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1:15 AM ET, December 16, 2009

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Abdur / Twitter Blog:
Top Twitter Trends of 2009  —  My name is Abdur and I'm part of the Research team here at Twitter.  As Chief Scientist, it's my job to interpret data so we can understand and appreciate how Twitter is constantly evolving.  Since it's the end of the year, we thought it would be interesting …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Bing App Debuts on iPhone (So When's the Android Version Coming?)  —  Microsoft's feisty little search service, Bing, has finally made an iPhone app, which is now up on the Apple iTunes app store tonight.  —  Bing showed off the free app at a party thrown by its mobile team in San Francisco.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
AT&T Responds to Fake Steve's Operation Chokehold  —  AT&T has dismissed Fake Steve's Operation Chokehold protest as an attention-getting stunt.  —  Fake Steve is calling on disgruntled AT&T customers to bring AT&T's data network “to its knees” at 12 noon PST this Friday, December 18.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bing Crushes Yahoo Again In November  —  Another good month for Microsoft's Bing, and another very bad month for Yahoo, according to comScore's November search stats just delivered via a note from JPMorgan's Imran Khan.  —  Yahoo search is going down the tubes.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Professor claims Square took his credit card reading technology  —  Square, a new company that makes a small device to let anyone make a credit card payment from their mobile phone, has probably stirred up more excitement than any other startup launching in recent months.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple wins permanent injunction against clone Mac maker Psystar  —  First on AI: Apple and Psystar concluded 17 months of litigation Tuesday when a federal judge issued a permanent injunction against the unauthorized Mac OS X hardware creator, banning it from selling hardware with Apple's operating system.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Suggests You Lie, Break Its Own Terms Of Service To Keep Your Privacy  —  Here's a new one.  As Facebook continues to grapple with the negative press over its privacy overhaul, it's now suggesting a new way to protect your personal information: lie about it.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Is the Google Phone an Unauthorized Replicant?  —  Motorola tugged at the hearts of science-fiction fans everywhere when it announced that its first smartphone using Google's Android software would be called Droid, the name given to the lovable robots in “Star Wars.”
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google files for Nexus One trademark
Brad Stone and Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Russians Buy Stake in Web Games  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Russian firm that invested more than $200 million in Facebook this year is making another bet on the United States Internet industry.  —  Digital Sky Technologies, or D.S.T., an investment firm with offices in Moscow and London …
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.
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
PastryKit  —  One of the recent themes here has been the topic of iPhone OS web apps — apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch that are built with nothing more than HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  And specifically, the issues of how good an experience iPhone web apps can offer, and how easy they are to develop …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, The iPhone Blog and Ajaxian, Thanks:atul
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
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.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
iPhone Users, Get Ready for Flash Games  —  Photo of Evan “Rabble” Henshaw-Plath by James Duncan Davidson, used with permission  —  The iPhone has inspired a casual gaming renaissance that's about to go into overdrive.  OneAppAtATime, a new startup, allows developers to build iPhone …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Friendster Valued At Just $26.4 Million In Sale  —  We've got more details on the Friendster acquisition announced last week.  Rumors were floating that the buyer, MOL Global, paid as much as $100 million for Friendster.  The real price, we've confirmed from multiple sources, was under $30 million.
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
AT&T offers new position on net neutrality  —  IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should back away from creating strict nondiscrimination rules requiring broadband service providers to carry all Internet content, because such net neutrality rules could hurt investment in networks, AT&T told the FCC today.
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web Network
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iTunes Connect shuts down for Christmas...  Apple appears to be overhauling the infrastructure behind the iTunes App Store, confirming that iTunes Connect, the portal used by those who choose to make Apps available through the Apple service, is set to be out of action across the Christmas period.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Scammers exploit Google Doodle to spread malware  —  This Google Doodle featuring the Esperanto flag was exploited by scammers to spread malware, according to Barracuda Networks.  —  Online scammers are taking advantage of the public's interest in the Google Doodle to spread malware, a security firm warned on Tuesday.
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:mgcreed
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
kaChing Raises $7.5 Million To Turn Mutual Funds On Their Heads  —  kaChing, a new financial startup that's looking to rethink the way people invest, has closed a $7.5 million funding round led by DAG Ventures.  The company had previously raised $3 million from Silicon Valley notables including …
Thanks:marissac
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Bing Tweaks Search History, Dings Google  —  There's a new post on the Bing Search blog that talks at length about Bing's search history features, introduces a couple new features, and seems to ding Google a couple times along the way over its recent privacy-related stumbles.
Discussion: LiveSide, Search Blog and WebProNews
Macworld:
Macworld's iPhone apps of the year  —  We pick our 20 favorite apps of the year for the iPhone and iPod touch  —  Looking through Apple's App Store, it's easy to get lost in the numbers.  From December 2008 to November 2009, some 90,000 apps arrived in the online store …
Official Google Australia Blog:
Our views on Mandatory ISP Filtering  —  At Google we are concerned by the Government's plans to introduce a mandatory filtering regime for Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Australia, the first of its kind amongst western democracies.  Our primary concern is that the scope of content to be filtered is too wide.
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz:
Gmail Introduces Duplicate Contact Cleaner for Merging Contacts  —  Quite sometime back we had told you how to remove duplicate contacts in Windows Live Hotmail and removing duplicate contacts in Yahoo Mail, back then Gmail did not have the ability to remove duplicate contacts.
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC:
CPT Claims “World's Largest” Capacitive Touch Panel  —  Thanks in part to native support in Windows 7 and falling LCD panel pricing (price fixing allegations notwithstanding), the time is right for touch technology to really take off on the desktop.  Enter Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) …
Discussion: DigiTimes, Engadget and SlashGear
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
McDonald's Adds Free Wi-Fi to the Menu  —  In an effort to become more of a “destination” than a grab-n-go eatery, that most iconic of fast food chains — McDonald's — is now serving up free wi-fi.  Starting mid-January, the restaurant will nix the $2.95 fee that it had previously charged …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Facebook enables ‘reply via email’ to status updates  —  Blam!  Just like that: you can now reply to Facebook status updates via email.  Just hit ‘reply’, type out your response, hit ‘send’, and voila!  —  I have no idea if it has just been enabled for the entire Facebook userbase …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
In the wild world of URL shorteners, Libya is king  —  Google is betting on Greenland, Facebook on Montenegro and Bit.ly on Libya.  —  The rise of URL shorteners — those brief links that are thriving on space-constrained networks such as Twitter — has in turn created a sort of gold rush …
Discussion: internetnews.com
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Rumor: Zynga to Introduce Employee Stock Sale Plan as It Waits On IPO  —  Zynga is planning to let at least some employees sell a portion of their stock in the hot social gaming company to outside investors, according to two industry sources.  Institutional Venture Partners …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:atul
 
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
YouTube looks at subscriptions, more ad dollars
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
David Chartier / Macworld:
Pastebot clipboard manager debuts for iPhone and Mac
Discussion: Gizmodo and Daring Fireball
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Guardian's iPhone App Sold 9,000 Downloads In First Two Days
Discussion: textually.org
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Adds Place-Ranking System, Should Yelp Be Afraid?
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Gary Hoenig / paidContent:
A Critique Of ‘Hulu For Magazines’
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Americans are glued to the couch, study says
Discussion: BetaNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Sticks With “It's Y!ou,” …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ASCAP Now Demanding License From Venues That Let People Play Guitar Hero
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Project Honey Pot:
1 Billion Spammers Served
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