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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Spawned 50,000 Apps To Date, Will Open Up Firehose For More  —  Twitter's Director of Platform Ryan Sarver just took the stage at Le Web a couple of minutes ago, and shared some announcements with the audience about the future of the platform and the effect this will have on the ecosystem.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Crows About Chirp, Its Official Developer Conference  —  Today at Le Web in Paris, Ryan Sarver (a participant in our RealTime CrunchUp last month), Twitter's Director of Platform announced a new conference that will take place next year in San Francisco: Chirp.
Rajen Sheth / The Official Google Blog:
Join this group: Google Groups joins Google Apps  —  Blogs, wikis, social networks, YouTube and Twitter are changing how many of us connect with others.  Yet within most businesses, especially large corporations, the software hasn't evolved much over the last decade.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone Finally Gets Live Video Streaming With Ustream Live Broadcaster  —  Services like Ustream and Qik have long offered the promise of live streaming video from your mobile phone to the web — except if you had an iPhone.  For those devices, that was only possible if you jailbroke your phone.
Brian Rakowski / The Official Google Blog:
Google Chrome for the holidays: Mac, Linux and extensions in beta  —  There was nothing more excruciating for me as a kid than seeing the presents pile up under the Christmas tree but knowing that I couldn't open them until Christmas morning.  On the Google Chrome team …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Safari edges Chrome in Mac speed trials  —  Google's Mac browser whips Firefox, Opera, lags Apple's Safari in JavaScript rendering race  —  Computerworld - Google's new beta of Chrome for the Mac is nearly twice as fast as Mozilla's Firefox, but can't keep up with Apple's Safari, benchmark tests show.
Discussion: Chromium Blog and PC World
Bruce Johnson / The Official Google Blog:
Faster apps for a faster web: introducing Speed Tracer  —  Do you ever wonder what's going on inside the browser when a webpage doesn't load or respond as quickly as it should?  Many developers do, especially when trying to build powerful web applications for their users.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple tablet set for spring launch?  —  Production is starting and should hit mass-market stride in February, says an analyst  —  Artist's rendition of an Apple tablet computer, with iPhone.  Credit: AppleInsider  —  “The manufacturing cogs for the tablet are creaking into action,” …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ Vevo Launch: Google's Schmidt: The Music Industry Will Finally Make Money Selling Music Online  —  The Vevo launch party has been going on for an hour and executives and stars are ready to take the stage.  I spoke briefly with Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt, who told me that Vevo …
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Label-Backed Vevo Video Site Launches, But MTV Has ‘No Fear’
Roselyn Roark / Gadget Lab:
The Droid Has Been Rooted — Now What?  —  The Motorola/Verizon Droid is a brand new phone today.  Like many smartphones before it, the Droid has been rooted so that owners of the Android 2.0-based smartphone can install multitouch support (including pinch-to-zoom gestures), enhanced themes, and other previously forbidden goodies.
MySpace Developer Team:
Opening the Gates, and Unleashing Data!  —  MySpace is a busy place.  For example, our users share approximately 35 million public activities and updates per day.  As a platform, we're committed to open standards, and providing rich data, available to the world in real-time.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Two Publishers Delay E-Books  —  Simon & Schuster is delaying by four months the electronic-book editions of about 35 leading titles coming out early next year, taking a dramatic stand against the cut-rate $9.99 pricing of e-book best sellers.  —  A second publisher, Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group …
Discussion: TeleRead and Kindle Review
Electronista:
Droid trumps iPhone for Time Gadget of the Year  —  Time today provided a minor surprise by giving the Motorola Droid a first-place finish in its Gadget of the Year countdown (video below).  The Android phone won for including free turn-by-turn GPS through Google Maps Navigation as well as having …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Le Web 2009 Roundtable: What Makes A Platform, Exactly?  —  This is an overview of what was said during the panel conversation at Le Web on Platforms, which was moderated by our own Mike Arrington.  (right)  —  Lots of panelists for this particular discussion - the conference organizers managed …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Study: Redbox Will Destroy the Entertainment Industry  —  If you thought the movie 2012 was disaster porn, just wait for the entertainment apocalypse that Redbox's dollar-a-night movie rentals will bring about.  That, in a nutshell, is the bottom line of a new report (PDF, hat tip to Video Business) …
DigiTimes:
Acer chairman blames HP and Dell for poor ultra-thin notebook sales  —  Acer chairman JT Wang believes ultra-thin notebooks with long battery-lives will be the future trend in the notebook industry and he recently urged Intel, which plans to mainly push mainstream notebook platforms in 2010 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TG Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
60 Million People A Month Use Facebook Connect  —  Facebook's Director Development Network Ethan Beard took the stage at the Le Web conference in Paris to talk about the status of Facebook Connect.  —  Beard's talk focused on the notion of identity as defined by connections - to people …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Lucas Mearian / InfoWorld:
Microsoft and NetApp sign cloud deal  —  The three-year collaboration agreement will focus on private and public cloud management  —  Microsoft and data storage company NetApp announced today a three-year agreement that cements what had already been years of product collaboration and technical integration.
The Official Google Blog:
Exploring a new, more dynamic way of reading news with Living Stories  —  There's been no shortage of talk recently about the “future of news.”  Should publishers charge for news online?  How do they replace lost sources of revenue such as classified ads?  How will accountability journalism endure?
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Adobe pushes Flash-based tech at publishers, will Apple's tablet play nice?  —  The detente between Apple and Adobe over Flash support on the iPhone may be more than a storm in a teacup - at stake could be both company's plans for the future of publishing.  —  There's been lots of attention …
Discussion: Adobe
The Swedish Wire:
Ericsson to axe 1,000 employees  —  “We're devastated” the engineers' union said after Ericsson's surprise announcement to cut almost 1,000 jobs.  —  “It's a tough day for us today,” said Ericsson CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg  —  L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co, the world's leading mobile phone network provider …
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Ebay exec emails: Feign surprise to Craigslist  —  * Feign surprise if Craigslist balks, eBay exec wrote  —  Emails from a top eBay Inc (EBAY.O) executive showed the Internet giant was aware that a competing online classifieds site it launched while sitting on the board of Craigslist …
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and Others Form Cloud Computing Group  —  A group of companies is starting up an Enterprise Cloud Buyers Council in hopes of removing barriers to enterprise use of hosted cloud computing.  —  Initial members include companies that offer hosted cloud computing …
Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
FTC Targets RoboCalls  —  The FTC said Tuesday that it has filed suit against three firms for allegedly making “hundreds of thousands or even millions” of robocalls to consumers in violation of the Do Not Call rule and other laws.  The three groups targeted allegedly called consumers in a bid to sell …
Discussion: Techdirt
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco Wins First Big Server Deal With Savvis Cloud  —  Cisco has scored its first major customer for its unified computing system in Savvis, a hosting provider that's building out a computing cloud for enterprise users.  Savvis, which has been releasing details over the last few months …
Discussion: Savvis
New York Times:
Europe's Digital Divide Is North-South  —  By PAUL MELLER of IDG News Service\Brussels Bureau, IDG  —  A gaping geographical digital divide is emerging in the E.U., with countries in the south such as Greece, Bulgaria and Romania being left behind by more technology-savvy northern countries …
Discussion: EU Press Room
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
Windows Server and Windows Azure come together in a new STB organization: the Server & Cloud Division  —  Microsoft is announcing today the formation of a new organization within the Server & Tools Business that combines the Windows Server & Solutions group and the Windows Azure group …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Jack Dorsey Talks About Square at LeWeb: Wants Dongle to be Available for Free  —  At the annual LeWeb conference in Paris today, Loic Le Meur interviewed Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey about Square, the mobile payment system he launched in limited beta in November.
 
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Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Twitter Developers: Watch For Changing Response Codes
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
BrowserPlus Source Code Available Now on Github
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
The Economics of AWS  —  For the past several years …
comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Online Holiday Spending Reaches $16 Billion for First 36 Days …
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Hostess Gets Pie on its Face in Domain Dispute
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Streaming will never stop downloading
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Nancy Scola / techPresident:
The Open Government Directive has dropped. …
Yahoo!:
‘You In?’  — Yahoo! Launches Campaign to Inspire Kindness Around the World
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Jackie Dove / Macworld:
Cooliris Express unveiled
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Support for Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 ends next July
Discussion: Computerworld
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New Digital Publishing Venture Boasts Access To 144 Million-Plus …