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David Pogue / Bits:
Steve Jobs on Amazon and Ice Cream  —  Steve Jobs at an Apple music event on Wednesday. … Wednesday in San Francisco, I attended Apple's annual iPod Show, its holiday-season kickoff of new iPods and iTunes Store developments.  —  I'll have a look at what's new in a post on Pogue's Posts on Thursday.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching newspapers: “'Open' need not mean free”  —  Google is developing a micropayment platform that will be “available to both Google and non-Google properties within the next year,” according to a document the company submitted to the Newspaper Association of America.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Plans Tools to Help News Media Charge for Content
Discussion: Gawker
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Now S-U-P-E-R-sized!  —  Search, that is.  For us, search has always been our focus.  And, starting today, you'll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size.  Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Rolls Out The Mother Of All Updates: A Larger Search Box  —  Google is continually updating its search experience via the algorithms and the way results are displayed.  But when it comes to the search box itself, it has largely left it alone.  Sure, it has added drop downs for suggested results …
Discussion: The Register
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Somebody Has To Say It: It's Time For iTunes Lite  —  Facebook integration.  Tweeting my music interests.  AppleTV.  Full-screen album extras.  App management.  An entire online store.  Smart playlists.  CD burning.  Ringtone creation.  Tips the scales at 88MB.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iTunes 9 bringing iTunes LP functionality, ‘beautiful new look’
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
iTunes 9 Breaks iTunes Sync. Again. Get Going, Palm
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Google Voice and Gmail are sort of merging  —  Two new little Google Voice features just made their way into Gmail.  A new option lets text messages sent to Google Voice show up as e-mail messages in Gmail.  You can reply to messages from Gmail, too, which makes it a nice platform for carrying on a text message conversation.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Google Watch
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:   Google Voice, Skype Are on a VOIP Collision Course
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The New iPod Nano Shoots Video, Plays Radio  —  As well-documented by the “word on the street,” the fifth generation iPod nano is also a video camera...and radio and a pedometer and a voice recorder too...and it's available today.  Details:  —  • Video camera (640x480)  —  • NO STILL CAMERA
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Steve Jobs is going after the game market  —  In an interview with the New York Times columnist David Pogue, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs emphasized that Apple was going after the video game market, particularly with its iPod Touch gadget.  —  That explains why there is no camera in the iPod Touch …
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Arnold Kim / macrumors.com:
Apple's Focus on Games: Madden NFL 10, Nova, Assassin's Creed, Riddim Ribbon
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple Approves Real's Rhapsody iPhone App; First Look  —  Maybe it was the anti-trust patrol looking over Apple's shoulder or the memory of the RealNetwork settlement with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), but the Rhapsody iPhone/iTouch app—the first in the U.S. to offer on-demand streaming music …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Steve Jobs says iPod touch didn't get a camera because “it's a great game machine”  —  Wondering why Apple chose to add a camera to the iPod nano, but not the revised iPod touch?  You're not alone, but one Mr. Steven P. Jobs has an answer for you: it's because the touch is a game machine, you see.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bing Loves The Porn Hounds  —  Bing is an excellent search engine.  For one thing the surprising early reviews probably forced Yahoo's hand as they entered into one of the dumber corporate transactions I've ever seen.  So, kudos to Bing.  Golf clap.  Etc.
Discussion: WebProNews
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pirate Bay buyer ‘misled’ investors, booted off exchange  —  A Swedish stock exchange has banned Global Gaming Factory X from offering its shares there after concluding the company “misled” investors about its ability to purchase The Pirate Bay.  —  AktieTorget, the Swedish stock market …
BBC:
Unhappy with your broadband speed?  Try Winston the pigeon  —  Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.  —  A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick …
Discussion: Engadget
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Dell Adamo XPS: Half As Thick As Air  —  What happens when Dell's Adamo and XPS laptops get set up on a date, have a few too many drinks and end up rocking the bed?  The 9.99mm-thin Dell Adamo XPS.  That's about half as thin as the MacBook Air.  —  Here's the math: 9.99 mm is about 0.39 inches.
Marcelo Calbucci / TweepML:
Announcing TweepML, the Open Standard format to share groups of Twitter users  —  This is a first post on this blog and as such, I want to keep it short.  TweepML is an Open Standard Extensible format to share groups of Twitter users.  That description makes it sound much more complicated than it is.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Experimental Desktop Notifications App For Mac Is Very, Very Slick  —  If you're on a Mac and you use Facebook frequently, you're going to love this.  We've stumbled across a new experimental application being developed in-house at Facebook that's called “Desktop Notifications”.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:thinkmantra
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to skip operator tailoring for Linux phones  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj plans to skip tailoring software of its upcoming top-of-the-range model N900 to different operators, raising the risk some carriers, who focus on integrating their own software, could refuse to offer the model.
Donna Leinwand / USA Today:
Online mapping services help police spot trends in crime  —  A growing number of police departments — nearly 1,000 nationwide — are using online crime mapping services to grab data from their police reports, identify crime trends and then push the information to the public through online maps and e-mail alerts.
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
AMD Presses Consumers to Rethink the Chip  —  Tired of losing speed comparisons with Intel processors, Advanced Micro Devices will stress how its chips can satisfy specific computer needs  —  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) wants to change the way you think about its chips.
Jacqueline Marino / Newspay:
Salon CEO Richard Gingras: ‘It Was a Mistake to Think of Ourselves As a Magazine’  —  When ValleyWag reported last month that Salon, a pioneer of online-magazine publishing, had laid off six editorial employees, CEO Richard Gingras explained that Salon had to become “more of a true Web publication.”
Discussion: paidContent
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Carriers to Facebook Mobile: Get on a Data Diet  —  Facebook Mobile users are twice as active on the social network than web-only users and account for about a quarter of its entire user base.  As a result, carriers have been asking Facebook to trim down the amount of data contained in its mobile web versions.
Discussion: Phone Arena and internetnews.com
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Analyst: Slowing iPod Sales Should Worry Record Labels  —  In its spartan Wednesday event, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) boasted it's sold 225 million iPods to date.  So when we saw Forrester VP and music analyst Mark Mulligan suggest, on Guardian.co.uk, that customers upgrading to a new model every …
Discussion: Guardian
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
Pandora for Android  —  When we set out building Pandora four years ago we knew that our work wouldn't be done until we'd found a great way to unlock the service from the PC.  Just over a year ago the iPhone let us take the first compelling step in that direction and the year since has been filled …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The future of Windows phones and Windows Mobile  —  Today at TechEd Australia I had an opportunity to chat with Loke Uei Tan - program manager on the Windows Mobile team - to talk about the future of Windows phones and the Windows Mobile OS.  —  Firstly, one of the most reassuring things …
 
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James Callan / Bloomberg:
Hulu Needs Mix of ‘Pay And Free’ Web Video Content
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Ben Leach / Telegraph:
Blur and Radiohead join forces to battle Government over proposed piracy laws
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Arn / MacRumors:
'It's Only Rock and Roll' Event Video Now Available, Steve Jobs' Return
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Google Docs “hidden” viewer feature coming to Chrome OS
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Still Risks Having To Reveal Its Entire Source Code To Leader Technologies
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
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