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2:30 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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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  —  For now, a marriage between Twitter and Facebook is not meant to be — but the courtship between the two Web 2.0 companies could be rekindled in the future.  That was one message from Ev Williams, the chief executive and co-founder of Twitter …
Discussion: WebProNews and TwiTip
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
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.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
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.
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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
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
More webcast consolidation: Yahoo sends LAUNCHcast to CBS  —  Congress may have done its part to sort of save Internet radio back in September, but the higher webcasting royalties that land in February 2009 are resulting in an industry shakeout.  Yahoo today announced that it is handing …
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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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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: Gadgetell and The Toybox
Google:
HALLMARK CHANNEL AND GOOGLE TO FORM STRATEGIC TV ADVERTISING AGREEMENT  —  Agreement Gives Advertisers Access to Hallmark Channel Family-Friendly Programming  —  Hallmark Channel and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today a strategic agreement to offer advertisers access …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and WebProNews
Groklaw NewsPicks:
Apple Tells Court It Believes Someone Is Behind Psystar; Adds New Claims, Including DMCA Violation  —  Apple has filed a motion to amend its complaint [PDF] to add a claim of violation of the DMCA, among other new and enlarged claims.  Here's the proposed Amended Complaint [PDF].
Discussion: CNET News and Engadget
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPod holiday sales: Hot or cold?  —  We're getting an unusually sharp divergence of expert opinion on how well the iPod is likely to do this holiday season.  —  The conventional wisdom — reflected in Arik Hesseldahl's “Apple's iPod Problem” in Businessweek — is that everybody who wants …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung to stroke your ego with luxury Samsung Ego GT-S9402  —  Samsung's earlier forays into a luxury cellphone market in partnership with Bang & Olufsen weren't too successful.  —  It's unusual design did not help Samsung B&O Serena find many willing customers, and earlier this year B&O announced …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
 
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