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9:20 PM ET, December 6, 2009

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apple's Game Changer, Downloading Now  —  IAN LYNCH SMITH, a shaggy-haired ball of energy in his late 30s, beams as he ticks off some of the games that Freeverse, his little Brooklyn software company, has landed on the iPhone App Store's coveted (and ever-changing) list of best-selling downloads …
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
What's On Phil Schiller's iPhone?  —  Growing up, I begged my parents for a Swiss Army knife.  I envisioned myself heroically whipping it out to cut away tangled shoelaces and whittle hunks of wood into neat little figures.  They refused — what if I poked the dog's eye out, or worse, my own?
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Takes out 3,000 word ad on the front page of the Sunday NY Times Biz section  —  Two things we love: The New York Times and Apple.  However, today's gushing front page Business Section App Store article reads more like a PR piece than actual information.  Let's keep it real here.
Discussion: App Advice and PC World
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica:
Why Apple's App Store Is So Important  —  Article in the New York Times helped solidify a thought rolling around in my head over the past few weeks.  —  Google envisions a future where people increasingly spend more time in the browser.  They're confident enough of this to propose a browser based operating system.
Jenny Davey / Times of London:
Amazon in secret plan to open high street shops  —  AMAZON, the world's biggest online retailer and scourge of bookshops everywhere, is planning a surprise invasion of the British high street.  —  Property landlords said that the American company, which has a market value of $59.1 billion …
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
Book Learning — Questions for Jeffrey P. Bezos  —  The Kindle, an electronic reader brought out by Amazon two years ago, has become your company's best-selling product and a great success story.  But several rival e-readers are coming out in time for Christmas.  What do you think of the Nook, for instance, from Barnes & Noble?
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TBIResearch:   Kindle Fantasies Are Running Wild — But, For Now, Amazon Is Losing Its Shirt
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Motorola's Opus One: first iDEN Android handset?  —  We're a little light on details at the moment, but we've just received a couple photographs of what we're told is Motorola's first Android iDEN handset, codenamed the Opus One.  Original, huh?  While these images come from a new connect …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
All Hail The iPod Touch  —  As the competition for smart phone domination starts to heat up, it is becoming increasingly clear that the iPod Touch is Apple's ace-up-its-sleeve, and according to a report by Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics company, 24 million iPod Touches represent …
Discussion: blog.flurry.com and VentureBeat
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC's 2010 roadmap goes on display?  —  Those among us with minds like steel traps might recall that HTC's 2009 was leaked with shocking accuracy way back in January of this year, which lends some credibility to this already-believable series of slides we have seemingly showing off …
Aaron / The EtherPad Blog:
EtherPad is Back Online Until Open Sourced  —  Many of you were not super thrilled with the transition plan we announced in our last blog post, which I guess is really quite flattering.  We have worked with Google and the Google Wave team to make the following changes to the plan, which I think you will appreciate:
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Larrabee Project a Casualty of Intel's Legal Battles  —  Intel announced that its initial foray into standalone graphics chips—the Larrabee Project—is delayed indefinitely.  Intel cited developmental setbacks, but its hard not to connect the dots between the demise of the Larrabee Project and Intel's ongoing legal woes.
Discussion: CNET News
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Devices to Take Textbooks Beyond Text  —  NEWSPAPERS and novels are moving briskly from paper to pixels, but textbooks have yet to find the perfect electronic home.  They are readable on laptops and smartphones, but the displays can be eye-taxing.  Even dedicated e-readers …
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Shane Snow / Gizmodo:
A Romance Flowchart: When Is It Inappropriate to Use Your iPhone?
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
$10 USB power outlet leaves no plug behind
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Mobile Whack
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
MediaNet could power the online music revolution
Discussion: Download Squad
Patrick Lightbody / The BrowserMob Blog:
Google Public DNS vs OpenDNS vs Your ISP's DNS - measuring performance
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Hollywood plans to keep prices up as movies go online
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Europeans shy away from Google Android phones
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and CrunchGear
ABC News:
MIT wins social networking balloon contest
Discussion: Mashable!
Guardian:
Memories of a paywall pioneer
Discussion: Techdirt
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Officially Launching Chrome Extensions Next Week
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Erictric, Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Traffic Plummets After Going ‘Legal’
Discussion: Download Squad, Erictric and Pulse2
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