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2:40 PM ET, December 1, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is YouTube Ready for Primetime?  Google Wants to Stream TV, for a Fee.  —  YouTube, which is already trying out the movie rental business, wants to get into TV too.  —  Google's video site has been trying to convince the TV industry to let it stream individual shows for a fee, multiple sources tell me.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple, Psystar strike deal in copyright case  —  Mac clone maker to pay Apple unspecified damages, but may be able to keep selling systems  —  Computerworld - Apple and Mac clone maker Psystar agreed Monday to settle a 17-month lawsuit that will effectively stop Psystar from preinstalling Apple's Mac OS X …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey's Square Is (Almost) Open For Business  —  We've been tracking Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's Square since May when we first got the details on the new mobile phone payment service.  —  Today the company unveiled its website for the first time, and they continue to test the product in private beta.
Zee / The Next Web:
Introducing twitter's first augmented reality iPhone app with geo-tagging built in.  —  Twitter 360 is an iPhone app that lets you visually see the flow of tweets from locations nearby, layered on top of your natural “real” environment.  —  Thanks to to the iPhone's video camera and Twitter's …
Boy Genius Report:
Apple's iDVD getting refreshed with iTunes LP creation support?  —  That's what one of our connects are telling us.  We've been informed that Apple plans to completely redo their iDVD application (in addition to others in iLife 2010), and besides iDVD not being refreshed in a pretty long time …
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Zeitgeist 2009: the collective consciousness  —  Curiosity — it's why we search the web.  Whether searching for the latest news, a popular holiday gift, a website you've heard about, the latest singing sensation, or the trailer to a blockbuster film, you come to Google with something on your mind.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Confirmed: Office 2010 to ship in June  —  After several Web sites today claimed to having seen a possibly inadvertent notice from Microsoft claiming June as the release month for its forthcoming Office 2010 (we looked hard and couldn't find it ourselves), a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Office Web Apps access comes to Windows Mobile, iPhone, BlackBerry …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Fring Brings Free Video Calling To The iPhone, Nokia Smartphones  —  Apple has long been rumored to integrate video conferencing capabilities in the iPhone, and most expected Skype to incorporate such a feature in its free application for iPhone and iPod Touch devices sooner or later, but Israel's fring is first to actually do it.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Comcast keeps promise, launches data usage meter  —  Nearly a year ago, Comcast first announced that it would establish a data usage tracking meter to help its broadband customers determine the amount of data being used on their accounts, especially since the company imposed a 250 GB cap on usage last year.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
XP's usage share down, Win 7, Firefox & IE8 up  —  Data released by web metrics company Net Applications indicates that the release of Windows 7 to the general public has put a significant dent into Windows XP's usage share.  —  For the November period, web usage of XP dropped by 1.45%, while Vista's usage share only dropped by 0.2%.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
UPDATED - “Black Screen of Death” problems seem to be little more than scattered cases  —  The “Black Screen of Death” problem which was widely reported in the tech media yesterday doesn't seem to be the huge “HELP!  The sky is falling in on us!!!” problem that is was made out to be yesterday.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What's powering Web apps: Google waving goodbye to Gears, hello to HTML5 [Updated]  —  Of all the things Google is really good at, patience isn't necessarily one of them.  —  To prove Web applications like Gmail and Google Docs could be as sophisticated as desktop apps …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
AT&T Ranked Last in Consumer Reports' Best Cellphone Service Survey  —  The annual survey of wireless customer satisfaction from Consumer Reports hits the streets this week and it doesn't have much good to say about AT&T. In a canvass of more than 50,000 readers spanning 26 U.S. cities …
Discussion: AppleInsider and FierceWireless
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Nokia's Ovi, the World (Minus the U.S.) Is Enough  —  Tero Ojanperä, Nokia's EVP of Services  —  For nearly two years, I have been critical of Nokia for a diverse set of reasons including its denial of competition from Apple's iPhone, its hardware, and a botched launch of its Ovi app store.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Clearwire Launches WiMax In Seattle; CEO Says They Are In Talks With Many Other Partners  —  Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) is launching its WiMax service in the greater Seattle area tomorrow, putting it slightly ahead of its goal of reaching 30 million people by the end of the year …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Modifies “First Click Free” Policy To Accommodate Publishers Gating Their Content  —  Google's “First Click Free” (FCF) policy was intended to provide a better experience for Google users and for premium content and news publishers (e.g., the Wall Street Journal) by allowing their content …
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
NCR to Roll Out Blockbuster DVD Kiosks  —  NCR Corp. is expected to announce today it will roll out 200 Blockbuster-branded DVD rental machines in New York City drugstores by year end, a move that will likely accelerate the move to low-price rentals at the expense of more lucrative revenue streams for Hollywood.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's Editorial Process — Revealed!  —  Today we obtained a copy of one AOL editor's “welcome to the team” email to new writers.  —  Reading it, we learned a little bit about how AOL — transtioning from a dying dial-up ISP to a huge media company — expects its 500 fulltime …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Need Help Selecting a Payment Processor?  Look No Further Than Payments-R-Us  —  More and more startups are finally focusing on real business models, ones that are based on actually selling a product or service.  You know, for money.  —  The irony is that many get pretty far …
Discussion: Online Dating Insider
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Nokia Sues Samsung, Display Panel Manufacturers Over Price-Fixing Claims  —  Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, sued Samsung Electronics Co., LG Display Co., AU Optronics Corp. and other manufacturers of liquid-crystal displays over claims they colluded to fix prices of panels.
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News:
Blu-ray/DVD flipper discs finally coming  —  Universal is set to roll out the first Blu-ray/DVD “flipper discs”—a single, dual-sided disc that contains Blu-ray on one side and DVD on the other.  The “Bourne” trilogy ("Identity," “Supremacy,” “Ultimatum") will be the first movies …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Harvard study: Computers don't save hospitals money  —  Hospital computer systems are often built for administrators, not doctors  —  Computerworld) A Harvard Medical School study that looked at some of the nation's “most wired” hospital facilities found that computerization of those facilities …
Discussion: Rough Type
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Bing's Take on Twitter Trends Differs From Twitter's  —  What Bing says is a hot topic and what Twitter says is a trending topic are not necessarily the same thing, a look at the two services shows. … Microsoft in October began showing tweets in Bing's search results …
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia releases Qt 4.6, works on Symbian, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.6, Maemo 6  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) purchased Qt almost 2 years ago and since then have been working tirelessly to bring the native C++ runtime, with bits of C and Webkit mixed in, to both Symbian and Maemo platforms.
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
More than 3,500 sex fiends from Facebook, MySpace get boot in crackdown of Internet predators  —  ALBANY - In a major crackdown on Internet predators, more than 3,500 convicted New York sex fiends have been booted from two online social networking sites, sources told the Daily News.
 
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The Dark Side of ‘Webtribution’
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Yahoo's 2009 searches topped by Michael Jackson and Twilight, not Twitter
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