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4:05 AM ET, December 26, 2009

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple ‘iSlate’ Trademark and What is a ‘Magic Slate’?  —  After we broke the news yesterday that Apple had acquired iSlate.com, other pieces to the puzzle seemed to fall into place.  Notably, TechCrunch found that iSlate had been registered as a trademark by an unknown Delaware company …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple's New Tablet To Be Baptized iSlate?  Let's Dig A Little Deeper  —  Nice scoop by MacRumors, which reportedly retrieved historical evidence that Apple has acquired the domain name islate.com back in 2007.  Apparently, the Cupertino company registered the domain through brand protection firm Mark Monitor …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Wonder Of Apple's Tablet  —  In 2007, just prior to its launch, I was absolutely positive I wasn't going to buy an iPhone.  My rationale was that I didn't even like using a cellphone, so why would I want a $600 one?  What I wanted was a touch screen iPod — basically, an iPhone without the phone.
Discussion: Reuters and The Toybox
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Basically Every ISP Is Trying to Scare You Into Paying for Internet You Don't Need  —  You thought AT&T was screwing unsuspecting customers into paying obscene bandwidth bills with ridiculous claims of stuff you can't do?  Time Warner says you can't have 3 people on the internet without at least 15Mbps.
Stefanie Olsen / New York Times:
Helping Children Find What They Need on the Internet  —  When Benjamin Feshbach was 11 years old, he was given a brainteaser: Which day would the vice president's birthday fall on the next year?  —  Benjamin, now 13, said he typed the question directly into the Google search box, to no avail.
TJ Luoma / TUAW:
Is Google Voice available for the iPhone?  —  Need a refresher on the Google Voice and Apple saga?  Let's recap the story to date:  —  Apple pulled all Google Voice related apps from the App Store back in July, which led to an FCC inquiry, which led Apple to claim they had not rejected but were …
Discussion: Apple and VoIP Watch
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Why so few paid apps on Android?  Blame Google Checkout  —  The new monthly report on location-based apps from Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo and American location-detection technology maker Skyhook Wireless opens with a striking stat: Only 21 percent of the location-based Android mobile apps …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Facebook Privacy Problem?  Advertisers Yawn.  —  Plenty of Web folks-me included-hollered loudly when Facebook overhauled its privacy policy this month.  But the Web is made for shouting, so that makes it pretty hard to get a sense of how most people really feel.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flixup Brings Its Movie Tweet Aggregator To The Web For The Holiday Movie Season  —  At our Realtime CrunchUp in November, Bazaar Labs showed off their iPhone application Flixup, which scans Twitter to create aggregate scores for movies.  Tonight, just in time for the busy Christmas movie-going season …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
EMusic mulls sale as digital market shifts  —  The biggest music company you've never heard of is looking to make a move.  — In the wake of several industry mergers, New York-based music site eMusic.com is examining strategic alternatives for its business, considering a sale, recapitalization …
Discussion: paidContent
Frances Dinkelspiel / New York Times:
With High-End Meal Perks, Facebook Keeps Up Valley Tradition  —  By 11:45 a.m., when the steel door to Facebook's employee cafeteria rolls open for lunch, there is almost always a line of people waiting for food.  —  On one day, the menu may feature Thai-spiced cilantro chicken or salmon with red curry sauce.
Discussion: Gawker
Angie / Women 2.0:
Women 2.0's Female Founder Successes of 2009  —  This has been perhaps one of the more challenging years we've seen.  Still, we've been celebrating successes on Twitter at @women2 and below.  Are you a female founder with a success to celebrate in 2009?  Join the list - here's how …
 
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Surfdaddy Orca / hplusmagazine.com:
By Thought Alone: Mind Over Keyboard
Discussion: Slashdot
Lara Farrar / CNN:
Micro-blogs in China: Tweeting through the Great Firewall
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Macs top Amazon's ‘Most Gifted’ list
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Justin Scheck / Digits:
Critics of H-P Software Soften Their Stance
Discussion: The Next Bench
Schneier on Security:
Intercepting Predator Video
Discussion: CrunchGear and rc3.org
 Earlier Items: 
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Want to connect your iPhone and Bluetooth keyboard? …
Discussion: Communications … and Digits
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
New York Daily News Takes “Major” Stake In Content Aggregator Service Loud3r
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SCVNGR Raises $4 Million From Google Ventures
Discussion: Pulse2 and mocoNews, Thanks:daniel_levine
Sherri / philosecurity:
Our Google Government  —  Recently I saw an ad which read:
Discussion: Beyond Search and VentureBeat
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD reports Q4 revenue down 7% YoY to $10.3B, adjusted EBITDA down 5% YoY to $2.5B, 97.7M global streaming subscribers, and a $103M streaming profit for 2023

 
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