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5:55 PM ET, December 11, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchPad Federal Lawsuit Filed; Some Additional Thoughts  —  Thursday afternoon we filed a lawsuit against Fusion Garage in the Northern District of California Federal court.  The causes of action include Fraud and Deceit, Misappropriation of Business Ideas, Breach of Fiduciary Duty …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Engadget talks Joojoo, Arrington, 3G, and more with Fusion Garage's Chandra Rathakrishnan  —  We had a chance to sit down and talk with Chandra Rathakrishnan of Fusion Garage yesterday for a more in-depth discussion than our previous meeting provided, and we learned a few interesting tidbits …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
JooJoo (formerly Crunchpad) late to launch, hit by TechCrunch lawsuit  —  Today was supposed to be launch day for the JooJoo tablet computer, a $499 device that promised to create a new genre of “couch computing.”  Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan, CEO of Silicon Valley-based Fusion Garage …
Discussion: Electronista
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Countersues Nokia for Copying iPhone (Plus Disputed Patents and Full Text of Counterclaim)  —  On Oct. 22, Nokia filed suit against Apple, accusing the company of hitching a “free-ride” on its intellectual property.  This morning, Apple filed a searing countersuit accusing Nokia of the same thing.
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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Countersues Nokia  —  Responding to a lawsuit brought against the company by Nokia, Apple® today filed a countersuit claiming that Nokia is infringing 13 Apple patents.  —  “Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours,” …
The Official Google Blog:
Two new features enhance search beyond the results page  —  On Monday, when Amit Singhal introduced Google real-time search, he talked about bringing you information at the speed of light.  But speed isn't just about the time it takes the results to load, or even the time it takes us to index …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone users suffering ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, analyst firm reckons  —  iPhone users are suffering from delusion akin to Stockholm Syndrome, says Strand Consulting in a weird little slice of research released this morning by this particular team of generally anti-iPhone analysts.
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Motorola Milestone sells out in less than 3 hours  —  eXpansys says it's the fastest-selling gadget in its 11-year history  —  Online retailer eXpansys, the exclusive stockist of the new Motorola Milestone, has revealed the new high-end handset has sold out in record time.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software  —  The Deal reports that Microsoft will today announce it has acquired Opalis Software, “a venture-backed maker of IT process automation technology.”  —  Terms were not disclosed.  —  In early October, Opalis put out a relase touting a 104% increase in license bookings.
Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Dismisses the Importance of Privacy  —  Yesterday, the web was buzzing with commentary about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's dangerous, dismissive response to concerns about search engine users' privacy.  When asked during an interview for CNBC's recent “Inside the Mind of Google” …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mozilla worker touts Bing over Google, citing privacy
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft Is Losing Fight for Consumers, Analyst Says  —  Mark Anderson is the writer behind the Strategic News Service, a predictive newsletter with a wide following among technology executives and venture capitalists, which he publishes from the island redoubt of Friday Harbor …
Chris Pollard / The Sun:
Coke ‘sorry’ for swear blunder  —  FIZZY drinks giant Coca-Cola has apologised after its website produced a security code that read: “U F * * K R”.  Customer Alistair Beswick was shocked when the randomly generated string of letters appeared as he was logging on to Coke Zone.
Discussion: Slashfood
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple's Next Media Frontier Will Be Streaming Video  —  Video entertainment was “the one that got away” from Apple, but recent moves reveal the company is taking a second stab at the category, and that streaming video will play a major role.  —  The addition of video cameras to Apple's latest iPhone …
The Huffington Post:
Inside The Lives Of Amazon.com Warehouse Employees: Long Hours, Long Walks, And Heavy Lifting (PHOTOS)  —  What goes on behind the scenes at a giant online retailer like Amazon.com?  —  A job posting for openings at Amazon.com's largest “fulfillment center” in Coffeyville …
Softpedia News:
Over One Hundred Thousand Websites Infected in New Attack  —  Rogue frames load exploit cocktail  —  Security researchers have detected a new mass injection attack that has compromised over 130,000 websites so far.  A rogue IFrame is used to exploit visitors and infect their computers with a banking trojan.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Facebook Changed Its Privacy Strategy  —  We reported yesterday that Facebook is aiming to get people to be more public on the site and that anyone who hasn't changed their privacy settings will now see it “recommended” that their status updates, photos etc. be exposed to the whole web.
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Lisa Barone / Outspoken Media:
Is Google Moving In The Wrong Direction?  —  It's been one hell of a week for all of us.  I'm exhausted and I need a nap.  I do have a question, though.  And it is only a question, so simma down, Internet.  —  The question is this: Is Google making search too complex and moving …
Greg Hardesty / Orange County Register:
Getting flashed by your laptop is no fun  —  ORANGE - Stacy Gore was on the phone with a computer technician in India who had remotely accessed her computer to help repair it when an image flashed across her laptop screen, shocking her.  —  It was a snapshot of her bare breasts.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
TomTom Introduces U.S.-Only GPS iPhone Application for $49.99  —  TomTom today launched TomTom U.S.A. [App Store], a new U.S.-only GPS navigation application for the iPhone carrying an introductory price of $49.99 through December 28th.  —  The introductory price marks a 50% savings …
Discussion: App Advice and MobileCrunch
JBC / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia 5235 Comes With Music rolls into view  —  GLOBAL - The new Nokia 5235 Comes With Music promises to bring a plethora of free music to users at a price they might not expect.  Based on the 5230, this Comes With Music edition boasts the perfect mix of size, usability and of course as much music as users could ever want.
Ravit Lichtenberg from / ReadWriteWeb:
10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010  —  This time last year, I wrote about the 10 ways social media will change 2009, and while all predictions have materialized or are on their way, it has only become clear in recent months how significant of a change we've seen this year.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Want Everyone To See Your Credit Card Transactions?  Of Course You Do.  Meet Blippy.  —  As the Internet matures, slowly but surely everything we do in the real world is going social.  But there's a limit to how much information we can explicitly share on all the various services.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Erictric
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
CloudShare raises $10M for cloud-based demos  —  CloudShare, a startup that improves the sales process by allowing companies to run software and appliance demos in the cloud, has raised $10 million in a second round of institutional funding.  The money comes from some big-name venture firms …
Discussion: TechCrunch and bizjournals
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Google backs world's fastest net cable  —  • Undersea line set to run 5,000 miles across southeast Asia  —  • £245m cable marks latest investment in net infrastructure  —  In little more than a decade, Google has conquered the technology industry and become one of the world's most powerful companies.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
US firm sues UK blogger - in Australia  —  The US based online game company Evony is suing a British blogger for defamation  —  In an internet defamation case that lawyers say could set an “extraordinary precedent”, an American games company is suing a British blogger in the Australian courts.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
iPhone developer says Apple taking more lenient approach with apps  —  Despite a spotted violation of Apple's rules for developers, one iPhone application was approved for released on the App Store with a warning to fix the issue in a future update.  —  Developer Vimov, creators of iSimulate …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Tumblr Goes Real Time  —  Starting today, the popular light blogging platform Tumblr will publish its users' feeds in real time.  Tumblr will use the increasingly popular PubSubHubbub format to announce updates.  Tumblr's real-time hub will be powered by Superfeedr.
Discussion: Download Squad
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
VOKLE Launches Live Video Broadcasting Platform  —  After many months in private alpha, VOKLE is officially launching its live video platform to the public.  VOKLE is an embeddable application that allows users to broadcast their live video and audio to a virtual auditorium of viewers …
Ben Kepes / CloudAve:
Breaking: Salesforce.com Buys GroupSwim  —  Big news this morning is the announcement of a deal that sees salesforce.com acquire GroupSwim (more on GroupSwim here).  It seems the announcement came today but this has been brewing for sometime, GroupSwim VP of Customer Success Jason Rothbart's Facebook status …
 
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Google, Facebook, and our privacy: We're all in denial
eMarketer:
US Online Ad Spend Turns the Corner
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Apple Buying VoIP Provider iCall?
Discussion: MacRumors Page 2
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HarperCollins to delay new ebooks by up to six months
Discussion: Electronista, I4U News and Gadgetell
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
ATandT Is Top Carrier, Says Business Traveler Mag
Kit Eatonfri / Fast Company:
Search Engine Wars: Google, Yahoo Fight Over Twitter—Google Wins
Discussion: Digits and Softpedia News
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
The iPhone moves from the quad to the classroom
Discussion: Gadget Lab
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Rather than patch, Microsoft blocks buggy code
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com:
No, Virginia, the Apple Tablet is a big fat Fairy Tale
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Nielsen Wire:
Six Million More Seniors Using the Web than Five Years Ago
Discussion: CNET News, Telecompetitor and Mashable!
John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers root Motorola Droid
Discussion: I4U News
AppleInsider:
Apple offers free taste of iTunes LP format with ‘Holiday Sampler’
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
4 Out of 5 Viewers Leave If a Stream Buffers Once
Discussion: Mashable!, Maximum PC and AppScout