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8:40 PM ET, December 12, 2009

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Mario Queiroz / Google Mobile Blog:
An Android dogfood diet for the holidays  —  At Google, we are constantly experimenting with new products and technologies, and often ask employees to test these products for quick feedback and suggestions for improvements in a process we call dogfooding (from “eating your own dogfood").
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Phone, Unlocked (Confirmed And More Details)  —  Last night, we started seeing some Tweets from Google employees and others about a new Android-powered Google phone that was apparently handed out at an “all hands” meeting.  Now Google is confirming that it is indeed “dogfood” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ZOMG The Google Phone Is “Like An iPhone On Beautifying Steroids”  —  We told you the Google phone was confirmed.  And now some Googler's seem to be confirming it, too.  There is a lot of chatter on Twitter about Google employees with HTC-built unlocked Google Phones running Android 2.1.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Sell Own Phone  —  Google Inc. has designed a cellphone it plans to sell directly to consumers as soon as next year, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The phone is called the Nexus One and is being manufactured for Google by HTC Corp., these people said.
Zee / The Next Web Network:
Google confirm a “Google Phone”, but it's not built by them and only for G-staff (for now).  —  So Google has written a blog post confirming a Google Phone is in existence.  Before you get too excited though, read it: … You should have noticed the device is not built by Google but by a partner …
Discussion: Mashable!
Randall Stross / New York Times:
AT&T Takes the Blame, Even for the iPhone's Faults  —  I LOVE my iPhone.  I just wish it were matched with Verizon Wireless, the carrier with the most envied reputation as fast, ubiquitous, reliable, nigh perfect.  —  Consumer Reports has just released its annual survey of cellphone service …
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
A not-so-brief chat with Randall Stephenson of AT&T
Discussion: /Message, DisplayBlog and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Graphics issues force Apple to delay iMac orders, resellers report  —  Shipments of 27-in. model delayed after users complain of flickering screens, other problems  —  Computerworld - Apple has delayed shipping new 27-in. iMacs until it can figure out the cause of flickering screens …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Matt / WordPress.com News:
Post and Read via Twitter API  —  The other day I talked about micro-blogging and mega-blogging and shared my view that new forms of social media, including micro-blogging, are complementary to blogging.  We've seen ongoing growth at WordPress.com as people started using Twitter, and we expect that to continue.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Legal Battles Over E-Book Rights to Older Books  —  William Styron may have been one of the leading literary lions of recent decades, but his books are not selling much these days.  Now his family has a plan to lure digital-age readers with e-book versions of titles like “Sophie's Choice,” …
WMPoweruser.com:
Windows Mobile 7 coming “late next year”  —  In a Q&A session at the ‘Connect!’ technology summit in London recently, Microsoft UK head of mobility Phil Moore confirmed Windows Mobile 7 will not be showing up very soon. … Late 2010 suggests a Q4 rather than Q3 launch.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
SHOP4APPS: Motorola's Android application store revealed  —  Using the power of Google search, we were able to uncover the URL for the new Motorola application store called SHOP4APPS.  The app store is web based and can be browsed from any Android phone.  Since the store is web based …
Discussion: Engadget
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Hello, tablets.  Good-bye, netbooks!  —  Seven trends are conspiring to usher in a tsunami of tablets — and sink netbooks  —  Computerworld - Look, I know you like the netbook idea — and you love netbook prices.  If you're like most people, you think tablets are expensive, slow, heavy and a pain to use.
Discussion: TeleRead and internetnews.com
 
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