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12:50 PM 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 …
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.
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.
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
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google readies launch of iPhone rival  —  Search engine company tests mobile operators' reaction to its Nexus One handset  —  Google has approached several mobile phone operators in the UK, including T-Mobile and Vodafone, to gauge their interest in supporting its rival to the iPhone ahead of its launch in Britain next year.
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
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
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 …
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: Macsimum News and Erictric
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Eugene Wei / Hulu Blog:
Search Captions on Hulu  —  Today we've added a new beta feature to the site in Hulu Labs: Captions Search.  You can now search the captions for thousands of videos across hundreds of shows.  —  You can initiate a captions search from the Hulu Labs page for the feature …
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 …
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 …
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
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Departing CFO Joins GM As CFO And Vice-Chair (GM, MSFT)  —  Chris Liddell, Microsoft's departing CFO, will become GM's CFO and vice-chairman, the company says.  —  Chris became CFO at Microsoft in May 2005.  He's leaving at the end of the month.
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
Softpedia News:
Brightkite Brings Augmented Reality Advertising Solution to US  —  Shows special holiday offerings at near shops  —  The social discovery network Brightkite has announced today the launch of the first augmented reality advertising solution on the US market.
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 …
 
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Glenn Adams / Associated Press:
Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Citysearch Launches on Android
Discussion: PR Newswire
MIT:
Putting the squeeze on data
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
The Virtual Visit May Expand Access to Doctors
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Roadie And Random House Partner To Launch iPhone Apps For Authors
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Dailymotion Hits The App Store
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VatorNews
Associated Press:
Hollywood adds money, talent to made-for-Web shows
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