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1:25 PM ET, December 8, 2011

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Twitter Blog:
Let's Fly  —  Today we introduce a new version of Twitter.  We've simplified the design to make it easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new.  You'll see this new design both on Twitter.com and mobile phones, so that you'll have a familiar experience any time, anywhere.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
All new official Twitter iPhone app arrives: faster, new interface, new Connect menu  —  Today, Twitter announced an all new online version of Twitter, and to complement this new site, the popular micro blogging service launched a re-designed iPhone application.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MobileBurn.com
Cotton Delo / AdAge:   Twitter Joins Facebook, Google, Launches ‘Brand Pages’ For Marketers
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Google's News Reader — Now Called Currents — Finally Coming  —  I was wrong about the rollout timing — I had reported mid-November (sorry, Sean!)  — but Google's entrant into the news reader space is finally set to launch as early as tomorrow.  Sources said the product …
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.
Nathan Beach / Google Mobile Blog:
Tablet image results in new carousel view  —  In July, we started to evolve the Google design and experience on Android and iOS tablets by updating features like larger touch targets and enhanced image viewing to make searching faster and easier.  Today, we're building on that foundation …
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: The Verge and WebProNews
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless blames technical issue for outage  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless blamed technical problems for an outage on its recently launched high-speed, 4G network, which prevented some U.S. customers from accessing the Internet for about 24 hours.  —  The disruption lasted …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Is Verizon even allowed to discriminate against NFC apps like Google Wallet?
Discussion: 9to5Google and O'Reilly Radar
John Cook / GeekWire:
Retail association pissed about Amazon.com's Price Check app  —  The Retail Industry Leaders Association isn't too happy about Amazon.com's Price Check app and a new promotion that the Seattle online retailer is unveiling this Saturday.  —  The company announced this week that shoppers who perform a …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
French court denies Samsung request for iPhone 4S ban  —  Via Twitter I just learned that the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, the first-instance court for all French patent lawsuits, has denied Samsung's request for a preliminary injunction against the iPhone 4S.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Verizon And RedBox Planning Major Partnership For Early 2012 Launch  —  Yesterday, it was reported that Verizon was planning a Netflix competitor and in talks with various content producers to provide the streams and downloads.  TechCrunch has obtained additional information on this story …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Acer CEO: We're Going to Stop Selling Cheap, Unprofitable Crap  —  Acer CEO J.T. Wang has settled on a turnaround strategy for the company, one that will return it to profitability after two consecutive quarters of net losses.  Acer is going to pin its hopes on the ultrabook.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Marissa Mayer at LeWeb: Google+ Was a Pleasant Surprise  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president for local, as well as maps and location services, was interviewed by Crunchfund's MG Siegler on stage at the LeWeb conference in Paris this morning.  This wide-ranging interview touched upon everything …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Research predicts iMac losing the title of the world's top-selling all-in-one system  —  Even though all the growth in Apple's Mac business is in MacBooks that accounted for nearly three-quarters of all the computers Apple sold during the September quarter, the iMac has been by far their most popular desktop.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Facebook Countersues Timelines.com  —  On the same day that Facebook announced the launch of Timeline in New Zealand, the company took another decisive step in rolling out its digital scrapbook feature in America.  On Tuesday, it filed a counter lawsuit against a small Chicago company …
Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
Google to invest $300 million in Hong Kong data centre  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said it will invest $300 million in its Hong Kong data centre, due to come online in early 2013 after the company broke ground on Thursday.  —  The $300 million investment includes the cost of land …
Electronista:
Nokia may drop Vertu luxury phones altogether  —  Company said to be selling off Vertu division  —  Nokia is reportedly attempting to step away from the luxury market, which it had engaged for more than a decade through the Vertu brand.  The Finnish phone maker is said to be seeking a buyer …
Jessica Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Ups Aim to Teach Coding  —  With computer programmers in demand, new start-ups that aim to train people in coding skills are also becoming hot properties.  —  Ventures that teach computer programming, design and other once-nerdy skills to the masses are surfacing nationwide and drawing interest from Bay Area investors.
Read It Later Blog:
Who Are the ‘Most-Read’ Authors?  —  Saving a story for later can tell us a lot about loyalty, longevity and quality—and it changes the way we think about the most popular stories on the web  —  If we're to believe Woody Allen, “80 percent of success is showing up.”
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Review  —  One of the biggest things that deters people from relying on tablets is the lack of a convenient physical keyboard.  Now, Taiwan-based Asus is attacking this issue with a new Android-based tablet and accompanying keyboard dock, due on store shelves in the U.S. on Dec. 15.
Discussion: 9to5Google and @waltmossberg
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM buys DemandTec for $440 million, adds to analytics, commerce line-up  —  Summary: For Big Blue, the DemandTec purchase represents another pillar in its smarter commerce effort and another software as a service play.  —  IBM said it will acquire DemandTec, a cloud based company focused on pricing …
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple lists top apps, music, movies of 2011  —  Apple on Thursday posted iTunes Rewind 2011 and App Store Rewind 2011, which lists the best and top downloaded music, apps, TV shows, books, movies and podcasts of 2011.  —  visit site to read more]
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.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
The E-book Investigations: Are Publishers And Apple Breaking The Law?  —  It's been a week to forget for publishers after both the Justice Department and the European Commission announced investigations into e-book pricing tactics.  Meanwhile, dozens of law firms are steaming ahead …
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google+ Introduces Automatic Face Recognition To Photo Tagging (But It's Completely Opt-In)  —  No, Google is not launching super-creepy facial recognition, so put those pitchforks down.  But it is introducing a new feature to Google+'s photo app, which now makes it a bit easier to quickly tag your friends.
Discussion: Matt Steiner and Lifehacker
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing (FXAA)  —  Anti-aliasing has an intimidating name, but what it does for our computer displays is rather fundamental.  Think of it this way — a line has infinite resolution, but our digital displays do not.  So when we “snap” a line to the pixel grid on our display …
Discussion: VizWorld.com
Laura Sydell / NPR:
How Twitter's Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics … Occupy Wall Street protesters meditate while a sign bearing their Twitter hashtag hangs from a railing in Zuccotti Park in October.  Some activists accused Twitter of censorship because #OccupyWallStreet wasn't appearing on trending lists.
 
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Clearwire boosts size of stock offering to $350M
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Waze's crowdsourced driving data headed to local news, now 9M users strong
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Jamie Heller / Deal Journal:
AT&T's Breakup Fee Less Taxing?
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