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3:21 AM ET, December 21, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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: TMZ.com and EveryJoe
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Justin.tv to Launch Pay-Per-View Service  —  Justin.tv, the big live Web video site, which says it has 35 million monthly views, will launch a pay-per-view platform next month for a few content creators and then roll it out across the entire network in Q2.
Discussion: 901am, Mashable! and Erictric
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: mocoNews
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Chinese Video Sharing Site Youku Raises $40 Million; $110 Million To Date  —  Top Chinese internet video site Youku has raised $40 million in a funding round—and says it is in “active” discussions to add $40 million more.  The video sharing site says it raised the cash in a round led by Chengwei Ventures …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Poor iPhone reception graduates to SNL ‘Weekend Update’ joke status  —  “It was reported this week that Google would soon launch its own cellphone as a challenge to the iPhone.  Also a challenge to the iPhone?  Making phone calls.”  —  Cue uproarious applause.  —  Update: Video after the break!
Chris Jacob / Gizmodo:
How to Get Free Inflight Wi-Fi This Holiday Season  —  Holiday travel can be a tiresome experience.  If you want to relax with a little Wi-Fi on the plane, MyMoneyBlog.com has compiled a list of the codes you can use to get free internet access during your holiday excursions.
Discussion: Gadgetell and PalmAddicts
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.
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
Store set to be apple of master's eye  —  In 2007 Steve Jobs launched the iPhone with a fanfare of fiery rhetoric.  —  The iPhone, Apple's chief executive claimed, was three “revolutionary” devices in one.  Combining a touch-controlled iPod media player, a phone and an “internet communicator” …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
WWDC 2010 to be held Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2?
Discussion: I4U News, Thanks:llsethj
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
ICD Ultra Android tablet hands-on
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
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
Fred / A VC:
Trading Deals, A Lost Art?
Discussion: Feld Thoughts, Howard Lindzon and bijan sabet, Thanks:atul
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Stable Android 2.1 hacked onto Droid, speeds through those extra home screens
Discussion: Gadgetell and Phone Arena
 Earlier Items: 
Simon Bowers / Guardian:
Google's subsidiaries allow company to avoid £450m tax
Discussion: Times of London and Technovia
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
Crowdsourced document analysis and MP expenses
Discussion: rc3.org
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
As Going Gets Tough, Nokia Brings Out Legal Guns
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The World Has Changed. Is Jigsaw Still Evil?
Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
Gadget Patrol: 21st century phone