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1:25 PM ET, December 10, 2009

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Does Apple need to refresh iTunes?  Probably  —  Apple's purchase of streaming music service Lala reportedly represents a shift in the company's iTunes strategy.  The aim: Make iTunes more Web friendly.  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is looking to give consumers more ways …
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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.
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 …
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:
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 …
Discussion: PC World, Gadgetsteria and Gadgetell
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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 …
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 …
DigiTimes:
Asustek planning to launch Eee Pad device  —  Asustek Computer is making preparations to launch a new device named Eee Pad featuring a 4- to 7-inch panel, and which will offer a combination of tablet PC and MID functions, according to industry sources.  Current details of the Eee Pad suggest …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Dell Android tablet hitting CES 2010  —  Dell is to launch an Android-based tablet device, Pocket-lint has learnt, possibly beating the also rumoured Apple tablet to the market.  —  The new model, which will go up against the currently available Archos Internet Tablet and recently announced JooJoo …
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Windows Live Messenger 2010 revealed  —  We promised you a look at Windows Live Messenger 2010 earlier this week when we revealed Microsoft is planning both Bing and Messenger iPhone applications next year.  —  Thanks to an anonymous tipster we received several screenshots of Microsoft's upcoming Messenger client due in 2010.
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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BBC:
Facebook faces privacy criticism
Discussion: p2pnet news
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
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.
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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
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola Motus AT&T rumor gains momentum  —  We can't confirm the details here, but we've received some pretty in-depth information about the Motorola Motus' possible launch on AT&T that would seem to largely corroborate what we've been hearing so far:  — Sure enough, the keyboard flips backwards …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Microsoft Asked Apple To Pull 360 Live  —  We've told you about 360 Live a little while ago but it seems like it wasn't of Microsoft's taste apparently since they just contacted Apple to have it pulled.  —  Not that they have an issue with the app itself it's actually the price that bothers them …
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.
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.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Jolicloud pre-beta now ready for download, and I love it  —  While Chrome OS has been getting the lion's share of netbook/smartbook buzz of late, Tariq Krim and company have been steadfastly plugging away at Jolicloud.  —  Today, the Jolicloud pre-beta has been released and is ready …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Liliputing
Andres Sehr / SpotifySpotify:
New Spotify for Android release  —  Late last night we released a new version of Spotify for Android.  The new version (v 0.3.24) can be downloaded from the Android Market or use your phone's browser and go to m.spotify.com and select the option ‘manual install’.  —  New features in this release include:
Dan Macsaithu / Fast Company:
Objection!  Florida Bans Judges From “Friending” Lawyers on All Social-Networking Sites  —  In one of the craziest proclamations I've ever read, the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has banned judges from “friending” lawyers on social-networking sites.  The reason?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Law Blog
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo joins the real-time search parade  —  Yahoo is ready to integrate real-time results from Twitter directly onto its search pages.  —  Not to be outdone by its rivals, Yahoo is getting into the real-time search business as well.  —  Days after Google announced its plan for integrating content …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft adds another company to its healthcare portfolio  —  Microsoft is continuing to add to its family of healthcare sofware and services with yet another purchase: Sentillion Inc.  —  On December 10, Microsoft announced its intentions to purchase for an undisclosed amount the privately held Andover …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Erik Sherman / industry.bnet.com:
AOL Spinoff Faces Not Challenges, Not Hurdles, But Steep Cliffs  —  Today's the day — AOL (AOL) gets spun off and out of the hair (and off the balance sheets) of Time Warner (TWX), which hopes to look better in the stock race by not having to run carrying dead weight on its back.  And how is it going to do?
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype for Symbian beta release  —  We're pleased to announce that we are ready to release a limited beta of our upcoming Symbian phones client, Skype for Symbian.  —  This beta release of Skype for Symbian supports more than ten different handsets, with the production release planned to be compatible with even more phones.
 
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