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6:45 AM ET, December 8, 2011

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Larry Hryb / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Introducing the official Xbox LIVE iOS App  —  Xbox LIVE has released the official Xbox LIVE app for iOS owners.  This is a universal app that is designed for all iOS devices.  —  This free app will allow you to say connected to the Xbox LIVE community when you are away from you console.
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Xbox 360 update: new media features, no right to sue Microsoft
Discussion: BetaNews
Chris Jaffe / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Unveils New Xbox Experience
Discussion: VentureBeat
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
Apple's New Campus Will Put On A Spectacular Show Every Year, Starting On Steve Jobs' Birthday  —  The City of Cupertino published more details on Apple's enormous new circular headquarters Tuesday.  And if you're looking for ‘one last thing,’ that final flourish Apple Chief Steve Jobs was known for …
Discussion: Business Insider
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
HP Is Reviving The $99 TouchPad Firesale!  Refurb Models To Hit HP's Ebay Store On 12/11  —  Get your clicking fingers ready!  These boys are going to go fast.  —  Starting Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. Central time, 16GB and 32GB Touchpads will be available on HP's ebay store.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook Does A Major Reorg Around Key Products  —  Facebook has done a major corporate reorganization in an effort to be more nimble, sources said.  —  The new structure integrates design, product and engineering teams around key product areas such as privacy and communication.
Keith Peiris / Facebook Blog:
A Faster Facebook for Android  —  Today we're launching an updated Facebook app for Android.  It's now quicker and easier to view photos, get messages and navigate around the app.  —  Photos get better  —  Photos and albums are up to two times faster than the previous Android app.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Instagram photo app for Android is under way  —  Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom speaking at LeWeb.  —  PARIS—Instagram has risen to popularity in the photo-sharing realm just with an iPhone app, but Chief Executive Kevin Systrom today said an Android version is on the way.
Reuters:
Alibaba seeks $4 billion in financing for Yahoo stake: sources  —  (Reuters) - Alibaba Group is seeking up to $4 billion in debt financing, sources said on Thursday, in a deal expected to help the Chinese e-commerce giant buy back a 40 percent stake in the company owned by Yahoo Inc.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Three Months After Bartz's Firing, It's Hurry Up and Wait at Yahoo (A Big Honking Update)
Discussion: Business Insider
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Coming Soon: Twitter to Show Off What It's Building, in Its New Building  —  Twitter invited press, including AllThingsD, to come to an event this morning in San Francisco in order “to come see what we're building.”  —  Does that mean new products?  Probably — but with this company you never know.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
What if Apple Television Is an iMac?  —  Here's a novel theory: The Internet-connected HDTV that Apple is rumored to have in the pipeline will be preceded by another device, which will pave the way for it:  —  A new iMac with integrated TV functionality.  —  That's the latest speculation …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft and GE creating new health care company in Seattle region, employing 750 to start  —  Updated with additional details from Microsoft.  —  In a surprise joint venture between two corporate giants, Microsoft and General Electric plan to form a new health-care technology company …
Business Insider:
LivingSocial Delays IPO, Offers $400 Million In Private Sale - Can Only Raise $176 Million  —  LivingSocial has raised $176 million in a private offering, according to a filing with the SEC. Investors include Amazon and US Venture Partners.  Former AOL CEO Steve Case's investment firm also re-upped.
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
LivingSocial Receives Funding Valuing It at $6B
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Schmidt Reckons Most TVs Will Have Google TV By Mid-2012  —  What with self-driving cars and such, Eric Schmidt is not averse to some blue-sky thinking.  But one new prediction may be a moonshot too far. … The whole connected TV space will explode in 2012, as more new TVs ship with internet connectivity …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com:
Exclusive: First Image of BlackBerry Milan - next generation BlackBerry 10 slider!!  —  Well that didn't take long.  Last week we posted our BBX (now BlackBerry 10) Roadmap Preview for 2012, where we dropped a number of new codenames into the mix beyond the already photographed BlackBerry London.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Evernote Now Has 20 Million Users, Partners with Orange in France  —  At LeWeb this morning, the conference's host and Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur interviewed Evernote founder and CEO Phil Libin.  One of Evernote's tenets is to be as transparent as possible.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Analyzing Windows Store tidbits  —  Here's just a few interesting and lesser-known tidbits about the Windows Store I found from various Microsoft documentation published today to coincide the announcement event held in San Francisco.  —  From the “Certification requirements for Windows apps”:
Alison Gregor / New York Times:
Square Feet: CityMaps Shows Where Businesses Are, Block by Block  —  “Location, location, location” did not become the most overused slogan in real estate without reason: a property's surroundings are as important as the property itself.  So for decades, most commercial brokerage firms …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Motorola And Sony Ericsson Weigh In On The Android 4.0 Upgrade Process  —  The era of Ice Cream Sandwich is upon us, and while some of us are waiting diligently for our Galaxy Nexuses to to arrive, others are left pondering a more different question: when will my device get Android 4.0?
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
With Growth Accelerating, Socialcam's Mobile Video App Passes 3 Million Downloads  —  We've been tracking Socialcam's foray into mobile video sharing since the app launched in March, so we have some context for the announcement today that it's passed 3 million downloads.  Basically, the app is starting to take off.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Apple TV updates stream purchased TV shows to Australia, Canada and the UK  —  Apple TV users (the hockey puck, not the pie in the sky rumored flat panel with magic fairy dust inside and an extra unaired season of Firefly) in Canada, Australia and the UK were gifted a download today …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft quietly launches AnswerDesk.com, takes the ‘Genius Bar’ idea online  —  Earlier today, and with no fanfare that we can find, Microsoft pushed AnswerDesk.com live, a new ‘premium service’ from the company that aims to help consumers get their software sorted, and their brains trained.
Laura Locke / Technologizer:
Steve Jobs on the iTunes Music Store: The Unpublished Interview  —  On April 28th, 2003, moments before I was about to interview Steve Jobs at San Francisco's Moscone Center, I was jittery.  Anticipation?  Nerves?  Excitement?  You bet.  All of those visceral emotions were firing.
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 - confirmed through FCC manual  —  We know next week T-Mobile and Nokia have a little shindig here in NYC going on—we'll be there for that one, so don't fret.  But in the meantime, you can rest assured that yes, it is indeed for the Nokia Lumia 710.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
UltraViolet's First Web Channels Are Now Live, Now It's Going Global  —  The new technology allowing consumers who buy entertainment in physical formats to consume it online for no additional cost has gone live and is going global, with launches in the UK this Christmas, Canada in 2012 and elsewhere in 2013.
Discussion: The Register
DigiTimes:
Ultrabooks to have touch features, say sources  —  Notebook makers plan to employ touch panels for ultrabooks to accommodate new features in Windows 8 so as to regain market share eaten out by tablet PCs, according to industry sources.  —  Suppliers of LCD panels and touch modules …
 
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Retail association pissed about Amazon.com's Price Check app
Jamie Heller / Deal Journal:
AT&T's Breakup Fee Less Taxing?
Discussion: Reuters and dailywireless.org
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Verizon And RedBox Planning Major Partnership For Early 2012 Launch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Buys OpenCal, Launches Online Appointment Booking Service ‘Scheduler’
Discussion: Business Wire, Pulse2 and VentureBeat
Royal Pingdom:
The mobile web in numbers
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
OnLive's Mind Blowing New App Lets You Play Xbox And Playstation Games On Your iPad
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
Exclusive: European data protection law proposals revealed
Sean Murphy / CNET Download.com:
A note from Sean regarding the Download.com Installer
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David Ulevitch / OpenDNS Blog:
DNSCrypt - Critical, fundamental, and about time.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon Wireless 4G Network Hit with Widespread Outage
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Popular Mac email client Sparrow updated with Dropbox integration, comprehensive search and more
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Verizon's McAdam: Family data plans coming in 2012
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Grand Central's Grand New Apple Store Looks Like ... An Apple Store
 

 
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