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6:15 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.
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.
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 …
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” …
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.
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
At Foursquare Venues, The Mayor Eats For Free  —  Foursquare, the geo-location based check-in game, just announced its first venue that is combining badges and promotions.  On Foursquare you get badges for checking into places.  The person who checks into a place the most becomes the “Mayor.”
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).
Thanks:atul
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
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 and ResourceShelf
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Carl Malamud / O'Reilly Radar:
A National Scan Center: A Public Works Project  —  In the course of doing research for some recent testimony before Congress on the National Archives and Records Administration, I was struck by several facts about how our first National Archivist, Robert D.W. Connor, met some seemingly …
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 …
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 …
 
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Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Cybercrooks stalk small businesses that bank online
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Sales of Apple's iWork office suite surge 50% in 2009
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Pacific Lake Uses ‘Very Obscure’ Strategy To Help Entrepreneurs
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com to sell call center service to other companies?
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
GroundMap launches geotagging social media platform
Discussion: 901am
Michael Gartenberg / SlashGear:
The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child
The Editorialiste:
To aggregate, or report? On successful online publishing
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Engadget:
Ten gadgets that defined the decade
Discussion: Switched, Joystiq and Massively
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Androidification of Everything  —  A few days ago …
Discussion: Fone Arena and MobileCrunch
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Thank you for a very big 2009  —  As we wrap up the year …