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12:45 PM ET, December 7, 2011

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Antoine Leblond / MSDN Blogs:
Previewing the Windows Store  —  Hi.  I'm Antoine Leblond, Vice President of Windows Web Services.  This is the first post in our new Windows Store blog, which will be dedicated to informing developers both on the progress of the Store as a service, and the platform and economic opportunity the Store represents.
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Windows Store launch details: late February, $1.49 minimum price, 80% revenue share after $25K sales  —  Microsoft just revealed when we can expect the Windows Store for Windows 8, and how much you can expect apps to cost.  Starting in late February, developers can submit apps starting at $1.49 and charge as much as $999.
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Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Flipboard launches sleek iPhone app with new ‘Cover Stories’ section  —  Popular iPad news reading application Flipboard has made the move to the iPhone and while it retains its smart and simple design, it also has added a new Cover Stories section to boot.  —  Flipboard's application …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard CEO's new media mission: ‘crawl the social networks’
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CNET News
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Apple Submits Updated Campus 2 Plans to Cupertino, Reveals Stunning Renderings  —  Steve Jobs surprised the Cupertino City Council when he personally showed up to explain and debut plans for a new massive Apple Campus 2.  The original campus plans were submitted back in the summer …
Apple:
Apple Store Grand Central Opens Friday, December 9  —  Amazing Location to Serve Customers in One of New York's Busiest Transportation Hubs  —  The Apple Store® Grand Central, Apple's fifth store in Manhattan, will open Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m., just in time for the holidays.
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Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Grand Central's Grand New Apple Store Looks Like ... An Apple Store  —  This morning, I got a sneak peek at the new Apple Store in New York's Grand Central Terminal, set against the backdrop of the transit hub's famed night-sky ceiling and central four-sided information clock.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Evernote Launches Two New iPhone Apps: ‘Food’ And ‘Hello’  —  Today at the Le Web conference in Paris, Evernote is debuting two new applications for the iPhone and iPod touch devices.  The first one is called Food, and is designed to help people easily save and ‘relive’ all of their favorite meals and food experiences.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple job openings hinting at Siri API, prettier interface and additional languages  —  Siri, Apple's artificial intelligence-driven digital secretary exclusive to iPhone 4S, is being worked on, improved and is about to get smarter, a pair of job openings indicate.
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Benoit Maison / Benoit Maison's blog:
Why Siri had to start in beta
Discussion: TechPinions and Inquirer
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
In fundamental breakthrough, SuVolta cuts chip power use by 50 percent  —  Fujitsu revealed today that it has confirmed that startup SuVolta's PowerShrink technology can cut power consumption in a chip by 50 percent without hurting performance.  —  Fujitsu Semiconductor …
Discussion: TechEye, MarketWatch and Digits
Know Your Mobile:
Exclusive: Amazon Kindle Fire coming to UK in January  —  Know Your Mobile has been told Amazon's Android-powered Kindle Fire tablet will be getting a UK release date in January  —  Amazon will be bringing the Kindle Fire to the UK, a source close to the launch has informed us.
Jonathan Chang / Facebook Blog:
Like My Status: Memology 2011  —  Each year, millions of people post on Facebook to share what's important to them, discuss world events, or just catch up with friends.  With more than 800 million people connected around the globe on Facebook, news about the world's triumphs and tragedies spreads fast.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Uber Announces $32 Million In Funding From Menlo Ventures, Jeff Bezos, And Goldman Sachs  —  18 months into operations, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just announced that the company has closed $32 million in funding lead by Menlo Ventures, Jeff Bezos and Goldman Sachs.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Isn't it ironic: Google Wallet “closed” on the airwaves Google lobbied the FCC to keep “open”  —  About four years ago, Google was in activist mode, campaigning the FCC to force our wireless airwaves “open”, serving consumers' interests above those of wireless operators.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Reuters:
U.S. “virtual embassy” blocked by Iran net censor  —  (Reuters) - Iranian authorities blocked a website on Wednesday hours after it was launched by the U.S. State Department to be a “virtual embassy” reaching out to people in the Islamic Republic.  —  “In accordance with the cybercrime law …
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Al Jazeera:
US launches virtual embassy for Iran
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twilio Raises $17 Million Series C From Bessemer and Union Square To Expand Abroad  —  Cloud communications pioneer Twilio is dominating the US with APIs that let developers add SMS, voice, and VoIP functionality to apps.  Now it plans to roll out services to 20 more European countries using a $17 million Series C funding round.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook to launch a Subscribe button for websites ‘imminently’  —  Speaking on stage at LeWeb 2011, Joanna Shields, VP & Marketing Director EMEA at Facebook announced that the world's largest social network is to launch a new Subscribe button that will allow Facebook users to subscribe to user updates anywhere on the web.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Reed Hastings And John Doerr Put $11M In Adaptive Online Math Learning Platform DreamBox  —  DreamBox Learning, an adaptive e-learning platform for students, has raised $11 million in new funding led by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (who is investing through the Charter School Growth Fund) …
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
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Emoji in iPhones Signals a Shot at Mainstream Success  —  Say you wanted to invite a friend to happy hour.  You could send a simple text message, but that would be boring.  Instead, why not send a cartoony picture of two clinking beer mugs?  —  That's the kind of thing Alicia Fernandez …
Discussion: Betabeat and @jennydeluxe
Boonsri Dickinson / Business Insider:
Sean Parker Invests In Music Startup StageIt  —  We've learned that billionaire Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame has invested in StageIt, an online platform for live concerts.  —  The investment makes sense, as Parker has been focused on shaking up the music industry.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Tim Carmody / Wired:
With TVs, Microsoft Is Right and Apple Is Wrong  —  “The problem with innovation in the television market is the go-to-market strategy,” Steve Jobs told Hillcrest Labs' Dan Simpkins at D8 in 2010.  “It's not a problem of technology; it's not a problem of vision; it's a fundamental go-to-market problem.”
Discussion: Evolver.fm
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Eric Schmidt at LeWeb  —  During LeWeb in Paris this afternoon, Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt took the stage together with Loic Le Meur to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the state of local and mobile development, the state of Google Android and the role of technology in society.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Jive IPO Gets Boost Following Billion-Dollar Cloud Deals: Tech  —  Jive Software Inc. has every reason to lift its initial public offering price after billion-dollar cloud-computing acquisitions led by SAP AG and Oracle Corp.  —  Jive, a social-networking software maker …
Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
The iPhone Is About To Become The FBI's Newest Crime-Fighting Partner [Exclusive]  —  The next time you are pulled over by police you may encounter a familiar face: your iPhone.  Faster than you can say “Book 'em, Dano,” Apple's handset is quickly becoming law enforcement's favorite tool for identifying unknown fingerprints.
James Carroll / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Mail - Coming to a Language Near You  —  Hello, world!  We'd like to give a big welcome to our new Yahoo! Mail markets and languages around the world.  —  Yes, that's right - today we're announcing the international expansion of Yahoo! Mail to 27 new markets and 22 new languages.
Sandy Brundage / Almanac News:
Facebucks: Economic impact study released  —  Facebook employees will get credit to spend at local businesses  —  With all the fanfare over Facebook relocating to Menlo Park,the question of why that was such a boon to the city sometimes led to hazy answers: “This is fantastic!”  “Why?”
Mobiledia / Forbes:
Smaller, Thinner and Maybe Bendable Phones Coming Soon  —  A new chip-making material may compete against silicon, according to researchers, leading to smaller, thinner and possibly flexible mobile devices. … Scientists at the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures have created …
Discussion: InfoWorld
 
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Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Makers Of The SwiftKey Android App Land $2.5 Million In Funding
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and SwiftKey X
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Despite Economic Slump, Europe Gets More Tech Start-ups
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Library of Congress says Twitter archive will build “unique record of our time”
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Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Do You Really Want a 3-D Laptop? HP Hopes So.
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The Street / Forbes:
Netflix Prepared for Post Office Slowdown
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
The Future of Computing: Forget Search?
Discussion: New York Times
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft confirms Windows 8 public beta coming February 2012
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
RIM loses BBX trademark battle, next OS is named BlackBerry 10
Reuters:
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