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7:00 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.
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Netscape, Yelp, and the Tech IPO Boom of 2010 … Yelp may have just turned down a half-billion dollar takeover offer from Google.  Zynga does a crazy-big $180m funding.  Not long ago, Twitter took another $100-million in financing, and now we learn it's ... profitable.
Lars Backstrom / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Memology: Top Status Trends of 2009  —  Status updates on Facebook help people understand their friends and the people around them—how they're feeling, what they're doing and what they're thinking.  In the United States alone, people on Facebook are sharing hundreds of millions of words every day …
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Opus One specifications  —  When we say we have specifications, boy, do we mean it.  One of our connects has sent us the full rundown on Motorla's Opus One (their first iDEN Android handset) that we revealed a little while back.  The features on the device are actually pretty reasonable …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Will Intel's Atom overhaul fuel another netbook boom?  —  Intel is revamping its Atom processor platform in a move that will yield more powerful netbooks, better efficiency and smaller designs.  Will Intel set off another netbook boom?  —  On Monday, Intel made its overhaul of its Atom platform official (statement, Techmeme).
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel reveals next-generation Atom details
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 …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
10 Things Microsoft did right in 2009  —  The year 2009 was pretty good to Microsoft, even as the weak economy ravaged sales.  Microsoft actually did a few things right.  The did wrong list will come tomorrow.  For today, I present the list of 10 things Microsoft did right in 2009 — in no order of importance.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Laura June / Engadget:
Nook 1.1 update hitting now  —  Right on schedule, the Barnes and Noble Nook is kicking out a software update (we rebooted to get the download to start).  We've heard this will fix some of the issues we had with the unit in our review — but we'll update you once we've had a little time to play around with it.
Etsy News:
Etsy's New Old Young CEO  —  As 2010 begins, I will return to Etsy as CEO, and Maria will leave the company.  —  Maria joined Etsy in the middle of 2008 and led Etsy through an important foundational phase.  We are a profitable company now, and Maria helped us reach this major milestone.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft CEO Ballmer to be bounced in 2010?  No way  —  I don't make a habit of commenting on other pundits' prediction lists.  After all, a prediction is just a person's opinion, and who knows what might happen in a year or 10....  But I am going to make an exception and call …
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why the HTML5 ‘Video’ Element Is Effectively Unusable, Even in the Browsers Which Support It  —  I seldom post video to DF, but when I do, I refuse to embed Flash,1 I want the markup to be sane and standard, I want the video to play in popular standards-compliant web browsers, and I don't want the video to download/buffer automatically.
Discussion: jd/adobe, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Start Project Launches To Create, Incubate Startups  —  A group of entrepreneurs and investors have partnered to create a new Silicon Valley based business incubator called The Start Project.  —  Behind the new company are Polaris Venture Partners, the founders of 83 Degrees (Webshots …
Discussion: PSFK, GigaOM and Bits
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 …
Damon Darlin / Bits:
‘Nerd’ and ‘Geek’ Should Be Banned, Professor Says  —  The Times ran an article Monday suggesting that what America will need in the future are more “cool nerds.”  A playful tweak of the nerd stereotype, to be sure, in an effort to alter it.  The people described in the piece were ones with hybrid careers …
Discussion: AppScout and New York Times
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 …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Who Gets the Highest Ad Rates Online?  —  With All the Talk of CPMs Going to Zero, Here's a Survey of Who's Commanding Top Dollar  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Online ad rates, we're told, are on an express train to zero, helped along by gagillions of impressions generated by Facebook …
bizjournals:
Steve Jobs tops Harvard best CEO list  —  Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal  —  Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs led the Harvard Business Review's ranking of the world's best performing CEOs, one of four from Silicon Valley to make the magazine's top 10.  —  He was joined by John Chambers …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Uses FriendFeed As A Testing Ground For The Next Generation Of OAuth  —  When Facebook bought FriendFeed a few months ago, no one was really sure what would happen to the service.  The acquisition was mainly for FriendFeed's talent, so there was much concern that FriendFeed would wither.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital loses president after 7 months  —  The head of Paul Allen's multi-billion dollar investment arm, Vulcan Capital, has stepped down just seven months after taking on the role of president, TechFlash has learned.  —  Chris Temple, who originally joined Vulcan last year …
Discussion: paidContent and Xconomy, Thanks:ericengleman
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
Chief Economist of Google Invents a Search Tool for Advertising  —  Most companies don't have a chief economist.  Google has a chief economist.  The economist is Hal R. Varian.  —  Dr. Varian has good paper.  —  Dr. Varian worked on a Google team which includes other Google wizards.
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 …
Zee / The Next Web:
Firefox 3.5 is Now the World's Most Popular Browser  —  Site tracking and analytics tool StatCounter Global Statistics now shows that Firefox 3.5 is the most used browser in the world.  —  Note this is the version of the browser rather than the browser brand but nevertheless an incredible achievement.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
ASUS Eee PC 1005PE review  —  By our count ASUS has released — at the very least — 20 Eee PC netbooks since 2008.  Some had 8.9-inch or 10-inch displays, some ran Xandros Linux or Windows XP, and some packed hard drives instead of flash storage.  But common to virtually …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Case Study: How Google Hosts & Funds A Copyright-Infringing Web Site  —  Color me tired.  I got a report of a site that reprinted one of our articles without permission.  Checking it out, I discovered that miserable combination of someone making money off content they don't own …
The Official Google Blog:
The meaning of open  —  Last week I sent an email to Googlers about the meaning of “open” as it relates to the Internet, Google, and our users.  In the spirit of openness, I thought it would be appropriate to share these thoughts with those outside of Google as well.  —  At Google we believe that open systems win.
Thanks:mgcreed
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Location-Based Ads Come to Augmented Reality in the US  —  Location-based social network Brightkite announced this morning that it has added what it calls the first mobile Augmented Reality advertising for U.S. markets to its AR layer in the Layar augmented reality browser.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Meebo Launches Self-Serve Meebo Bar, Takes A Look Back At Its Big Year
Discussion: CNET News and Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The State of Global WiMAX: The 2009 Report
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Seesmic's new release: Android NEARLY has a perfect Twitter app
Thanks:loic
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Magazines Launch iPhone App Editions, But They're Not Big Sellers (AAPL)
Discussion: Computerworld
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Taps StackOverflow as Official Android Dev Support for Noobs, Q&A
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google readies launch of iPhone rival
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Economist eyes social network cash boost
Thanks:tim
Glenn Adams / Associated Press:
Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning
Robert N. Charette / IEEE Spectrum:
Automated to Death  —  As software pilots more of our vehicles …
Thanks:atul
Bryant Urstadt / Technology Review:
Trading Shares in Milliseconds