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1:30 PM ET, December 3, 2008

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Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon.com Invades the Apple App Store  —  Amazon.com will join the iPhone frenzy on Wednesday with a new application available free for download through Apple's App Store.  —  The software is relatively straightforward, offering a way for iPhone or iPod Touch owners to browse through …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon iPhone App Lets You Buy Anything You Take a Picture Of
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Wall Street Journal:
Google Gears Down for Tougher Times  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Corporate austerity is reaching one of the most extravagant spenders of the boom years.  Google Inc. has begun to tighten its belt.  —  For much of its 10-year history, Google spent money at a pace that was the marvel of Silicon Valley.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Cost Cuts Take The Company Away From Its Engineers (GOOG)  —  Google was never quite the engineer company its public relations and human resources teams made it out to be, but as Google gets serious about cutting costs, that myth of a decentralized company run by its engineers …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Twitter CEO: The revenue's coming soon, but I won't tell you how  —  At a Churchill Club event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams brushed off—again—criticisms that the company is slow to turn on its revenue-generating engines.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Why Twitter Turned Down Facebook
Discussion: WebProNews and TwiTip
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Stores Clueless About Mobile Barcode Scanning Applications?  —  With the rise of app-laden smartphones like the iPhone and Google's Android OS, now on T-Mobile's G1, many penny-pinching shoppers have downloaded barcode scanning applications onto their mobile devices.
Tim Westergren / Pandora:
2,000,000 Pandora iPhone users!!!  —  At 10:04am this morning we hit 2,000,000 registered iPhone Pandora users!  —  We're hearing all sorts of wonderful feedback from listeners who are using it on their commute, jogging with it, plugging it into home audio systems...you name it.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Pandora solidifies its place as the top iPhone app with its 2 millionth user
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Inquirer and TUAW
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Live TV on the iPhone - Livestation previews its app  —  Over the years I've gradually become somewhat impressed at Skinkers' sheer doggedness.  Matteo Berlucchi has been CEO since its inception in 2001 and has kept on plugging away at their vision for delivering rich media to the desktop …
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Steve O'Hear / last100:   Video: Livestation demos live Internet TV on iPhone and iPod touch
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Apple deletes Mac antivirus suggestion  —  Updated 7:45 p.m. PST with expert comment, at 7:20 p.m. PST with context on previous coverage, and at 7:08 p.m. PST with background.  —  Apple removed an old item from its support site late Tuesday that urged Mac customers to use multiple antivirus utilities …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo's Music Outsourcing Continues: CBS Takes Over Radio Offering  —  Here's a Yahoo story I can report with certainty: The company is getting out of the Internet radio business, by handing over its Launchcast streaming music service to CBS.  —  The transition will kick in during …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Ties Up With CBS To Save Streaming Radio Service
Discussion: A VC, TechCrunch, Yahoo! and 901am
Danielle Belopotosky / Bits:
.Tel Them Where to Find You  —  On Wednesday, companies and organizations can register Web addresses with a new top-level domain, .tel. The new domain, which stores and encrypts contact information directly into the Domain Name System, has the potential to become a phone book for the Internet.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Firm makes one billionth mouse  —  Logitech says its factory in Suzhou, in western China, has produced the firm's billionth computer mouse.  Video courtesy of Logitech.  —  A Silicon Valley company has hailed as a major landmark the production of their one billionth computer mouse.
Discussion: The Toybox
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
BlackBerry sales to disappoint Wall Street  —  Research In Motion is the latest smartphone maker to fall victim to the sagging economy.  —  The maker of the popular BlackBerry mobile devices late on Tuesday reduced its outlook for its fiscal third quarter, which ended on Saturday.
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Amazon's iTunes-beating MP3 store soft-launched in UK  —  Amazon has finally opened its long-awaited MP3 music store in the UK, but somewhat quietly, without even a press release (as far as I know).  —  We've been reporting on the US store for some time, and in January …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dimdim Exits Beta With New SynchroLive Platform, Releases Source Code (Get Your Free Pro Accounts Here)  —  Dimdim, provider of a browser-based web conferencing platform that doesn't require the installation of any desktop software, is dropping the beta tag with the release of a new edition …
Discussion: Open Source and ReadWriteWeb
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
T-Mobile slashes G1 pricing “in light of recent launches” … T-Mobile has made some dramatic price cuts for its exclusive Android-based G1 mobile phone.  —  Although the device only went on sale on 30 October, it's just over a month later and the operator is now giving away the phone for free on £30 tariffs.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vlingo one-ups Google with a better voice-powered iPhone app  —  Voice-transcription service Vlingo has launched a really fantastic new iPhone application that lets users talk into their phones to search the Web, dial contacts, and update their status on Twitter and Facebook.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Launches Search Assist For Image Search  —  Yahoo has rolled out the Search Assist feature to Image Search.  For example, a search for images on barack obama will return images within the actual Search Assist bar.  Here is a screen capture:  —  To generate search assist image results, go to Yahoo Image Search and begin typing.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Adobe will not exhibit at Macworld Expo 2009  —  Adobe, a major player in the Mac software market, will not be among the developers exhibiting on the show floor at next month's Macworld Conference & Expo.  The company confirmed its Expo plans to Macworld on Tuesday.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA: opposition to selectable output control “astonishing”  —  The Motion Picture Association of America met with the Federal Communications Commission late last week to blast its opponents, who are leery of granting Hollywood the right to limit output on HDTVs and other devices.
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Everything you always wanted to know about Google...  ...But were afraid to ask.  This is the title of this very interesting 34-slide presentation on Google prepared by FaberNovel, a french consulting firm.  It is hard to realize the real nature of this just 10 years old giant given the number …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Royal Pingdom:
Wikia Search is having severe website problems  —  Wikia Search, the Web search engine from Wikia, Inc. has been having recurring problems with their website since 2 p.m. EST on Monday (December 1).  —  One third of the requests to the website result in a HTTP 503 server error message (service unavailable).
Discussion: CNET News
 
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David Meyer / ZDNet:
Microsoft boosts OOXML compatibility
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Apple's Snow Leopard still evolving, developers say
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