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4:15 PM ET, December 6, 2011

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Dirk Dougherty / Android Developers Blog:
10 Billion Android Market Downloads and Counting  —  [This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem.  —Dirk Dougherty]  —  One billion is a pretty big number by any measurement.  However, when it's describing the speed at which something is growing, it's simply amazing.
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Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
A slew of popular apps suddenly are 10 cents in the Android Market  —  Something interesting is going on in the Android Market this morning.  A bunch of our favorite apps are suddenly going for a dime, with no real rhyme or reason for the discount. @dirkyd3rlc and @Pat_Huey on Twitter alerted us …
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook flaw allows access to private photos  —  Summary: A flaw in Facebook allows users to access private photos that are hidden from view, through no less than the social network's own image reporting tool.  —  Reporting features in Facebook apparently can allow users to access personal …
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Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook acknowledges photo privacy bug; Issues immediate fix  —  Summary: Facebook has said that it fixed a bug that had allowed users to access other users' photos, even if their profile pages were locked down.  —  Facebook has fixed a bug with its reporting tool, which inadvertently gave users access …
Discussion: Technologizer
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Confirmed: Verizon Galaxy Nexus won't support Google Wallet (but will receive Google updates)  —  With the launch of Verizon's Galaxy Nexus growing closer, rumors about the device are starting to pour out at a breakneck speed.  As such, I thought now might be a good time to do a quick round of fact vs. fiction.
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Verizon issues new statement on Google Wallet, “continuing discussions with Google”  —  Following up on our Verizon blocking Google Wallet report last night, Verizon spokesperson extraordinaire Jeffrey Nelson just emailled us with an updated statement that moves from vagary to confusion.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Verizon to take on Netflix with Web service  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc plans to launch a standalone service allowing customers to stream movies and television shows over the Web, in a fresh challenge to Netflix Inc and the traditional cable TV business, according to several people briefed on the plan.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Gowalla Founders v. Gowalla Investors  —  Location based service Gowalla is going to shut down at the end of January.  The two founders, Josh Williams and Scott Raymond, will be heading off to Facebook.  Loyal Gowalla users will be stranded as the service shuts down.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The BBC's global iPlayer expands to iPhone and iPod Touch  —  Five months after BBC Worldwide launched its global iPlayer app to 11 Western European countries on iPad, the commercial arm of the UK broadcaster has announced that it's making the app available on iPhone and iPod Touch too.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why Europe's trustbusters targeted Apple's e-book ‘cartel’  —  The antitrust probe dates back to a deal Steve Jobs cut with five publishers in Jan. 2010  —  The language of the European Commission's press release Tuesday announcing the start of a formal antitrust investigation of Apple …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
EC Opens Antitrust Proceedings To Investigate Apple, E-book Publishers ‘Cartel’
Levi Sumagaysay / GMSV:
PayPal regrets Regretsy holiday-donation flap  —  PayPal is being branded a Scrooge over the news that it is forcing Regretsy to refund donations it had collected for poor children for the holidays.  —  Regretsy, a Southern California-based website that bills itself as “the fail blog of hand crafts …
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Date By Categories / Nmap Hackers:
C|Net Download.Com is now bundling Nmap with malware!  —  Hi Folks.  I've just discovered that C|Net's Download.Com site has started wrapping their Nmap downloads (as well as other free software like VLC) in a trojan installer which does things like installing a sketchy “StartNow” toolbar …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cisco solidifies cloud strategy, launches CloudVerse  —  Summary: Cisco goes public with its cloud strategy, a framework called CloudVerse that's designed to cater to all flavors of cloud computing.  —  Cisco on Tuesday publicly rolled out its cloud computing strategy dubbed CloudVerse …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Steve Jobs’ Becomes Amazon's Best-Selling Book of 2011  —  As predicted by Amazon following its release, Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs has become the retailer's best-selling book of 2011.  The milestone is a remarkable one given that the book did not debut until late October.
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Siri Is Apple's Broken Promise  —  A long time ago, I made a compact with Apple.  “You can control my entire technological life, from my computer to my phone to my stereo.  I'll pay premium prices.  I'll dive into your product ecosystem, and buy books and music and movies and apps from you.
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Yahoo News is seeing huge returns from Facebook's Open Graph, is this the future of Flickr?  —  Here Mike Kerns, who runs social and personalization at +Yahoo! News talks to me about the effects Yahoo has seen thanks to the inclusion of Open Graph technology from Facebook (AKA “frictionless sharing").
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:   Hey Facebook, Where's That Timeline and Open Graph You Promised?
Anne-Gabrielle Dauba Pantanacce / European Public …:
Inaugurating our new French headquarters  —  Last year, our Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt promised to open a research and development and culture centre in France.  Today, Eric returned to Paris to inaugurate our new 10,000-square meter office in a refurbished 19th century Second Empire building near the St. Lazare Train Station.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Actually, Windows 8 Will Be TOTALLY Relevant On Desktop PCs — Here's Why  —  Research firm IDC issued 10 predictions for 2012 over the weekend.  —  One of them seems to predict that Windows 8 will be a flop on desktop PCs, while doing OK in tablets.  —  As Mary Jo Foley reports …
Fred / A VC:
engag.io  —  About a month ago, William Mougayar, an AVC regular if there was ever one, emailed me about an idea he had to create a web service to make social conversations easier.  We went back and forth on the idea.  I pushed him to come up with a simple name and a simple UI.
Discussion: Engagio's Blog
Reuters:
Chinese court rejects Apple lawsuit over iPad name  —  (Reuters) - A court in southern China has rejected a lawsuit by Apple Inc, accusing a Chinese technology company of infringing its iPad trademark, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, the latest move in a protracted tug-of-war over the name.
Eric Ravenscraft / RootzWiki:
[EXCLUSIVE] Galaxy Nexus To Drop Stateside December 9th  — → Article: [EXCLUSIVE] Galaxy Nexus To Drop Stateside December 9th  —  We have been itching for a certain phone to come out some time this year but we are anticipating so much with the late release of Ice Cream Source form …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Consumer Reports rates AT&T the worst among U.S. carriers (again), Verizon is the best  —  Consumer Reports, a U.S. monthly influencing purchasing decisions with its reviews and comparisons of consumer products, announced today that it rated AT&T the worst among wireless operators in the United States.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Intel and Micron prep for 128GB storage  —  Need more storage?  It's coming.  —  Are you ready for 128 GB memory cards and solid state drives at more reasonable prices?  Intel and Micron have teamed up to deliver a 128 GB multicell NAND flash memory chip that will make incredibly dense memory …
 
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Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Scott Kurnit's AdKeeper Pivots to Keep.com, Where Users ‘Follow Brands’
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature
Discussion: MacNN and Ubergizmo
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Understanding Apple's endgame
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
SuccessFactors acquires Jobs2web for $110 million
Discussion: PC World and Reuters
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Overstock.com Teams With Barnes & Noble For eBook Storefront
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon invests in Foxit to boost PDF support in Kindle devices and apps
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Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Sprint says 4G LTE devices coming in second half of next year
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
New Node.js blocked by Great Firewall of China
Discussion: The Next Web
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Verizon lights one candle for LTE, confirms Xyboard Droid tablet name, December launch
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
How the iPad 2 Became My Favorite Computer
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Behind RIM's $485M Write-off
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Amazon Kindle Fire owners reporting Wi-Fi bug
 

 
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