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12:05 AM ET, December 18, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google In Discussions To Acquire Yelp For A Half Billion Dollars Or More  —  Google and Yelp are in advanced acquisition negotiations, we've confirmed from multiple sources.  And while the deal isn't done, we've heard that it's very likely to close.  The price is supposedly at least $500 million.
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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 …
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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 …
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.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Netflix Spilled Your Brokeback Mountain Secret, Lawsuit Claims  —  An in-the-closet lesbian mother is suing Netflix for privacy invasion, alleging the movie rental company made it possible for her to be outed when it disclosed insufficiently anonymous information about nearly half-a-million customers …
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
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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.
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Carl Icahn's new target: Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive  —  Take-Two Interactive Chairman Strauss Zelnick may have a new best friend.  Activist investor Carl Icahn has been gobbling up shares in the video game publisher best known for the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto series.
Discussion: paidContent and IndustryGamers
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Mozilla: Firefox Mobile will kill off app stores  —  Mozilla claims that its new Firefox Mobile browser could be the beginning of the end for the hugely popular app stores created by Apple and its ilk.  —  Mozilla is releasing the first version of Firefox Mobile (codenamed Fennec) …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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 .
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?
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
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
Kelsey Volkmann / bizjournals:
Bing!  Information Design sues Microsoft  —  Bing!  Information Design in St. Louis has sued Microsoft Corp. for alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition over Microsoft's new Bing search engine.  —  The suit, filed this week in St. Louis City Circuit Court …
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Lots of Samsung bada OS screenshots leaked  —  For one reason or another, Samsung's been a bit reluctant in showing screenshots of its newly-announced bada smartphone OS.  —  Well, in case you want to know what the new mobile platform looks like (and you probably do want), there are many leaked screenshots available.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ad.ly Launches Analytics For Sponsored Tweets  —  There's been a bit of controversy around Ad.ly, which aims to link up high-profile advertisers with celebrities on Twitter and then distribute links to marketing campaigns through the user's tweet stream with full disclosure.
Discussion: Mashable! and lalawag
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Business Wire:
Palm Reports Q2 FY 2010 Results … Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  11.72  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM - News) today reported that total revenues in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, ended Nov. 27, 2009, were $78.1 million.
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 …
Nik Fletcher / Download Squad:
Palm unveils “Project Ares” webOS developer tool  —  Ever since Palm announced its webOS system earlier in the year, the company has been continually working out its approach for application development for the device.  With the App Catalog in beta for customer use, and the Mojo SDK available …
Gabriel Kahn / Wall Street Journal:
Sony, RealD in 3-D Equipment Partnership  —  Sony Corp. announced a partnership with RealD, as the Japanese electronics giant continues its push into the growing market for 3-D home entertainment.  —  Under the terms of the agreement, Sony will license some of RealD's technology and equipment …
Discussion: Sony Insider
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 …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to pay $4.4M in Arizona settlement  —  Microsoft will pay more than $4.4 million to Arizona government agencies after settling an antitrust lawsuit in which the company was accused of overcharging for Office software and the MS/DOS operating system.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Nuance Launches Voice-powered Dragon Search App For iPhone  —  Hot on the heels of the launch of their Dragon Dictation app (and a short-lived and mostly overblown privacy scandal), Nuance has just launched a second iPhone application: Dragon Search.  —  Heralded by Nuance as the “fast …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Kindle Rivals Cozying Up to Magazine, Newspaper Publishers  —  Que, Sony More Willing to Offer Subscriber Data, Revenue  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The Kindle's popularity among consumers has let Amazon run roughshod over magazine and newspaper publishers, commanding as much as 70% …
Discussion: Bits and paidContent
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Verizon Tests 10 Gbps to the Home.  Yeah, You'll Have to Share  —  Verizon yesterday said it tested a fiber technology in its labs and a customer home that delivered 10 Gbps downstream over its FiOS network and 2.4 Gbps in upload speeds.  The technology, called XG-PON …
Discussion: Verizon, DSLreports and gdgt
 
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Michael Cheng / The Official Google Blog:
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