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10:40 AM ET, December 15, 2009

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bit.ly blog:
Announcing bit.ly Pro  —  Today we're pleased to announce a new service: bit.ly Pro.  The Pro service provides custom short URLs powered by bit.ly.  Publishers and bloggers will be able to use their own short domain names to point to pages on their sites.  —  As part of our initial beta program …
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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 …
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Android Market grows up, hits 20,000 apps milestone  —  Rest assured that 2010 is going to be a big year for the Android operating system, with many new handsets finding their way to stores around the world (including Google's own phone) and an increasing amount of developers building tools …
New York Times:
Author Grants Exclusive E-Book Rights to Amazon  —  Ever since electronic books emerged as a major growth market, New York's largest publishing houses have worried that big-name authors might sign deals directly with e-book retailers or other new ventures, bypassing traditional publishers entirely.
Esteban Kozak / The LinkedIn Blog:
Find people faster with LinkedIn's new faceted search  —  Here at LinkedIn, we believe that people search is one of the most valuable new areas of search technology.  Late last year, we announced the launch of the new people search platform, rebuilt from the ground up.
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Facebook Could Learn a Thing or Two From LinkedIn's Faceted Search
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Bandwidth.com the Future of VoIP and Voice?  —  Bandwidth.com, despite having a name only a late '90s investor could love, has built a profitable all-IP network and expects to bring in $85 million in sales this year.  Today it also is announcing that it's opening up its network as a platform …
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Starts Testing Features for Businesses  —  We know that Twitter believes that businesses are central to helping grow and monetize the microblogging service; recent integrations with Citysearch and LinkedIn have foretold its interest in the space.  —  Today though, Twitter has begun …
Discussion: BloggingStocks and CloudAve
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Wall Opens A Bit More: Facebook To Publish User Updates To Twitter This Week  —  A lot has been said recently about Facebook's decision to re-write its privacy rulebook to encourage users to be more open about what they share.  Privacy implications aside, at least it appears that Facebook is eating its own dogfood.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Toshiba announces 64GB NAND packages: Apple winks, gives a nudge  —  Outside of the occasional leaked roadmap, one of the best ways to predict the future of consumer electronics is by looking at the evolution of the components within.  Take this Toshiba NAND package for instance.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google's reCAPTCHA busted by new attack  —  Significant success rate  —  A security researcher has devised a successful attack on a Google-owned system for blocking malicious scripts on web-based email services and other types of sites.  —  The attack, described in a paper released Saturday …
Discussion: FierceCIO News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook For Android Just Got A Big Upgrade, Is Catching Up To Its iPhone Cousin  —  For quite a while now now, one of the biggest problems with Android has been its app support.  In particular, the Facebook application has been quite limited: you could read your News Feed …
Google Code Blog:
Google Fusion Tables API  —  Today I'm excited to announce that Google Fusion Tables is releasing its own API.  —  What is Fusion Tables?  A product launched recently in Google Labs, Fusion Tables is a free service for sharing and visualizing data online.
Discussion: InfoWorld, ReadWriteWeb, CloudAve and ProgrammableWeb, Thanks:atul
David Diaz / TechCrunch:
DEMO Winner Liaise Opens Doors, Debuts Mobile And Team Services  —  The winner of DEMO's enterprise category and people's choice award, Liaise, is moving from private to open beta by launching their much anticipated mobile calendar integration and introducing their Team Services platform.
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and VatorNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
8 Years Later, the Blogging Goes On  —  It's now been eight years since I wrote the first post on the blog version of GigaOM.  Up until Dec. 13, 2001, GigaOM was nothing more than a repository for my previously published articles and résumé.  But with a little help from Ben Trott …
Thanks:atul
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome Mac, Linux betas push browser into No. 3 spot  —  Passes Safari, may beat Firefox at its own game on Linux  —  Computerworld - The release last week of betas of Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux pushed the Google browser's share past Apple's Safari and into the No. 3 spot, a Web measurement company said today.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Verizon's Affair With Wi-Fi Heats Up  —  Verizon Wireless's love affair with Wi-Fi heated up again today with the carrier's announcement that its broadband subscribers can now connect to thousands of hotspots in North America at no additional charge.  Subscribers with Verizon laptop cards …
Discussion: Electronista
Randolph J. May / Washington Times:
Voiding the Constitution  —  FCC rules could counter freedom of speech  —  The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new regulations to force broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) like Time Warner and Verizon to adhere to “net neutrality” mandates.
Discussion: The Precursor Blog
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
AlikeList Raises $5 Million For Local Business Reviews Site  —  A new local business reviews site has raised $5 million in a funding round from Syncom Venture Partners.  The startup, AlikeList, is trying to distinguish itself from existing competitors by making its recommendations more personal.
Discussion: Screenwerk, VentureBeat and silicontap.com, Thanks:geekychic
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
One Of The 32 Million With A RockYou Account?  You May Want To Change All Your Passwords.  Like Now.  —  It's no secret that most people use the same password over and over again for most of the services they sign up for.  While it's obviously convenient, this becomes a major problem if one of those services is compromised.
David Lenoe / Adobe Product Security Incident …:
New Adobe Reader and Acrobat Vulnerability  —  This afternoon, Adobe received reports of a vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2 and earlier versions being exploited in the wild (CVE-2009-4324).  We are currently investigating this issue and assessing the risk to our customers.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
House Committee Takes on Live-streaming Piracy  —  When the House Judiciary Committee hold its hearing, “Piracy of Live Sports Broadcasting Over the Internet,” tomorrow morning, we can be assured of two things: There's going to be more sports banter than you'd ever want to hear from members of Congress …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Brian Solis
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, others sued for patent infringement  —  BetaNet on Monday filed a lawsuit against 18 companies, including Apple, Adobe and Microsoft.  —  Filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, the lawsuit claims the companies violate the '134 patent, entitled …
Discussion: AppleInsider, TUAW and MacDailyNews
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft pulls China blog site amid code-theft charges  —  Microsoft said late Monday that is suspending access to an MSN China microblogging site amid allegations the service is based on code swiped from a rival.  —  Canadian start-up Plurk lashed out at Microsoft earlier on Monday …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Google To Power Search, Ads On Mail.ru Starting January 2010  —  Earlier this month, we reported that Google would be replacing Russian search leader Yandex as the default search engine and ad server on Mail.ru, the most popular online destination in the country with more than 50 million unique monthly users.
AndroidGuys:
Developers Waste Little Time Porting Android 2.1 to Droid  —  In a move that comes as little surprise, some crafty developers have managed to extract Android 2.1 from a Nexus One handset to port it to the Motorola Droid.  Does it work?  Yes and no. According to comments left by the devs, it's buggy at best.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Paramount to Start Online Service to Sell Movie Clips  —  LOS ANGELES — Paramount Pictures, looking for new ways to turn its old movies into cash, especially as DVD sales continue to decline, is creating an online video clip service that will allow users to search hundreds of feature films on a frame-by-frame basis.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ars Technica:
iPhone and Snow Leopard Server's failure to communicate  —  Imagine if the iPod worked with a Windows machine but not on a Mac.  Would make zero sense, right?  Amazingly, this scenario describes the current reality with the iPhone and Apple's server edition of its Mac OS X operating system.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
University of Antwerp stuffs 13 GPUs into FASTRA II supercomputer
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zoho Reports Steps Out Of Beta With Pricing Model And New Features
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Gamer population surges — consoles in 60% of households
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Sally Singer / Vogue.com:
The Bride Wore Snowflakes
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gawker
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Verizon Debuts Media Manager Tool
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Boxee Beta Leaks on BitTorrent
Discussion: TechSpot and Lifehacker
Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
How LG is getting teens to think before they text
Discussion: CrunchGear and Between the Lines
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The Mac's holiday momentum
Discussion: Crave, AppleInsider and Ubergizmo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Unofficial Google Text-To-Speech API
Discussion: Communications …, Webmonkey and Ajaxian, Thanks:bobcaswell
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
iPhone Users Urged to Take Down AT&T