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1:15 AM ET, December 30, 2009

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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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David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile “Officially” Confirms Google Phone  —  Update: Our sources are confirming a January 5th date, 9am, ordering through Google ONLY.  Sadly, still no word on pricing.  —  T-Mobile has gone and made their expected support of the Google Phone aka Nexus One “official” this morning, albeit in a vague sort of way.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Is The Nexus One Bringing A New Android Backup Service With It?  —  Earlier this evening Gizmodo published leaked images that apparently show off the pricing details for Google's upcoming Nexus One phone.  The Nexus One comes in at a hefty $530 for an unlocked device, or $180 with contract on T-Mobile …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Announces Jan. 5 Android Event  —  This just in: Google will host an Android press gathering at its global HQ on Jan. 5 (click on image below to enlarge).  Presumably, the event will have something to do with the company's Nexus One, an Android phone that Google plans to sell …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Nexus One, Is Google Eating Its Own Dogfood Or Its Own Children?  —  January 5.  That's the day we'll learn all we want to know about the Nexus One.  Google didn't explicitly say anything about the device in its invites today for an “Android press gathering,” but we all know what is coming.
Discussion: TmoNews, ithinkdifferent and SlashGear
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
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
My Wish for 2010: A Personal Dashboard for the Social Web  —  Give, give, give — that's all I (and other social web users) do.  We share a lot of information about ourselves these days, and we get a lot out of that experience (monetarily speaking, the companies that provide the social web environment get even more).
Discussion: Elias Bizannes and Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:atul
Gethin Chamberlain / Guardian:
No internet sex please, we're Indian  —  Yahoo, Flickr and Microsoft introduce access filters  —  It may have given the world the Kama Sutra and the Bollywood wet sari scene, but it appears that India is not yet ready to be exposed to the delicate subject of sex on the internet.
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 …
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
Jonathan Ansfield / New York Times:
China Starts to Lift Region's Web Blackout  —  BEIJING — Nearly six months after gruesome ethnic rioting on the western frontier of Xinjiang, Chinese authorities gingerly began to lift an Internet blackout on Tuesday, allowing partial access to a pair of official news sites.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Appsaurus: A Smarter Recommendation Tool Than App Store Genius  —  Let's face it: The iPhone's “Genius” recommendation tool for finding apps is mediocre at best.  Fortunately a startup cooked up something better.  It's called Appsaurus.  —  You “train” Appsaurus into understanding you better …
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Push Button Antenna that may Point to Cable TV Content  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a newly granted patent of Apple's that would suggest that they may be considering a push button style antenna for future devices such as their iPhone, iPod Touch or perhaps even a new tablet.
Discussion: App Advice, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Approves “Tits & Boobies” and “Pussy Lovers” Apps  —  I knew this was bound to happen sooner or later, but it's wrong.  From the iTunes description.  “If you love pussy, this application is for you.  Each and every pussy is more and more tight and super tempting.”  Really?  —  Of course not.
Discussion: KRAPPS, GeekSmack and Mobile Whack
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
It Was a Facebook Christmas; Site Hits #1 in US For First Time  —  Christmas is a holiday that brings people together, so perhaps it should be no surprise that Facebook has become a part of millions of peoples' Christmas experiences.  For the first time in its history, Facebook was the number …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
First Look at Blio, Ray Kurzweil's Tablet-Friendly Ebook Format  —  Blio, officially debuting next week at CES, lets you read your ebooks as they're intended to look on paper.  Clearly, Kurzweil is signaling his choice of tablets over e-ink, and his first shots are definitely persuasive.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Tim Cook gets $12.3M for watching Apple while Jobs was out  —  Apple COO Tim Cook has received $12.3 million in Apple stock for stepping in as CEO during Steve Jobs absence earlier this year.  —  Considering its been a rough couple of years for the economy and many CEOs still got large salaries …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ParisLemon
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Broadcasters Battling for Cable Fees  —  The nearly billion-dollar battle between broadcasters and cable operators over programming fees has gone public.  —  The News Corporation is threatening to remove its Fox stations from Time Warner Cable systems at the end of this week if the cable company does …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Teen Muziic founder chastised by Vevo  —  The music industry's patience with Muziic and the site's teenage founder may have finally run out.  —  Rio Caraeff, chief executive of Vevo, the recently launched Web site that features music videos from three of the top four recording companies …
Discussion: hypebot and 901am
MSRC:
Results of Investigation into Holiday IIS Claim  —  We've completed our investigation into the claims that came up over the holiday of a possible vulnerability in IIS and found that there is no vulnerability in IIS.  —  What we have seen is that there is an inconsistency in IIS 6 only in how it handles semicolons in URLs.
Electronista:
Paradigm Shift to out color e-book reader at CES  —  A relatively unknown company called Paradigm Shift Sourcing and Manufacturing will introduce two full-color e-book readers that use 5- and 7-inch color displays at next month's CES show in Las Vegas.  The company says both units …
AppleInsider:
Magic Mouse helps Apple double share of market in 8 weeks  —  Apple's new Magic Mouse helped Apple see a twofold increase in its share of domestic mice sales last month, AppleInsider has learned, garnering the Mac maker a double-digit slice of the market for the first time ever.
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Resource Interactive Goes ‘Off the Wall’ for Shopping on Facebook  —  Digital Agency Launches Platform That Lets Consumers Buy Products Directly From Retailers' Social-Network Page  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The latest Facebook breakthrough is coming not from a software developer but from an agency.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
‘Welcome to Macintosh’ hits CNBC Jan 4  —  ‘Welcome to Macintosh’, the independent documentary highlighting Apple Inc.'s history and following, is to make its exclusive North American television premiere on CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, on Monday, January 4 at 9:30PM ET.
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Secret Behind the Kindle's Best-Selling eBooks: They're Not for Sale
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Steve Outing / Editor and Publisher:
Goodbye, for Now: Looking Foward
Discussion: SteveOuting.com, Thanks:atul
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Court orders three H-1B sites disabled
Discussion: Techdirt, eWeek and The Spam Diaries
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Apple drops MacBook to $899 for students
Discussion: Engadget, Macworld and Macsimum News
Kevin Helliker / Wall Street Journal:
Daring to Live Your Life Offline
Thanks:atul