Nerd News:

  • Google introduces Gingerbread, a.k.a. Android 2.3. Not on any phones yet. Tablet support coming in 2011 with Honeycomb.
  • Acer and Samsung Chrome notebooks will go on sale mid-2011. Started the Chrome notebook Cr-48 Pilot program to get early developer feedback on the non-branded device. Seeding with 11 businesses (American Airlines, Kraft, Logitech, the DoD and others) and consumers (FaceBook fan page promotion, YouTube videos, and all attendees at conference)
  • Google unveils the Nexus S smartphone (but not from Blade Runner)(as were Android phones and Star Wars)
  • Do we need another e-bookstore? Google thinks so and unveils the Google Bookstore. Here’s the pitch.
  • Comcast responds to Apple TV and Google TV by offering new internet-TV combo with one box called Xcalibur
  • The FCC scores “broadband” connections, and ⅔ of the 90MM Americans probably don’t have it: 4 Mbps down AND 1 Mbps up.
Nerd History:
  • December 15, 1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
  • December 17, 1903 – The Wright Brothers make their first powered and heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • December 7, 1963 – Instant replay is used for the first time in a Army-Navy game by its inventor, director, Tony Verna.
  • December 9, 1968 – Doug Engelbart demos the first personal computer and mouse.
  • December 16, 1997 – An episode of Pokémon, “Dennō Senshi Porygon“, aired in Japan induces seizures in hundreds of Japanese children

Undiscussed news:

  • And the silly Microsoft Office version of the Founding Fathers. (from Bruce S.)
  • Navy fires a new, cool weapon: 33 Megajoule rail gun.
  • Christmas tree infographic at Gizmodo.
  • 45 minutes of space shuttles ascents.

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  2. Guys… Verizon is paying Lucasfilm for Droid, not Google.

    AFAIK Google is NOT paying Phillip K. Dick Estate for Nexus. There's reports of the estate planning to sue Google back in January 2010, but there had been no reports since, of a lawsuit or a settlement of some sort. Unless you got better information than I did…

  3. Kasey, you are absolutely correct. Obviously, we meant to say Verizon but didn't. Thanks for pointing out our error. To show our appreciation, we'd like to send you a WFN shirt or a mug. If you send us your address info and preference, we;d be happy to send one out to you. You can either leave that info on our voicemail line (440) 941-7848 or email at info AT wordsfromnerds DOT com.

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