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3:15 PM ET, December 24, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
2010: The Year of the Tablet  —  An image from an Apple tablet patent.  —  Publishers made 2009 the year of the concept newspaper and magazine.  Time Inc. teamed up with design company The Wonder Factory to create a fun concept video of the Sports Illustrated of the future.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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 …
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, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Great Location Land Rush Of 2010  —  Back in November, at our Realtime CrunchUp event, I sat on the geolocation panel with members of Twitter, Foursquare, SimpleGeo, GeoAPI, Hot Potato, and Google.  At one point, I raised the question if location was going to be the next battleground …
Discussion: The Register and alarm:clock
Twitter Blog:
Mixing It Up at 795 Folsom St
The How-To Geek / Lifehacker:
Microsoft Security Essentials Ranks as Best-Performing Free Antivirus  —  Anti-malware testing group not only gave Microsoft Security Essentials a top rating for malware removal, but now they've given it their best ranking in their performance test as well.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
David Coursey / PC World:
Vonage Offers Unlimited Int'l Calling for iPhone, Blackberry  —  Vonage now offers an unlimited $24.99-a-month international calling plan for iPhone and BlackBerry users, the company said Wednesday.  The new “Vonage World Mobile” VoIP service competes with a $12.95-a-month service from Skype.
Discussion: Digital Trends
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.
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines: beefing up for 2010, including Android app  —  Tis the season - the season for stressing over money and coming up with a game plan for keeping better track of spending in the new year, that is.  —  I'd received a couple of inquiries about, the online personal finance tool …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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
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
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Clear Channel Radio Debuts Android Version of iheartradio App
Discussion: Examiner and Erictric
John Cox / Network World:
Forrester: Google Android smartphones to take 10% of market in 2010
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
TDK develops method to tint touchscreens
Business Wire:
Random House English-Language Books Now Available to Kindle …
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
Google Applications May Reach 150,000 in 2010 Amid Apple Chase
Kathryn Edwards / Computerworld:
Noble ideas: Google Australia's engineering director
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Non-PC Devices Make Up For 14 Percent of iPlayer Use
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New Patent Test for Machines Using Mathematical Algorithms
Discussion: Techdirt and Ars Technica
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Skout Studies What Happens When Dating Goes Mobile
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sandra Hanchard / Hitwise Intelligence:
2009 Year of the Status Update: Spending more time on fewer sites
Discussion: Search Engine Land
HBO App Now Available From App Store
Discussion: MediaPost and TUAW