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12:40 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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Zee / The Next Web:   Wordpress 2.9 is out.  —  It's out.  The world's most popular …
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 …
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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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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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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).
 
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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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Score Two Wins Against Software Patents
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Russian ISP Blocking Political Opposition Websites
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Policy Watch: Facebook Targets Dubious Subscription and Download Ads …
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Sales of music video games plummet in 2009
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Amazon Won't Be The Only One Selling Kindle Books Next Year (AMZN)
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Steve Smith / MediaPost:
Having The Big Cookie Talk
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Mozilla Rolls out Latest Firefox Beta
Discussion: Computerworld and BetaNews