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6:30 PM ET, December 23, 2009


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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple To Demo Tablet In January, Asks Developers To Get Apps Ready (AAPL)  —  Is the long-awaited Apple tablet just weeks away?  —  Apple is preparing to show off a new, larger mobile device with a higher resolution display in January — probably a version of the Apple tablet we've been hearing …
Boy Genius Report:
Apple tablet definitely coming in 7″ size?  —  We're really going out on a limb here, but one of our very connected sources let us know that they've heard very solid information about Apple's upcoming tablet.  It has been widely reported recently that the size of the tablet is 10″ …
David Gelles /
Exclusive: Apple to host event in January  —  Apple has something big up its sleeve for next month.  —  The company has rented a stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for several days in late January, according to people familiar with the plans.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Nexus One full specs detailed, invite-only retail sales starting January 5th?  —  We know you're itching to get your hands on a Nexus One — Google's managed to build buzz here the way only a couple companies in the world know how.  Unfortunately, it sounds like you're going to need …
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
Discussion: HTC Nexus One
Twitter Blog:
Mixing It Up at 795 Folsom St  —  In August, we previewed expanded location support for developers.  Last month we launched our Geotagging API with support from several of the top Twitter clients.  When current location is added to tweets, new and valuable services emerge …
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Mixer Labs To Step Up Geo-Location  —  Twitter CEO Ev Williams just announced on the company blog that they have acquired Mixer Labs, creators of GeoAPI.  In a nutshell, GeoAPI provides developers with the ability to query the world through services which include a reverse geocoder …
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
Paul Feng / Google Public Policy Blog:
An update on our AdMob acquisition  —  Since we announced our plans to acquire AdMob, we've been excited about the positive reaction — particularly from advertisers and publishers who have told us that they're enthusiastic about the possibilities for how the combination of AdMob and Google …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
F.T.C. Steps Up Scrutiny of Google's AdMob Acquisition
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 …
Scott Budman / NBC Bay Area:
Got Baggage?  Let Yahoo Pick it Up  —  Web giant helping out at the airport  —  Technology companies love to help the community.  It's part of what makes them beloved to Silicon Valley residents (well, that, along with their stock options and cool perks).
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Maximum PC
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Research in Motion Statement Regarding December 22nd Service Outage - BlackBerry Messenger to Blame!  —  * Update: Been getting lots of tips, and we've received the same message ourselves, from the BlackBerry Network Administrator pushing you to upgrade to the latest version of BlackBerry Messenger.
Bloomberg:   BlackBerry Service Is Restored as RIM Releases New Software
Chris Nuttall /
Jajah bought by Telefónica for $207m  —  Jajah has become the latest internet phone company to be snapped up by a bigger player, with the Silicon Valley company announcing it is being acquired by Europe's Telefónica for $207m €145m) in an all-cash transaction.
Dan Macsaiwed / Fast Company:
Why Does Facebook Want to Suck the Fun Out of Unfriending?  —  As Facebook roars past the 350 million usermark, it's become so ubiquitous that literally everybody I know has a profile.  And even though I've accepted precisely 1,252 of their friend requests over the years …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple thrives despite Jobs being away  —  2009 was a year for the record books for Apple.  —  Besides recording three of the most profitable quarters in company history and ending the year with $36 billion in the bank, Apple had its biggest iPhone opening weekend ever this summer.
Discussion: BetaNews and VatorNews
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Facebook's Sandberg Nominated To Disney Board  —  A big-name Silicon Valley addition to the Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) board.  The company just nominated Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg to its board of directors.  In a statement, Disney Chairman John Pepper says Sandberg …
Financial Times:
Apple looks at internet TV foray  —  By Kenneth Li in New York and Joseph Menn in San Francisco  —  Apple is courting owners of US television networks, including CBS and Walt Disney, in the hope of launching a subscription television service over the internet next year, people familiar with the discussions said.
John Rath / Data Center Knowledge:
The Data-Crunching Powerhouse Behind ‘Avatar’  —  A look at some of the high-density server and networking gear inside the Weta Digital data center used to render the animation for the new James Cameron movie “Avatar.”  (Photo: Foundry Networks Inc.)  —  It takes a lot of data center horsepower …
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.
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.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
With Increasing Staff, Facebook Expanding Offices Again in Palo Alto  —  Facebook left its disjointed cluster of offices in downtown Palo Alto, earlier this year, and moved across town, consolidating into a big old former Hewlett-Packard manufacturing building next to Stanford University.
Discussion: Mercury News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Project Alesia: News Corp.'s Roman Battle Cry-Does That Cast Googlers as the Gauls?  (Plus Video!)  —  While Internet companies such as Google use baked goods as names for their key strategic initiatives-recent ones related to its Android mobile operating system were called Donut and Eclair …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
23AndMe Completes $27.8 Million Series B Round  —  Personal genomics startup 23andMe has recently raised another $14.2 million to close out its $27.8 million Series B round, according to regulatory filings with the SEC. The filing indicates that the new funding is an amendment …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
FCC commish says Verizon's ETF response is ‘unsatisfying and, in some cases, troubling’  —  A member of the FCC's five-person commission, Mignon Clyburn, has sent out a letter today in response to Verizon's earlier reply regarding questions surrounding its gargantuan $350 early termination fee on so-called …
Discussion: DSLreports and BetaNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Qik Live Recording Finally Makes It To The iPhone (Legally)  —  The live video streaming application Qik has just been approved in the App Store and should be available shortly, we've learned.  The company submitted the app a couple weeks ago following the approval of Ustream's live streaming application …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
TiVo, Sony and others to FCC: ‘gateways’ should replace CableCARD  —  All the comments to the FCC in response to the call for ideas to replace the failed CableCARD idea were due this week so we spent a little time reading a few of them and found some overwhelming trends.
Discussion: Electronista and Zatz Not Funny!
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Report: Facebook Ad Revenue To Surpass MySpace Next Year  —  A new report released from eMarketer today, states that Facebook “will surpass its former rival, MySpace, in ad revenues in 2010, when marketers worldwide will spend $605 million on Facebook versus $385 million on MySpace”.
Discussion: eMarketer and MarketingVOX
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Looking Back at Google in 2009
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
WePay helps groups manage money, lands $1.65M of its own
Discussion: Boston Globe
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Play And Share Your Music Collection In The Cloud With tunesBag
Discussion: 901am, Lifehacker and tunesBag
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
FreeAllMusic launches private beta for free MP3s
Discussion: Mediaweek, Adweek and GigaOM
Mike Schaffner / Forbes:
The Death Of Social Media
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cc:Betty Launches iPhone App To Make Sense Of Your Email
Google Chrome Blog:
Smarter holiday shopping with Google Chrome Extensions (beta!)
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Story Something Quietly Opens Up, Turns Your Kids Into Heroes
Discussion: TrendSlate
 Earlier Items: 
Lamont Wood / LiveScience:
Daily Text Messages Exceed 4 Billion
Discussion: Maximum PC
Business Wire:
Kodak, Samsung Agree to Negotiate Patent Dispute Settlement
Discussion: Associated Press
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Startup Automates Display Advertising
Discussion: PaperG
Mini-Note (Netbook) Shipments Grow 103% Y/Y in 2009; Revenues Up 72%
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Sesame Bringing E-Books to the iPhone