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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple: 300 million iPhone apps downloaded  —  Apple on Friday said 300 million iPhone apps have been downloaded from its App Store since it opened in July.  —  The news comes in the form of two ads placed in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.  The ads highlight …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: 300 Million App Downloads, But Growth Flat (AAPL)
Discussion: Distorted-Loop.com
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Hidden SDK features transform iPhone into TV gaming device  —  Look what we found  —  What do you do after uncovering undocumented SDK features?  I got in touch with Freeverse, makers of Moto Chaser, one of the top iPhone games in App Store.  After a few back and forth e-mails …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did YouTube Just Turn On HD For Real?  —  After teasing us for a year with the option to watch “higher quality” videos that weren't quite high-def, it appears that YouTube is making the switch to HD, at least for some videos that have been uploaded in that quality.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The Age of Grainy Web Videos Has Come to an End: YouTube Turns on HD
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer: Yahoo Deal Better If Done Soon  —  Q&A: Steve Ballmer and Qi Lu  —  After a nearly five month search, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said it has found a new executive to lead its charge against Google Inc. in the online search and advertising business: Qi Lu, a technologist who was previously a top executive at Yahoo Inc.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Network Profile Costs Woman College Degree  —  Forget losing your job, apparently your MySpace or Facebook profile and photos can now cause you to lose your degree.  In what may be one of the most frightening rulings regarding social networks and privacy to date …
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
Verizon officially rolls out BlackBerry Storm firmware update  —  Earlier on Friday, we reported on rumors that Verizon Wireless would release a firmware update for the RIM BlackBerry Storm, but it's now official.  —  The carrier has begun rolling out the software upgrade via …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Plasters 75% More Ads On Search Pages...Desperately Seeking Clicks?  (GOOG)  —  So far in Q4, Google (GOOG) is serving 3.82 ads per keyword — about 52% more than it did during Q3.  During November, Google served 4.38 ads per keyword, a 75% increase over its Q3 average.
Kerry E. Grace / Wall Street Journal:
S&P Cuts Motorola Rating to Junk  —  Standard & Poor's Ratings Services cut its long-term corporate credit rating on Motorola Inc. into junk territory, saying operational challenges at the company's mobile devices unit will likely for some time.  —  That will result in lower profits …
Discussion: Tech Beat
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Motorola: It's Junk, Says S&P
Arielle Reinstein / Gmail Blog:
Get your Gmail stickers  —  Not too long ago, one of the Gmail engineers broke out her vinyl cutter and made some Gmail m-velope stickers.  Pretty soon, they were pasted to our desks, stuck on our laptops, and adorning the walls around the office.  Then other people started asking us about them — first it was just other Googlers.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Gasp, MIGHT Sony have sold more e-readers than Amazon has?  And has Amazon bungled the ePub-creation question?  —  I should have picked up on this yesterday.  A CNN story says “more than a quarter million” Kindles have been sold.  Whose numbers are most helpful?  CNN or Forrester Research, which estimates 400,000?
Stephen Lawson / Macworld:
AT&T hopes for single smart phone OS  —  AT&T hopes to standardize on a single operating system for AT&T-branded smart phones as part of a “dramatic consolidation” of its mobile platforms over the next few years, a company executive said Thursday.  —  The mobile operator believes smart phones …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: NYT Promotes Denise Warren as GM of NYTimes.com  —  The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) has appointed Denise Warren, SVP and chief advertising officer of the company, as the GM of NYTimes.com, adding to her current duties.  She fills the position left vacant by Vivian Schiller, who joined NPR on Dec 1 as the new CEO.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Jobwire
DigiTimes:
Acer branded smartphones to hit the market in 1Q09, company clarifies  —  Yen Ting Chen, Taipei; Meiling Chen, DIGITIMES [Friday 5 December 2008]  —  Despite a bleak economic outlook, Acer remains optimistic about its growth opportunities for 2009.  The company expects its notebook shipments …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hate Vista?  Dell Now Charging $150 Extra for Windows XP (MSFT)  —  We know that many consumers just don't like Windows Vista.  But just how much more will people pay for a copy of the now nominally off-the-market Windows XP?  —  More and more.  In June, Dell (DELL) …
Will Park / IntoMobile:
HTC MAX 4G reviewed, liked  —  The world's first GSM/WiMAX handset was launched not too long ago for use exclusively on Russia's Scartel-owned Yota WiMAX network.  The HTC MAX 4G sports GSM/EDGE and WiMAX hardware on top of the WiFi radio to ensure high-speed wireless connectivity …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Symbian Smart Phones World:
HOT: Next Nokia Full Touchscreen Device Leaked!!!  —  Wow, wow, wow, here it is, another hot Nokia leak!  Although Nokia has managed to hide the N97 from the public before its official release but promo poster of their next touch based device just appeared on the net and the endless saga …
MSDN Blogs:
Update on the Black Friday cashback outage  —  We want to apologize again for the outage on Friday and the inconvenience it has caused.  We deeply regret that many users were unable to access the Live Search cashback service.  —  We've been working diligently to correct the issues.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Qitera: Social Bookmarking for the Deep Web  —  Earlier this year, we featured a stealth startup called Qitera, which just launched publically today.  At its core, Qitera is a social bookmarking service, but unlike most of its competitors, Qitera can not only save a screenshot of the site …
Katie Hoffmann / Bloomberg:
Cisco, Dell Sales at Risk as Slump Fuels Gray Market  —  A A A  —  Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) — The remnants of businesses crushed by the economic slump now sit in Liquid Technology Inc.'s warehouse by the Hudson River in New York's Chelsea district.  —  Hundreds of servers, personal computers and routers …
RGS / Random Good Stuff:
DIY iPhone Airplane Holder  —  I saw this on an other blog couple of days ago and asked the fellow blogger if I could republish the images on RGS.  —  A big thank you to Hodenmumps who made this post possible.  —  Who doesn't like free stuff for your gadgets.
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and Gizmodo
PC World:
Facebook Virus Turns Your Computer into a Zombie  —  Brennon Slattery, PC World  —  Hey, I have this hilarious video of you dancing.  Your face is so red.  You should check it out.  —  If you've received a message like that through Facebook or MySpace, you may have been exposed to the “Koobface” virus.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
A $99 Apple-branded cell phone is inevitable, analyst says  —  There's no doubt that Apple will release a mobile handset priced at $99, according to Kaufman Bros. It's just a matter of when and in what form.  —  The firm's comments came as part of a research note responding to investor questions …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jennifer Kingson / Bits:
A Credit Card Loses Its High-Tech Cred  —  Back when it was introduced in 1999, the Blue card from American Express was marketed as the first credit card specifically meant to be used on the Internet.  It came with a microprocessor chip embedded in the plastic, as well as a smart-card reader …
 
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Poorer Nations Go Online on Cellphones
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Discussion: Electronista
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Amazon's Team of Rivals
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