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10:05 AM ET, December 10, 2009

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Alastair Tse / Google Mobile Blog:
New version of Google Mobile App for iPhone in the App Store  —  Hello, iPhone users!  We have just received the good news that our new version of Google Mobile App for iPhone was approved and is now available on in the App Store everywhere.  —  In this version, we have a redesigned search results display …
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Facebook's New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  —  Five months after it first announced coming privacy changes this past summer, Facebook is finally rolling out a new set of revamped privacy settings for its 350 million users.  The social networking site has rightly …
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plots Reboot of iTunes  —  Apple Inc., the company that restructured the music industry around its iTunes service, is exploring an overhaul of the way it sells and stores music that is aimed at extending its influence to the Web, according to people briefed on the strategy.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
There Are Already 500 Chrome Extensions.  They'll Work On Mac Chrome By Week's End.  —  Tonight at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Google held an event to formally unveil and showcase the new Google Chrome Extensions.  The browser add-ons, which launched just yesterday are already proving …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   By Extension, Chrome Battles Firefox
David Pogue / New York Times:
Not Yet the Season for a Nook  —  The holidays are no joyride.  Between the stress, the money and the relatives, no wonder so many people contract Seasonal Depression, Financial-Obligation Migraine and Family Drama Disorder.  —  And in the electronics business, Greed-Borne Insanity is contagious.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Nook E-Reader Has Potential, but Needs Work  —  Amazon's Kindle has been the king of the nascent, much-hyped, category of wireless e-readers since it came out in 2007.  Now, numerous companies are determined to challenge the Kindle with dedicated, mass-market gadgets for reading digital books and periodicals.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Buy a DVD on Amazon; Start Watching the Movie in Minutes  —  Amazon.com just launched a promotion dubbed Disc+ On Demand that may well be the start to the industry's first major multi-platform retail experience.  Customers who buy select movies on DVD or Blu-ray will be offered the chance …
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Says Danah Boyd, Leverage the Web's Most Disturbing Content  —  Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd took a decidedly different approach when considering social networking at today's LeWeb conference.  In speaking to a room packed with more than a thousand entrepreneurs, investors and journalists …
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
‘People looked at me like I was an alien’  —  Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd talks about social networking, young people and how the web is more private than your home  —  From “technology-baffled grannies” to “pale-skinned gaming addicts”, there are so many stereotypes pinging around …
Discussion: The Praized Blog, Thanks:chrismessina
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
WiGig alliance creates next-generation wireless networking standard  —  By next year, the speed of Wi-Fi networks could be significantly faster thanks to a new generation of technology being announced today by the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig).  —  The WiGig 1. standard combines …
Discussion: PC World, GigaOM and Gizmodo
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Cap My iPhone?  Try This Instead, AT&T  —  AT&T is planning to find ways to convince heavy iPhone users to stop using so much data (despite paying for unlimited plans), as a way to ameliorate the perpetually clogged 3G networks in San Francisco and New York, according to AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega.
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
AT&T moves closer to usage-based fees for data
Boy Genius Report:
HTC DROID Eris OTA update hitting handsets about... now  —  Verizon just let us know that an OTA update for the HTC DROID Eris is being pushed to handsets at about midnight this evening.  The ROM is 1.16.605.1 and the radio version is 2.32.40.11.09 for those inquiring minds.
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Unicom's IPhone Sales Hit 100,000  —  China Unicom has sold more than 100,000 iPhones since it launched the country's first official sales of the handset at the end of October, it said Thursday.  —  The figure is the first China Unicom has revealed since saying a few days after the launch that it had sold just 5,000 iPhones.
Devindra Hardawar / Royal Pingdom:
What the Google Web will look like in 10 years  —  With the release of Google Public DNS, it appears that Google is making good on their earlier call to action for making the Web faster.  In conjunction with that announcement several months ago, they launched the “Speed” …
Thanks:atul
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eldar Murtazin: “Foxconn received order for next generation iPhone”  —  You've heard of Twitter, right?  What about Eldar Murtazin, heard of him?  He's editor in chief of Mobile Review and the ultimate insider when it come to all things mobile.  So when we see a Tweet like this:
Schneier on Security:
My Reaction to Eric Schmidt  —  Schmidt said: … This, from 2006, is my response:
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Tablet rumors: February production start, 10-inch LCD screen  —  Checks within Apple's supply chain have led to a new round of tablet-related rumors from one analyst, who believes the device will launch in March or April of 2010 with a 10.1-inch LCD screen.  —  Yair Reiner, analyst with Oppenheimer …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Cable Freedom Is a Click Away  —  Welcome to our living room.  Take a seat, make yourself comfortable.  Would you like to watch a movie, or the new “Family Guy” episode?  —  Oh, that, over there.  You want to know why there's a pile of gadgets and wires on the floor?
Discussion: Gadgetwise
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Want a Job?  Analytics is the Thing, Says IBM  —  Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you.  Just one word.  —  Benjamin: Yes, sir.  —  Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?  —  Benjamin: Yes, I am.  —  Mr. McGuire: Plastics.  —  Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
wikiHow vs. eHow: Is The Wiki Way Better Than Content Farms?  —  Jack Herrick knows a bit about Demand Media, one of the top 20 web properties in the U.S. and the subject of several ReadWriteWeb articles about sites that are pumping thousands of pieces of content into the Web every day.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Near 72% Of All US Searches  —  Google is approaching a 72% market share of searches in the U.S. according to the latest release from Experian Hitwise.  The November 2009 stats show Google getting 71.57% of all U.S. searches, up almost a full percent from October.
John Ribeiro / PC World:
IBM Adding Data Centers, Cloud Computing Lab in Asia  —  IBM opened a new data center in South Korea on Thursday and said it is building another one in Auckland, New Zealand, to address a surge in demand for cloud computing and IT services in the Asia-Pacific region.
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM updates for those  —  A few moments ago we've released an update to the Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM applications on Xbox LIVE for all Xbox LIVE countries except for the US.  With this update, as promised, if you have a child account and you get parental approval …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
AOL Quietly Returns to Life on Its Own  —  The long, chaotic and star-crossed relationship between AOL and Time Warner finally ended in divorce.  —  AOL began trading as its own public company Wednesday, after its long planned spin-off from Time Warner was finally made official.
Bloomberg:
EBay Lawyer Says Company Used Confidential Craigslist Data to Build Site  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — An EBay Inc. executive said the online-auction company used confidential Craigslist Inc. information to help start up a competing classified-advertising Web site.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
NBC Universal Taps Adgregate Markets To Launch Mobile Commerce Advertisements  —  Transactional advertising network provider Adgregate Markets, a finalist at the 2008 TechCrunch50 conference Adgregate Markets has struck a monumental deal with NBC Universal to power the media conglomerate's mobile commerce ad campaign.
Discussion: MediaPost
 
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Jeff Bennett / Digits:
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
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Why Apple succeeds, and always will
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