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3:25 PM 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 …
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.
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Google Voice to go fully VoIP, open to all in 2010?
Thanks:zee
Chip Chick:
DataJack to Launch Unlimited Prepaid Mobile Broadband for $39  —  3G mobile broadband on the go is great, but the costly monthly fees and long term contracts have kept it from becoming adapted by the masses.  This might soon change when DataJack launches at CES next month.
Discussion: DSLreports and dailywireless.org
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” …
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 …
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.
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Nuance Pockets SpinVox for Measly $102.5M
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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 …
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.
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless getting Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus?  —  We've heard that Verizon Wireless will be 100% carrying the Palm Pixi in addition to the Palm Pre, and that the official names will be the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus.  We have also been told that the Palm Pre Plus …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T to FCC: Let My Landlines Go!  —  The Federal Communications Commission is delving into the future of communications with a request for comments on an all-IP telephone network.  Last week, AT&T filed its comments, which shows someone at the carrier is reading GigaOM, or at least the writing on the wall when it comes to landlines.
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Twilio raises $3.7M to bring voice to web apps  —  Twilio, a startup that can add cool phone features to web applications, has raised around $3.7 million in new funding, according to a regulatory filing.  —  The San Francisco startup says it can accept calls from landlines, cell phones, and VoIP phones.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
At Microsoft, is age more than just a number?  —  I'm not a big one for New Year's resolutions, but I do reflect at the end of each year on what happened and what's to come next.  I leaf through my virtual correspondence folders, remembering memorable reader notes, both good and bad.
Dave Freeman / CrunchGear:
jWIN licenses Polaroid name, prepares to market  —  So you've got a company without an all-that-recognizable name, and you really want to ramp it up.  What do you do?  Well, if you're jWIN you buy some street cred by striking up a deal with Polaroid, making your products have a connection …
Matt Asay / CNET News:
An application war is brewing in the cloud  —  Today's cloud-computing vendors focus on infrastructure, but that won't be the case for long.  It can't be.  As competing vendors seek to differentiate themselves, they're going to move “up the stack” into applications.
Discussion: SaaS 2.0
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Online Holiday Spending Reaches $25 Billion; Shows Strong Growth In Consumer Electronics Sales  —  The numbers are in.  And they look good.  It appears that online holiday spending rose slightly this year, by 5 percent, to $27 billion for the shopping season from November 1 through Christmas Eve, according to comScore.
J. Peter Bruzzese / J. Peter Bruzzese's blog:
Windows in business: Lots of jewels in an otherwise dismal year  —  Budgets were tight, but technology kept moving forward — and 2010 will prove to be even better  —  2009 would not be described as the year of the open wallet, but that didn't hold back the new releases, new technology developments …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
New Slingbox Goodies Coming to CES  —  Beyond the WiFi-only iPhone Slingbox client ($30), neutered by Apple and AT&T, it's been a very quiet year for Sling.  No new retail products.  Insignificant firmware and software updates to existing products.  And fire sale SlingCatcher pricing.
Discussion: I4U News, SlashGear and Electronista
Reuters:
Apple wins appeal over alleged iPod hearing loss  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a class-action lawsuit seeking to hold Apple Inc responsible for possible hearing loss caused by using its popular iPod music player.  —  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals …
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 and Examiner, Thanks:atul
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Pogie Awards for the Year's Best Tech Ideas  —  Wow, what an opportunity!  Imagine having a newspaper column published precisely on the last day of the year.  What a chance to step back, look ahead, sum it all up.  —  Or else I could just trot out my usual end-of-year silliness, better known as the Pogie Awards.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Reaches Two Million Lifeloggers, Half Of Them Are On The iPhone
Discussion: Evernote Blogcast
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
10 Things You Need for Your Social Media Road Trip
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Top Ten Mobile Voice Searches Of 2009 Are Action-Oriented
Gus Sentementes / BaltTech:
Engadget “official blog” of 2010 CES, but retains independence, says Aol
Discussion: Business Wire and Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Prices Compare on Different App Stores
Discussion: MarketingCharts
Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
Clark Wimberly / Android and Me:
Android invades the Super Bowl - Motorola buys ad space in the big game
Discussion: I4U News
 Earlier Items: 
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
D-Link to introduce iPhone app for Boxee Box
Discussion: CrunchGear, NewTeeVee and DigiTimes
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins 11 Patent Designs for MacBook Pro, Expose, iPod Classic, More
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
With Ads, Music Downloads Sing a New Tune
Discussion: Techdirt
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple briefly cuts student price of MacBook to $728