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12:30 PM ET, December 12, 2009

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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.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
The Google Phone: This changes everything (mostly)  —  We don't have much information on the Google Phone just yet.  In fact, it sounds more like a party favor than anything else.  However, if and when Google starts selling this thing, prepare for some of the strangest - and coolest - times in mobile we've ever experienced.
Discussion: Erictric
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 …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Find Without Searching: Google Brings Universal Search to Google Suggest
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: internetnews.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
App Store Apps Finally Gets Prettier Pages  —  With the launch of iTunes 9, Apple revamped many of the areas of the iTunes online store so that they were rendered with WebKit, the open source web layout engine (which browsers like Safari and Chrome also use).  Alongside this, the whole store was redesigned.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Video Finds Cartoons and Slideshows  —  Google Video has a new feature that lets you restrict search results to cartoons and slideshows.  After performing a search, click “Show options” and select “Cartoons” or “Slideshows” from the list of options.  Google uses a video recognition technology …
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Guardian and TeleRead
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
JooJoo (formerly Crunchpad) late to launch, hit by TechCrunch lawsuit
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tiger Woods' hiatus from golf could hurt EA's golf video games  —  Struck by a personal scandal, Tiger Woods announced today he would take a break from professional golf.  The announcement could take a toll on Electronic Arts' big Tiger Woods video game franchise.
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: Shooting at Bubbles
Reuters:
How will journalism survive the Internet Age?  —  Chris Ahearn is President, Media at Thomson Reuters.  The following is the text of remarks prepared for the Federal Trade Commission's workshop on how the Internet has affected journalism.  —  Good afternoon.  As I only have a couple of minutes, let me get straight to the point.
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
Whitman pledges not in Craigslist contract  —  GEORGETOWN, Del. — Assurances that former eBay CEO Meg Whitman gave Craigslist's officials before eBay bought into the online classifieds company were never put in writing, the founder of Craigslist acknowledged Friday.
Discussion: Reuters and NBC Bay Area
David Worthington / Technologizer:
Office 2003 Rights Management Bug Locks up Files  —  UPDATED: It's a nightmare scenario: Imagine coming into the office and not being able to access any of your organization's vital documents.  That scenario became reality today for an untold number of Microsoft Office 2003 customers …
 
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Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
FTC Report Illustrates the Hard Problem of Keeping Kids Completely …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla to open - gasp! - Firefox add-on store
Discussion: Ajaxian, The Next Web Network and Erictric, Thanks:atul
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
VOKLE Launches Live Video Broadcasting Platform
 Earlier Items: 
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Google, Facebook, and our privacy: We're all in denial
Discussion: Computerworld and tecosystems
Greg Hardesty / Orange County Register:
Getting flashed by your laptop is no fun
Discussion: The Register
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
US firm sues UK blogger - in Australia
The Huffington Post:
Inside The Lives Of Amazon.com Warehouse Employees: Long Hours …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Apple Buying VoIP Provider iCall?
Ravit Lichtenberg from / ReadWriteWeb:
10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010
Ben Kepes / CloudAve:
Breaking: Salesforce.com Buys GroupSwim
Discussion: I'm Not Actually a Geek, Thanks:sameerpatel