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10:40 AM ET, December 9, 2009

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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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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Reuters and All Facebook
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:   Facebook rolls out long-awaited privacy overhaul today
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,” …
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.
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Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Myspace Opens Floodgates: Developers Get API for Real-Time Stream
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Praized Blog
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.
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.
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’
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: AndroidGuys
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Pearltrees launches Twitter sync and reveals its social system  —  [France] Paris-based Pearltrees has been catching interest around the web the last few days not least because a gaggle influential Silicon Valley bloggers have descended on Paris for Le Web, but mainly because of its interesting model …
Hendrik Weimer's Quantenblog:
Microsoft to Get Malware Bailout in Germany  —  With the economic crisis still being in full effect, Germany wants to throw government money at another industry giant.  However, this time it is not an ailing car manufacturer, but the software producer Microsoft.
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?”
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Time Warner CEO: There Is a Willingness To Pay for Quality Content  —  Time Warner's chief executive gave an upbeat assessment of the company's TV Everywhere initiative Tuesday, saying that he believes consumers are willing to pay for high-quality content and that virtually all networks and broadband providers are supportive of it.
Vijay Bangaru / Docs Blog:
Sort by relevance, export all and more  —  Over the next few days, we will be enabling several new features in your Docs list.  —  Sort by relevance  —  The first is the addition of relevance ranking in your Docs list search results.  Until now, anytime you searched for a document, the results were sorted by “last modified date”.
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
EA CEO: “I Think Of Pirates As A Marketplace”  —  John Riccitiello, the gaming-savvy head of Electronic Arts, doesn't want anyone to pirate games.  But those who do, he told Kotaku, present a new market that EA needs to make money from.  —  How?  —  By selling people who grab games digitally …
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Lawyer in Tenenbaum music piracy case to seek retrial  —  Harvard Law professor will push fair-use claims in seeking new trial  —  Computerworld - The Harvard Law School professor who defended a Boston University doctoral student in a music piracy case plans to seek a new trial.
Discussion: The Register
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
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 …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Le Web 2009 Roundtable: What Makes A Platform, Exactly?
Discussion: LeWeb'09 and ReadWriteWeb
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco Wins First Big Server Deal With Savvis Cloud
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New York Times:
Europe's Digital Divide Is North-South
Discussion: EU Press Room
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Twitter Developers: Watch For Changing Response Codes
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