayPal Admits to Phishing Users  —  Yes, it is true, I am not making this up.  I do not believe that PayPal has stolen anything from users, but they have told me that their own email is phishing.  —  Here's what happened.  I sent them one of their own legitimate emails and told …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
An In-Depth Look At Pivot, Microsoft's Newest Data Visualization Tool  —  At Microsoft's PDC event a few weeks ago, Microsoft Live Labs introduced a new technology, called Pivot, to make sense of interconnectedness between objects on the web.  The underlying premise of Pivot is to view relationships between …
Discussion: Microsoft
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
HTC Droid Eris To Get Android 2.0 Update  —  Verizon Wireless has said that the HTC Droid Eris will receive a significant system update at some point in the fist quarter of 2010.  The update will boost the Eris' version of Android to at least 2.0, and possibly even 2.1.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Five Years of Digg...and counting  —  Five years ago today, Digg.com went live.  What started as a simple idea has certainly come a long way.  From a vision of a new way to surface news, and a team of three, to 40+ million monthly visitors and 80+ passionate employees...well, suffice it to say that I'm very proud of what we've become.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Erictric
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Told To Pay Patent Troll OPTi $21.7 Million  —  Apple was told to pay $21.7 million in a patent case against OPTi Inc., a semiconductor vendor-turned-patent troll.  —  The patent (no. 6.405,291) regards “pre-snoop” cache memory technology.  —  The decision was made in the plaintiff …
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Redbox blames studios, stores for DVD shortage  —  A lawsuit says studios are leaning on retailers to curtail bulk sales of DVDs to the rental kiosk firm.  —  Redbox is having trouble stocking DVDs from the three studios it is battling in court — 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Visual Search Coming for Android Phones  —  Table of Contents:  —  Google is working on Google Visual Search, a mobile application that lets users take a picture of a location from their Android-powered smartphone and trigger a Google search that pulls up information associated with the image.
Discussion: Android and Me
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
New Droid ad: iPhone is ‘digitally clueless’  —  Perhaps you have already become used to Verizon's Droid tossing names at the iPhone like an 8-year-old boy behind his teacher's back.  —  However, the latest ill feelings directed at Apple's little cutey seem beyond even anything heard in an elementary school.
John Fontana / InfoWorld:
Microsoft releases two more pieces of Forefront security suite  —  New security software is part of a comprehensive plan to integrate Microsoft's security and identity products under the Forefront brand  —  Microsoft on Thursday released two more pieces of its Forefront suite as part …
Discussion: eWeek and internetnews.com
 
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Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Technology boosts literacy skills
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
First commercial tool to crack BitLocker arrives (Updated)
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Cisco Closer to Closing Tandberg Deal
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Jamie Lendino / AppScout:
Verizon VZ Navigator Developer Gets Acquired
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Nathan Becker / Dow Jones Newswires:
Kodak Sells OLED Business To LG, Cos Will Share Patents
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Star That Tweet! Favit Launches in iTunes App Store
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome Extension Gallery treads lightly on copyright issues
David Kaplan / paidContent:
With Redesign, Reuters.com Goes After Consumer Audience
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