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2:05 PM ET, December 7, 2009

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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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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 …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Crunchpad manufacturer renames product JooJoo, promises launch this Friday at $499  —  A year and a half ago, TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington set out to build and sell a “dead-simple Web tablet for $200.”  —  His reasoning: There's a giant hole in the market for a computer bigger than an iPhone …
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.
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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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.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's Lala purchase forecasts browser access to iTunes content  —  Apple's acquisition of the streaming music service Lala could pave the way for iTunes content and purchases to be accessed from multiple locations via a Web browser, one analyst has predicted.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Apple buys music streamer Lala, but what's it getting?
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T releases Mark the Spot, a network failure reporting tool  —  Poor AT&T, it must be tired of being tied to the whipping post and constantly flogged in the media for its abysmal network performance.  To address its network woes, AT&T has released a new iPhone application called Mark …
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.
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, Gizmodo, AppScout and Phone Scoop
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Vevo's “Hulu for Music” Gets a Prelaunch Boost: EMI Adds Its Clips (But Not Equity) to the Mix  —  Vevo, the “Hulu for music videos” site that launches tomorrow, just got a bit bigger: In addition to clips from owners Sony (SNE) and Universal Music Group, the site will offer EMI Music Group's videos.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, 9 to 5 Mac and AppScout
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Personalized Results: The “New Normal” That Deserves Extraordinary Attention  —  On Friday afternoon, Google made the biggest change that has ever happened in search engines, and the world largely yawned.  Maybe Google timed its announcement that it was personalizing everyone's search results just right, so few would notice.
Thanks:atul
Jessica Dolcourt / The Download Blog:
Yelp finds you food on Android  —  Frequent Yelp users will be pleased to see a Yelp for Android app take its place in the Android Market on Monday.  Be forewarned, however, that the app contains the minimum services from Yelp.com in this iteration.  —  There's the usual search for restaurants …
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Discussion: Gawker and paidContent
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Google Goggles ‘visual search’ arrives for Android  —  Search with a picture and not words  —  Google has announced a visual search application for Android phones called Google Goggles, allowing users to point their phone at anything, from buildings and landmarks to business cards and papers and search for it.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Telegraph
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Zappos Tries a Printed 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.
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.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Comcast's NBC deal could be roadblock for Apple's subscription hopes  —  While Apple is rumored to be working with TV networks on a subscription plan for shows on iTunes, Comcast's intent to purchase NBC could prevent such a deal with one of the big four U.S. broadcast networks.
Discussion: paidContent, Digits and TUAW
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Goes Hollywood With New Video Search Refiners
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Associated Press:
Virgin Galactic unveils commercial spaceship
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Hunch Gets A New Board Member: Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's How-To Guide For Big Brother Leaks
Discussion: Wikileaks
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Amazon beefing up Kindle's functionality for vision-impared users …
Discussion: Amazon.com and Electronista
D.C. Denison / Boston Globe:
iRobot launches educational program
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lazyfeed's New Realtime Interface Tips Into Information Overload
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Reuters:
EBay and Craigslist square off in Delaware court
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Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Youtego Launches Tool For Self-Visualization
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Stanford iPhone Orchestra Is Redefining Music's Limits [VIDEOS]
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile.com
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Why Open Source Phones Still Fail
Discussion: ExtremeTech
Cade Metz / The Register:
[Fanboi] site squeaks on crocked iMacs
Discussion: Erictric and 9 to 5 Mac
New York Times:
Secret's Out: Sample Sales Move Online
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:mrinaldesai