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5:40 PM ET, December 24, 2009


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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Possible Apple tablet multi-touch tactile keyboard detailed  —  Apple's forthcoming tablet could employ a dynamic surface that gives users tactile feedback when typing in order to identify individual keys, according to a new patent application revealed this week.
Apple shares hit new high on tablet excitement
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boy Genius Report
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Voice Is Coming Back To The iPhone Via The Browser, Thanks To VoiceCentral  —  Last summer, when Apple pulled third-party Google Voice applications from the App Store, one of them was VoiceCentral.  Apple's subsequent rejection of the official Google Voice app spurred an FCC investigation …
Pepsi's Big Gamble: Ditching Super Bowl for Social Media  —  Why Pepsi Is Pulling Out of the Big Game and What It Stands to Gain  —  This year for the first time in 23 years, Pepsi will not have ads in the Super Bowl telecast.  No Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake.
Google Watch:
Tracking Santa's Global Traversal The Google Way  —  It's that time of year when people love to track Santa, trying to figure out his route to deliver gifts across the world.  Google is all over it, picking up a tradition started by NORAD in 1955, which you can read about here.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
DNS Issues Cause Downtime for Major Sites  —  Some of the web's most prominent sites experienced downtime and sluggishness Wednesday night due to problems with DNS services.  The issues were most pronounced at UltraDNS, which reported that its performance problems were caused by an electronic attack.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Early Holiday Gift For Googlers: $2.3 Billion  —  Like many companies, Google has a tradition of giving holiday presents to its employees — an Android phone last year, $1000 in cash net of taxes the year before.  This year, they got Google's soon-to-be-released phone.
Discussion: SFGate
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Top Ten IPO Candidates For 2010  —  It's been a long drought for IPOs, but venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs are hopeful that 2010 will be the year they rain down on the Valley once gain.  Earlier this year, a handful of IPOs trickled out, such as OpenTable, Rackspace, and A123Systems.
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
Windows 7 Accelerating Corporate PC Purchasing  —  By Andy Golub  —  ChangeWave's November corporate IT spending survey points to an uptick in IT spending for 1st Quarter 2010 - midst the strongest growth rate in 2 years.  —  Regarding PCs, the release of the Windows 7 operating system is the key factor driving growth.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:   Report: Windows 7 hasn't hurt the Mac
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Security in the Ether  —  Information technology's next grand challenge will be to secure the cloud—and prove we can trust it.  —  In 2006, when Amazon introduced the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), it was a watershed event in the quest to transform computing into a ubiquitous utility, like electricity.
Discussion: Bits and ebizQ Business …, Thanks:atul
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Footprint: real-time web stats, for free  —  While Google Analytics is a great product, one of the most frustrating aspects of it is the lack of any data about what's happening right now with your site's traffic.  —  In these days of the real-time web, shouldn't we have real-time web stats too?
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
XBMC Updates to 9.11 Camelot, Brings Awesome New Look, Improved Features  —  Windows/Mac/Linux/and more: XBMC is a killer open-source, cross-platform media center, and today they've released XBMC 9.11, introducing a whole new default look and feel, and it's very friendly on the eyes.
Discussion: XBMC
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!
Sharon Noguchi / Mercury News:
San Jose police test head-mounted cameras for officers  —  San Jose police, under fire for interactions with the public that have turned violent, on Friday launched a pilot project equipping officers with head-mounted cameras to record contacts with civilians.
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's dominance draws interest of regulators  —  Complaints that Google Inc. is leveraging its dominance in search to tighten its grip on the local advertising market may be drawing the eye of regulators, adding to the mounting antitrust concerns surrounding the Internet giant.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes/MySpace Mystery Solved: A Christmas Miracle!  —  About 10 days ago, there was a post in this column about interest by News Corp. and its MySpace unit in Flixster, the popular social networking site for movies.  —  Titled “MySpace and News Corp. Eye Flixster (But for What?), I wrote:
bizjournals: CEO Marc Benioff Named 2009 Executive of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times  —  The San Francisco Business Times has named Marc Benioff, the founder and CEO of Inc., its 2009 Executive of the Year.  —  Benioff is being recognized as the executive …
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Qualcomm COO resigns to take CEO job elsewhere  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The chief operating officer of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, Len Lauer, has resigned to become a chief executive of another company, Qualcomm said on Thursday.  —  Lauer, a telecommunications industry veteran …
John Cox / Network World:
Forrester: Google Android smartphones to take 10% of market in 2010  —  Forrester outlines 7 enterprise wireless and mobility trends for next year  —  Android phones will make significant headway in the smartphone market and 4G service providers will zero in on apps in 2010.
Josh Bernoff / AdAge:
Twitter at a Crossroads: Audience Growth Won't Be Enough in 2010  —  Plus Other Predictions From Forrester  —  Forrester has just published our interactive marketing predictions for 2010:  — Companies' use of social councils will attain budgets and power.  — Listening-platform insights will go mainstream.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Managing the Wireless Data Deluge  —  Smartphones are forcing wireless carriers to meet surging demand for data, creating a huge opportunity for the many companies that help them  —  It wasn't so many years ago that U.S. wireless carriers wanted nothing more than to convince their customers to use their phones for more than talking.
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Year in Review: Social networks come of age  —  By the numbers, it's easy to say 2009 was the year social networking went mainstream.  After all, if Facebook were a country, it would be the world's third most populated, behind China and India.  —  But the numbers only begin to show how social networks …
Discussion: Forbes
Tom Spring / PC World:
E-Book Piracy: The Publishing Industry's Next Epic Saga?  —  With the rise of e-book readers like the Kindle, Sony Reader, and Nook comes the scourge of the digital world: pirates.  —  Recommends  —  As e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle continue to rise, so follows the publishing industry's worst nightmare: e-book piracy.
Discussion: Digits
John Hering / CNET News:
Web-based Lookout protects mobile devices, data  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In July, John Hering and Kevin Mahaffey demonstrated an SMS attack targeting a variety of smartphones at a security show.  This week they are launching a company, with backing from some heavyweight investors …
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