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Apple:
Apple Announces Over 100,000 Apps Now Available on the App Store  —  Apple® today announced that developers have created over 100,000 apps for the revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world. iPhone® and iPod touch® customers in 77 countries can choose …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
EMI Sues BlueBeat for Selling Beatles Tunes Online  —  The record label EMI has sued a little known online music site called BlueBeat.com for selling Beatles songs without permission, an EMI source told Wired.com.  —  The Beatles catalog, including dozens of the top pop songs ever recorded …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Clutter-Free, Twittified, Binged (and Also Apple-icious): The New MSN Homepage Debuts (Plus Screenshots and the Press Release)  —  The new MSN homepage debuts tonight and you would be completely correct for thinking the recipe Microsoft (MSFT) has cooked up to inform its design ethos-white …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Turns On The Twitter Pump To Fuel Referral Fees  —  Tonight, Amazon sent an email to members of Amazon Associates letting them know about a new feature: Twitter integration.  Basically, when you're logged into your Associate account, you'll see a new “Share on Twitter” …
Discussion: 901am and Download Squad
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Friend Connect Introduces New Ways to Make Friends, Send Newsletters and See More Highly Targeted Ads  —  Google just announced a number of major updates to Google Friend Connect (GFC), the company's set of tools that can bring social networking tools and widgets to any site.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Personal Droid Data Will Cost $30, Even With Exchange  —  Okay.  There's a lot of confusion going on around the Internet about the Motorola Droid's service plans.  Some people are saying that if you want to connect to a Microsoft Exchange account, data will cost $45 a month instead of $30.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Parallels launches latest software to blend Mac and Windows apps  —  Parallels is one of those little companies that could make some big companies very nervous.  The Renton, Wash.-based software maker is launching its Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac today.  —  The software enables an Apple Mac computer …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Secret copyright treaty leaks.  It's bad.  Very bad.  —  The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked.  It's bad.  It says:
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Exclusive: More Microsoft layoffs  —  We're hearing from unofficial but reliable sources tonight that Microsoft is poised to make additional job cuts this week, with the affected employees expected to be notified as early as Wednesday morning.  —  This latest round of layoffs is expected …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T sues Verizon over 'there's a map for that' ads  —  Whoa — we just got word that AT&T is suing Verizon for false advertising over Big Red's “There's a map for that” ads.  We're reading the complaint and motion to stop the ads right now, but here's what AT&T says is the big problem:
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Blacksn0w unlock available now for iPhone 3G and 3GS  —  There's no stopping the eternal tug-of-war between the powers that be and the hackers that will, and for the time being it looks like things are back in the hands of the hackers.  As of noon today giddy jailbreakers can take the next step …
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Financial Times:
Oracle braced for EU objection on Sun deal  —  By Richard Waters in San Francisco and Nikki Tait in Brussels  —  Oracle is braced for a formal objection from Brussels to its planned $7.4bn acquisition of fellow US technology company Sun Microsystems, escalating the company's high-stakes legal wrangle …
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Apple Unveils Music-Themed Movie Push  —  Apple today will launch a new marketing and promotional effort designed to drive music buyers to music-themed movies in its video store.  —  The most visible change to the iTunes service will be a Music Movies landing page dedicated to music films …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Confirmed: Verizon Wireless to charge up to $350 early termination on “advanced devices”  —  Here's what Big Red is working with: they've offered up a BOGO sale on all new BlackBerrys for the holiday buying season, and where some see a great deal, others see a great opportunity.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Music Search Launches Its Artist-Powered Promotion  —  Last night we broke the story that Google would be teaming with a number of well known artists to launch a promotion for its Music Onebox search, which was released last week.  Turns out, it's launching a bit sooner than we thought …
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Bloomberg.com May Charge Up To $1,000 A Year For News Feeds  —  All aboard the paid content bandwagon: having signaled that its newly acquired Businessweek.com may raise the paywall for certain types of content, Bloomberg is now considering charging Bloomberg.com users up to $1,000 a year …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Linden Lab launches enterprise version of Second Life virtual world  —  Second Life is going corporate.  The virtual world already has more than 1,400 companies staging meetings and conferences inside its virtual landscapes.  But Linden Lab is now taking Second Life into the companies themselves …
Flora Graham / CNET News:
The iPhone is the worst phone in the world  —  That's right, we said it — and we're not taking it back.  The iPhone may be the greatest handheld surfing device ever to rock the mobile Web, and a fabulous media player to boot.  It may be the highest-rated mobile phone on CNET UK …
Discussion: Mashable! and Electronista
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Prepares For The Winter Olympics With Silverlight, HD Video, And Facebook Connect  —  NBC is gearing up for the 2010 Winter Olympics with some changes to its mainstay site, NBCOlympics.com, scheduled to go live tomorrow.  (See screenshots below).  Once again, just as it did with the …
Discussion: Beet.TV, NewTeeVee, LiveSide and Widgets Lab, Thanks:chrismessina
internetnews.com:
Kaspersky Offers Macs a Security Blanket  —  Antivirus software designed to thwart growing malware threat to Macs.  —  Macintosh computers have long been thought to be overlooked by malware and phishing attacks, but they are becoming more and more popular with hackers and other online scam artists …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Foursquare launching 14 new European cities today  —  Good news for those of you desperate to play Foursquare, the hugely popular location-based game: new European cities are being switched on today.  —  Until now London and Amsterdam were the only European cities able to play.
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
DroidDoes Have Pinch & Zoom  —  I've heard A LOT of people insisting the Motorola Droid DOES NOT have Multi-Touch.  They are wrong.  I can quickly prove this by showing you a video of the Picsay update that just hit Android Market... which supports Multi-Touch for Android 2.0:  —  Picsay even has PINCH AND ZOOM.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and CrunchGear
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Mossad Hacked Syrian Official's Computer Before Bombing Mysterious Facility  —  Agents of Israel's Mossad intelligence service hacked into the computer of a senior Syrian government official a year before Israel bombed a facility in Syria in 2007, according to Der Spiegel.
Gordon Mah Ung / Maximum PC:
Hands-On: Spring Design's Dual-Screen Android Alex eBook Reader  —  There's good news and bad news for eBook fans.  First up: new eBook readers using Marvell's ARMADA 166E chip could see triple the frame rate of first generation devices.  The bad news: the faster frame rate of 3 fps …
 
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