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12:55 AM ET, December 24, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
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″ …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
F.T.C. Steps Up Scrutiny of Google's AdMob Acquisition  —  The Federal Trade Commission has stepped up its antitrust review of Google's proposed $750 million acquisition of AdMob, a mobile advertising start-up.  —  In a blog post, Google revealed that it had received a “second request” …
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 …
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 …
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: alarm:clock
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Web staggers under pre-Christmas DDoS attack  —  Update: A customer support representative for NeuStar, the company that provides the UltraDNS service, confirms the outage was the result of a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack.  More details below.
Associated Press:
Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes $1 salary in 2009  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes $1 salary in 2009  —  SEATTLE - Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs was paid his customary $1 annual salary in 2009, but Apple's strength through a rough economic climate returned the value of his personal holdings in the company to pre-meltdown levels.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple thrives despite Jobs being away
Discussion: BetaNews and VatorNews
Sandra Hanchard / Hitwise Intelligence:
2009 Year of the Status Update: Spending more time on fewer sites  —  To wrap up my blog for this year, I thought I'd look at how Australian Internet users divide their time online.  This is a pertinent question as marketers battle it out for the precious attention span of consumers on what is now considered a mainstream channel.
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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Will Ship Around 60,000 Nooks This Year  —  A lot more people have ordered the Barnes & Noble Nook, first announced on October 20, than the company expected (despite getting panned by the official reviewers).  The company had Foxconn, their ODM, build far fewer of them than they should have.
David Coursey / Computerworld:
Outage: Few Options for Upset BlackBerry Users  —  A second e-mail outage, even in the same week, will not be a confidence-buster for most BlackBerry users, even if it does fray the nerves.  Still, the question looms: How many more outages will Research In Motion's customers accept before large-scale defections begin?
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Research in Motion Statement Regarding December 22nd Service Outage …
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
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
MyBlogLog?  —  Yesterday, rumors surfaced around Yahoo!'s imminent shutdown of its MyBlogLog service.  Frankly, it's no secret within Yahoo! that we're actively discussing the future of MyBlogLog.  However, it's also true that we have not made any final decisions at this point.  Is a shutdown on the table?
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Panasonic Delivering a Lithium Storage Battery That Can Power Your Home For a Week  —  After officially taking over Sanyo earlier this week, Panasonic is hitting the ground running with a joint venture aimed at developing a powerful lithium-ion storage battery than could store enough juice to power an average [Japanese] home for a week.
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
New!  Viliv N5 Clamshell Launching at CES  —  We've just been invited to see the Viliv N5 at CES.  —  4.8", 1024×600, Clamshell design, 3G, Wifi, GPS and we can probably expect Viliv's usual high quality build and battery life.  The UMID M2 has a competitor!  —  Note that the S10 is launching too.
HBO App Now Available From App Store  —  HBO App Now Available From App Store  —  The FINANCIAL — HBO on December 22 announced the availability of its free HBO App on the App store.  —  “Developed by Atimi Software, Inc, the new HBO App is designed to provide iPhone and iPod touch users with an in-depth …
Discussion: MediaPost and TUAW
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Huge Evernote for iPhone Update: Offline notebooks and more!  —  Talk about a holiday gift!  The Apple AppStore elves work in mysterious ways and they just approved the biggest Evernote for iPhone (version 3.2) in months!  What's new?  Offline notebooks!  Speed improvements!  Better note editing!
Discussion: VentureBeat and TUAW
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
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 …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Looking Back at Google in 2009  —  Google is perhaps our decade's Xerox PARC with a commercial edge, and the speed at which they released products in 2009 was quite immense.  This shows they do two things well so far: scaling technology (across different countries and languages …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More People Around The World Get Their News Online From Google News Than CNN  —  Well, Rupert Murdoch is going to love this.  More people around the world get their news online from Google News than from CNN or the news properties of the New York Times.  In November, 2009, according to comScore …
Discussion: C-Change Media Inc.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Fun Stats: 28% Of Sites Use Google Analytics; 5% Have Facebook Or Twitter Links  —  Factual has analyzed data from 4 million web sites and provided a holiday gift for stats junkies.  Did you know 5% of pages have either a Twitter or Facebook link?  Or that 28% of sites run Google Analytics?
Discussion: Factual Blog
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Study: US among world's leaders in broadband use  —  IDG News Service - U.S. residents rank among the world's top in broadband use per month, meaning the broadband picture in the country isn't as bad as some critics might make it, a telecom trade group said Wednesday.
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Discussion: Associated Press
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
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