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8:00 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: Maximum PC and Technologizer
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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comScore, Inc.:
Android: Crashing the Smartphone Party  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the release of its latest report on the mobile market, Android: Crashing the Smartphone Party.  The report provides an overview of the current U.S. mobile environment …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
JooJoo/CrunchPad Company Responds To Mike Arrington's Lawsuit  —  Fusion Garage, the Singapore-based company behind the JooJoo tablet — formerly known as the CrunchPad — has responded to the lawsuit that TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington filed earlier this month.
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 …
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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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 Nieman Journalism Lab
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Next Step in the Facebook Privacy Blowback: The FTC Complaint.  The Real Question: Will Advertisers Care?  —  The clamor about Facebook's changes to its privacy policy — the ones where the social network encourages its users to abandon their privacy — is getting louder.
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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: Daily Patricia and Electronista
Jim Goldman / CNBC.com:
RIM Soars, Stuns the Street  —  So much concern, so much talk about dealing with disappointment, and a perceived slowdown in Blackberry momentum amid so much media clamor about anything and everything Droid from Google and what does Research in Motion do?  Blows everyone away, that's what.
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Electronista:   RIM ships record 10.1 million BlackBerries
Royal Pingdom:
Thank you Google for the SLOOOW Internet  —  Pingdom's management team recently visited Boston, USA, for some meetings.  On their way back they had some time left over at the airport and decided to get some work done.  Nicely enough, Google is currently offering everyone free Wi-Fi …
Discussion: These are the Droids
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.
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Ten years of .NET - did Microsoft deliver?  —  Platform shift repeats  —  Microsoft closes The Noughties by trying to keep up with competitors and to remain a top destination for developers by embracing cloud computing and open source.  It opened the decade with another massive platform shift, though: the introduction of .NET.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Palm, Inc.:
Palm Reports Q2 FY 2010 Results  —  Print page E-mail page Download PDF  —  Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM) today reported that total revenues in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, ended Nov. 27, 2009, were $78.1 million.  Gross profit was $5.5 million, and gross margin was 7.0 percent.
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
Happy 2nd birthday, YouTube Partner Program!  —  More than 20 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, made by everyone from major media companies right down to your next door neighbor.  Two years ago, we created the YouTube Partner Program to recognize and reward …
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
AT&T Has Spent Less on Network Construction Every Quarter Since the iPhone's Launch  —  If you like your links hyper, here is that AP story, AT&T's financial sheet [PDF], and the post in which Fake Steve Jobs originally pointed out this disparity.  Namaste.  —  Send an email to Joel Johnson, the author of this post, at .
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Shopping Procrastination Ends Today, Free Shipping Day  —  There's still a week to go before Christmas, but the holiday shopping season for online buyers is about to end. … Because of the extra time required to ship products, Thursday and Friday are deadlines for standard shipping …
Discussion: Download Squad
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Watch The Buzz On Bitly.TV  —  With more than two billion links a month passed through its link shortening service, bit.ly can see what is some of the most buzzed about and shared content on the Web.  Today, it is exposing the most popular videos people share through bit.ly on Bitly.TV …
Discussion: Bits, bit.ly blog and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Microsoft updating Zune HD Twitter to stop censoring tweets  —  Microsoft definitely copped some of Apple's lame App Store antics with its tweet-censoring Zune HD Twitter app, so now it's time for the infuriatingly vague PR-speak backtracking — Redmond just pinged us to say it's …
Discussion: Mobile Whack, Switched and Gadget Lab
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.
Michael Cheng / The Official Google Blog:
Translate Google Sites with one click  —  Google brought translation features to many of our products in 2009, including Google Docs and Gmail and we're happy to add one more before the New Year.  To make it easier for people around the globe to read the site you created with Google Sites …
Discussion: Mashable!
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
WordPress and Tumblr show iPhone Tweetie and Twitterrific Not Just for Twitter Anymore  —  Tweetie 2 and Twitterrific 2 aren't just two of the best Twitter clients for the iPhone, they're two of the best mobile micro-blogging interfaces on the planet and now both WordPress and Tumblr …
Discussion: Tumblr Staff
 
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Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Lots of Samsung bada OS screenshots leaked
Brent / Cogblog:
Challenges for Start-ups: Is USV Early Stage or Is Early Stage Changing?
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John Cox / CIO.com:
BlackBerry E-Mail Outage Resolved, Cause Under Investigation, RIM Says
Discussion: PC World, Bloomberg and Network World
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Congress Goes Wireless
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Kaspersky: Beware Malicious Android Programs In 2010
Discussion: Market Wire and AndroidGuys
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