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4:05 PM ET, December 23, 2009


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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  —  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, Recombu and Mashable!
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″ …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Will Kill MyBlogLog Next Month  —  Five 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Harris Interactive I Newsroom:
Internet Users Now Spending an Average of 13 Hours a Week Online  —  Half of adult Internet users bought something online in last month  —  A new Harris Poll finds that adult Internet users are now spending an average of 13 hours a week online.  Of course, people's usage varies greatly …
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
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.
Mike Schaffner / Forbes:
The Death Of Social Media  —  Are spam, hackers, privacy concerns and commercialization killing social media?  —  Social media comes in many forms and flavors with new types coming in and some older ones slowly dying out.  It has become so ubiquitous that we rarely think about it when we use it.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Story Something Quietly Opens Up, Turns Your Kids Into Heroes  —  I don't have kids (yet), but I'd be all over this if I did ... and if I were a native English speaker: TC50 finalist Story Something is cautiously opening up to the masses during the holidays - intentionally.
Discussion: TrendSlate
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cc:Betty Launches iPhone App To Make Sense Of Your Email  —  Cc:Betty, a free service that helps organize group email threads, has rolled out an iPhone app to help declutter your email on your mobile device.  Cc:Betty's app is a group-based email application that breaks email conversations into collated, threaded discussions.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
FreeAllMusic launches private beta for free MP3s  —  US startup FreeAllMusic has launched the private beta of its ad-supported music download service, with two major labels on board with their entire catalogues according to CEO Richard Nailling.  —  The site will offer free MP3s to users …
Discussion: Mediaweek, Adweek, GigaOM and hypebot
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Play And Share Your Music Collection In The Cloud With tunesBag  —  Vienna, Austria-based tunesBag is opening up the public beta version of its social music service today, after allowing access by invitation only for the past year or so.  —  The launch has been a long time coming …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Canadian Communication Services Provider Mitel Files For $230 Million IPO  —  Canadian telecom company Mitel Networks Corporation yesterday filed for an IPO of up to $230 million.  The company, which provides integrated communication services primarily to SMBs, said it plans to use proceeds …
Discussion: Ottawa Citizen
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Startup Automates Display Advertising  —  PaperG has been testing a platform with a handful of companies that lets small businesses automatically create and place ads on participating publishers' sites.  The platform — PlaceLocal, scheduled to launch within two months …
Discussion: PaperG
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
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Business Wire:
Kodak, Samsung Agree to Negotiate Patent Dispute Settlement
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
NPR News App Comes to Android
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Google's ‘Open’ definition: Simply brilliant business, but is it evil?
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Firefox 4 Windows mockup provides 5 UI hints of things to come
Discussion: Download Squad and
The Mercury:
iPhone cops nab drivers
Discussion: iLounge, LOOPRumors and TUAW
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sheila Nevins is stepping down as president of HBO Documentary Films after more than 38 years

Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Des Moines Register from reporting on legally-obtained court records that were inadvertently filed publicly

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