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1:20 AM ET, December 31, 2009

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Clayton Morris / Fox News:
Exclusive: Apple's January Announcement Confirmed  —  Following a Financial Times report that Apple has scheduled a special media event for January 26th in San Francisco, I've spoken to a source inside Apple who confirmed a “big” event for January.  While nothing official has been handed …
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Ben Kunz / Business Week:
Five Ways Apple's Tablet May Change the World  —  The iPad is on the way, and it just might reduce calling costs, cut your commute, and, to the delight of journalists everywhere, pull print media back from the brink  —  Business writers love hyperbole.  The ground will swell.  The paradigm will shift.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Facebook App Maker Hit With Data-Breach Class Action  —  RockYou, the popular provider of third-party apps for Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking services, is being hit with a proposed class-action accusing the company of having such poor data security that at least one hacker got away …
Zee / The Next Web:
First Crisp and Clear Video Demo of Google's Nexus One. 10 Minutes of it.  —  Ten minutes covering virtually the entire Nexus One UI, giving a good indication of what to expect.  I still think the iPhone blows the interface away, but if the apps bring Google's level of usability particularly …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Techie Buzz
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TSA Threatens Blogger Who Posted New Screening Directive  —  TSA Special Agent John Enright, left, speaks to Steven Frischling outside the blogger's home in Niantic, Connecticut, after returning Frischling's laptop Wednesday.  —  Photo: Thomas Cain/Wired.com
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
2000-2009: Microsoft's decade of shattered dreams  —  This will be the toughest commentary I likely will ever write about Microsoft.  It is toughest for me to compose because I see what Microsoft could have been in 2009 from where it started in 2000.  It is toughest on Microsoft …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Kim-Mai Cutler and Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Nine startup dreams and industries Google crushed in 2009  —  If you're an ambitious young tech entrepreneur with a compelling product hacked together and a slide-deck in hand, there's always one giant elephant in the room to worry about.  —  That, of course, is Google.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Prepping New “Premiere” DVR?  —  Due to a possible shipping slip up, we may have just caught our first glimpse of the next model in TiVo's Series3/HD line.  When Patrick McCarron recently upgraded to a TiVo HD, his packaging contained a TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL setup guide.
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech
Tac Anderson / New Comm Biz:
PubSub Finally Rises From the Dead [Kind of]  —  If you know PubSub (not to be confused with Google's PubSubHubub) you're an old timer in this space.  PubSub was what Google Alerts was before Google Alerts existed.  PubSub was the first example of the Power of Real Time Web back when @ev and @biz were still building Blogger.
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
No File!  No Icon!  Litl Is a Big Idea, but Still Cloudy  —  One of the hottest ideas in the digital world now is the notion of dumping the traditional personal computer, where most programs and data are stored locally, for a stripped-down device that would operate primarily as a gateway …
Discussion: OSNews
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Microsoft Zune Eats Apple iPod Dust in Holiday Sales  —  OK, it's really no shocker that Apple's iPod touch trounced Microsoft's Zune HD in holiday sales.  But couldn't the Zune have at least done a little better?  Amazon's list of Bestsellers in Electronics has the iPod touch in the second and third spot …
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Thank you for a very big 2009  —  As we wrap up the year here at Hulu HQ, I'd like to send - on behalf of the whole Hulu team - a very big thank you to our customers.  It is our customers that make Hulu possible and it is our customers that have enabled this service to thrive in 2009.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Sprint Overdrive dual-mode WiMAX / EV-DO mobile hotspot leaks into the wild (update: $50 U301 on contract?)  —  Move over, MiFi — this Sprint Overdrive dual-mode WiMAX / EV-DO mobile hotspot that just hit our inbox has taken over as our new object of broadband desire.
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.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Digg looking to aggregate what's hot on Twitter and Facebook  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose dropped a morsel of information about a major overhaul to the social news website that's been a long time coming (at least seven months, which is like four years in Internet time).
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Matthew Kelch / DroidMuff.in:
Swype keyboard preview for Droid leaked  —  You may have heard about Swype before — it's an innovative input method from the co-inventor of T9, Cliff Kushler.  Currently Swype is only officially available on Windows Mobile.  However, a preview version of Swype for Android has leaked.
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.
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.
Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child  —  It didn't come as much as a surprise, but the good folks working on the One Laptop Per Child Project announced that the that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been shelved and in what appears to be bowing to the hype of tablet form factors, they've announced the new XO-3.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Now That Everything Is Known, Will The Google Nexus One Phone Launch Generate A Collective Yawn?  —  The way that the “Google Phone” rumors and later Nexus One blogging played out probably mean that when Google finally announces the device on January 5 (in all likelihood) there won't be much news.
Discussion: Googling Google and Google Watch
The Editorialiste:
To aggregate, or report?  On successful online publishing  —  If there's one issue online publications have really battled with, it's the teeter-tottering relationship between the creation of original work and the aggregation of third-party content.  —  For years, most news organizations …
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Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
Why So Stodgy, Prada.com?  —  IN early November, Burberry deployed a new Web site, artofthetrench.com, that presents street-level views of men and women in their trench coats.  Scott Schuman, creator of the popular Sartorialist blog, photographed the first batch of images, and then people began submitting their own.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube's Quest to Suggest More  —  SAN BRUNO, Calif. — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, is about 10 times more popular than its nearest competitor.  But Hunter Walk still thinks of it as an underdog.  —  For Mr. Walk, director of product management at YouTube, the competition is not other Web sites: it's TV.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Vevo to Pull Its Music Videos From the YouTube API  —  In the next few days, content from Vevo will disappear from YouTube's API, putting an end to third parties using it to serve videos without the company's permission, according to sources.  By doing so, Vevo will put an end to companies co-opting …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Sales of Apple's iWork office suite surge 50% in 2009  —  Apple's iWork software suite, in both standalone and box set SKUs, had a strong 2009, particularly in the wake of the launch of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in August.  —  According to the NPD Group, iWork 2009 sold 50 percent more units …
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Pacific Lake Uses ‘Very Obscure’ Strategy To Help Entrepreneurs  —  Pacific Lake Partners is raising $35 million, but not for your run-of-the-mill venture fund - it's for a rare breed of fund that provides capital for young entrepreneurs to search for a potential buyout opportunity.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Verizon users irked by new Bing logo  —  In the past few weeks, a Microsoft Bing logo has popped up on the home screen of Verizon BlackBerry smartphones.  And many users aren't too happy about it.  —  The logo - a shortcut to a new, free Bing app, as Verizon explains …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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