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3:20 PM 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 …
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Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Will Google become a hardware company in 2010?
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook releases first-ever demographic look at users
Discussion: NPR Blogs and TechStartups.com
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Day in the Life of NYTimes.com  —  Have you ever wondered where the readers of The New York Times's Web site come from, and what kind of devices they use to read our content?  In a past life, not too long ago, when I worked in The Times's research and development labs …
Discussion: PSFK and Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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 …
Matt Webb / BERG:
Mag+, a concept video on the future of digital magazines  —  I've got something I want to share with you.  —  We've been working with our friends at Bonnier R&D exploring the future of digital magazines.  Bonnier publish Popular Science and many other titles.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yet Another (Very Attractive) E-Magazine Fantasy
Discussion: Electronista
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.
Raphaël Moll / Android Developers Blog:
Knowing is half the battle  —  As a developer, I often wonder which Android platforms my applications should support,especially as the number of Android-powered devices grows.  Should my application only focus on the latest version of the platform or should it support older ones as well?
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:   Analytics: 15% of all Android devices are Motorola Droids
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Shuttleworth steps down as Ubuntu CEO  —  In a morning press call on December 17th, 2009 Mark Shuttleworth announced that he was stepping down as head of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.  In his place, Jane Silber, the current Chief Operating Officer who has been with Canonical since 2004 will take over as CEO.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 leaving Redmond's help desk less busy  —  There are many ways to measure how Windows 7 is doing.  There are reports on new PC sales, tallies of boxed copy sales, and surveys of planned enterprise adoption, to name a few.  —  But one of the most encouraging signs for Microsoft …
Discussion: Ars Technica
The Official Google Blog:
Transliteration goes global  —  Most of us use a keyboard to enter text; it's one of the most basic activities we perform on a computer.  However even this simple activity can be cumbersome in many parts of the world.  If you've ever tried to type in a non-Roman script using a Roman keyboard, you know that it can be difficult to do.
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web Network
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
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Privacy groups file FTC complaint against Facebook  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Ten privacy and consumer groups announced Thursday they've filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission alleging that Facebook Inc.'s privacy-policy changes violate federal law.
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
3D Blu-ray Specs Officially Confirmed, We Can All Breathe Easy Now  —  The Blu-ray Disc Association has issued the official specifications for 3D Blu-ray, thankfully confirming that the discs will be backwards-compatible for when you tire of actors lunging out of the TV at you.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel: New graphics, ‘Core’ chips coming  —  Intel on Thursday previewed new Core processors and graphics technology that will become the pillar of its mainstream chip offerings.  —  As reported previously, Intel said it will roll out new Intel Core i processors on January 7 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
AT&T dismisses tiered data chatter?  —  AT&T has dismissed speculation it intends changing the way it charges iPhone users for data plans on its service, but hopes to encourage customers to use other methods to get their data in future.  —  “We have not made any decision to implement tiered pricing …
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Asustek Plans EeeBot Educational Robot  —  Asustek Computer plans to develop an educational robot for kids called the EeeBot along with software and services as part of several technology projects sponsored by the Taiwan government.  —  The goal is to build an affordable robot able to interact …
Peter Key / bizjournals:
Phila. to buy EarthLink's wireless network that was meant for citywide Wi-Fi  —  The city of Philadelphia said Wednesday it intends to purchase, for $2 million, the wireless network constructed by EarthLink Inc. to turn the entire city into a Wifi hotspot.  —  The city said it intends …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Adds Video Streaming Support  —  BitTorrent was first released by Bram Cohen back in 2001, long before streaming video sites such as YouTube existed.  At the time, those who wanted to watch high quality video on their computers sometimes had to wait for hours or days until a download finished.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
iTunes Offers Movie Bundles for the Holidays  —  iTunes is now offering Movie Bundles [iTunes link] with a variety of double, triple, and quadruple features ranging in price from $9.99 to $34.99.  —  The US iTunes store looks to have a better selection than Canada right now, with tons of options (including some in HD).
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Declined $29 Billion in 2009  —  Semiconductor Revenue Declines in the First Quarter Made 2009 One of the Worst in 25 Years  —  The semiconductor industry will post a revenue decline for just the sixth time in the last 25 years …
 
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Royal Pingdom:
Thank you Google for the SLOOOW Internet
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Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Skribit Finally Launches, Aims to Cure Your Writer's Block
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nimbuzz Comes to Android. Nice.
Discussion: Android Central
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
FAQ: How the IE ballot screen works
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The Use of Twitter by America's Newspapers
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Mwsherman / ClipperHouse:
Amazon's core competency? Pricing.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EA to launch three big franchise games on the iPhone
Discussion: IntoMobile and Fast Company