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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:   Estimating Apple iPhone App Sales So Far: $50-$100 Million In Revenue (AAPL)
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Lenovo Connect Customers to Integrated Online Services  —  Lenovo to be first PC manufacturer to provide customers worldwide with a new seamless, customizable Web experience through Microsoft Live.com and Live Search.  —  REDMOND, Wash., and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft signs major deal with Dell for Live Search
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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.
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) …
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 …
Discussion: RotorBlog.com
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
First Qualcomm Snapdragon netbook concept is a tablet  —  What do we have here?  Looks like some of the first pics I've seen of a netbook based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset have appeared at Silicon.com.  While the eight portraits likely represent more concept design rather than actual product, I like what I see.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Introduces Embeddable Videos Only Your Friends Can See  —  Video is not front and center on Facebook.  It's a tiny link in the sidebar of a member's homepage that many hardly notice.  They are probably more familiar with the random videos from friends that sort of pop up in their News feeds.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
FBI: Criminals Auto-dialing With Hacked VoIP Systems  —  Criminals are taking advantage of a bug in the Asterisk Internet telephony system that lets them pump out thousands of scam phone calls in an hour, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Friday.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Pirates of the Amazon Abandon Ship  —  Earlier this week, two students from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, made headlines by releasing a plug-in for the Firefox Web browser that made it easy for people who were browsing books, music and movies on Amazon.com to download …
Sindya Bhanoo / Industry Standard:
Facebook Connect vs. Google Friend Connect: A battle for Internet mindshare  —  One hour after Google did a public launch of Google Friend Connect, Facebook launched Facebook Connect.  The simultaneous launch is not a coincidence — the two competing services are battling for mindshare …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Charlie's Angles: Why rickrolling is bad for the link economy  —  The other day a message popped up on Twitter.  Jay Rosen, who teaches journalism at New York University, asked — in all seriousness, and innocence — “I know I sound clueless and that's never pleasant, but... what in tarnation does ‘rickrolled’ mean?”
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?
Jgovernor / James Governor's Monkchips:
Asymmetrical Follow: A Core Web 2.0 Pattern  —  You're sitting at the back of the room in a large auditorium.  There is a guy up front, and he is having a conversation with the people in the front few rows.  You can't hear them quite so well, although it seems like you can tune into them if you listen carefully.
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Times are tough, but tech companies don't need to suffer  —  Back when I was a public company auditor (yes, you read that correctly), I quickly realized after discussing business with top-level executives that few were prepared to meet the challenges that (at that time) seemed unlikely to affect us again.
Discussion: Download.com editors
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix fixes streaming-video glitch  —  Netflix, the Web's top video rental store, has corrected a glitch that has plagued some customers of the company's streaming-video service for several weeks, the company said Friday.  —  Owners of Roku's Netflix Player and Microsoft's Xbox 360 began complaining …
Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Change.org Gets Boost From Obama Transition Site  —  With increased attention to Change.gov, President-elect Barack Obama's transition Web site, we wondered whether Change.org — a self-described “social entrepreneurship venture” based in San Francisco — might be benefiting from a surge …
Paulita David / Google Retail Blog:
Cyber Monday is the new Black...  Labels: 2008 Winter Holiday, Online Traffic Trends, Seasonality  —  ...Friday that is.  Fashionistas and Frugal Freddies alike hit the keyboards in record numbers this Cyber Monday.  According to comScore, the four days from Black Friday to Cyber Monday saw spending online up 13%.
Dan Moren / PC World:
Obama Sports White Earbuds, Doesn't Rock Zune  —  Our long national nightmare is over.  Despite rumors to the contrary, it's been confirmed that President-elect Barack Obama is not a user of Microsoft's Zune music player.  If you've been holding your breath you can let it out now.
Discussion: Guardian, TUAW and Gizmodo
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Rise of Online Universities Continues in Recession  —  As High School seniors scramble to complete college applications stories abound about rising tuition costs and shrinking endowments.  I wondered if online universities might be benefiting from the recession.
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
 
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