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9:00 AM ET, December 14, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and The Register
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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.”
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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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: BoomTown and /Message
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate launches world's thinnest hard drive for laptops and netbooks  —  Seagate Technology is announcing tomorrow its Momentus Thin drive, the world's thinnest 2.5-inch hard disk drive for the smallest laptops and netbooks.  —  The device can also be used in backup devices and consumer electronics gear.
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
The Official Google Blog:
Cloud apps, big city: LA goes Google  —  This fall we've seen lots of government agencies decide to make the switch to cloud computing, joining the many businesses already using Google Apps for email and collaboration at work.  Today we'd like to officially welcome another customer to the mix: the City of Los Angeles.
Guardian:
New Guardian iPhone app  —  Want to view the Guardian in double quick time, with slicker graphics and better clarity on your iPhone?  Well there's an app for that...
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
CBS Interactive Dumps Ad Networks  —  An Old Debate Revived: Are Networks Good or Bad for Online Media?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hoping to get an ad on CBS.com, Gamespot, TV.com or CNET?  Better call CBS.  CBS is expected to announce Dec. 14 that it will no longer do business …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Huffington Post's New Ad Revenue Stream: Twitter Feeds  —  Marketers Can Pay to Add Tweets, Comments Alongside Readers' Own  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The Huffington Post has started offering marketers the ability to inject their own paid comments among reader comments and place paid Tweets among …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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comScore, Inc.:
Online Holiday Spending Approaches $20 Billion for the Season …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook torn down and rooted — but still respected
Discussion: Gadget Lab and DisplayBlog
Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
Facebook: Starting Over  —  Like many other people, I have a Facebook account.
Discussion: rc3.org, Thanks:ilamont
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Microsoft Invents Price-Gouging the Least Influential
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
How To: Totally Overhaul Your Phones With Google Voice
Discussion: ARMdevices.net
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
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