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10:25 AM 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.
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
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
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 …
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 and Gadget Lab
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
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.
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
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 …
iSuppli:
Sony Gets One Step Closer to Breakeven Point with Latest PlayStation 3 Design  —  With the latest version of its PlayStation 3 video game console, Sony Corp. not only seems to have found the magic price point to ignite sales during the all-important Christmas season, it also has managed …
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and GamePolitics News
PC World:
Study: More Than 50 Android Phones to Ship in 2010  —  The trickle of Android-based smartphones seen this year is expected to turn into an avalanche in 2010, according to market research company CCS Insight, which forecasts that will ship next year.  —  This year saw the launch of about 10 devices …
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
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.
Discussion: SEO and Tech Daily, Thanks:atul
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Now Is It Facebook's Microsoft Moment?  —  I came close to killing my Facebook account this week.  As I delved even deeper to the supposed privacy I have or don't have on the service, I wondered why on earth I even have an account at all.  And I kept thinking of Anil Dash's post earlier this year, Google's Microsoft Moment.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Mozilla to open - gasp!  - Firefox add-on store  —  For-pay browserware mooted  —  Free whitepaper - Best practices for optimizing performance and availability in virtual infrastructures  —  Add-on-Con Mozilla has said it will “probably” open a marketplace for Firefox add-ons sometime next year.
Discussion: Ajaxian, The Next Web Network and Erictric, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Register
 
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Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
FTC Report Illustrates the Hard Problem of Keeping Kids Completely …
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
VOKLE Launches Live Video Broadcasting Platform
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Google, Facebook, and our privacy: We're all in denial
Discussion: tecosystems and Computerworld
eMarketer:
US Online Ad Spend Turns the Corner
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
US firm sues UK blogger - in Australia
 Earlier Items: 
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
Chris Pollard / The Sun:
Coke ‘sorry’ for swear blunder
Discussion: Slashfood
Softpedia News:
Over One Hundred Thousand Websites Infected in New Attack
Discussion: Security Bytes and Maximum PC