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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft removes Custom XML features from Office 2007  —  As my colleague Mary Jo Foley reported earlier today, Microsoft has lost a crucial court judgment over technology used in Office 2007: … Registered OEM partners got a tip-off that the judgment was on its way Monday afternoon …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement Regarding the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Ruling in the i4i Case  —  Statement by Kevin Kutz, Director of Public Affairs, Microsoft  —  We have just learned that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied our appeal in the i4i case.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft loses its appeal in $200-million-plus Custom XML patent infringement case
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Next-gen iPhone w/5 Megapixel Camera for second half 2010 - WWDC launch?  —  Taiwanese sources suggest the debut of an all-new model iPhone, equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, could coincide with the currently mooted WWDC 2010 event in June.  —  Industry sources report orders …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Google Nexus One Hands On  —  Thanks to a clandestine meeting with a source, I got a chance to play with and try out the Nexus One.  It's basically, from my time with it, Google's Droid killer.  It's thin, it's fast, it's better in every way.  —  My source was very firm about no photography …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Nexus One stands with iPhone and Hero, interface gets a 5-minute walkthrough
Discussion: HTC Nexus One, Mashable! and Recombu
Jill Mahoney / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry service better, not fixed  —  Some users are still reporting problems with e-mail, while the company says service has been restored  —  Some BlackBerry users are still having problems with e-mail today, after a widespread service outage erupted overnight.
Discussion: Gadgetell
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Josh Wingrove / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry outage sweeps North America
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Strapped to Android, HTC Takes a Dizzying Ride to the Top  —  Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is on a tear.  This year alone, the company has released five Android handsets.  Its next phone, the HTC Nexus One, aka the Googlephone, is among the most anticipated devices of 2010.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Will Kill MyBlogLog Next Month  —  5 years to the month after it was founded, cross-blog social networking widget MyBlogLog will be closed down by Yahoo! in January, we're hearing from sources close to the project.  MyBlogLog is a service that shows blog writers and readers the faces …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Ex-Microsoftie: Company today ‘a lot like IBM was in 1985’  —  Don Dodge made headlines last month when he was caught up in the tail end of Microsoft's first-ever round of mass layoffs.  He had been at Microsoft for five years, and as a start-up evangelist had become a well-liked figure in the world of budding tech companies.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The $75 Tablet Computer  —  Designer Yves Behar shares images and details from One Laptop Per Child's flashy PC plans.  —  Take a look at the designs for what could someday be the world's cheapest PC, and you may start to wish you were a third-grade child in Burundi.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Firefox 4 Windows mockup provides 5 UI hints of things to come  —  Want a hint as to where Firefox will go next?  As a product visual designer at Mozilla, Stephen Horlander is the kind of guy who can make things happen — so when he shares updates and mockups on Firefox 4's user interface, we tend to pay attention.
Discussion: Download Squad, Gizmodo and Neowin.net
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
NVIDIA Ion 2 coming in early 2010, compatible with Pine Trail  —  Well, here we go: NVIDIA just gave us the heads-up that the next generation of Ion chips (which we'll be calling Ion 2 until it gets a proper name) will be compatible with Intel's new Pine Trail platform and arriving in Q1 of 2010.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
4chan Founder “moot” to Speak at TED  —  Christopher “moot” Poole, the young founder of the irascible online forum 4chan, will speak in February at the TED conference, the elite gathering of thought leaders whose video-taped talks have become immensely popular online.
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Sesame Bringing E-Books to the iPhone  —  Two weeks after Sesame Workshop said it would launch a line of digital books for children 2 to 6 years old, the nonprofit organization has launched an iPhone app that will let kids read Sesame books on a smartphone while listening to a recording of their parents' voice reading along.
Andrew Nusca / SmartPlanet:
The science behind stronger display glass on your phone, computer  —  If you're the owner of a Motorola Droid phone, Dell Adamo laptop or Cowon S9 portable media player, have you noticed that it's awfully hard to break the glass of the display?  —  That's no accident.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Android App Market Splinters  —  Netbook and tablet manufacturers are launching app stores for Android devices.  How many Android stores are too many?  —  Google designed its mobile operating system, Android, so anyone could grab the code and inject it into a product.
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Google's ‘Open’ definition: Simply brilliant business, but is it evil?  —  Just about everyone who is anyone has asked “Is Google evil?” some time during 2009.  I did, in an early November post.  Google's growing dominance is reason enough to wonder.  That dominance helped put …
Michael Geist Blog:
Canadian Supreme Court Establishes “Responsible Communication” Defence in Defamation Cases  —  This morning the Supreme Court of Canada established a new defence in defamation cases in Grant v. Torstar Corp., which it is calling the “responsible communication” defence.
The Mercury:
iPhone cops nab drivers  —  IDIOT drivers are proving to be no match for new Tasmanian-designed technology in police cars and iPhones.  —  In the first eight minutes of the new system being turned on last week, a licence and registration check conducted while police were stopped at a traffic light …
Discussion: TUAW and LOOPRumors
Nicole Scott / netbooknews.com:
ASUS Eee pad comes with NVIDIA Tegra  —  The rumors brewing that ASUS is coming out with an Eee pad to the tablet market aren't exactly new, BUT that they are planning on using the NVIDIA Tegra platform is Amazing News!!!  The Eee PC platform has been exclusively using Intel CPUs for the past 2 years …
Dispatch:
Citigroup Internal Memo  —  The Wall Street Journal reported today on a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into a computer-security breach targeting Citigroup that resulted in a theft of tens of millions of dollars by hackers who appear linked to a Russian cyber gang.
Washington Post:
As attacks increase, U.S. struggles to recruit computer security experts  —  The federal government is struggling to fill a growing demand for skilled computer-security workers, from technicians to policymakers, at a time when network attacks are rising in frequency and sophistication.
DisplaySearch:
Mini-Note (Netbook) Shipments Grow 103% Y/Y in 2009; Revenues Up 72%  —  Mini-Notes Take 19.6% of Portable PC Shipments and 10.4% of Revenues; Share to Remain Stable in 2010  —  Notebook PC revenues are expected to be $109 billion in 2009, down almost 7% Y/Y, according to the DisplaySearch …
Larry Downes / The Hill:
The winter of our content  —  Merger paranoia is nothing new, especially when rapidly evolving technologies for transportation are involved.  —  “With all that programming under its control, Comcast will have every incentive to take its shows off of the Internet and force consumers to buy …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Hungarian Copyright Treaty Author Insists That Those Who Don't Like Anti-Circumvention Clauses Are ‘Hatred-Driven’ Maoists  —  For nearly all of the history of copyright law, the law itself has been designed by and for a certain group of middlemen — even as it was officially supposed …
 
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Justin Berton / San Francisco Chronicle:
Despite hoopla, BART tube not quite wireless
Discussion: PC World
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
IBM Strikes Electronic Health Care Records Deals
Discussion: IBM, Bloomberg and Computerworld
Joanna / The Invisible Things Lab's blog:
Another TXT Attack
Discussion: Slashdot and The Register
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Firefox and Thailand
Arthur de Haan / The Windows Blog:
A peek behind the scenes at Hotmail
Discussion: Softpedia News
Louis Gray:
For All the Gloom Around RSS, Readers Continue to Climb
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:atul
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Comcast settles P2P throttling class-action for $16 million
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter's Biz Stone Looks Back at 2009 and Forward to 2010 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The World Is Flat For Twitter, As In Global Growth Has Stalled
Chloe Albanesius / Gearlog:
Acer Unveils Ultra-Thin Timeline Series for Business Users
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Options Jump On Takeover Rumors (NFLX, AMZN)
Discussion: Electronista
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Epic Demonstrates Unreal Engine 3 for the iPod Touch/iPhone 3GS