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12:40 AM ET, December 19, 2009

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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Twitter's own account caused blackout, says DNS provider  —  Twitter's authorized account made changes to DNS records, shunting users to hacker site, says Dyn Inc.  —  Computerworld - Hackers redirected Twitter.com's traffic to a rogue Web site for more than an hour early today by accessing …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Update on Last Night's DNS Disruption  —  Domain Name System or DNS is an Internet protocol used to translate IP addresses into domain names so instead of typing in a long string of numbers we can enter urls like www.twitter.com into a browser to visit our favorite web sites.
NASDAQ.com:
Mac Clone Computer Maker Psystar To Shutter  —  SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Psystar Corp. is in the process of closing down its operations, a move that follows a court decision earlier in the week barring it from selling products already found to have violated Apple Inc. (AAPL) copyrights.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Contrary to report, Psystar not shutting down, lawyer says
Discussion: TUAW, The Register and AppleInsider
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Verizon Prepares for the iPhone  —  Verizon Wireless is buttressing its network in the event Apple drops AT&T as the exclusive carrier of its popular smartphone  —  There's no telling yet whether or when AT&T (T) might lose its position as the sole U.S. carrier of the Apple (AAPL) iPhone.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Verizon prepares for iPhone? Don't believe the headlines
Discussion: Creative Capital
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
Exclusive: Google Nexus One hands on  —  I just played with the Google Nexus One for a few minutes, Here's my report:  — It's extremely thin  — It's much nicer looking in person than in pictures  — There's a 4 GB micro-SD card installed  — The battery capacity is 1400 mAh
Anil Dash:
The Twitter API is Finished.  Now What?  —  Twitter's API has spawned over 50,000 applications that connect to it, taking the promise of fertile APIs we first saw with Flickr half a decade ago and bringing it to new heights.  Now, the first meaningful efforts to support Twitter's API …
Discussion: Workbench, Thanks:atul
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
AT&T survives Operation Chokehold  —  Ma Bell's wireless network is still standing after Friday's grassroots iPhone attack  —  The appointed hour — Friday, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. PST — came and went and AT&T's (T) wireless had not been brought to its knees, despite the best efforts of thousands of Apple (AAPL) iPhone users.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Open House?  Google Has Also Been Eying Trulia in Real Estate Search Play.  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  According to sources close to the situation, along with its pending bid for Yelp, Google has been in on-again, off-again acquisition talks with Trulia, the real estate search engine.
Discussion: TechFlash and Bloomberg, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Facebook Feeds Begin Showing Up on YouTube's Homepage  —  You might have noticed that YouTube's been getting a lot more social lately.  We've launched several features in the last few months that let you better connect with the platforms that matter most to you (and discover new videos you're likely to love in the process).
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rackspace Goes Down.  Again.  Takes The Internet With It.  Again.  —  Another day, another Rackspace outage.  The hosting company had a complete and total failure today that took down a number of big sites on the Internet, including ours.  This has been happening all too often in recent months, including downtime just last month.
Zee / The Next Web Network:
Wordpress 2.9 is out.  —  It's out.  The world's most popular blogging engine has released it's latest update and there's a little something for everyone.  —  Along with a mass of bug and security fixes, Wordpress highlights the following as the major geek candy:
Discussion: WordPress, Geekword and Mashable!
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display  —  CES 2010 is likely to see a fair few internet tablets being announced, but SlashGear has heard about one particular model that has more than a little promise.  Notion Ink's as-yet unnamed Android “smartpad” is based …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Sex, porn, Jacko top kids' searches in 2009  —  Sex, porn, and Michael Jackson were among the most popular items kids searched for online in 2009, as tracked by Symantec's OnlineFamily.Norton.  —  Symantec on Thursday revealed the top 100 favorite search terms among children 18 and under found …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon Responds To FCC Inquiry On ETFs, Erroneous $1.99 Fee  —  And the excuses are just as lame as you thought they'd be...  · fcc  · business  · wireless  —  As we've been covering, the FCC recently sent a latter to Verizon asking them to explain why they just doubled …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon Kindle DX out of stock  —  Amazon.com yesterday trumpeted that December is already its best sales month ever for its Kindle electronic readers, and tried to further juice sales with a free shipping offer on its $259 basic Kindle.  But the company has also quietly run out of its other reader, the large-screen Kindle DX.
Phone Arena:
Verizon to get Palm Pre Plus, LG VS750, and Motorola Devour smartphones  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  Thanks to a few of our tipsters, we've learned what new smartphones are lurking to be released by Verizon Wireless over the next couple of months.
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Mozilla Rolls out Latest Firefox Beta  —  The Mozilla development community has rolled out the latest beta of its Firefox 3.6 browser.  —  In addition to the usual round of bug fixes, Firefox 3.6 beta version 5, comes with a number of new features and performance enhancements.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Russian ISP Blocking Political Opposition Websites  —  I am still not convinced that we need special laws mandating net neutrality, but I find the arguments from telcos that no one would ever block sites or services to be highly unbelievable.  There have been cases of it happening in the past, and there are cases of it happening now.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Won't Be The Only One Selling Kindle Books Next Year (AMZN)  —  Scribd, the YouTube for print, is working on a new way to get e-books onto your Kindle without buying them from Amazon.  —  Right now, to get one of the tens of millions of Scribd documents has — books, papers …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Anti-COFEE tool DECAF revealed as spoof  —  Two developers said they created a tool, called DECAF, that compromises Microsoft's COFEE computer-forensics tool by killing its processes, disabling a computer's connection ports and even conjuring up fake MAC addresses.  —  It's fake.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Praetorian Prefect
James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
The Best and the Worst Tech of the Decade  —  With only a few weeks left until we close out the 'naughts and move into the teens, it's almost obligatory to take a look back at the best and not-so-best of the last decade.  With that in mind, I polled the O'Reilly editors, authors, Friends …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Grabs Plaxo's CTO To “Turbocharge” The Opening Of The Social Web  —  Back in June, Google lost Kevin Marks, one of the social web's main proponents within the company.  Today, they've gained a new one: Joseph Smarr.  —  Smarr is joining Google to “help drive a new company-wide focus …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Trident Gum Turns Fan Tweets into Full-Page USA Today Ad  —  To prove that real people really do like their new gum, Trident's decided to try something unconventional with their latest ad in USA Today.  The full-page color spread, headlined “The People have Tweeted,” highlights tweets …
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Twitter App Store Oneforty Gets Funded  —  Back in June, Twitter app store oneforty became the first TechStars Boston company to get seed funding (just two weeks after presenting).  Now it has become the first one to get institutional VC funding, with a small round that was led by Flybridge Capital Partners.
 
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Policy Watch: Facebook Targets Dubious Subscription and Download Ads …
Reuters:
Sales of music video games plummet in 2009
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Conviva CEO Swap Official; Feher In, Co-Founder Zhang To Chief Scientist
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Steve Smith / MediaPost:
Having The Big Cookie Talk
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
U.S. trade court rules for Kodak in patent fight
Dirk / Layar:
We haved pulled Layar from the App Store due to crashes
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Skype Talks Cooperation With Avaya
Discussion: mocoNews
Bloomberg:
LinkedIn Joins ESPN, Skype in Shifting From Free Web Content to ‘Freemium’
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Mac fan blogs miss the point about Android, iPhone and Windows Mobile
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Said to Be Near a Yelp Deal
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Where in the world are Apple's 78 million handsets?