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11:10 AM ET, December 4, 2009

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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google quietly rolls out Dictionary [Updated]  —  What does “googling” mean?  Google can tell you.  —  The search giant has quietly rolled out Google Dictionary, which presents definitions and synonyms.  Exactly what you'd expect from a dictionary.  —  In addition to Google's own database …
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Zee / The Next Web:
Google Search has just made it much easier to find information in any language.  —  Google has just introduced a wonderful way to use Google Search to find information in other regions and languages.  —  The tool has been available for some time, but today it becomes a fully integrated …
John Leyden / The Register:
Spyware threat haunts squeaky-clean iPhones  —  Research finds rogue app privacy risks to regulation models  —  Apple's line that iPhone users who toe the line and resist any temptation to jailbreak, unlock or otherwise desecrate their smartphone are protected from threats has been called into question by new research.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com and The Next Web
Patrick Hoge / bizjournals:
CrunchPad partner plans media event  —  The man whom TechCrunch blog network founder and editor Michael Arrington blamed for killing his CrunchPad hardware project has scheduled a video call with reporters and industry analysts for Monday, according to a Silicon Valley public relations firm.
Leland / Twitter Blog:
Takeout dogfood  —  Hi all, this is @leland, user experience lead on the @twittermobile team.  I wanted to share a little bit of what we've been working on and thinking about.  —  It's probably no secret that Twitter has an active developer community, using our APIs to create fantastically innovative apps.
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Geez, Google Wants to Take Over DNS, Too  —  Google now wants to be your browser's phone book, launching a DNS service Thursday in hopes that users will let the ad and search giant take over yet another part of their net experience.  —  Browsers ask Domain Name System (DNS) …
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David Ulevitch / OpenDNS Blog:
Some thoughts on Google DNS
Search Blog:
A note about today's outage  —  Bing.com was down between about 6:30 and 7:00 PM Pacific Time on Dec 3, 2009.  During this time, users were either unable to get to the site, or their queries were returning incomplete results page.  —  The cause of the outage was a configuration change during …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple announces free iTunes Christmas give-aways for Europe  —  Apple UK has announced the ‘iTunes 12 Days of Christmas’ promotion, offering free songs, music videos, apps, TV episodes and films on a daily basis during the promotion.  —  The promotion run from December 26 to January 6.
Matt Wilson / L.A. Daily News:
Apple clears first hurdle in bid for new Cupertino campus  —  Apple Inc. is one step closer to building a second campus in Cupertino after waiting eight months for city planners to rezone its 7.78-acre property on Pruneridge Avenue to allow office use.  —  The planning commission …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
New Droid ad: iPhone is ‘digitally clueless’  —  Perhaps you have already become used to Verizon's Droid tossing names at the iPhone like an 8-year-old boy behind his teacher's back.  —  However, the latest ill feelings directed at Apple's little cutey seem beyond even anything heard in an elementary school.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Vendors to launch Atom N450-based netbooks on January 11, 2010  —  Asustek Computer, Acer, Lenovo and even Micro-Star International (MSI), which originally planned to launch in December, are all set to launch their Atom N450-based netbooks on January 11, 2010, complying with their agreement …
Business Wire:
Skiff E-Reading Service to Launch in 2010  —  Skiff Will Deliver Premium Newspaper & Magazine Content Optimized for Multiple Devices; Sprint and Marvell Among Key Partners  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Skiff, LLC today announced plans to launch a new consumer e-reading service platform …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
With Redesign, Reuters.com Goes After Consumer Audience  —  With the general business magazines that are still in existence trying to keep their heads above water, Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI) believes this is a good time for a major overhaul of its consumer-facing website.
iSuppli:
Acer Takes No.-2 PC Rank in Q3; Market Returns to Annual Growth  —  Marking a major milestone in the history of the computer industry, an Asian OEM has captured the No.-2 position in the global PC market on a quarterly basis for the first time, according to iSuppli Corp.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Star That Tweet!  Favit Launches in iTunes App Store  —  There's a new iPhone application from Favstar.fm which launched late last night in the iTunes App Store.  Like the Favstar website, the new Favit app (iTunes link) aggregates the “best” Twitter posts based on the number of stars they receive from other Twitter users.
Discussion: The Next Web and TUAW
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
MySpace Launches New Mobile Website with Built-in IM  —  Social networking site MySpace has just launched a new version of their mobile website designed for iPhone, Android, and Palm WebOS users.  The now improved site at m.myspace.com offers quick access to your profile, including comments …
Discussion: MySpace Press Room
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome Extension Gallery treads lightly on copyright issues  —  With its doors open to uploads and everyone buzzing about Google Chrome for one reason or another, the Extensions Gallery will be arriving soon.  And while there's usually open(source)ness involved when talking about Google and Chrome …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple sued for infringing digital camera patent with iPhone  —  St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming the company is violating several of its digital camera patents.  —  Filed in the United States District Court in Delaware …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Chromium Blog:
Technically speaking, what makes Google Chrome fast?  —  Earlier this year, we heard from many of you on how important speed is to your daily activities on the web.  We kicked off a series of discussions with the Internet community on ways to make the web faster: from Internet protocols …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Yes, We Can Write Our Opinions Without Contacting The Company We're Writing About First  —  This happens all too frequently.  I recently wrote a short post about something that was apparently happening with YouTube and soon after received an angry email from a PR person at the company …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Amazon and Vente-Privee in talks over 2 billion Euro acquisition, say sources  —  [France] US retailing giant Amazon is in deep and secret negotiations with Vente-Privee, the French private sales club which has taken the ecommerce and fashion industries by storm, our sources say.
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas: Changes At Google to Increase Ad Spends  —  Google announced the launch of extensive changes to their ad formats last week.  Interestingly, some are like the methods AdSense publishers used to use to increase CTRs before Google banned them.
Alan Long / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook driving the Industry growth (NZ)  —  Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Bebo and Twitter make up 67.0% of the Social Networking and Forums industry, and receive substantial media coverage.  They each sit inside the top 50 websites visited by all New Zealand Internet users in November 2009:
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Friendster to be sold by month's end: source  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Friendster, one of the world's earliest social networking sites, will be sold to an Asian buyer by the end of December for at least $100 million, a source familiar with the matter said.  —  Friendster, which predates Facebook …
 
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