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11:20 AM ET, December 30, 2009

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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Windows Mobile and Xbox Live coming together, according to Microsoft job ad  —  The hints were already pretty strong on this one, but now Microsoft has come right out and said it, albeit in a job posting — the Xbox Live gaming platform is extending beyond the console and specifically onto WinMo phones.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Microsoft (slowly) picking up the pace with Windows Mobile?  —  As Apple, Google and just about every other mobile-operating-system provider continues to leapfrog Microsoft in the mobile market, there's a glimmer of hope among the dwindling Windows Mobile faithful that Microsoft is picking …
Discussion: pocketnow.com and Neowin.net
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Leaked Nexus One Documents: $530 Unlocked, $180 With T-Mobile  —  A tipster just sent in these Nexus One screenshots that supposedly confirms two things: that Google will sell it unlocked and unsubsidized for $530, and that Google will sell it by themselves.  Plus, some other very interesting details.
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Google building a base under Android with Nexus One
Discussion: TechCrunch
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Has Big Plans for Google Voice, Cloud Computing in 2010  —  Google's Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product management at Google, said Google Voice and cloud computing will be huge plays for the search engine giant in 2010.  Expect the Gizmo5 assets to bolster the Google Voice phone management application.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and dailywireless.org
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google Voice to go fully VoIP, open to all in 2010?
Thanks:zee
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter 2.0: API Rate Change Could Lead to a World of New Apps & Features  —  One of the best things about Twitter is its wildly creative ecosystem of applications built by people outside the company.  Those apps have been constrained, though, by technical limits imposed on retrieving data from Twitter.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Get every National Geographic since 1888 on a 160GB hard drive  —  From the massively-nerdy-but-really-quite- cool news department, I bring you the coolest thing I've seen since unwrapping my presents on Christmas Day. 120 years of amazing discoveries, eye-opening editorial and mind-expanding stories form …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Virtual goods ‘to make billions’  —  Virtual goods such as weapons or digital bottles of champagne traded in the US could be worth up to $5bn in the next five years, experts predict.  —  In Asia, sales are already around the $5bn mark and rapidly growing.  —  For many, virtual goods …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Engadget for iPhone / iPod touch: available now!  —  Good news, everyone!  Our very own iPhone / iPod touch app is finally really available in Apple's much talked about and critically acclaimed App Store!  That's right, all the excitement and info you've come to know and love from Engadget …
Discussion: Techie Buzz and textually.org
Erik Sherman / industry.bnet.com:
Google Might Get Into Hosted Gaming Via YouTube  —  There's an interesting patent application from Google (GOOG) that was published earlier this month titled Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos.  Filed February 19, 2009 and published earlier this month …
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook and Seppukoo get lawyered up  —  Credit: Russel A. Daniels/Associated Press  —  The battle between social networking giant Facebook and Seppukoo.com may spill into the courtroom over privacy violations, according to a letter written by a Facebook lawyer.
Anil Dash:
Life on the List  —  In the time it takes you to read this sentence, I'll have gained another follower or two on Twitter.  Within an hour, I'll have added more followers than 99% of Twitter users ever have.  On a typical day, I'll have averaged 100 new followers every hour.
Discussion: Scripting News, Thanks:atul
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins 11 Patent Designs for MacBook Pro, Expose, iPod Classic, More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 19 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  The notables within this group include a patent for an Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Push Button Antenna that may Point to Cable TV Content
Discussion: App Advice, Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Dan Levine / TechCrunch:
Siebel's Stealth Carbon Startup C3 Lands $26 Million And Condoleezza Rice On Its Board  —  What do Thomas Siebel, Condoleezza Rice and $26 million have in common?  They are all connected to stealth energy startup C3, which may be entering the business of managing carbon cap-and-trade systems for corporations.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple briefly cuts student price of MacBook to $728  —  Special reduced price of entry-level plastic notebook by 19%  —  Computerworld - Apple on Tuesday reduced the price of its least expensive notebook to $728 for students, teachers and educational staff.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola: 2 New Phones At CES?  —  Motorola (MOT) may be planning to announce a pair of new phones at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry.  — In a research note today, Chowdhry asserts that the company “may announce” …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
D-Link to introduce iPhone app for Boxee Box  —  D-Link and Boxee plan to introduce an iPhone application to enable remote control of the features of the two firm's soon-to-be-announced Boxee-powered set-top box.  —  D-Link will showcase the free application for the iPhone and iPod touch at CES next month, the company has confirmed.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DigiTimes
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Nuance buys voice-to-text company Spinvox for $102.5 million  —  Nuance has confirmed the story VentureBeat broke earlier this morning, that it has acquired voice-to-text company SpinVox for $102 million.  Of that, $66 million will be in cash, the rest in stock.
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
With Ads, Music Downloads Sing a New Tune  —  ON Hulu, the popular Web site that streams free television shows and other video, users have proved to be perfectly willing to watch short commercials, and a new site is betting that the same willingness will apply to downloading music.
Discussion: Techdirt
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Watching a movie at home?  Grab your iPhone  —  DVD sales tumbled this year as the weak economy and competition from the Internet soured consumers on buying new discs.  What's a movie studio to do?  —  Look to the iPhone to goose sales.  —  NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and MobileContentToday
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Have You Zeen What H.P. Is Up To?  —  This is my Zeen.  It is the key to my Airlife.  —  I'm not sure what those two sentences mean either, but someone at Hewlett-Packard just might know.  Over the last few months, the company has quietly been applying for some glitzy-sounding trademarks …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Shelly Palmer
Daily Mail:
02 invests in network coverage  —  Mobile phone operator 02 is to spend ‘ hundreds of millions of pounds’ in 2010 to prevent a repeat of service outages suffered by customers this year.  —  The chief executive of O2 UK, Ronan Dunne, apologised yesterday to customers in London …
Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
Is OpenOffice.org a Threat?  Microsoft Thinks So  —  One of the unusual aspects of open source is the fact that the software development philosophy spills over into the way that the project is run.  This means that how and why things are done, and by whom, is plain for all to see.
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
Default Site Weblog:
Most Stumbled Sites of 2009  —  As the end of 2009 draws near, we decided to look back at the content that was most popular with our community in the past year.  We picked out the 10 most popular topics on StumbleUpon and, within those, selected the top 10 most stumbled websites.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Multitouch Screens Could Enliven New Devices  —  Multitouch screens have been a little slower to enter the electronics marketplace than consumers might have hoped.  Since Jeff Han, a research scientist at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Online Shoppers Were More Satisfied This Season
Discussion: GigaOM and Digits
Clark Wimberly / Android and Me:
Android invades the Super Bowl - Motorola buys ad space in the big game
Olivia / Citizentube:
Ready Set Revolution
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
China BAK CFO Denies Speculation of Order From Google
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Apple Censors Dalai Lama IPhone Apps in China
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and The Register
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Adobe to be Prime Target for Malware in 2010
Discussion: McAfee Avert Labs
Jonathan Ansfield / New York Times:
China Starts to Lift Region's Web Blackout
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
My Wish for 2010: A Personal Dashboard for the Social Web
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles and Elias Bizannes, Thanks:atul
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Appsaurus: A Smarter Recommendation Tool Than App Store Genius
Discussion: TechCrunch and 9 to 5 Mac
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Tim Cook gets $12.3M for watching Apple while Jobs was out