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10:50 PM ET, December 16, 2009

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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Challenges Intel's Dominance of Worldwide Microprocessor Markets  —  FTC Charges Anticompetitive Tactics Have Stifled Innovation and Harmed Consumers  —  The Federal Trade Commission today sued Intel Corp., the world's leading computer chip maker, charging that the company has illegally used …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Morgan Stanley drinks the Apple Kool-Aid  —  The investment bank has seen the future and it looks a lot like the iPhone  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Morgan Stanley  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was the hero of an hour-long conference-call seminar on The Mobile Internet presented Tuesday by Morgan Stanley.
Jack Hebert / The Official Google Blog:
More great news sources to discover in Fast Flip  —  Three months ago, we launched Google Fast Flip, a service that seeks to make reading articles online as fast and simple as flipping through a magazine or newspaper.  It's still early in this experiment, which is why Fast Flip remains in Google Labs.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune HD Twitter app now live UPDATE: it censors tweets!  —  It was a slow rollout today, but the promised Zune HD Twitter app is now live in Marketplace.  We've been playing with it a little since we got it, and while it's definitely one of the more attractive mobile Twitter clients we've come across …
Bruno Bowden / The Official Google Blog:
Browser Size: a tool to see how others view your website  —  In a newspaper, the most important story is featured on the front page.  If it's a really important piece, then it's placed “above the fold,” which means you can find it on the top half of the first page — the bottom half …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Unclogs Yahoo Pipes  —  Two weeks ago we wrote about the story of developer Romy Maxwell, who had built a Craigslist mashup using Yahoo Pipes.  A few weeks after sending his app to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark (who forwarded it to other members of the Craigslist team) …
Roy Furchgott / Bits:
The iPhone Goes to War  —  Is the iPhone going to war?  —  On Wednesday at the 2009 Intelligence Warfighting Summit in Tucson, Raytheon, the military contractor, announced an iPhone application that tracks friends and foes, shows their positions on live, real time maps and provides secure communications.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google: Actually, We Count Only 16,000 Apps In Android Market  —  Yesterday, I wrote a post on our sister site MobileCrunch about the estimated amount of applications that were available on Android Market according to AndroLib, which aims to serve as both a comprehensive directory …
MacNN:
VLC for Mac development on verge of demise?  —  All work on the Mac version of VLC may soon have to come to a halt, says VideoLAN.  VLC is an open-source media playback application, notable for supporting both audio and video, and formats missing from official playback tools made by Apple and Microsoft.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Times and Bit.ly Roll Out ‘nyti.ms’ Short Links  —  Eagle-eyed fans of Twitter and The New York Times may have noticed a change in the Web addresses used to share some articles from The Times's Web site on Twitter.  Beginning Wednesday, the links are compressed into a custom New York Times URL that begins with “nyti.ms.”
Discussion: CNET News
Mia / YouTube Blog:
What You Watched and Searched for on YouTube in 2009  —  This year has been the biggest yet for online video, and for the first time we're sharing our official Most Watched lists and some of the fastest-rising search terms on YouTube.  Some moments were big (President Obama's inauguration) …
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Bar-code Scanning RedLaser iPhone App reaches 750K downloads, over $1M in revenue  —  Yep, it's still happening.  You can still become a millionaire on the iPhone without a marketing budget and a brand name.  Occipital, the company behind RedLaser [iTunes Link], has struck gold with its barcode-scanning iPhone app.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
RepairPal Grabs $4 Million For Google Health For Cars  —  Startup RepairPal, an auto repair and maintenance information site, has raised $4 million in Series A funding led by Tugboat Ventures, with Rick Keister, David Strohm, Mark Goines, and Michael Torres participating.
Discussion: VentureBeat and alarm:clock
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Europe Drops Microsoft Antitrust Case Over Browsers  —  BERLIN — European regulators dropped their antitrust case against Microsoft on Wednesday after the company agreed to offer customers a choice of rival Web browsers.  The settlement ends what could have been a second costly legal battle for the American software giant.
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Microsoft:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Smule, creator of hit iPhone music apps, raises $8M more  —  Smule, the company behind popular, music-based iPhone apps like Ocarina and I am T-Pain, has raised $8 million in a third round of funding.  —  The Menlo Park, Calif. company's apps usually take advantage of the iPhone's capabilities in cool …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook releases first-ever demographic look at users  —  In its earliest days, Facebook was primarily a white and Asian phenomenon.  No more.  In the first-ever study of the race and ethnicity of its U.S. users, Facebook said Wednesday that blacks and Latinos have joined the social networking giant …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
FBI makes arrest in ‘Wolverine’ uploading case  —  “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was uploaded to a file-sharing network last spring, before its release to theaters.  —  The FBI has accused a man of copyright infringement for allegedly uploading to the Web the feature film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” last spring.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Fake Steve Jobs Waffles on Plan to Take Down AT&T  —  Internet users and AT&T customers were immediately riled up when Fake Steve Jobs — as written by the real Dan Lyons — called for a digital flash mob to take down AT&T.  —  With the crusade date and time (Friday) fast approaching …
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Backflip/Enzo Pictures & Details!  —  We just got a big scoop from an anonymous tipster that will leave you doing backflips... or, uh... Enzos.  If you remember our first Motorola Backflip article, you'll remember a unique/odd form factor that left people guessing exactly how it would work.
Dan Rayburn / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's New Video Streaming Service Will Disrupt The CDN Industry (AMZN, AKAM, LLWN)  —  This morning, Amazon announced that their CloudFront content delivery service now supports Flash streaming as long as the videos are stored on Amazon's S3 service.  —  Amazon has deployed version 3.5.2 …
Business Wire:
Photobucket and Ontela Announce Agreement to Merge Operations  —  Combined Company to Leverage Photobucket's 22 Million Users, Ontela's Leading Edge Software and Wireless Carrier Partnerships  —  DENVER & SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Photobucket.com, Inc., one of the Web's top photo sites …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Screenshots of Twitter's New Contributors Feature  —  It's official.  Twitter's making a play for big business with features and services that distinguish select accounts from regular accounts.  After laying the foundation in 2009, the social networking service finally revealed …
Discussion: The Next Web Network
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Diabetes Meter Mates With PC to Track Trends  —  This week's column was, in a sense, written in blood.  It's a review of a new consumer medical device, and to test it, I had to prick my fingertips several times a day to produce a droplet of blood that the gadget could analyze.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Foursquare Unlocks a Badge for Waze  —  Waze, the navigation and traffic-information app, offers something for the driver as well as the gamer, encouraging them to help it map new streets with a Pac Man-style simulation that awards points for taking uncharted routes.
Electronista:
WIND goes live in Canada with $35 unlimited data  —  Canadian provider WIND Mobile formally launched today and became the fourth major cell carrier in the country.  The company pitches itself as the antithesis of typical cellphone carriers and promises none of the hidden costs of incumbents …
David Coursey / PC World:
Google's Nexus One: World-Changer or Just a Bad Idea?  —  Google's Nexus One smartphone is a shot across the bow of many entrenched competitors, enough to make us wonder whether Google has some master plan for world domination or has merely gone loopy.  —  If you combine all the speculation …
Suneel Gupta / personas:
Introducing Personas 2.0  —  Personas 2.0 offers a cleaner look, clearer navigation, and easier ways to discover and engage new art.  Check out the new site here.  —  The Mozilla Labs team launched Personas 1.0 in March with the idea that it shouldn't be hard to make your internet browser more fun and personal.
 
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