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4:50 PM ET, December 15, 2009

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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 number of developers building tools …
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
The Problem With Android Market's Growth  —  Android Market continues to grow its library in a big way, reaching 20,000 apps and doubling its library in just the last five months.  But as Google's storefront begins to nip at the heels of Apple's App Store, it will need to find better ways …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Comcast Launches Its “TV Everywhere” Plan Nationwide, With an Awful Name: Say Hello to “Xfinity”  —  As promised, Comcast is opening up the trial of its “TV Everywhere” program, which gives its subscribers-but only its subscribers-access to extra TV programming, streamed via the Web.
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.
PR Newswire:
Cherrypal Launches World's First $99 Laptop  —  New 7-inch Netbook Helps Bridge the Digital Divide; Redesigned Intel N280 Bing laptop features 13.3-inch wide screen; New Cherrypal Open Store Launched  —  Cherrypal, the company that brought the world's “greenest” desktop computer to market last year …
Discussion: Engadget, bizjournals, Gadgetell and Gizmodo
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Apple Approves Video Recording App for iPhone 2G and 3G  —  If you've been reconsidering your position as a jailbreaker thanks to recent security threats or Apple's strong disapproval, there's now one more reason to consider going legit.  Apple just approved a new app that allows iPhones other than the 3GS to record video.
HardMac.com:
Details concerning the Xeon processors with 6 cores  —  New information shown by Intel lets us learn some more on the future Intel processors in 6 cores engraved in 32 nm that we soon expect to see equipping the Mac Pro.  To start, contrary to the forecasts, these processors will keep the name of Core i7 and will not be called Core i9.
ABC News:
Green light for internet filter plans  —  The Federal Government has detailed its plan to require internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia to block a list of banned material.  —  When Parliament resumes next year the Government plans to introduce amendments that will require ISPs to block banned material on overseas servers.
Todd Levy / 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 …
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.
Project Honey Pot:
1 Billion Spammers Served  —  Our 1 Billionth Spam Message  —  On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 06:20 (GMT) Project Honey Pot received its billionth email spam message.  The message, a picture of which is displayed below, was a United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phishing scam.
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
JS-Kit Finally Ditches Its Name, Rebrands As Echo With Some Big Partners In Tow  —  Last July, we covered the initial debut of JS-Kit's Echo, a real-time commenting system.This morning during a media conference call, the CEO Khris Loux announced that in light of the success of the product …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ASCAP Now Demanding License From Venues That Let People Play Guitar Hero  —  We've been detailing how the various collection societies around the globe have been trotting out all sorts of dubious reasoning to try to get more people to pay up for a license.  In the US, ASCAP has been particularly …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ebooks For Dummies: Wiley Joins 150 Publishers In The Scribd Store  —  Book publishers are increasingly embracing digital books, and not just on Amazon's Kindle.  Today, John Wiley and Sons, Barnes and Noble imprint Sterling Publishing, Chronicle Books, and the University of Chicago Press announced …
Discussion: AppScout and dailywireless.org
Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement Regarding MSN China Joint Venture's Juku Feature  —  Additional information regarding the Juku beta application.  —  On Monday, December 14, questions arose over a beta application called Juku developed by a Chinese vendor for our MSN China joint venture.
PC World:
Smartphone Sales Increase Disappoints, Says Gartner  —  Smartphones grabbed a smaller-than-expected part of overall mobile phone sales in 2009, and Nokia is largely to blame, according to market research company Gartner.  —  In 2009 smartphones will represent 14 percent of overall unit sales to end users …
Discussion: eWeek
Liam Cassidy / TheAppleBlog:
The Nexus One: A Non-Story  —  Over the weekend the rumors of a Google Phone were confirmed in the guise of the whimsically named Nexus One.  It's an unbranded HTC-made carrier-unlocked handset running Android 2.0, and it looks lovely.  And already articles have popped-up examining its various …
Discussion: Engadget and Lifehacker
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Launches Location Check-ins for Facebook  —  Now that Foursquare has money in the bank, the New York-based startup is starting to quickly launch updates to its increasingly popular mobile location-based game.  —  The service recently released their API, paving the way for nifty apps …
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.
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 …
Andrew Willis / Globe and Mail:
Morgan Stanley spotlights wireless future  —  Spend 10 minutes with Jim Balsillie, and you'll understand that the Research in Motion executive's ambition is nothing short of revolutionary: He wants the BlackBerry to supplant the personal computer.  —  For most of Mr. Balsillie's 17 years at RIM, this goal seemed a distant dream.
Michael Bürge / Google LatLong:
More information, fewer clicks  —  Earlier this year, we proclaimed that “1000 is the new 10” when we began showing small dots on the map for all your local search results.  This has been a great way to get a better understanding of the density of certain listings - for example …
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 …
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.
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.
Scott Sayare / New York Times:
France to Digitize Its Own Literary Works  —  PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged nearly $1.1 billion on Monday toward the computer scanning of French literary works, audiovisual archives and historical documents, an announcement that underscored his government's desire to maintain control …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Wired Campus
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Adobe confirms PDF zero-day attacks.  Disable JavaScript now  —  Malicious hackers are exploiting a zero-day (unpatched) vulnerability in Adobe's ever-present PDF Reader/Acrobat software to hijack data from compromised computers.  —  According to an advisory from Adobe …
Discussion: Computerworld, PC World and ITworld.com
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 …
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.comwatch
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.
 
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Robert Werlinger / PreCentral.net:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Chinese mobile Internet firm buys game maker for $80M
Discussion: mocoNews
Julie Haviv / Reuters:
Zillow launches rental listings and search service
Discussion: Screenwerk, VentureBeat and TechFlash
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
The Grill: Microsoft's Chris Capossela on Google, Twitter …
Randolph J. May / Washington Times:
Voiding the Constitution  —  FCC rules could counter freedom of speech
Discussion: DSLreports and The Precursor Blog
Ars Technica:
iPhone and Snow Leopard Server's failure to communicate
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
8 Years Later, the Blogging Goes On
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Wall Opens A Bit More: Facebook To Publish User Updates To Twitter This Week
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Neowin.net