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7:45 AM ET, December 14, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Pals Up With T-Mobile to Push Its “Nexus One” Phone  —  Google plans to sell its new phone on its own Web site, without getting a wireless carrier to subsidize the handset.  —  But that doesn't mean it won't also work with a carrier: The search giant intends to launch …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: first Google Phone / Nexus One photos, Android 2.1 on-board  —  Well here you have it folks, honest-to-goodness pics of the Google Phone... AKA, the Nexus One.  As you can see by the photos, the design of the device is largely similar to those we've seen, but the graphic …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Nexus One blessed by the FCC (updated)  —  Well lookie here.  A little phone by the name of “NEXUSONE” just slipped through the FCC as model number PB99100 built by HTC.  The filing also confirms a few more details including microSD expansion, 802.11b/g WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Why So Many Are So Wrong on the ‘Google Phone’  —  Google on Saturday announced that its internal developers are using a new Android-powered phone that many Web sites have dubbed “Nexus One” from its Internet browser identification string, but which many reports say is a variant of HTC's HD2 phone.
Discussion: i-boy and DailyFinance
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Nine ways of looking at a Google phone
Discussion: Beyond Search
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud - Amazon EC2 Spot Instances  —  Today we launched a new option for acquiring Amazon EC2 Compute resources: Spot Instances.  Using this option, customers bid any price they like on unused Amazon EC2 capacity and run those instances for as long their bid exceeds the current “Spot Price.”
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Amazon.com:
AMAZON WEB SERVICES ANNOUNCES SPOT INSTANCES FOR AMAZON EC2  —  Allows customers to bid on unused capacity, enabling lower costs and access to significant short-term capacity for those with flexibility in when their applications can run  —  Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Location's Social Paradox  —  There's an absolute eruption of activity around location-based services right now.  Companies are getting funded left and right, new ones are popping up daily, and certain ones are seemingly starting to take off.  But for a number of them, there's a very big wall looming.
Discussion: /Message
Market Wire:
Oracle Makes Commitments to Customers, Developers and Users of MySQL  —  Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) has engaged in constructive discussions with the European Commission regarding the concerns expressed by the Commission about the Oracle/Sun Microsystems transaction, and in particular the maintenance …
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Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
Facebook: Starting Over  —  Like many other people, I have a Facebook account.  One reason is to keep track of what's happening in the planet's largest social network, including what application developers and users are doing there.  —  Another is that some of my friends — actual friends — are using the site.
Discussion: rc3.org, Thanks:ilamont
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, DST Make Play For AOL's ICQ  —  A number of companies are pursuing AOL's ICQ instant messaging product, we're hearing.  Russian press is saying DST (a recent Facebook investor) is talking about buying the service.  Our sources say they're a relatively new bidder to the process, and others continue to show interest.
Amazon.com:
Kindle for iPhone App Now Available From App Store In More Than 60 Countries  —  Customers around the world can now synchronize their reading between Kindle, their computer and their iPhone or iPod touch and never lose their place  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Kindle …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate launches world's thinnest hard drive for laptops and netbooks
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook torn down and rooted — but still respected
Discussion: DisplayBlog
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Huffington Post's New Ad Revenue Stream: Twitter Feeds
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Microsoft Invents Price-Gouging the Least Influential
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
How To: Totally Overhaul Your Phones With Google Voice
Discussion: ARMdevices.net
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DIY Book Scanners Turn Your Books Into Bytes
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
3-D Maps, Camera Phones Put ‘Reality’ in Augmented Reality
Adam Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
Online, Offline, No Line
Discussion: Daily Patricia and Screenwerk
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
How To Make Your Kindle Into an Automatic Instapaper
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google green-lights extension which clearly violates its own policies
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Google Faces a Different World in Italy