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11:45 AM ET, December 3, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Gears Down for Tougher Times  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Corporate austerity is reaching one of the most extravagant spenders of the boom years.  Google Inc. has begun to tighten its belt.  —  For much of its 10-year history, Google spent money at a pace that was the marvel of Silicon Valley.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Cost Cuts Take The Company Away From Its Engineers (GOOG)  —  Google was never quite the engineer company its public relations and human resources teams made it out to be, but as Google gets serious about cutting costs, that myth of a decentralized company run by its engineers …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Google: With Online Ads Weakening, BofA Cuts Estimates
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon.com Invades the Apple App Store  —  Amazon.com will join the iPhone frenzy on Wednesday with a new application available free for download through Apple's App Store.  —  The software is relatively straightforward, offering a way for iPhone or iPod Touch owners to browse through …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Pandora solidifies its place as the top iPhone app with its 2 millionth user  —  Late last night, Apple unveiled its new iTunes 2008 section of the iTunes store showcasing the best of what the store offered this year.  The area dedicated to the App Store shows the apps which have been most downloaded.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Inquirer, TUAW and MobileCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon launches iPhone app  —  Amazon on Wednesday said it launched an application on Apple's App Store to target the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  The news comes as Apple's App Store is generating a good amount of buzz this holiday season (Techmeme).  —  Amazon said in a statement …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Arn / MacRumors:
Developers Can Now Issue Free “Promotional” Copies of iPhone Apps
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Twitter CEO: The revenue's coming soon, but I won't tell you how  —  At a Churchill Club event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams brushed off—again—criticisms that the company is slow to turn on its revenue-generating engines.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Apple deletes Mac antivirus suggestion  —  Updated 7:45 p.m. PST with expert comment, at 7:20 p.m. PST with context on previous coverage, and at 7:08 p.m. PST with background.  —  Apple removed an old item from its support site late Tuesday that urged Mac customers to use multiple antivirus utilities …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
BlackBerry sales to disappoint Wall Street  —  Research In Motion is the latest smartphone maker to fall victim to the sagging economy.  —  The maker of the popular BlackBerry mobile devices late on Tuesday reduced its outlook for its fiscal third quarter, which ended on Saturday.
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comScore:
E-Commerce Spending Jumps 15 Percent on Cyber Monday to $846 Million, the Second Heaviest Online Spending Day on Record  —  Eclipsed Only by Green Monday 2007 with $881 Million in Online Spending  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported its tracking …
Danielle Belopotosky / Bits:
.Tel Them Where to Find You  —  On Wednesday, companies and organizations can register Web addresses with a new top-level domain, .tel. The new domain, which stores and encrypts contact information directly into the Domain Name System, has the potential to become a phone book for the Internet.
Tim Westergren / Pandora:
2,000,000 Pandora iPhone users!!!  —  At 10:04am this morning we hit 2,000,000 registered iPhone Pandora users!  —  We're hearing all sorts of wonderful feedback from listeners who are using it on their commute, jogging with it, plugging it into home audio systems...you name it.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo's Music Outsourcing Continues: CBS Takes Over Radio Offering  —  Here's a Yahoo story I can report with certainty: The company is getting out of the Internet radio business, by handing over its Launchcast streaming music service to CBS.  —  The transition will kick in during …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Ties Up With CBS To Save Streaming Radio Service
Discussion: TechCrunch, A VC, Yahoo! and 901am
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Martin free wireless plan brings muni WiFi disaster back from the dead  —  OK, public spectrum, take 2.  Or is it 3?  After the infamous D-block auction meltdown, the FCC is set with a new plan to have the private sector deliver free Internet over the airwaves, Reuters reports.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Stores Clueless About Mobile Barcode Scanning Applications?  —  With the rise of app-laden smartphones like the iPhone and Google's Android OS, now on T-Mobile's G1, many penny-pinching shoppers have downloaded barcode scanning applications onto their mobile devices.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Server sales slide; IBM, HP nearly tied for market share lead  —  Global server sales fell 5.2 percent in the third quarter, the largest decline since the fourth quarter of 2002.  Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard maintained a very slight market share lead over IBM, but statistically it's a tie, according to IDC.
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Everything you always wanted to know about Google...  ...But were afraid to ask.  This is the title of this very interesting 34-slide presentation on Google prepared by FaberNovel, a french consulting firm.  It is hard to realize the real nature of this just 10 years old giant given the number …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dimdim Exits Beta With New SynchroLive Platform, Releases Source Code (Get Your Free Pro Accounts Here)  —  Dimdim, provider of a browser-based web conferencing platform that doesn't require the installation of any desktop software, is dropping the beta tag with the release of a new edition …
Discussion: Open Source and ReadWriteWeb
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vlingo one-ups Google with a better voice-powered iPhone app  —  Voice-transcription service Vlingo has launched a really fantastic new iPhone application that lets users talk into their phones to search the Web, dial contacts, and update their status on Twitter and Facebook.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Firm makes one billionth mouse  —  Logitech says its factory in Suzhou, in western China, has produced the firm's billionth computer mouse.  Video courtesy of Logitech.  —  A Silicon Valley company has hailed as a major landmark the production of their one billionth computer mouse.
Discussion: Slashdot
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Health Social Net DailyStrength Bought By HSW International  —  Health information social networking site DailyStrength has been acquired by HSW International, the digital content company that is a spinoff from HowStuffWorks.com (which later got acquired by Discovery Communications).
Discussion: TechCrunch and PR Newswire
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Web Marketing That Hopes to Learn What Attracts a Click  —  ONLINE advertisers are not lacking in choices: They can display their ads in any color, on any site, with any message, to any audience, with any image.  —  Now, a new breed of companies is trying to tackle all of those options …
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
Tech-On! : tech news:
World's 1st 3D LED Display Sports 180-inch Screen  —  NewSight Corp of the US developed a 3D display using LEDs as pixels for the first time in the world.  —  Featuring a 180-inch screen with a width of 3.84m, the “3D LED Video Wall” is one of the world's largest 3D displays.
 
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
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T-Mobile slashes G1 pricing “in light of recent launches”
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple's Snow Leopard still evolving, developers say
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Device Designed To Annoy Young People Can Now Annoy Everyone
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