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1:30 PM ET, December 31, 2009

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XLeung / Cloned In China:
Kaifu Lee said Apple Tablet looked like a bigger iPhone  —  Kaifu Lee, the Ex president of Google China , who also ever worked for Apple, revealed some information about the Apple tablet today through a Twitter alike microblog launched by Chinese news portal Sina.com.cn and his account on this microblog was verified.
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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 …
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Google: Never Mind the Nexus One, How About a Cheaper Cell Plan?  —  Based on this week's flurry of media reports, it appears that Google will introduce its Nexus One smartphone right after the New Year.  This HTC-built handset sounds like a very good Android phone, a solid effort …
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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 …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Nerds Win: Nexus One Rooted Before It's Even Officially Unveiled
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Fresh out of China emerges the Motorola Shadow/Mirage, yet another Motorola Android handset  —  Our Chinese is a bit rusty and the details are sparse but it looks like Motorola may be brewing up another Android-powered handset.  This handset, codenamed the Mirage or the Shadow …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
This is why Apple denied Google Latitude from the App Store...  Another Apple patent today looks remarkably similar to the functionality of Google Latitude which Apple relegated to WebApp status earlier this year.  Obviously if Apple is working on their own version of Google Latitude …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ChaCha Makes Its Crazy Business Model...Profitable  —  We've always had a lot of fun with Indianapolis-based startup ChaCha.  They launched in 2007 as a human powered search engine - meaning a human found you answers when you typed in a query.  Pranksters, obviously, loved it.
Discussion: Internet2Go
The Real McCrea:
Silicon Valley: Top 10 of the 2000s  —  It's all too easy to view the first decade of the 21st Century as just an unmitigated series of disasters: September 11th, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and the meltdown of the global financial system, to name just a few.
Discussion: CNN and dailywireless.org, Thanks:chrismessina
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.
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
Louis Gray:
Like Convergence, Aggregation Is Better In Theory  —  There always seems to be a tug of war in technology between those who want a converged, multi-purpose device that does everything, or those who want a dedicated device that does one thing (or just a few things) extremely well.
Discussion: Lifestream Blog
Chris / cdixon.org:
What's strategic for Google?  —  Google seems to be releasing or acquiring new products almost daily.  It's one thing for a couple of programmers to hack together a side project.  It's another thing for Google to put gobs of time and money behind it.  The best way to predict how committed Google …
Thanks:atul
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Internet Radio Stations Are the New Wave  —  Early fans of the iPhone bemoaned that, unlike many of its competitors, their favorite “do anything” device couldn't do one obvious thing: play local radio stations.  —  They didn't get it.  FM tuners are passé.
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube's Top 10 Launches of 2009  —  Did you know that we released more features in 2009 than in 2007 and 2008 combined?  This made it the busiest year on record for the YouTube product and engineering teams.  Some of these launches, like support for 1080p, made sizable splashes, while others …
Thomas Hoehn / A Thousand Words:
Your Photo in Times Square - When You Want It There!  —  Will you be visiting Times Square in the heart of New York City soon?  Perhaps you will be in the crowd on New Year's Eve?  If so, we have got something cool for you to try....  We recently upgraded our huge digital display on the 50-yard line of the Crossroads of the World.
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
Web Sockets in Tornado  —  I have been playing around with HTML 5 Web Sockets for a personal project.  The Web Sockets API enables web browsers to maintain a bi-directional communication channel to a server, which in turn makes implementing real-time web sites about 1000% easier than it is today.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek reportedly considering removing departments making Eee Stick and LCD displays  —  Asustek Computer is reportedly considering closing down the departments that handle the development of its Eee Stick, LCD TV and monitor product lines due to unsatisfactory shipments and profits, according to industry sources.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Liliputing and SlashGear
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
We All Live In Public Now.  Get Used To It.  —  As the Web becomes more social, privacy becomes harder and harder to come by.  People are over-sharing on Facebook and Twitter, broadcasting their whereabouts every ten steps on Foursquare and Gowalla, and uploading photos and videos …
Discussion: /Message
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
John Mayer Wants You To Defragment Your Brain With A Digital Cleanse  —  Anyone who follows John Mayer on Twitter knows that he's a smart guy.  A bit kooky at times, sure.  But he's definitely not just shooting his mouth off with self-promotional drivel.  He's built up quite a following …
Discussion: one forty plus. and Gizmodo
AppleInsider:
Apple TV 3.0 update not helping sales as AirPort routers lose share  —  Though it was given a software upgrade to version 3.0 in October, Apple TV sales have remained relatively flat over the past 12 months.  Similarly, sales of AirPort base stations have struggled to gain momentum due …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Rebecca Harper / Hulu Blog:
Live Stream: Times Square 2010  —  With a bit of rain and snow in the forecast for the New Year's Eve festivities in the Big Apple, the team at Hulu HQ can't blame you for wanting to stay warm and dry inside.  The good news?  You can catch all the festivities at home with Hulu.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Updates Toolbar PageRank For New Years 2010  —  To kick off the 2010, Google is currently exporting the PageRank values to the Google Toolbar.  Yes, there are major reports of a Google Toolbar PageRank update taking place right now.  —  This may become a New Years tradition for Google.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Weight-Loss Resolution That's Light on the Wallet  —  For most people who resolve to shed pounds after the holidays, the decision means shelling out cash — on packaged foods, books, health club memberships, a scale, liposuction consultations.  Problem is, the only thing many people end up losing is money.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple misses Boot Camp update deadline  —  Promise to support Windows 7 by ‘end of year’ unfulfilled on Dec. 31  —  Computerworld - Apple has less than 24 hours to meet a self-imposed deadline to produce a version of its Boot Camp software that supports Windows 7.
Discussion: Macsimum News, AppleInsider and MacNN
 
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple beats ‘ear-bashing iPod’ suit
Discussion: Ars Technica, Macworld and Gizmodo
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
‘Smartbooks’ Join Crowded PC Market
Juventino Quinones / My Pre:
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Discussion: WebOS Arena and Maximum PC
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple ‘Magic Wand’ Remote System Patent for Apple TV Resurfaces
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Microsoft & Kia set to launch Ford Sync competitor at CES
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Carl Malamud / O'Reilly Radar:
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Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
At Foursquare Venues, The Mayor Eats For Free
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Reuters:
Tweets, sexting “unfriended” in U.S. banned word list
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Obama admin: Mandated exemptions can strengthen copyright
Discussion: TeleRead
Tac Anderson / New Comm Biz:
PubSub Finally Rises From the Dead [Kind of]
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Microsoft Zune Eats Apple iPod Dust in Holiday Sales
Discussion: Download Squad and The Register