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1:50 PM ET, December 19, 2009

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Anil Dash:
The Twitter API is Finished.  Now What?  —  Update: We've got some results already!  Joseph Scott at Automattic mentions in the comments that he's added RSD support for the Twitter API to WordPress.com.  I should also make clear that I am very confident that we'll be building apps on top …
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WordPress:
WordPress 2.9, oh so fine  —  Filed under Releases.  —  I want to make you mine, all the time... oh wait.  Hello.  I'm here on behalf of the entire WordPress development team and community to announce the immediate availability of WordPress version 2.9 “Carmen” named in honor …
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Chip Chick:
Re Accessory Transforms your iPhone into a Universal Remote Control  —  attaches to the base of your iPhone and using its accompanying app, the device transforms your iPhone into a fully functional universal remote control.  We're talking about an advanced remote control with an extensive built …
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
With Hit Social Game Happy Farm, Chinese Developer 5 Minutes Raises $3.5 Million from DFJ  —  It's not just western social gaming companies that are raising money these days.  5 Minutes, the China-based developer of cross-platform sensation Happy Farm, has closed a $3.5 million first round …
Louis Gray:
Growing Grumblings on Tech News Don't Address Incentives  —  If you are the subject of the news, people will judge your actions and how you react to being in the spotlight.  If you are the distributor of the news, how you message that news, and how accurately you report that news, will also be dissected.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Experimenting With Browser Login For Chrome OS  —  Google has made a change to Chrome OS to move the user login from the machine to the browser.  Our guess is Google is, or will eventually use, Google Friend Connect to facilitate login.  —  The feature was first mentioned on October 13 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
MyWebWill prepares your final tweet, Facebook update upon death  —  One rather morbid consequence of sharing our lives online is the digital trail we leave behind when we die.  —  It's not an idea that comes readily to the Facebook generation, but managing the profiles and blog posts left behind upon death …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Reality check: Rackspace's cloud goes down; A few blog sites notice  —  You'd think that an outage at Rackspace crippled the Internet and left us peering outside our cubicles left to actually talk to real people or something.  The reality: Rackspace had another unfortunate outage that happened …
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Kdawson / Slashdot:
Yes, Google Does De-List Pages; But When?  —  from the how-offensive-is-too-offensive dept.  —  Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes  —  “Google finds itself inserting a disclaimer once again above some offensive search results.  But the disclaimer still leads many to believe …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Quicktime Vets Bring Mobile Video And Photo Sharing With Thwapr (Beta Launch)  —  Sharing videos on the Web is easy: Upload to YouTube or Facebook, send out a link.  Sharing videos on mobile phones is still a pain.  The iPhone tries to make it easier by letting you upload directly to YouTube …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Contrary to report, Psystar not shutting down, lawyer says  —  Mac clone maker's lawyer says another attorney misquoted; Psystar not out of business, but site is down  —  Computerworld - Although Mac clone maker Psystar has turned off the lights at its Web site, the firm is not shutting down permanently …
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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.
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.
 
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Philip Willan / PC World:
Italy contemplates Web restrictions after Berlusconi attack
Brian Wheeler / BBC:
Chinese plan to meter net traffic
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Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Score Two Wins Against Software Patents
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Russian ISP Blocking Political Opposition Websites
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Twitter's own account caused blackout, says DNS provider
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Sales of music video games plummet in 2009
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Trident Gum Turns Fan Tweets into Full-Page USA Today Ad
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Won't Be The Only One Selling Kindle Books Next Year (AMZN)
Discussion: Kindle Review
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Mozilla Rolls out Latest Firefox Beta
Discussion: Computerworld and BetaNews