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11:35 AM ET, December 17, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For The Google Branded Chrome OS Netbook  —  Most of the tech world now considers it a given that Google will be selling its own unlocked phone, called the Nexus One, to customers directly early in 2010.  A few stragglers are still debating the finer points of the difference between Google working …
Facebook:
Facebook Data Team: How Diverse is Facebook?  —  How Diverse is Facebook?  —  In order to make Facebook as open and connected as possible for everyone, one of our goals is to understand how different populations of users join and use the service.  With that objective in mind …
Discussion: ZDNet, Softpedia News, ReadWriteWeb and AppScout, Thanks:atul
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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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Working on 3D ‘Hyper-Reality’ Displays  —  Apple's patent applications always provide an interesting peek into what Apple researchers have been working on.  In one of the more interesting patent applications we've discovered, Apple appears to be researching 3D displays in which the user will be able to look around an object.
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ComScore: iPhone overtakes Windows Mobile use for the first time in US  —  There are plenty of ways to measure smartphone marketshare.  IDC measures units shipped from manufacturers whereas Gartner measures units sold to consumers.  Then there's comScore, the research firm that conducts monthly surveys …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Yet Another (Very Attractive) E-Magazine Fantasy
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Day in The Life of NYTimes.com  —  Have you ever wondered where the readers of The New York Times' Web site come from, and what kind of device they use to read our content?  In a past life, not too long ago, when I worked in The Times' research and development labs, we started …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Dell Lays Off 700 Workers, Dell.com Suddenly Filled with Numerous Price Mistakes  —  Simply a coincidence, or payback from scorned employees?  —  Maybe it's a coincidence, but Dell's recent round of layoffs seems to have sparked a flurry of price mistakes on Dell.com.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Wall Street Journal:
Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones  —  $26 Software Is Used to Breach Key Weapons in Iraq; Iranian Backing Suspected  —  WASHINGTON — Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need …
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.
Zee / The Next Web Network:
Report: The Most Active Online Are The Most Educated.  —  People who spend the most time online are in fact the most educated claims a recent report from Eurostat.  —  The study, that covered households containing at least one person aged 16-74 across Europe, shows that nearly 90 …
Discussion: TechStartups.com
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Says BlackBerry E-Mail Service Is Interrupted  —  Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry phone, said some North American customers using the device are experiencing problems with their e-mail service.  —  Technicians are working on the problem, the Waterloo …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Plurk Milking This Microsoft Thing For All It's Worth  —  As earnest as it might have been, Microsoft's (MSFT) apology to Plurk — the microblogging service whose code and design it copied — has not eased the start-up's outrage over the incident or its desire to squeeze all the PR it can out of it.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
WSJ, MarketWatch and NY Post Subscriptions Coming To Sony E-Reader  —  Sony (NYSE: SNE) has struck a deal with News Corp (NYSE: NWS). that gives the electronics company the opportunity to sell subscriptions to the WSJ digital edition of the WSJ, as well its Dow Jones sibling MarketWatch …
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
The Use of Twitter by America's Newspapers  —  Twitter was seemingly everywhere in 2009, with sports stars, celebrities, politicians and journalists using the micro blogging platform to promote everything from themselves to their employers to the issues they advocate for.
Google LatLong:
Google & Audi take Google services in a car to the next level in the new Audi A8  —  Nowadays, it seems like everything is connected to the Internet: mobile phones, laptops, netbooks, portable game consoles, personal navigation devices.  Think of how applications such as Google Maps for mobile …
Discussion: Mashable! and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Telegraph:
Most influential British Twitter users revealed  —  Stephen Fry is the most influential Twitter user in the world of entertainment, but social media blogger Pete Cashmore is named most influential overall.  —  Cashmore, chief executive of Mashable, the highly influential social media blog …
Agam Shah / InfoWorld:
PC market on fast track to recovery  —  IDC says PC shipments will record double digit growth by 2013, buoyed by growing demand for laptops and netbooks  —  PC shipments worldwide will grow by double digits on a yearly basis through 2013, buoyed by increased commercial spending and growing demand …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Reuters
Jackie Kong / Facebook Blog:
Celebrating Anniversaries on Facebook  —  As much as I enjoy celebrating my birthday every year with my friends, I often regard the anniversary of my relationship with my significant other to be even more important.  —  At Facebook, we're always looking to make it easier to share and recognize such milestones.
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.
BBC:
YouTube post leads to movie deal  —  A producer from Uruguay who uploaded a short film to YouTube in November 2009 has been offered a $30m (£18.6m) contract to make a Hollywood film.  —  The movie will be sponsored by director Sam Raimi, whose credits include the Spiderman and Evil Dead films.
Discussion: Open Gardens
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
FAQ: How the IE ballot screen works  —  Microsoft, EU ink deal, but what's under the hood of landmark concession?  —  Computerworld - After an 11-month legal face-off, Microsoft and European antitrust officials yesterday signed off on the ballot screen concept that will give Windows users a chance to download rivals' browsers.
Discussion: SitePoint
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) …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Zulily raises $4.6M as it looks to launch shopping site for moms  —  Mark Vadon and Darrell Cavens were part of the first e-commerce revolution as two of the early executives at Blue Nile, the Seattle online diamond retailer.  Now, the two Internet pioneers are cooking up a new idea …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EA to launch three big franchise games on the iPhone  —  Electronic Arts continues its offensive on the iPhone today as it announces the impending launches of three major games on the iPhone: Need for Speed Shift, Spore Creatures, and the Simpsons game.  —  All three games could be called second-generation iPhone games.
Discussion: Fast Company
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
How Facebook's New Privacy Settings Could Prevent Freedom Abroad  —  If Facebook was limited to democratic nations, I could understand Facebook's decision to leave a lot of data public.  However, while Facebook has always been a tool for spreading democracy around the world …
 
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Psst: Looking for an iPod nano clone? Aldi has it covered...
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Greystripe And Tribal Fusion See Success With Web-To-Mobile Ad Campaigns
Discussion: VentureBeat and Internet2Go
MediaShift:
Lessons Learned from Tweeting a Biker Gang Trial
Mwsherman / ClipperHouse:
Amazon's core competency? Pricing.
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Dungeons & Dragons For Microsoft Surface Has Come A Long Way
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Chinese ISP hosts 1 in 7 Conficker infections
Discussion: The Register
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
OpenID Ends 2009 With 1 Billion Users
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Facebook Squeezes More From Its Machines
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Suneel Gupta / personas:
Introducing Personas 2.0  —  Personas 2.0 offers a cleaner look …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Times and Bit.ly Roll Out ‘nyti.ms’ Short Links
Discussion: The Huffington Post and CNET News