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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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Nvidia CEO Not Above Celebrating Intel's Misfortune [Memo]  —  A number of tech companies are rejoicing over the Federal Trade Commission's complaint against Intel today, none more so than Nvidia.  —  A top player in the market for graphics processing units, Nvidia stands to gain quite a bit …
Intel:
Intel Comments on FTC Suit
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Morgan Stanley: Mobile Internet Market Will Be Twice The Size of Desktop Internet  —  Morgan Stanley has released a couple of bulky documents about the mobile Internet: ‘The Mobile Internet Report,’ a 424-page report which explores eight major themes; and 'The Mobile Internet Report Key Themes …
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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.
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) …
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.
Discussion: Download Squad and Ars Technica
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 …
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: alarm:clock and VentureBeat
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
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Ex-MySpace Execs Launch Gravity Into Private Beta  —  Back in March 2009 a trio of MySpace execs -COO Amit Kapur, SVP Steve Pearman and SVP Jim Benedetto - left to begin working on a new startup.  —  In May we learned that the company, then called Blue Rover Labs, had raised $10 million in funding.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ariel David / Associated Press:
Lawyers: Google execs not liable for abuse video  —  ROME — Four Google executives should not be held responsible for a video posted online that showed teenagers abusing an autistic youth in Turin, their lawyers argued Wednesday in an Italian court.  —  The executives are being tried …
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenID Ends 2009 With 1 Billion Users  —  At the close of a whiz-bang year, OpenID has a lot to be proud of.  —  With a community of 9 million sites that use OpenID logins and 1 billion individual users, OpenID has effectively revolutionized the way we are able to create and maintain portable identities.
Phone Arena:
Verizon conducts training centered on the Palm and webOS?  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  Currently, Sprint is the only US carrier that offers Palm's webOS-based handsets the Pre and Pixi.  A rumor that appeared at the beginning of this fall had it there was a pretty good chance …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Facebook Squeezes More From Its Machines  —  Back in June, during an onstage conversation with me at our Structure 09 conference, Facebook VP of Technical Operations Jonathan Heiliger lamented how chip makers such as Intel and AMD don't quite understand the needs of web behemoths like his company …
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.
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) …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Neato Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Challenges the Roomba  —  Americans love gadgets and hate housework.  Not surprisingly, Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner, has become a hit among consumers.  —  Now, a new home robot promises to offer some competition to iRobot's Roomba.
 
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Continental Hops On The In-Flight WiFi Bandwagon With Gogo
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TechStars Shoots North To Seattle
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