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7:40 AM ET, December 7, 2009

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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.
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget, I4U News and Fudzilla
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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 …
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 …
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
Book Learning — Questions for Jeffrey P. Bezos  —  The Kindle, an electronic reader brought out by Amazon two years ago, has become your company's best-selling product and a great success story.  But several rival e-readers are coming out in time for Christmas.  What do you think of the Nook, for instance, from Barnes & Noble?
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TBIResearch:
Kindle Fantasies Are Running Wild — But, For Now, Amazon Is Losing Its Shirt
Discussion: Beyond Search
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 …
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.
Discussion: Erictric, Thanks:marknadsforing
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?
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Amazon says no plans to open physical stores  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), the world's largest online retailer, has no plans to open stores anywhere in the world, it said on Sunday, in response to a report it was planning to open high street shops in Britain.
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Jenny Davey / Times of London:
Amazon in secret plan to open high street shops
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Citysearch, Urbanspoon start pulling in tweets.  Take that, Yelp.  —  Citysearch and Urbanspoon, two IAC-run sites devoted to helping people find places to go out and eat, are announcing deep Twitter integrations today.  Citysearch will let businesses claim and manage their listings on the site and tweet from them.
New York Times:
Secret's Out: Sample Sales Move Online  —  Daniela Busciglio still winces at the memory of shivering in line for hours to get into New York sample sales, then shoving her way through throngs of other shoppers looking for deals on designer clothes.  —  But now the mobs are moving online …
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
PC World:
Single-Atom Transistors Are The Smallest Yet  —  Alessondra Springmann, PC World  —  Remember playing with the bulky transistors that came with your first electronics kit?  The most important part of modern electronics, the transistor has been shrinking since its discovery in the 1920's.
 
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Jason Holt / Google LatLong:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Skip Intel Arrandale? Demands Alternative Chip?
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Internet entrepreneur Calacanis launches Open Angel Forum …
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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Devices to Take Textbooks Beyond Text
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Larrabee Project a Casualty of Intel's Legal Battles