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1:00 PM ET, December 3, 2009

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Eric Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
How Google Can Help Newspapers  —  Video didn't kill the radio star, and the Internet won't destroy news organizations.  It will foster a new, digital business model.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It's the year 2015.  The compact device in my hand delivers me the world, one news story at a time.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google's Schmidt: ‘Frustrated Newspaper Execs Just Looking For Someone To Blame’
Discussion: wan-press.org and paidContent
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Comcast Gets NBC From G.E. in Deal That Reshapes TV  —  After nearly nine months of negotiations, Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, finally reached an agreement on Thursday to acquire NBC Universal from the General Electric Company.  —  The deal valued NBC Universal at about $30 billion.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Meet the new Comcast-NBCU: Content meets conduit everywhere; Will it work?  —  Comcast said Thursday that it has officially acquired a controlling stake in NBC Universal in a deal valued at $30 billion.  Comcast will have an arsenal of cable channels, a huge distribution network …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
For 2010, IDC Predicts an Apple iPad and Battles in the Cloud  —  Apple brings out an iPad digital tablet.  Netbooks move upscale.  And I.B.M. buys Juniper Networks.  —  Those predictions for next year, and others, are being presented on Thursday by the technology research firm IDC.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
IDC: 300,000 iPhone apps before 2011  —  A research firm looks into the near future and sees ... an Apple “iPad” next year  —  Apple (AAPL) figures prominently in IDC's top 10 predictions for the coming year, released Thursday and available here (registration required).  The relevant bullet points:
Prem Ramaswami / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Public DNS  —  When you type www.wikipedia.org into your browser's address bar, you expect nothing less than to be taken to Wikipedia.  Chances are you're not giving much thought to the work being done in the background by the Domain Name System, or DNS.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Identity Wars: Google & Yahoo! Bow to Facebook & Twitter  —  Yahoo! announced this morning that it is adding Facebook Connect across many of its properties.  This afternoon Google Friend Connect announced the inclusion of Twitter as a top-level log-in option.
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
3 ways Bing is ahead of Google  —  This morning, Microsoft employees demonstrated a long list of enhancements to their Bing search engine at a press event at the company's San Francisco office.  —  That office is next door to the city's newest, splashiest, most expensive shopping center …
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Satya Nadella / Search Blog:
Bing: Connecting People, Places and Things
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
What the “Black screen of death” story says about tech journalism  —  I've spent the better part of the last 48 hours looking into the colossal fiasco that is the “Black Screen of Death” story.  It's a near-perfect case study in how Internet-driven tech journalism and rewards sloppy reporting …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Watchdog Group EFF Sues Government Regarding Social Media Surveillance Tactics  —  Consumer watchdog group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has initiated a lawsuit against multiple U.S. government agencies for failure to disclose their policies regarding the use of social media for surveillance.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
World's first iPhone orchestra performs live on December 9  —  Given that the iPhone offers more processing power than the original iMac, this next story had to happen: December 9 will see a live performance by an orchestra, each and every one of whom will be using an iPhone to make the music happen.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
10 Things We Love And Hate About The Droid  —  Google's Android operating system is on the way to getting huge, especially with Motorola's Droid and HTC's Droid Eris handsets available through Verizon this holiday season.  —  But are they any good?  We've played around with both phones …
Claire / Layar:
Layar 3.0 launched: 5 cases to show the power of the platform  —  Today, we are very proud to present to you version 3.0, with fantastic new tools to enable the already more than 1000 active independent content developers to create AR experiences that go far beyond answering the simple ‘where is...?’ question.
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Two Weeks, 5 IPhones Sold in Chinese Online Store  —  China Unicom has sold just five iPhones through a big online retail site in the two weeks since it opened the virtual store, the latest sign that the handset is suffering in China from its high price and lack of Wi-Fi.
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
How fast is your site?  —  We've just launched Site Performance, an experimental feature in Webmaster Tools that shows you information about the speed of your site and suggestions for making it faster.  —  This is a small step in our larger effort to make the web faster.
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, EU Are Said to Modify Settlement in Browser Case  —  Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. revised an antitrust- settlement with European Union regulators after browser makers complained the accord gave the company an unfair advantage, according to two people familiar with the case.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Boxee gets Clicker app, but not all Clicker data  —  Just a few days ahead of the scheduled public beta launch of media app Boxee on Monday, the excellent Clicker Internet video directory has been ported to the platform.  —  To review: Boxee is a media viewing app designed for living room use …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia offers sneak peak at improved 2010 Symbian user interface  —  You know that new Symbian user experience promised by Nokia next year?  Want a sneak peak?  Although Nokia's downloadable slide-deck from its Capital Market Day event leaves out all the new UI visuals, fortunately the webcast has 'em all.
The Official Google Blog:
Now you see it, now you don't  —  You may have noticed that our homepage is sporting a new look.  Today we're excited to be releasing a new version of our classic homepage.  The main feature of the new homepage is that it “fades in” — when the page first loads, it shows only our logo, the search box and the buttons.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zoosk Lands Another $30 Million For Social Dating  —  Zoosk, the dating service with a focus on social networks, has closed a $30 million Series D funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with existing investors Canaan Partners and ATA Ventures participating as well.
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Mac sales projected to grow 26% in 2010, outpacing PC market  —  Apple is predicted to continue its gains on the rest of the PC market in 2010, with Mac sales projected to grow by 26 percent while the industry is forecast to see a 16 percent year-over-year increase.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Anti-Social-Network Social Network  —  Facebook and LinkedIn are great for connecting with friends and business associates you already know.  But what if you want to expand your social circle and meet new people?  —  For that, there's By/Association, a still-tiny site that is a new twist …
Nigel Whitfield / The Register:
Freeview HD goes live  —  Technical details emerge as DVB-T2 service activated  —  With the launch today of the Freeview HD service, the UK can claim to be at the forefront of digital television - though most punters won't be able to receive the service until spring 2010.
 
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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
ISPs urge changes to digital bill
Discussion: p2pnet news
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Freemium: Can Spotify learn from Evernote?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Friendster Gets A Major Makeover, Calls Other Social Networks Plain And Boring
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matthew Rivera / Digits:
Coke Tries Facial-Recognition on Facebook
Telegraph:
Google considers plans for British property portal
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft escalates war on piracy with 300 cases around the world
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AOL's New Strategy Is To Fill The Internet With Crap?
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen relinquishes board seat at Charter Communications
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
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