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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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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.
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.
Reuters:
Google phone with T-Mobile contract in January: source  —  FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc will sell a version of its own-branded cellphone for a reduced price to U.S. consumers who agree to a service contract from Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, a source familiar with the matter said.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Pals Up With T-Mobile to Push Its “Nexus One” Phone
David Coursey / PC World:
Google “Nexus One” Smartphone Could Hurt Android
Discussion: MarketingVOX
The Official Google Blog:
Making URLs shorter for Google Toolbar and FeedBurner  —  This morning, we launched updated versions of the Google Toolbar and FeedBurner that offer a new URL shortening service from Google called the Google URL Shortener.  We mentioned our URL shortener as a feature in both announcements …
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing New URL Shortener, fb.me  —  URL shorteners, like bit.ly, have become a popular way for people to share links on Twitter while taking up as few of the allotted 140 characters as possible.  But saving space is just one of the benefits that shorteners provide.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Just Got Fu.kd: Facebook And Google Get Into The Short URL Game
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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BetaNews:   The case in favor of the open source enterprise database
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Marissa Mayer: An omnivorous Google is coming  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president for search products and user experience, shares her unparalleled insights into the future of internet search engines.  —  The next big breakout area for Google is going to be language, according to Marissa Mayer.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Maximum PC
TeliaSonera:
TeliaSonera first in the world with 4G services  —  Today, as the first operator in the world, TeliaSonera launches 4G services commercially to customers in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway.  —  “We are very proud to be the first operator in the world to offer our customers 4G services.
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple apologizes for iMac delays  —  Apple on Sunday apologized to customers amid reports of shipping delays of its recently introduced iMac computer.  —  “The new iMac has been a huge hit and we are working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible,” an Apple spokesperson told CNET.
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.
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
Discussion: TechFlash, Cloud Security and eWeek
AdSense for Feeds:
Socializing your feed with Twitter  —  Sometimes you reach across the hedgerow to share with your nearby neighbors.  Other times, members of the household move away and yet you can't keep from calling to remind them to wear a hat and such because it's chilly out.
ai.rs blog:
HTC Legend not a legend anymore  —  ai.rs blog Exclusive  —  As we promised, we bring you more info on HTC Legend.  In fact, we present you exclusive crystal clear image of the upcoming Android phone from HTC.  We suppose it will replace Hero, considering the dimensions, screen size and specs.
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
App Watch: Exploiting the iPhone Lock Screen  —  Most iPhone app developers work with Apple to get their products in the iPhone App Store, submitting software for the company's approval.  But a community of maverick developers sidesteps that process to target iPhones that have been modified-or …
Discussion: Technologizer and eWeek
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
iPhone Users Urged to Take Down AT&T  —  Apparently, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega's recent remarks concerning the carrier's plans to “incentivize” mobile data hogs to cut back on their usage rates aren't sitting well with AT&T customers.  Shocker.  —  Fake Steve Jobs, for one, has had enough of AT&T's excuses.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web Network:
Microsoft Blatantly Steals From Startup?  - Plurk Stunned and Confused  —  I am not sure what to make of this one.  Plurk, a very promising social networking startup is claiming that Microsoft (you read that right), has been involved with “blatant theft of code, design, and UI elements.”
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble Nook torn down and rooted — but still respected  —  Barnes & Noble might be pitching the Nook to the literary set, but it turns out the Android-based dual-screen reader is pretty hacker-friendly as well: both the OS and filesystem are stored on a microSD card.
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Can TiVo Reinvent Itself?  —  DVR Pioneer Needs Help — Fast — From Cable Operators to Survive  —  TiVo president and CEO Tom Rogers says he doesn't run a DVR company.  —  This is odd, since TiVo is synonymous with the digital video recorder — a technology that, in the last decade …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, DSLreports and The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:arjo
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Fuse: What Your Next Touch Phone Is Going to Feel Like  —  Fuse is what Synaptics—who probably made the trackpad you're swirling your finger on, and maybe your phone's touchscreen—says the next generation of touch phones will be like: You'll be squeezing, touching and stroking the phone, all over.
Times of London:
Spinvox nears £92m takeover  —  SPINVOX, the troubled technology firm, is close to accepting a $150m (£92m) takeover offer from an American rival.  —  A sale to Nuance Communications, the speech-recognition group, could be announced before Christmas.
Nielsen Wire:
U.S. Web Users Spent Just Over 66 Hours on the Computer in November  —  The Nielsen Company today reported November 2009 data for the Top Parent Companies/Divisions and Top Web Brands, as well as average Internet usage.  —  Top 10 Parent Companies/Divisions for November 2009 (U.S. …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Unofficial Google Text-To-Speech API
Discussion: Weston Ruter and Webmonkey, Thanks:bobcaswell
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Bill Gates fund: libraries need more cash for broadband
The Huffington Post:
The Goracle — Al Gore, the Internet and the Future of American Politics
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Court will rule on privacy of text messages sent on employer-owned devices
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hackers declare war on international forensics tool
Discussion: Threat Level
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
BlackBerry User Satisfaction on Rise, as iPhone, Droid Skirmish
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
John Cook / TechFlash:
Widevine to grow with new $15 million venture round
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 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Qik Hastens Its Live Broadcasts With A Desktop App (Invites)
Discussion: Gadgetell
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove Releases iPhone SDK, Reports Record Signups for Updated Platform
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Is Apple Taking the Internet Seriously Now?
Discussion: TechStartups.com
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