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1:35 PM ET, December 9, 2009

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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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public
Discussion: Facebook Blog and ResourceShelf
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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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 …
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.
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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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.
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 …
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Amazon's Kindle winning battle, but Adobe poised to win e-book war
Discussion: SlashGear
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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?”
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
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 …
Discussion: Gadgetsteria
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Perfect 10 Still Not Giving Up In Lawsuit Against Google  —  Back in May, when a court shot down yet another of porn publisher Perfect 10's lawsuits against web search engines, we wondered if the publisher would finally realize that Google is not liable for what its image search engine finds.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer Talks Google Search, Chrome, Online News And More At Le Web  —  TechCrunch's Mike Arrington this afternoon interviewed Marrissa Mayer, Google's VP of Search Product and User Experience, at the Le Web conference here in Paris, France.  —  Last year, Arrington interviewed Mayer …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and LeWeb'09
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 …
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
 
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
HP leaks forthcoming Radeon GPUs, Core i3 CPUs, Hulu and Netflix …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
DisplayLink hires new CEO, raises $8M for multiple-display technology
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Austin's Gowalla raises $8.4 million
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Hendrik Weimer's Quantenblog:
Microsoft to Get Malware Bailout in Germany
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Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Greystripe Launches Ads For Android
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Juliana Gruenwald / Tech Daily Dose:
FTC Targets RoboCalls
Discussion: DSLreports, Techdirt and Gearlog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco Wins First Big Server Deal With Savvis Cloud
Discussion: Savvis
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