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8:50 AM ET, December 23, 2009


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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 …
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
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 …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Google Nexus One stands with iPhone and Hero, interface gets a 5-minute walkthrough  —  The Google Nexus One trickle continues.  Today's two menu items include a 5-minute demonstration of the Android 2.1 interface — shaky, sure, but it's a pretty thorough rundown of all the menus.
Discussion: HTC Nexus One, Mashable! and Recombu
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 …
Josh Wingrove / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry outage sweeps North America  —  Research In Motion confirmed delays in service, but couldn't offer a timeline for when service would resume  —  Waterloo, Ont.-based Research In Motion RIMM-Q was working to fix its BlackBerry messaging systems Tuesday night after a range of service outages were reported in Canada and abroad.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Next-gen iPhone 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 for OmniVision's CMOS image senors …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The World Is Flat For Twitter, As In Global Growth Has Stalled  —  Twitter's international traffic continues to flatten as the microblogging site's number of unique visitors flattened in November.  Twitter saw 60.3 million unique visitors in November compared to 58.3 million unique visitors in October.
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.
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.
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Epic Demonstrates Unreal Engine 3 for the iPod Touch/iPhone 3GS  —  Buy the Apple MC011LL/A iPod Touch 64GB Screen  —  I got together with Mark Rein last week and he showed me an Unreal Engine 3 tech demo running on a 3rd generation iPod Touch.  The same Unreal Engine 3 that powers Gears of War 2, running on an iPod Touch.
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
Facebook fuelling divorce, research claims  —  Facebook is being cited in almost one in five of online divorce petitions, lawyers have claimed.  —  The social networking site, which connects old friends and allows users to make new ones online, is being blamed for an increasing number of marital breakdowns.
Nicole Scott /
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 …
Arthur de Haan / The Windows Blog:
A peek behind the scenes at Hotmail  —  Hi, my name is Arthur de Haan and I am responsible for Test and System Engineering in Windows Live.  To kick things off, I'd like to give you a look behind the scenes at Hotmail, and tell you more about what it takes to build, deploy and run …
Discussion: Softpedia News
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.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Red Hat's Q3 earnings defy gravity  —  Someone needs to let the folks in Raleigh know we're in a down economy still.  While much of the tech market lingers in the doldrums, Red Hat announced another strong earnings report for its fiscal third quarter 2010.  —  Here are some of the headline numbers:
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
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 …
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog
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Justin Berton / San Francisco Chronicle:
Despite hoopla, BART tube not quite wireless
Discussion: Computerworld
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
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Firefox and Thailand
Louis Gray:
For All the Gloom Around RSS, Readers Continue to Climb
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:atul
Michael Schmitt / RAIN:
RAIN 12/22: Students create Net radio app for Ford's in-dash web system
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 …
Chloe Albanesius / Gearlog:
Acer Unveils Ultra-Thin Timeline Series for Business Users
Discussion: Softpedia News
David Lawsky / MediaFile:
From science fiction to desktop for telepresence
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Options Jump On Takeover Rumors (NFLX, AMZN)
Nielsen Wire:
Top Mobile Phones, Sites and Brands for 2009