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12:30 PM ET, December 13, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nexus One, The Google Phone, Captured In The Wild (Picture)  —  Apparently, Googlers aren't supposed to be tweeting the details of the Google Phone, but they have no problem tweeting about how awesome it is.  And they also apparently have no problem showing it off.
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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” …
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.
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").
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Real Google Phone: Everything Is Different Now  —  It wasn't supposed to exist.  “The” Google Phone.  Then we (and others) heard otherwise.  And now, Google isn't just handing this “sexy beast” out to employees, they're going to sell it directly.  Everything has changed.  Here's what we know.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Nine ways of looking at a Google phone  —  The long-rumored gPhone has surfaced, but no one can agree about what it means  —  The purported Google phone.  Photo: Cory O'Brien  —  Google (GOOG) announced on its mobile blog Saturday what dozens of staffers had already leaked …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The End Of Hand Crafted Content  —  Old media loves nothing quite so much as writing about their own impending death.  And we always enjoy adding our own two cents - the AP not knowing what YouTube is, the NYTimes guys reading TechCrunch every day, etc.  —  Speaking broadly, I like what Reuters …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Daily Patricia and Reuters
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 …
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 …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Google Faces a Different World in Italy  —  PARIS — One morning in January 2008, Peter Fleischer, the chief privacy counsel at Google, was walking to the University of Milan to deliver a speech at a conference when someone shouted his name from behind.  Shortly afterward, he was surrounded by five Italian police officers.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Christmas Comes Early For BitTorrent - Demonoid is Back  —  In September, Demonoid, one of the world's most important and well-loved trackers, went down with overwhelming hardware problems.  —  An update on the situation was not good, with the site owners forecasting severe data loss.
 
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New York Times:
Twitter Tapping  —  The government is increasingly monitoring …
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Nancy Gohring / ITworld.com:
Sprint's Android updates highlight fragmentation
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Apple Says Audiobooks Must Have DRM
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New York Times:
In Shift, U.S. Talks to Russia on Internet Security
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Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
SHOP4APPS: Motorola's Android application store revealed
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Engadget
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Hello, tablets. Good-bye, netbooks!
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Internal memo: Vice Media executives plan to lay off hundreds of its 900+ employees over the next week, and the company is in advanced talks to sell Refinery29

Tampa Bay Times:
Tim Burke is charged with 14 crimes related to alleged computer hacks at Fox News, including six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization

Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
An interview with studio owner Tyler Perry, who says he's putting an $800M studio expansion in Atlanta on hold after seeing the capabilities of OpenAI's Sora

 
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