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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.
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.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Not All Of Square's “Advisors” Are Hollywood Sexpots  —  Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey today unveiled his new startup, Square, which lets any iPhone-owning merchant accept credit cards.  —  Square also announced its “advisors.”  Among them: Alyssa Milano, of “Who's The Boss?” fame.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Square Worth $40 Million Before Launch  —  Earlier today we wrote about Square, the new payment service cofounded by Jim McKelvey and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey.  We also interviewed Dorsey and used Square to buy a coffee.  —  We knew Squared had closed a hyper-competitive venture round.
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 …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Steve Jobs intervenes, approves Knocking streaming video app  —  A persuasive e-mail from an iPhone developer to Steve Jobs helped Pointy Heads Software get its Knocking Live Video—the first official iPhone app capable of streaming live video over 3G and WiFi connections—approved for sale in the App Store.
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 …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:   Psystar agrees to pay Apple $2.7M in settlement
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft says black screens not caused by security updates  —  Contrary to reports earlier this week, Microsoft said Tuesday the “black screens of death” some people have attributed to recent Windows security patches are not caused by those updates.  —  On Friday, U.K. security company Prevx …
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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%.
David Faber / CNBC.com:
GE, Comcast Complete Deal Over NBC Universal: Source  —  The deal between General Electric and Comcast over a majority stake in NBC Universal is complete, and there is nothing left to do but process paper, a source close to the merger told CNBC Tuesday.  —  A deal is expected to be completed …
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St., Gearlog and Mashable!
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Murdoch: Future of newspapers in online payment, feds should stand back  —  Media titan Rupert Murdoch believes the government should stay out of the way of the news industry as scores of newspapers around the nation shutter or slash staff.  —  Instead, the federal government needs …
Discussion: Techdirt
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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.
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight  —  Disclaimer: The information presented here has been gathered and analyzed in my capacity as a graduate student at Indiana University.  This data was gathered and analyzed on my own time, without using federal government resources.
R. Scott Raynovich / Light Reading:
Luke Wilson's War  —  BOZEMAN, Mont. - I've been following with interest the AT&T and Verizon map wars.  From my own personal experience, it's a fascinating exercise in disingenuous marketing.  For AT&T, possibly more so, as I believe its map commercials are egregiously misleading.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Office Web Apps access comes to Windows Mobile, iPhone, BlackBerry and more (with some caveats)  —  For the past year, Microsoft officials have said repeatedly — without offering any specifics — that Office Web Apps will work on mobile phones.  But now that the public beta of Office Web Apps is available …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Heyzap makes Flash-based web games more social  —  Heyzap wants to create the same kind of monetization ecosystem for Flash games as exists with Facebook games and game consoles.  So today, it is launching a social platform that creates the equivalent of an Xbox Live for Flash games.
Discussion: TechCrunch
paidContent:
Ten Predictions For The E-Reader/E-Book Market In 2010  —  This has been a breakout year for e-readers and e-books—device sales will have more than tripled by the end of this year, and content sales are up 176% for the year.  But next year will be anything but boring.  Here are Forrester's predictions for 2010:
Discussion: TeleRead
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
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Ansca Mobile raises $1M to build Adobe Flash rival for iPhone apps
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Karl Bunyan / Inside Facebook:
Will Facebook Users Share Their Email Address with App Developers?
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Should There Be Punishment For Bogus ‘Pre-Settlement’ Letters?
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Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Harvard study: Computers don't save hospitals money
Discussion: Rough Type
Elizabeth Bernstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Dark Side of ‘Webtribution’
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