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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
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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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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Loses Don Dodge.  This Is A Huge Mistake  —  Among the 800 or so employees laid off by Microsoft today: Don Dodge, Microsoft's Director of Business Development for the Emerging Business Team, reporting to VP Dan'l Lewin.  Don writes about the change on his personal blog.
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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Personal Droid Data Will Cost $30, Even With Exchange
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Network World
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 …
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 …
Kurt Wilms / Digg the Blog:
Experimenting with Digg Trends  —  Because there's so much that happens beneath the surface of Digg, we've been working on new ways to expose the most interesting stories to more people.  Today we're launching a new homepage voting experiment called Digg Trends which will surface certain highly active stories …
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.
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Twitter's Dorsey Gets His Head Examined  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey underwent a public session with a psychoanalyst in honor of the Rubin Museum of Art's exhibition of Carl Jung's “Red Book,” a previously unpublished work that discloses the renowned psychologist's own struggles with his subconscious.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Juliet Williams / Associated Press:
Former HP CEO Fiorina announces bid for US Senate  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Carly Fiorina said Wednesday she is running for the Republican nomination to battle liberal stalwart Barbara Boxer for her U.S. Senate seat.
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 …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Interview: The Man Who Named the iMac and Wrote Think Different  —  Meet Ken Segall — the man who dreamed up the name “iMac” and wrote the famous Think Different campaign.  —  Segall is a veteran creative director who worked at Apple's agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day, back in the day.
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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.
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Failed Online Navigation Software Maker Sues Google, Yahoo And More Over Patent  —  Bone-headed patent lawsuit number 573482: a company called WebMap Technologies is suing a host of technology companies over an online map patent that was issued over 5 years ago, reports Law360 (requires registration).
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, CIO.com and The Register
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
EBay Comes Out of the Attic and Starts a Fashion Magazine  —  When the beautiful people list their favorite shops, eBay might not be on the tip of their tongues, but eBay hopes to change that.  —  On Wednesday, eBay is unveiling The Inside Source, an online magazine about fashion trends …
 
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Jessie Ho / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Plans Center in Taiwan
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires
Jamie Lendino / Gearlog:
Global Telcos Agree on LTE Voice and SMS Standards
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
Zee / The Next Web:
Novell: the first major corporation to announce Google Wave adoption
Discussion: eWeek, CloudAve and E-Commerce Times
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Foursquare launching 14 new European cities today (update: it's 15)
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Hands-On: Spring Design's Dual-Screen Android Alex eBook Reader
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Prepares For The Winter Olympics With Silverlight, HD Video …
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Microsoft launches MSN Music almost four months late
Discussion: Fast Company and Music Ally
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