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Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook Asks More Than 350 Million Users Around the World To Personalize Their Privacy  —  Service Gives Users New Tools to Control Their Information  —  Setting a new standard in user control, Facebook announced today that it is calling on its more than 350 million users to review and update …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook rolls out long-awaited privacy overhaul today
Discussion: PC World and All Facebook
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,” …
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:
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.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AT&T to New York and San Francisco: We're Working on It  —  The head of AT&T's wireless unit said Wednesday that the carrier is working to improve its network for iPhone and other smart-phone subscribers in New York and San Francisco. … Manhattan and San Francisco, particularly …
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.
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.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jack Dorsey Has Already Made $650 Charging Credit Cards In Square Demos  —  Paris-based entrepreneur Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is covering the Le Web conference for us this year.  Follow him on Twitter for more updates.  —  Jack Dorsey, Twitter inventor and now cofounder of easy-payments …
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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.
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.
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.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Vevo Stumbles Out of the Gate  —  If Vevo is supposed to be the future of the music industry, that future has gotten off to a slow and ignominious start.  Apparently Vevo's servers are still hungover from a wild night of partying with Bono, Adam Lambert, Mariah Carey, and Lady Gaga …
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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 …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Text Messages: Digital Lipstick on the Collar  —  There is a question that has crossed the mind recently of anyone who has sent a cellphone text message while cheating on a spouse: What was I thinking?  —  Text messages are the new lipstick on the collar, the mislaid credit card bill.
Discussion: Smart Mobs and textually.org
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Finding Tweets that Matter to You: My6sense Launches New iPhone App  —  My6sense just anounced a new version of its iPhone application that can automatically highlight the most relevant tweets from the users you follow.  The mytweetsense feature learns from the user's implicit and explicit actions …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
First Mobile Firefox enters home stretch  —  Mozilla is wrapping up work on its first version of Firefox for mobile phones, an important step in bringing the second most popular PC browser to an area where a rival project holds more influence.  —  “Our goal is to have a release candidate next week …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The American Diet: 34 Gigabytes a Day  —  A report published Wednesday by the University of California, San Diego, calculates that American households collectively consumed 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008.  The paper — entitled “How Much Information?”
BBC:
Future of iTunes  —  iTunes has revealed its biggest selling singles and albums of 2009, with Black Eyed Peas and Kings of Leon topping the lists.  —  Lady Gaga also caps an amazing year, making the top three on both rundowns.  —  The website has also named the debut album of south London trio …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Variety:
Variety.com behind paywall  —  Subscribers to get full access to all content  —  Starting Thursday, Variety will begin its rollout of the website's paywall as part of an overall revamp of the publication's subscription structure.  —  After clicking on two pages of content at Variety.com …
JBC / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition looms into view  —  GLOBAL - Two guesses what makes the Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition different from the well-loved Nokia 6700 classic.  And no, it isn't the included natural leather carrying case and strap or the 8GB microSD card.  Still guessing?  This one is gold.
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: DSLreports, Techdirt and Gearlog
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 …
Lori Hawkins / Starting Up:
Austin's Gowalla raises $8.4 million  —  Austin-based Gowalla, which offers social networking services for smart phones, has raised $8.4 million in venture capital.  —  Gowalla received the funding from Greylock Partners, Maples Investments, Shasta Ventures and others.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skyfire Lights Up New Version Of Rich Windows Mobile Browser  —  Skyfire, the developers of a “game-changing” PC-like web-browser for mobile devices, has launched a new version of its browser for Windows Mobile.  Skyfire is free and the only browser of the bunch to support Flash, Silverlight …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Greystripe Launches Ads For Android  —  Mobile advertising network Greystripe is rolling out its ad formats for the Android this morning, offering Android app developers with an an Android SDK and an opportunity to monetize their applications.  Greystripe, which has delivered ads …
Discussion: mocoNews and AndroidGuys
 
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Chad Hurley: YouTube Needs to Improve Search - More Live Programming Coming Soon
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Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and Others Form Cloud Computing Group
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