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Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Spotify Becomes a Music Platform  —  At a posh press event in Manhattan's Greenwich Village on Wednesday, freemium music subscription service Spotify revealed the “new direction” at which it has been hinting: a new API (application programming interface) that will let any developer …
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Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Say hello to Spotify Apps  —  We're introducing a new world inside Spotify.  It's a world where there's even more music for you to discover and a ton of new experiences to be enjoyed.  Spotify Apps are here!  —  Spotify Apps are a bunch of cool, exciting and integrated apps inside Spotify …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Spotify's app platform: That's it?  —  Spotify launched its app platform Wednesday, making it possible for third-party developers to run apps right within the music service.  This move was predicted by some ahead of the company's mystery event, but few had gotten it completely right - and many will be left disappointed by the details.
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Mulls Joint Venture With T-Mobile's Parent  —  AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent of T-Mobile USA, have discussed forming a joint venture that would pool network assets from the two U.S. wireless carriers as an alternative transaction if their current acquisition deal falls apart, people familiar with the matter said.
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
FCC report slams AT&T's proposal to buy T-Mobile: the highlights
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Bloomberg:
Alibaba-Led Group Said to Prepare Yahoo Bid
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Netflix Viewing Seen Swelling U.S. Cable Bills  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and U.S. pay- TV companies, weighing how to profit from surging Internet demand spurred by Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Hulu, are on the verge of instituting new fees on Web-access customers who use the most.
Discussion: GigaOM, PC World and TechSpot, Thanks:sarahfrier
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Internet sales tax fight returns to Congress  —  eBay is preparing to amplify its attack on a proposed law that would usher in sales taxes on Internet shopping, CNET has learned.  —  The online auctioneer plans to tell a congressional panel considering the legislation tomorrow that the measure …
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Tells Lawmakers It Supports Sales Tax  —  WASHINGTON—Amazon.com Inc. “strongly supports” federal legislation permitting states to collect state sales tax from Internet retailers, so long as few companies are permitted to duck the requirements, an Amazon executive said at a congressional hearing Wednesday.
Discussion: The Verge, TechSpot and Law Blog
New York Post:
MTA hands Apple ‘unique’ lease at Grand Central  —  Apple is poised to reap a bonanza in Grand Central Terminal — but it won't be sharing any upside with the landlord.  —  As reported by The Post, the money-minting iPad maker is gearing up for a splashy opening next weekend …
Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day, Apple valuation edition  —  Andy Zaky at Bullish Cross has a great post on Apple's valuation, showing the astonishing degree to which the market is discounting the value of a dollar of Apple's earnings today, compared to just two years ago.  Back then, it was worth $32; now, it's worth just $13.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Whitman: HP Decision on webOS Coming Within Two Weeks  —  Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman just gave an interview to Le Figaro, a French newspaper, saying that a decision on what to do with HP's webOS software will come within the next two weeks.  —  Here's the key quote, courtesy of Google Translate:
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung unveils Cortex-A15 2GHz Exynos 5250 SoC  —  Samsung has just unveiled a new System-on-chip (SoC) for future mobile devices.  It's the Exynos 5250 that boasts two Cortex-A15 chips clocked at 2GHz.  The dual-core Exynos 5250 is created using a 32nm-low power HKMG process and is said to double …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing Bans Holiday Deals Sites, Including One By Group That Created Cyber Monday  —  Ironically, the trade group that created the Cyber Monday concept had its own CyberMonday.com site lost in cyberspace this week.  Lost, that is, if you tried to use Bing to find it.
Discussion: Forbes
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Early Termination Fee Be Damned — I Want My iPhone  —  How badly do some folks want a new iPhone?  —  Badly enough to eat an early termination fee to get one.  —  A survey by newly-founded Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that many consumers were willing to break …
Kate Rose / YouTube Blog:
Announcing YouTube Analytics - the next generation in Insight  —  Video can transcend language and cultural barriers.  It can showcase real human moments all across the globe, even the silly ones.  Take the video of the talking twin babies.  That video was shot in Brooklyn …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
GamePro magazine and website to shutter next month  —  GamePro magazine is set to shut down this coming month, owner IDG Games announced today.  The magazine that enjoyed so much popularity in the 1990s will shut down its website in five days, and one more issue of the physical quarterly will be published.
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
China Unicom: “A Network Permit Is All We Need to Start Selling iPhone 4S”  —  Previously, we've reported that the iPhone 4S has passed all tests from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the network access certificate should be forthcoming.
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek, AppleInsider and MacNN
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Japan rumor: LTE iPad 3 coming in summer 2012, LTE iPhone 5 in Fall  —  According to the Japanese blog Macotakara, which relayed a Nikkei Business story, Apple is gearing up for a 2012 release of both 4G LTE iPhone and iPad on NTT DoCoMo, the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Impending crisis for Microsoft: Office tablet pricing  —  Summary: If Microsoft is readying a version of Office for the iPad, it better be prepared for the ripple effect in its other business.  —  ZDNet reported yesterday that Microsoft is getting a version of Office ready for the iPad.
Foursquare Blog:
Nerds need redesign love too!  Announcing the brand new foursquare developer site  —  From apps that create soundtracks of our lives to ones that help plan our travels, answer our burning questions, and even feed our dogs, we're constantly inspired by the amazing things built on the foursquare API.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows author Ed Bott and partners launch ‘digital first’ book publishing company  —  Ed Bott, the independent writer known for his books and blog posts on Microsoft Windows, is one of the founders of a new company aiming for a sweet spot between blogging and print publishing …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Ed Bott
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Dell Will Drop the Flashy Vegas Act for CES This Year  —  Dell's presence at the Consumer Electronics Show the past few years has been hard to miss. This year, it may be hard to find.  Sources say the company is scaling back its participation in the annual trade show — drastically.
Discussion: Electronista
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: No Silverlight 5 release in November  —  Summary: Microsoft didn't make its own deadline of releasing to the Web version 5 of Silverlight.  And there's still no word as to when and if the Softies will talk about the platform's future.  —  Microsoft officials said earlier this fall …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
100Plus Raises $1.25M From Greylock and Band Of Angels To Make You Live Longer  —  Less than a month after securing $500K from Founders Fund, health prediction service 100Plus has brought its funding up to $1.25 million.  The new $750K in funding comes from Reid Hoffman and John Lilly via …
Discussion: EON and silicontap.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Academia.edu Raises $4.5 Million To Help Researchers Share Their Scholarly Papers  —  Academia.edu, a social network for researchers, is having a good year.  In 2011 it's tripled its total registered userbase to 800,000, and today it's announcing some major news that ensures the site …
Discussion: bijan sabet and AllThingsD
Reuters:
Exclusive: Zynga aims for $10 billion valuation in IPO  —  Facebook games developer Zynga Inc is seeking a lower-than-expected $10 billion valuation for its initial public offering, which is to be priced on December 15, two people close to the process said on Wednesday.
Discussion: @alexia
 
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Akky Akimoto / Asiajin:
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
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Agence France Presse:
Toshiba to shut three Japan semiconductor plants
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook In Talks To Open Platform For Real-Money Gambling In The UK
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Sets Price Range For IPO At $8 To $10 Per Share, Valued At Over $500M
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Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Amazon Says It Has 20,000 CDN Customers; But What Does That Really Mean?
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Paul Allen calls for ‘open science’ and wider sharing of data
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