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4:05 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  —  Today, Amazon launched an iPhone app that'll exist solely to make buying crap easier.  Its killer, buy-more-crap feature?  Take a picture of anything, and Amazon'll shoot you the product page to waste money on it.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple: Our Ads Don't Lie, But You're a Fool if You Believe Them  —  Apple doesn't want you to believe what it says, even though the company claims it's not lying.  —  That's the gist of the Cupertino company's legal response to a lawsuit regarding allegedly misleading advertising for the iPhone 3G.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Buffalo 16GB & 32GB SSDs for Dell Inspiron Mini 9  —  Buffalo have announced two new SSD upgrade kits for the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook.  Available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, the chips replace the standard SSD storage in the budget ultraportable, which can be specified with as little as 4GB from Dell themselves.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Wikipedia gets $890,000 for the Luddites  —  Anyone who's ever edited or created a Wikipedia entry can attest to the fact that it's not that self-explanatory.  They're in luck—the nonprofit anyone-can-edit encyclopedia has received $890,000 from the Stanton Foundation in order to make it easier to use.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Discussion: MediaMemo and AppScout
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
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 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and last100
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
588 Kleiner Perkins iFund Applications Accidentally Published To Web  —  Kleiner Perkins's iFund is a $100 million fund to invest in startups building applications for the iPhone.  —  Startups that wish to apply for funding can fill out an online application here.
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.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft disparages open-source TCO with year-old case study  —  There are lots of internal rivalries within Microsoft.  One of the most constant is the battle between the Windows/Office teams and the open-source team at the company.  —  Microsoft's open-source team is continuing to try …
Discussion: Microsoft and The Microsoft Blog
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
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 …
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Online Video Companies Raise Over $75 Million In VC Money In The Past 60 Days  —  For all the talk of the poor economy and how tight VCs are being with their money, companies tied into the online video space still seem to be having no problems getting funding.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Confessions of a man who does the layoffs  —  Editors note: This is part of a series of stories about the recession's effect on the tech industry.  —  Over the last few months, there have been countless stories of cutbacks at companies large and small.  Real people are losing jobs.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Angie's List Grows A Lot Longer: Adds Another $7 Million in Financing  —  Ms Angie's list of investors keeps on growing: Angie's List, one of the original online review sites focused on local home-service companies and contractors, has added another $7 million in debt financing …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
 
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