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4:35 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.
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, Techie Buzz and Mashable!
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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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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 …
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.
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.
Engadget:
Ten gadgets that defined the decade  —  As 2009 winds down and we try to come up with new and clever ways of referring to the early years of this century, there's really only one thing left to do: declare our ten favorite gadgets of the aughts and show them off in chronological order.
Discussion: Switched, Joystiq and Massively
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Tweets, sexting “unfriended” in U.S. banned word list  —  KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - If you recently tweeted about how you were chillaxin for the holiday, take note: Fifteen particularly over- or mis-used words and phrases have been declared “shovel-ready” to be “unfriended” …
David Pierce / VentureBeat:
Does voice-to-text technology actually work?  —  No matter how fast we learn to type, it's never going to catch up to how fast we can speak.  Luckily for us, technology might mean it doesn't have to.  Voice-to-text technology is entering more and more industries, and has the potential to make recording …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Obama admin: Mandated exemptions can strengthen copyright  —  The Obama administration has offered up a strange mix of copyright policies in its first year (both ACTA and Creative Commons, for instance), but it has at least made clear that “better copyright law” does not always mean “more copyright protection.”
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Cybercrooks stalk small businesses that bank online  —  A rising swarm of cyber-robberies targeting small firms, local governments, school districts, churches and non-profits has prompted an extraordinary warning.  The American Bankers Association and the FBI are advising small and midsize businesses …
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
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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 More Items: 
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Sales of Apple's iWork office suite surge 50% in 2009
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com to sell call center service to other companies?
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube's Quest to Suggest More
Discussion: NewTeeVee and ResourceShelf
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
GroundMap launches geotagging social media platform
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Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Androidification of Everything  —  A few days ago …
Discussion: Fone Arena and MobileCrunch
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