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11:25 AM ET, December 12, 2008

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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple tweaks App Store layout amid developer unrest  —  Faced with criticism over the way it's been grouping applications on the digital shelves of the App Store, Apple this week is making some changes to the store's layout aimed at showcasing a broader range of top offerings in each category.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Handicapping cloud computing: The big picture  —  Cloud computing isn't going to dominate the tech landscape, but will raise a ruckus for software vendors.  Google and Amazon will be cloud computing winners, but the spoils will be relatively small.  And there's a race to deliver …
Discussion: eWeek
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Acer Aspire One goes official on AT&T's 3G network  —  Hey, remember that Acer Aspire One equipped with on-board 3G we spied in a Radio Shack ad the other day?  Well guess what?  It's real — and we've got the PR to prove it.  Just as expected, the netbook is being offered for the teensy price of $99.99 …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia takes on Huawei in connecting laptops  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia plans to tap the surging market for connecting laptops to wireless networks taking on market leader Huawei Technologies, its senior official said.  —  Nokia will start to ship …
Discussion: SlashGear, Phone Scoop and Engadget
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Many Bodies Exactly Is CBS Interactive Trying To Hide?  Try “275-ish.”  —  The pink slips were passed out on Thursday throughout the various business duchies that make up CBS Interactive—CNET, CBS.com, CBSNews,com, CBSSports.com, BNET, GameSpot, TV.com, last.fm, and CHOW.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Alcatel's New Plan: Cut 1,000 Jobs, 5,000 Contractors  —  Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) has laid out a new strategic plan in which it will restructure the company and cut 1,000 jobs plus 5,000 contractors.  The company said it will also seek savings in real- estate, support functions and discretionary spending.
Discussion: The Register
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PR Newswire:
Alcatel-Lucent: Major Strategic Transformation and Realignment of Operations
Discussion: GigaOM and Between the Lines
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
NFL Launches “Game Rewind”, Every Game On-Demand In HD With No Commercials  —  Today, the NFL launched a new video on-demand service called Game Rewind that lets you watch every NFL game in HD quality, with no commercials.  The service, which costs $19.99 for the season or $4.99 for a week pass …
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Chief Says Intel Should Power Cars  —  Former Intel Corp. chairman Andrew Grove is pushing the world's biggest maker of microprocessors to consider a new venture — becoming a manufacturer of advanced batteries for plug-in electric cars.  —  Mr. Grove, who retired in 2005 but still advises Intel …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computing Without a Whirring Drive  —  SHERMAN BLACK, a senior vice president at Seagate Technology, a leader in hard drive manufacturing, lies awake at night worrying that his teenagers are part of a new generation of computer users who don't care if their data is stored locally or in the Internet “cloud.”
Discussion: CNET News
Jonathan Skillings / Crave:
Report: Android phone on tap for China  —  Once there was just a single Android phone, the T-Mobile G1.  Coming soon, in Australia, is the Kogan Agora.  Now reports are pointing to an emerging gadget for China, known for the moment as the “OPhone.”  —  The site ModmyGphone is showing off …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Preferred By Students, But Nothing Beats Texting  —  Today's high-school and college students got their first email account at an average age of 13.  Most students have had one of their email addresses for 8 years and have an average of about 2.4 addresses each.
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
UK police: ‘We need crime breathalysers for PCs’  —  Cyber cops chase next gen digital forensics  —  UK police are hoping to one day develop a breathalyser-style tool for computers that could instantly flag up illegal activity on any PC it's attached to.  —  Detective superintendent Charlie …
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Mobile Ad Rates Begin to Drop as Inventory Increases  —  CPMs for Some Categories Have Hit Single Digits  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — It's getting cheaper to advertise in mobile as cost-per-impression ad rates hits single-digit pricing in some cases.  —  The economy isn't the only factor …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The “capital calls” crisis: separating fact from fiction  —  Recently, reports started circulating that Ambric, a chip company that enables high-performance computing, has shuttered after failing to raise money from its investors.  —  Ambric's fate was sealed by a “capital calls” problem …
Bit9:
Threats in Plain Sight: Bit9 Identifies ‘The Dirty Dozen’ - 2008's Most Popular Applications with Critical Security Vulnerabilities  —  Reputable programs found vulnerable; Security gaps often left unaddressed  —  12.11.2008 - Waltham, MA - Bit9, Inc., the pioneer and leader …
Discussion: InformationWeek
Mike Eckel / Associated Press:
OMG: Russia entrepreneur looks for $$$ from ;-)  —  How much would you pay for a ;-)?  A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon — or combination of punctuation marks — used to convey a wink in text messages and e-mail.  —  Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone …
Daily Yomiuri Online:
Images read from human brain  —  OSAKA—In a world first, a research group in Kyoto Prefecture has succeeded in processing and displaying optically received images directly from the human brain.  —  The group of researchers at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International …
Discussion: DVICE and Slashdot
Samantha Rose Hunt / TG Daily:
Unboxing the CherryPal: It's alive!  —  First Look - After much skepticism due to poor company communication, I can admit I was extremely pleased to have the small CherryPal box hit my doorstep.  So, I can confirm that the CherryPal does exist, well sorta.  In fact I'm writing this article …
Discussion: Engadget and digg.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Chrome Shines A Little Brighter, Drops The Beta Tag With New Release  —  Google's Chrome browser is officially ready for prime time.  As we reported earlier this week, Google has dropped the Browser's Beta label after a mere 14 weeks (many Google products, like Gmail, have been billed as Betas for years).
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The Technium:
Movage  —  Digital continuity is a real problem.
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Electronista:
Ericsson to offer Intel anti-theft tech in notebooks
Discussion: SlashGear and eWeek
Marc Ferranti / PC World:
Wall Street Beat: IT Forecasts Slashed
Don Clark / Business Technology:
Not Tonight Dear, I'd Rather Blog
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
Jobless techies turning to crime
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Video game sales continue ‘blistering’ pace in November, NPD says
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Bits
David Berkowitz / AdAge:
Facebook, Google and MySpace Represent the Future of Web Registrations
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update may be around the corner
Lalitesh Katragadda / Google LatLong:
Map making in new worlds
Discussion: WebProNews and Google Maps Mania