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1:05 AM ET, December 9, 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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Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Twitter for My Sister  —  In the early days of Twitter the company's founders repeatedly said that expanding the service was like building a rocket ship in mid-flight.  Twitter grew so quickly that it was almost impossible to add new features because engineers spent their time trying to keep …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter Joins Facebook, Google, Launches ‘Brand Pages’ For Marketers  —  Brands Get a Home on Twitter With More Functionality  —  Twitter is looking to strengthen its relationship with advertisers by launching brand pages that will be unveiled today as part of a more comprehensive redesign.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Here's a first look at the “New-New Twitter”  —  This morning, Twitter started its launch of a brand-new interface.  —  The changes are fairly drastic, but they have a suprising and delighting effect (as opposed to a shocking and awing one).  It might remind you a bit of the design …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
The new, new Twitter: 10 big takeaways  —  Twitter launched a major new version of its service today with many components: A significant redesign; a more common user experience between Twitter-the-website and its various apps; more features for brands; and new versions of TweetDeck for the web, Mac, and PC.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Apple iOS 5 Integration Boosted Twitter's Monthly Signups By 25 Percent
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Samsung to beat Apple to market with Retina-resolution tablet in February  —  BGR has learned from a trusted source that Samsung is set to launch an 11.6-inch tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next year, and it will most likely be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February.
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Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The Next iPad Will Launch In February — Citi  —  Apple is ready to roll with a new iPad, says Citi analyst Richard Gardner in a note today.  —  According to “several sources” the next iPad will launch in February, and it will sport a screen with double the resolution of the current model.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
webOS all-hands meeting scheduled for tomorrow morning - it all finally comes to a head  —  We've just received word that tomorrow will finally bring the answers for which we have been waiting.  HP CEO Meg Whitman has weighed the options for what to do with webOS, and tomorrow at 10:30 AM Pacific Time we should finally get and answer.
Stoyan Stefanov / Facebook Developer Blog:
Introducing the Subscribe Button for Websites  —  In September we introduced Subscribe to make it easier for people who want to share their public updates with more than just friends to build an audience of subscribers.  Today we're launching the Subscribe button for websites …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:   Facebook One-Ups Twitter With Subscribe Button That Tells Friends When You Click
Thomas Baekdal / Baekdal.com:
Apple Never Designed the iPad - They Undesigned it  —  You have probably heard about the continual struggle between Apple and Samsung over similarities in their designs.  Apple is suing Samsung and asking the courts to block the sale of the Galaxy Tab in many countries (and succeeding).
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Google launches Currents, new social reading platform for iOS and Android  —  Following an extensive period of beta testing and refining, a promising new Google product is ready for prime time.  Today, the search Goliath took the wraps off of a brand new social publishing platform that used to be known under the ‘Propeller’ code-name.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Currents: First Impressions Of Google's Flipboard Competitor
Discussion: Computerworld and PadGadget
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mark It Down: June 6, 2012  —  “Six months from now you'll say the opposite.  Because ultimately applications vendors are driven by volume.  And the volume is favored by the open approach that Google is taking.”  —  That was Google Chairman Eric Schmidt speaking at LeWeb a couple days ago.
Discussion: Julian Yap and Marco.org
Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
AT&T Starts Throttling Heavy iPhone Data Users To 2G Speeds  —  If you've been whining about why the iPhone 4S has no 4G, get ready for a real letdown — 2G speeds.  The move by AT&T to throttle its top 5 percent of data users to a snail's pace is an unwelcome Christmas present for many iPhone users.
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Why Google is bending to Verizon over Google Wallet  —  Google has complied, so far, with Verizon Wireless's request to withhold the Google Wallet mobile payments service from the new Galaxy Nexus phone.  —  Why?  —  Because Verizon is a very important partner for Google …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T's 4G LTE network is live in San Francisco  —  New York City by the end of 2011?  How's about San Francisco by the end of December 8th?  We can't say for certain that it's lit up for good ("testing," you know), but at least for now it's absolutely screaming on our LTE-equipped AT&T handsets in downtown SF.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple still making millions of iPhone 3GS devices as demand remains high  —  Apple is continuing to produce millions of its iPhone 3GS device in spite of releasing the iPhone 4S just two months ago.  According to sources cited by Digitimes, the Cupertino-based firm is on course …
Discussion: AppleInsider, DigiTimes and 9to5Mac
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Microsoft: We Can Remotely Delete Windows 8 Apps  —  Microsoft will be able to throw a “kill switch” to disable or even remove an app from users' Windows 8 devices, the company revealed in documentation released earlier this week for its upcoming Windows Store.
Reuters:
Facebook IPO sparks dreams of riches, adventure  —  (Reuters) - Traveling to space or embarking on an expedition to excavate lost Mayan ruins are normally the stuff of adventure novels.  —  But for employees of Facebook, these and other lavish dreams are moving closer to reality as the world's …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How productive is an Apple store employee?  —  Apple publishes data about its “retail segment” which ifoAppleStore.com catalogs.  Here are some statistics I was able to compute from the data:  — The stores generate over $100k per employee per quarter.  In 2010, revenue was $481,000 per employee.
Discussion: PC Magazine and @nicholeprovatas
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Why An Investment Firm Was Awarded $2.5 Million After Being Defamed By Blogger  —  No miscarriage of justice here.  —  It was the $2.5 million dollar lawsuit heard round the blogosphere.  The Seattle Weekly reported that an “Oregon blogger” had been found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay an investment firm $2.5 million.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Picks Instagram As The “iPhone App Of The Year”  —  Apple released its iTunes Rewind 2011 and App Store Rewind 2011 today, the company's annual lists detailing of the top selling apps, music, TV shows, movies and podcasts for the year.  This year, the biggest winner on the apps front was Angry Birds …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Twitter Bots Drown Out Anti-Kremlin Tweets  —  Thousands of Twitter accounts apparently created in advance to blast automated messages are being used to drown out Tweets sent by bloggers and activists this week who are protesting the disputed parliamentary elections in Russia, security experts said.
Discussion: TG Daily
Tim McLaughlin / Reuters:
Exclusive: Zynga says can double number of paid players  —  (Reuters) - Zynga Inc Chief Executive Mark Pincus said the social games company can double the number of its paying players but he and other executives sidestepped questions about player retention and churn rates, speaking at a luncheon ahead of its IPO.
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google nabs Square Enix and other game developers to do native client Chrome games
Discussion: PR Newswire and TekGoblin, Thanks:deantak
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Groupon In Talks To Acquire Clever Sense, The Startup Behind ‘Alfred’
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Facebook Studied Users' Brainwaves For Its Advertisers
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
TweetDeck Releases HTML5-Based App In The Mac App Store
Discussion: App Advice
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Social networking's salad days are ending, Forrester says
Discussion: Tech Europe
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Mat Smith / Engadget:
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
YouMail yanked from Android Market due to T-Mobile complaint
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Schemer, An Activity Recommendation Engine To ‘Discover New Things To Do’
Discussion: Mashable!, VentureBeat and WebProNews