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6:25 PM 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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Exhaustive Guide to Apple Tablet Rumors  —  The Apple tablet is almost here.  We hear.  Actually, we're hearing a whole lot lately.  With this exhaustive guide to every tablet rumor, we've got the clearest picture of the Apple tablet yet.  —  Uh, What's It Called?
Discussion: techeblog.com
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: TUAW and Reuters
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple's New Tablet To Be Baptized iSlate? Let's Dig A Little Deeper
Kindle Review:
NYTimes misuses Kindle Review stats to attack the Kindle  —  The NYTimes' Bits Blog has an article using Kindle Review statistics to attack the Kindle.  —  It's a perfect example of why people are losing faith in newspapers.  —  Here's what the ‘Is Amazon Working Backward’ article by Nick Bilton does -
Discussion: Bits and TeleRead
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Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Learning from bad graphs and weak analysis  —  Yesterday's Times features a blog post about the Kindle.  There's a lot wrong with the post (which hopefully has been corrected by the time you read this) and I thought I'd point out two useful lessons.  Nick Bilton, the author of the post …
Chris Jacob / Gizmodo:
No Electronics Allowed During International Flights?  —  That failed terrorist attack yesterday might make international flights a whole lot less enjoyable.  Passengers are reporting that new restrictions are in place.  Among them: No electronics allowed.  Updated:
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kindle Milestone: Amazon Sold More Kindle Books Than Physical Books On Xmas (AMZN)  —  Amazon's Kindle hit an important and startling milestone yesterday: On Christmas, the company sold more Kindle books than physical books.  —  Yes, this is obviously the result of everyone who got a Kindle for Christmas …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Enough Waiting — It's Time for Amazon to Buy Netflix  —  Like an old sports injury, the rumor of Amazon buying Netflix seems to flare up once every few months.  It happened again this week when a Reuters reporter tweeted about its impact on stock-options trading, and the meme gained traction when other blogs ran with it.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nook fails to communicate, download purchased ebooks  —  You didn't think the whole Nook saga was over, did you?  After just succeeding in delivering devices to expectant pre-orderers in time for Christmas, Barnes and Noble is today cleaning up yet another mess courtesy of its ill-prepared content servers.
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.
Discussion: Techmamas
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Location-Based Mobile Advertising Platform AdLocal Enters America, Wants To Win With Japan Know-How  —  Mobile advertising is poised to become a huge growth area, with research firm Kelsey Group seeing the market grow from just $160 million in 2008 to $3.1 billion in 2013. eMarketer projects …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Software fraudster ‘fooled CIA’ into terror alert  —  Spooks ‘f*cking livid’  —  A con man fooled US spooks into grounding international flights by selling them “technology” to decode al-Qaeda messages hidden in TV broadcasts, it's claimed.  —  A long and highly entertaining Playboy article explains …
 
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC chief Leibowitz now watches over firms he once lobbied for
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flixup Brings Its Movie Tweet Aggregator To The Web For The Holiday Movie Season
Discussion: VentureBeat
Angie / Women 2.0:
Women 2.0's Female Founder Successes of 2009
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Facebook Privacy Problem? Advertisers Yawn.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:atul
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
EMusic mulls sale as digital market shifts
Discussion: paidContent
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Why so few paid apps on Android? Blame Google Checkout
 Earlier Items: 
Frances Dinkelspiel / New York Times:
With High-End Meal Perks, Facebook Keeps Up Valley Tradition
Discussion: Gawker
Surfdaddy Orca / hplusmagazine.com:
By Thought Alone: Mind Over Keyboard
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Macs top Amazon's ‘Most Gifted’ list
Discussion: Electronista, VoIP Watch and 9 to 5 Mac
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Basically Every ISP Is Trying to Scare You Into Paying for Internet You Don't Need
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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