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6:50 PM ET, December 27, 2009

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Chris Jacob / Gizmodo:
The New, Terrifying, No-Electronics US Flight Security Rules  —  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:
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Sorry, Shoppers, but Why Can't Amazon Collect More Tax?  —  BEFORE settling on Seattle as the home of Amazon.com, the founder, Jeff Bezos, considered placing the company on an Indian reservation near San Francisco.  “This way, we could have access to talent without all the tax consequences …
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's blog:
Self-Proclaimed Social Media Gurus on Twitter Multiplying Like Rabbits  —  In May 09 when we first used Tweepsearch to count of the Twitter bios of self-proclaimed social media gurus, experts, superstars and ninjas there were 4,487.  A mere seven months later, we were shocked to see that there are now nearly 16.000.
Marion Maneker / Washington Post:
E-books spark battle inside the publishing industry  —  The evolution of publishing from print to digital has caused a schism in the reading world.  There are now two constituencies: readers (and writers) on the one hand, and the publishing world on the other.  And they don't want to hear each other.
Discussion: TeleRead
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?
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 …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Apple's MobileMe service conks out for three hours and counting  —  Update: As of 3:00 PM Pacific time on Sunday, MobileMe is back online.  —  Around 1:00 PM Pacific time on Sunday, Apple's MobileMe suite of cloud applications stopped working for me.  MobileMe syncs customers' iPhones with their personal computers.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Android 2.0 (or maybe 2.1) officially coming to T-Mobile G1?  —  We don't know where this is coming from so take it with a grain of salt, but rumor has it from AndroidSPIN that the progenitor Android device, the T-Mobile G1, is destined to officially get an over-the-air update for an Eclair build, Android 2-point-something.
Boy Genius Report:
GV Mobile 2.0 first look  —  It's pretty simple: Apple's iPhone OS is basically the only major smartphone operating system without an official or unofficial Google Voice client.  We used to have GV Mobile and VoiceCentral, but as we all know, those were abruptly removed from the App Store …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
Nick Douglas / lalawag:
Twitter Is Profitable.  Your Argument Is Invalid.  —  Oh.  Thank.  God.  Twitter's deals with Google and Microsoft (letting the two companies search Twitter in real-time) total $25 million and make the company profitable for 2009, according to BusinessWeek.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Expanding iWork In The Cloud?  —  A year ago Apple launched iWork.com in beta, which allowed users of their office suite of applications to publish documents online.  It's a light feature set compared to Google Docs and Office 10 - just viewing and commenting.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pedal Brain's Gadget Turns Your iPhone Into A Powerful Cycling Computer  —  For years, runners have been able to take advantage of Nike+, a nifty accessory that lets your iPod communicate with your shoes to turn it into a personal running coach of sorts.  Soon, cyclists will have access …
Discussion: Mobile Whack and Gizmodo
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
 
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Severin Carrell / Guardian:
Website archives to be fast-tracked
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
The 10 best new Firefox add-ons of 2009
Discussion: TechSpot
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Infamous Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks just like Windows XP
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Amplification, retweeting, and the loss of source
 Earlier Items: 
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Location-Based Mobile Advertising Platform AdLocal Enters America …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Enough Waiting — It's Time for Amazon to Buy Netflix
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC chief Leibowitz now watches over firms he once lobbied for
 

 
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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

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

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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