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7:40 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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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:   Android Market Now on Pace With Apple at More Than 1 Billion Downloads a Month
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: Fox News and Technologizer
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.
Curtis Cartier / The Daily Weekly:
Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court—Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her  —  ​A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between “journalist” and “blogger.”  And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million.
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.
Andrew Munn / Google+:
Follow up to “Android graphics true facts”, or The Reason Android is Laggy  —  Yesterday +Dianne Hackborn posted to Google+ an article that dismissed the common accusation that Android is laggy because UI rendering wasn't hardware accelerated until Honeycomb:  —  https://plus.google.com/105051985738280 261832/ posts/2FXDCz8x93s
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.
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Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Amazon Jabs At Brick-And-Mortar Retailers With Price Check Promotion  —  Not long after wrapping up their string of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, Amazon has pulled back the curtain on yet another way they'll be snagging purchases away from physical retail outlets.
Maciej Ceglowski / Pinboard:
Don't Be A Free User  —  Were you a big Gowalla fan?  Did you like Dodgeball?  Did you think Trunk.ly (gasp!) was better than Pinboard?  Did you make a lot of contributions to Nextstop?  Do you miss Aardvark and EtherPad?  Did “I Want Sandy” change your life?
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Understanding Apple's endgame  —  Whenever you bring up Apple or any of its products, the conversation inevitably goes to market share.  So much so that it seems clear to me that some people believe that Apple thinks about market share when it releases products.  I don't believe that at all.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With Eric Schmidt as backer, HealthTap raises $11.5M for mobile patient-doctor Q&A network  —  HealthTap has raised $11.5 million in a first round of funding to expand its expert online physician community, which answers questions that patients pose online or via smartphones.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature  —  It looks like Google+ is adding a feature that will allow users to “check-in” via the Google+ mobile application in order to receive a time-sensitive deal or discount.  This feature is mentioned in Google Places's help documentation …
Discussion: VentureBeat, MacNN and Ubergizmo
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
SuccessFactors acquires Jobs2web for $110 million  —  Summary: SuccessFactors plans to integrate Jobs2web in its business execution software.  —  SuccessFactors, which was just acquired by SAP, is making an acquisition of its own with the purchase of Jobs2web for $110 million. .
Discussion: PC World, Reuters and Pulse2
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kids On Kindle: Amazon Starts Publishing Children's Books  —  With the release of its color-screened, picture-book-friendly Kindle Fire, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is expanding into publishing books for a new audience: Kids.  To start, the company's publishing division is acquiring …
LG Nilsson / VR-Zone:
Intel's mobile Ivy Bridge CPU line-up revealed … We've already seen what Intel has for us as far as desktop systems are concerned for most of 2012, Ivy Bridge-E not being part of that roadmap, but what about the mobile market space?  Well, we have plenty of details for you with regards …
 
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
New York Times's Reveal is the mirror of the future
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
MoPub to become one-stop mobile ad server for games
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Yahoo Building New York Studio
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Comcast: No plans for usage-based broadband pricing
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Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
Netflix-Backed Bill on Video Disclosure Passed by U.S. House
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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Japan's GREE To Challenge Facebook And Zynga As Global Social Gaming Platform In 2012
Discussion: gree.co.jp
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Scott Kurnit's AdKeeper Pivots to Keep.com, Where Users ‘Follow Brands’ [UPDATED]
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Consumer Reports rates AT&T the worst among U.S. carriers (again), Verizon is the best
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Why Europe's trustbusters targeted Apple's e-book ‘cartel’
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