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10:25 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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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
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 …
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.
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: Bits, A VC 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
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 …
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
O2 to buy Israel's Jajah for $200 mln -report  —  Israeli start-up Jajah, which allows users to make international phone calls via the Internet, will be sold to Telefonica's (TEF.MC) mobile phone unit O2 this week, TheMarker financial news website said on Sunday.  —  Jajah officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
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.
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 …
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
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
O2 network crashes for iPhone users  —  Thousands of iPhone users on the O2 network have been unable to use their smart phones properly, after the mobile phone operator's network crashed for almost 48 hours.  —  Some users have been unable to access the internet on their Apple phone …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Brittany Murphy's Death & Google's Real Time Search Results  —  The death of actress Brittany Murphy is probably the first test for Google's new real time search results.  Earlier this year, when Michael Jackson died, it took several minutes for the news to make it into Google despite …
Discussion: ResearchBuzz, TMZ.com and EveryJoe
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Dailymotion Hits The App Store  —  Dailymotion, aka the french Youtube, is quite popular across the pond and many medias use it to Publish their content.  —  Its limited presence on the iPhone, only via a Web App however, made the service quite limited in the end.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
 
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Urmee Khan / Telegraph:
BBC to allow internet through TV
Discussion: Guardian, The Register and p2pnet
Robert N. Charette / IEEE Spectrum:
Automated to Death  —  As software pilots more of our vehicles …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Roadie And Random House Partner To Launch iPhone Apps For Authors
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
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Boucher: Let's Shoot For 50/20 Mbps For 80% By 2015 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Even Without Its Own Google Phone, Android Gains Ground in the Smartphone Ad Market
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Justin.tv to Launch Pay-Per-View Service
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 Feld Thoughts, Thanks:atul
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Stable Android 2.1 hacked onto Droid, speeds through those extra home screens
Discussion: Gadgetell and Gizmodo