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11:50 AM ET, December 21, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yelp Walks Away From Google Deal, And Half A Billion Dollars  —  Jeremy Stoppleman, the CEO of Yelp, has walked away from an all-but-signed deal to be acquired by Google for more than half a billion dollars.  —  The deal was, as we wrote late last week, in the later stages of negotiation.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel reveals next-generation Atom details  —  SAN FRANCISCO — This past Thursday, Intel briefed journalists on its forthcoming Atom version, codenamed Pine Trail, and on its plans to launch a slew of new processors at CES.  Apart from the launch details, the company's general message …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
World Map Of Social Networks Shows Rise Of Facebook  —  (click through for larger version, interactive widget below)  —  Italian writer, blogger and photographer Vincenzo Cosenza has for the second time put together a visualization that shows the most popular social networks around the world on a map …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Content-Search Deals Make Twitter Profitable  —  Data-mining deals signed in October will bring in $25 million in exchange for rendering Twitter's tweets searchable on Google and Microsoft Bing  —  Twitter is ending 2009 on a high note.  The microblogging site has reached profitability …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
To Deal With Obsession, Some Defriend Facebook  —  Facebook, the popular networking site, has 350 million members worldwide who, collectively, spend 10 billion minutes there every day, checking in with friends, writing on people's electronic walls, clicking through photos and generally keeping pace with the drift of their social world.
Discussion: Global by Design and /Message
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Small iPhone developer Tapulous sees big success  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - IPhone app developer Tapulous says its sales have approached $1 million a month, providing fresh evidence of the growing success of start-ups designing programs for Apple Inc's mobile device.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Citysearch Launches on Android  —  Already on the iPhone, BlackBerry and the Pre, Citysearch has launched an Anroid app today.  The app has much the same functionality as on the other platforms: users can write reviews and share information.  They can also search and filter by various criteria …
Discussion: PR Newswire
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google readies launch of iPhone rival
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Ford's Wired Fleet: WiFi Hotspots on Four Wheels  —  Ford is making a serious bid for geeks' business.  Scott Monty, the auto company's Internet-famous social media head, wrote to us tonight with some of the most exciting car-related news an Internet-dependent nerd could wish for.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs  —  Growing up in the '70s, John Halamka was a bookish child with a penchant for science and electronics.  He wore black horn-rimmed glasses and buttoned his shirts up to the collar.  —  “I was constantly being called a geek or a nerd,” he recalled, chuckling.
Discussion: A VC, Bits and Forever Geek
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
RSS Reader Market in Disarray, Continues to Decline  —  One of the interesting trends of 2009 has been the gradual decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news and niche topics.  Many of us still use them, but less than we used to.  I for one still maintain a Google Reader account …
Discussion: The Next Web
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
There is No RSS Market  —  Richard McManus writes that the RSS market is in disarray.
Discussion: Regular Geek
Bryant Urstadt / Technology Review:
Trading Shares in Milliseconds  —  Today's stock market has become a world of automated transactions executed at lightning speed.  This high-frequency trading could make the financial system more efficient, but it could also turn small mistakes into catastrophes.
Discussion: Darren Herman
Robert N. Charette / IEEE Spectrum:
Automated to Death  —  As software pilots more of our vehicles, humans can pay the ultimate price.  Robert N. Charette investigates the causes and consequences of the automation paradox  —  The passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight 124 were just settling into their five-hour flight …
Thanks:atul
MIT:
Putting the squeeze on data  —  In work that could make it easier to handle huge data sets, MIT researchers improve data compression's fidelity without sacrificing speed  —  Data compression is one of the fundamental research areas in computer science, letting information systems do more with less.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
ICD Ultra Android tablet hands-on  —  As you may have noticed, we had a chance to get our hands on a fairly interesting little tablet made by ICD dubbed the Ultra.  The 7-inch, touchscreen tablet (resistive in the version we saw, but with capacitive versions to come) sports quite an impressive set of specs …
Urmee Khan / Telegraph:
BBC to allow internet through TV  —  The BBC will be bringing internet services to the television set, it has been disclosed.  —  Plans to allow the BBC to use the new technology, which will enable viewers to watch shows from a variety of programme-makers and channels through …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Brief: Palm launches new Web-based mobile development tool  —  Palm has unveiled a new integrated development environment (IDE) for building software applications for the company's webOS mobile platform.  The tool, which is called Ares, runs entirely in the user's browser and is built with standards-based Web technology.
Discussion: AppScout
Brad Stone / New York Times:
As Phones Do More, They Become Targets of Hacking  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mobile phones are becoming ever more like personal computers.  That means they are also becoming more vulnerable to traditional computer menaces like hackers and viruses.  —  This year, the Russian antivirus company …
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Apple iPhone coming to Vodafone on Jan 14  —  Vodafone has announced that it will start selling Apple's iPhone from Jan 14  —  But shoppers hoping for a price war between the major network operators will be left disappointed - Vodafone's cheapest deal for Apple's 16GB iPhone 3GS works …
Discussion: Erictric
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Limelight Networks Acquires EyeWonder For $110 Million  —  Content management company Limelight Networks has bought interactive ad shop EyeWonder for $110 million.  About $62 million of that will be in cash, though that amount could be adjusted, depending on EyeWonder's financial condition at the time of the deal's closing.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
The Virtual Visit May Expand Access to Doctors  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Americans could soon be able to see a doctor without getting out of bed, in a modern-day version of the house call that takes place over the Web.  —  OptumHealth, a division of UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Economist eyes social network cash boost  —  The Economist newspaper plans to acquire 500,000 fans on Facebook and 750,000 followers on Twitter within six months, in another sign that traditional publishers are looking to social media as a substantial source of web traffic and new readers.
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com, Thanks:tim
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Taps StackOverflow as Official Android Dev Support for Noobs, Q&A  —  Just over a year ago, we were excited to report on a new website for programmers.  StackOverflow was the brainchild of coders/rockstars Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, and it was a social Q&A channel that promised …
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Android Phone Fans
 
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Glenn Adams / Associated Press:
Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Roadie And Random House Partner To Launch iPhone Apps For Authors
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
O2 network crashes for iPhone users
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Dailymotion Hits The App Store
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Associated Press:
Hollywood adds money, talent to made-for-Web shows
Lorraine Luk / Dow Jones Newswires:
China Telecom to offer Blackberry in China
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Calling on Leakers to Help Document Local Misdeeds
Discussion: ResourceShelf
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
Store set to be apple of master's eye
Fred / A VC:
Trading Deals, A Lost Art?
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Enterprise Irregulars, Thanks:atul