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9:35 AM ET, December 27, 2009

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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: PC World, BetaNews and techeblog.com
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Arn / 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Wonder Of Apple's Tablet
Discussion: TUAW, I4U News and Reuters
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
BA and Virgin: Electronics are still allowed on US bound flights  —  Rumours about new flight security following Christmas terrorist attack aren't true  —  Travellers to the US from the UK in the coming weeks will experience new security measures following the attempted terrorist attack …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:stuartmiles
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 …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
The 10 best new Firefox add-ons of 2009  —  This past year felt like a rebuilding year for Firefox add-ons, with two new frameworks implemented to help guide the future of extensions.  Personas gave Firefox on-the-fly theme-switching, and users can expect it to be part of the stable version of Firefox 3.6 when that gets released.
Discussion: TechSpot
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Infamous Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks just like Windows XP  —  From the Chinese pirate masters of the non-sea-faring variety comes ... Ylmf OS!  Not happy with pirating Windows XP itself, these creative Chinese have gone one step further and hacked Ubuntu to look exactly like Windows XP.
Discussion: Cloned In China
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Amplification, retweeting, and the loss of source  —  Jos Schuurmans usefully coins “Amplification is the new circulation.”  And then he usefully worries about how to handle the fact that with each amplification, the link to the source becomes more tenuous.
 
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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Location-Based Mobile Advertising Platform AdLocal Enters America …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC chief Leibowitz now watches over firms he once lobbied for
Chris Williams / The Register:
Software fraudster ‘fooled CIA’ into terror alert
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flixup Brings Its Movie Tweet Aggregator To The Web For The Holiday Movie Season
Discussion: VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
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
Stefanie Olsen / New York Times:
Helping Children Find What They Need on the Internet
Discussion: Techmamas
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
EMusic mulls sale as digital market shifts