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11:05 AM ET, December 7, 2009

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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Your First Look at Nook: The Technologizer Review  —  In retrospect, it was probably inevitable.  Bookselling behemoth Barnes & Noble has spent much of the past decade and a half duking it out with online archrival Amazon.com.  So when Amazon unveiled its Kindle e-reader two years ago …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC's 2010 roadmap goes on display?  —  Those among us with minds like steel traps might recall that HTC's 2009 was leaked with shocking accuracy way back in January of this year, which lends some credibility to this already-believable series of slides we have seemingly showing off …
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC likely to push back Android 2.0 Passion launch to early 2010, say sources  —  HTC is likely to push back the launch of its first Android 2.0-based Passion smartphone to early 2010 instead of before year-end 2009 as originally planned, according to market sources.
The Official Google Blog:
Explore a whole new way to window shop, with Google and your mobile phone  —  What if you could decide where to shop, eat or hang out, with a little help from local Google users?  —  It might take you a while to ask them all, so to make it easier we've launched a new effort to send window decals …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
See That Funny 2D Barcode In The Store Window?  It Might Pull Up A Google Listing.  —  What if every store had a bar-code sticker on its window so that you could pull out your iPhone, wave it in front of the bar code and get all sorts of information about that business—the telephone number, photos, customer reviews?
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Introduces Ad Interest Manager  —  Provides Consumers with Greater Transparency and Control over Their Online Advertising Experience  —  Today Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) released a beta version of a new consumer tool called Ad Interest Manager, which takes transparency in online advertising …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Adds New Privacy Tool for Users, Just as FTC Privacy Hearings …
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and GMSV
Om Malik / GigaOM:
All Hail The iPod Touch  —  As the competition for smart phone domination starts to heat up, it is becoming increasingly clear that the iPod Touch is Apple's ace-up-its-sleeve, and according to a report by Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics company, 24 million iPod Touches represent …
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech and 9 to 5 Mac
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Jason Holt / Google LatLong:
Sometimes eight screens are better than one  —  Back in June of 2008, some of my fellow engineers and I got to thinking: how could we recreate the experience of seeing the impressive imagery from our geo products in a more seamless way?  We scrounged some spare Linux workstations …
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Joins Twitter (With An Awful Name)  —  Back in March, Google CEO Eric Schmidt caused a little controversy when he was quoted as thinking of Twitter (and the other micro-messaging services like it) as a “sort of poor man's email systems.”  He later clarified his remarks a bit.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Aardvark Mulls Over A $30+ Million Offer From Google  —  Social search service Aardvark is considering accepting a $30+ million offer by Google, say multiple sources close to the companies (one source says it's $40 million).  The company, which was founded by ex-Googlers, has raised around $6 million in venture capital to date.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Publisher Lays Out Plan to Save Newspapers  —  When Axel Springer, the founder of the German newspaper publishing business bearing his name, laid the cornerstone in 1959 for a high-rise headquarters in Berlin only steps away from the tense line separating East from West, people called him crazy, arrogant or both.
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nvidia Ion 2 reportedly lands orders from Acer  —  Nvidia has reportedly landed orders for Ion 2-based chips designed to support Intel's upcoming (Pineview) Atom N450, N470, D510 or D410 CPUs and related (Tiger Point) chipsets from Acer, according to sources from PC makers.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Skip Intel Arrandale?  Demands Alternative Chip?  —  BrightSideofNews claims that Apple is refusing to accept Intel's upcoming mobile Arrandale chip which incorporates Intel's integrated graphics chipset: … The report has generated some debate in our Waiting for Arrandale thread …
Tim Lohman / Computerworld:
VMware developing dual OS smartphone virtualisation  —  Work and home phones apps and calls will run on the same handset at the same time via virtualisation  —  VMware has flagged smartphones as the next platform in the evolution of virtualisation, but at least one major competitor …
Discussion: GigaOM and Phone Scoop
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Why Open Source Phones Still Fail  —  Free software is all about the unexpected.  Carriers hate the unexpected.  —  The ultimate hacker phone, the Nokia N900 is the truest expression of Linux—the OS and the philosophy—that you'll find on mobile this year.  It's a great niche gadget.
Discussion: ExtremeTech
Cade Metz / The Register:
[Fanboi] site squeaks on crocked iMacs  —  Let's count the cracks  —  Free whitepaper - Breakthrough advantage with the IBM System Blue Gene/P solution for exploration and production  —  A grassroots [fanboi] site has sprung up to document what would appear to be widespread hardware problems with Apple's latest iMac desktops.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Erictric
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Zappos.com Offers an Actual World Catalog  —  A company that could be the model for Internet retailing success is peddling goods by paper as well as by pixels.  —  Zappos.com, the online seller of shoes and other merchandise that was recently acquired by Amazon, is mailing 750,000 copies of a printed catalog to consumers.
 
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Stanford iPhone Orchestra Is Redefining Music's Limits [VIDEOS]
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The Official Google Blog:
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PC World:
Lawsuit Alleges Palm Pre Violates Copyright
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Single-Atom Transistors Are The Smallest Yet
New York Times:
Secret's Out: Sample Sales Move Online
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Internet entrepreneur Calacanis launches Open Angel Forum …
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com, Thanks:paulboutin
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Local Governments Offer Data to Miners
Discussion: /Message
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Devices to Take Textbooks Beyond Text
Discussion: TeleRead
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Larrabee Project a Casualty of Intel's Legal Battles