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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 …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
iTunes App Store: 100k Apps, But Only 20% Are Being Used
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Mussie Shore / The Official Google Blog:
Google Friend Connect, now more personalized  —  (Cross-posted with the Social Web Blog)  —  On the subway, I bump elbows with a guy for 20 city blocks without exchanging a single word.  Forty-five minutes later, I find the same guy at the local guitar shop, and we start to talk — turns out he plays a Gibson Les Paul just like I do.
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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 …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft Cuts 800 More Positions  —  In its third round of layoffs this year, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) says it is cutting 800 jobs across the company today.  The software giant said in January that it would eliminate up to 5,000 jobs, in response to falling sales and profits.
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.
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.  —  The Beatles catalog, including dozens of the top pop songs ever recorded, has famously never been licensed for sale as digital downloads.
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” …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Amazon Turns Twitter into a Marketplace - Are You Concerned?
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Cuomo Files Federal Antitrust Lawsuit Against Intel  —  Following the lead of foreign regulators, New York's attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, filed a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Intel, the world's largest chip maker.  —  The lawsuit charges that Intel violated state …
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Verizon Wireless: Tethering Coming for Droid  —  Think the Motorola Droid is almost perfect, but it just needs to be a modem for your laptop?  Verizon can help with that, next year.  Verizon Wireless told us that their “Broadband Access Connect” plan, which allows you to tether your phone as a modem …
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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 in thinking the recipe Microsoft (MSFT) has cooked up to inform its design ethos-white …
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 …
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 …
Boy Genius Report:
Another Verizon DROID commercial, Stealth, and it's awesome  —  Forget the first commercial you saw, this one takes the cake.  We've been told it should start airing on TV this week.  Video is after the break.
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Softpedia News:
Mac Trojan Masked as Game Deletes a File for Every Alien Killed  —  Symantec has discovered a new threat targeting users of Mac OS X  —  Security expert Symantec has discovered what it refers to as an OSX.Loosemaque threat cleverly disguised as a classic video and targeting unsuspecting Mac users.
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 …
Jamie Lendino / Gearlog:
Global Telcos Agree on LTE Voice and SMS Standards  —  This one is big: numerous big telecoms around the world have finally agreed on a standard for voice and SMS communication over upcoming LTE 4G networks.  —  Dubbed One Voice, the new initiative defines an optimal set …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
IAC's CollegeHumor May Go to Ben Silverman's New Venture  —  CEO Barry Diller Looks to Former NBC Exec to Ramp Up Branded Content  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — IAC is considering throwing CollegeHumor, in addition to cash, into Ben Silverman's nascent branded-entertainment company, Electus.
Chris Mellor / The Register:
USB 3.0 thumb drive pops up  —  Super Talent goes SuperSpeed  —  Flash vendor Super Talent is leading the pack again and has come up with a USB 3.0 thumb drive.  —  Its SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDRive comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities and works with current USB 2.0 ports, but obviously at USB 2.0 speed.
Discussion: Engadget and Pocket-lint.com
Zee / The Next Web Appetite:
Novell: the first major corporation to announce Google Wave adoption  —  Novell, a global software corporation specializing in enterprise operating systems has announced Novell Pulse a new real time collaboration platform.  —  What makes this so special?  The platform features deep integration with Google Wave.
Discussion: eWeek, CloudAve and E-Commerce Times
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sphere Leader Has Exited AOL-But Staying on as “Special” Venture Advisor  —  Tony Conrad, CEO and Co-founder of Sphere-the contextually relevant content engine that AOL bought in the spring of 2008 for upwards of $25 million-left the Time Warner (TWX) online unit last month, several sources have told BoomTown in recent weeks.
Ryan Tate / Valleywag - Gawker:
Yelp Fights Make Leap To Real-World Violence, Says Reviewer  —  To hear Yelp reviewer “Sean C.” tell it, San Francisco's Ocean Avenue Books really didn't appreciate his pan of the “TOTAL MESS” of a store: The owner somehow found his home, he said, and tried to force her way in.
Discussion: Fast Company
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft ‘neutered’ UAC in Windows 7, says researcher  —  Blocks only 1 out of 8 Trojans from executing, claims Sophos  —  Computerworld - Microsoft Corp.'s decision to reduce the number of annoying security messages that Windows 7 delivers when users install software makes the new operating system …
Discussion: Sophos, InfoWorld, The Register and CIO.com
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Failed Online Navigation Software Maker Sues Google, Yahoo And More Over Patent
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Palm webOS Update Will Address Speed of UI
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Google's Music Search Launches Its Artist-Powered Promotion
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