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8:15 AM ET, December 24, 2009


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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.
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.
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″ …
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 …
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 …
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Mixer Labs To Step Up Geo-Location
Discussion: The Register and alarm:clock
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:
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 …
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple thrives despite Jobs being away
Discussion: BetaNews and VatorNews
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.
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!
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
WePay founders put down roots in Palo Alto, raise $1.6 million  —  When I first met Bill Clerico and Rich Aberman last fall, the two fresh Boston College grads were just starting to talk to local investors about WePay, their online payment start-up.  They had an idea — helping groups of people …
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Skout Studies What Happens When Dating Goes Mobile  —  Over the last decade or so, the public perception of online dating has shifted from being a bit odd to something that's pretty normal.  But even as people get used to surfing the web as they look for a potential date, there's a new trend emerging …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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?
Sinha /
3 Idiots to be released on YouTube - Winds of Change?  Or PR Exercise?  [Updated]  —  Aamir Khan's starrer ‘3 Idiots’ will be released on YouTube 12 weeks after the theatre release.  —  Owing to the deal between 3 idiots producer and YouTube, one would be able to download the movie (for a price) after 12 weeks of the release.
Erik Sherman /
New Patent Test for Machines Using Mathematical Algorithms  —  Industries, particularly high tech, may be waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court decision, expected this coming spring, in the Bilski case to decide some fundamental questions of when you can patent business methods.
Discussion: Techdirt and Ars Technica
Michael Geist Blog:
U.S. Court Rules Against isoHunt For Inducing Copyright Infringement  —  A U.S. federal court in California has issued a summary judgment against Canadian-based isoHunt (and its owner Gary Fung), ruling that the site violates U.S. copyright law by inducing copyright infringement.
Discussion: TorrentFreak, p2pnet and Techdirt
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Study: US among world's leaders in broadband use
HBO App Now Available From App Store
Discussion: MediaPost and TUAW
Michelle Quinn / Bay Area:
S.F. May Require Warnings About Cellphone Radiation
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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iMac firmware update fails to fix flickering problems
Discussion: The Next Web and TechCrunch
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: C-Change Media Inc.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
23AndMe Completes $27.8 Million Series B Round
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Looking Back at Google in 2009
Scott Budman / NBC Bay Area:
Got Baggage? Let Yahoo Pick it Up
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Maximum PC
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Canadian Communication Services Provider Mitel Files For $230 Million IPO
Discussion: Ottawa Citizen and Pulse2
John Rath / Data Center Knowledge:
The Data-Crunching Powerhouse Behind ‘Avatar’