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David Pogue / Bits:
Steve Jobs on Amazon and Ice Cream  —  Steve Jobs at an Apple music event on Wednesday. … Wednesday in San Francisco, I attended Apple's annual iPod Show, its holiday-season kickoff of new iPods and iTunes Store developments.  —  I'll have a look at what's new in a post on Pogue's Posts on Thursday.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching newspapers: “'Open' need not mean free”  —  Google is developing a micropayment platform that will be “available to both Google and non-Google properties within the next year,” according to a document the company submitted to the Newspaper Association of America.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Plans Tools to Help News Media Charge for Content
Discussion: paidContent
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iTunes 9 bringing iTunes LP functionality, ‘beautiful new look’  —  Ready to pay more for the same music?  Good!  We've just spotted some new “Deluxe Version” albums in iTunes, which apparently are part of the “iTunes LP” experience in the upcoming iTunes 9, if the album blurbs are to be believed.
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Somebody Has To Say It: It's Time For iTunes Lite  —  Facebook integration.  Tweeting my music interests.  AppleTV.  Full-screen album extras.  App management.  An entire online store.  Smart playlists.  CD burning.  Ringtone creation.  Tips the scales at 88MB.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
iTunes 9 Breaks iTunes Sync.  Again.  Get Going, Palm  —  Sister Site The iPhone Blog has everything you need to know about today's Apple Announcements - from the disappointing non-camera update to the iPod Touch to iPhone OS 3.1 getting released (Palm has some more catching up to do).
Discussion: Palm WebOS and The iPhone Blog
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The New iPod Nano Shoots Video, Plays Radio  —  As well-documented by the “word on the street,” the fifth generation iPod nano is also a video camera...and radio and a pedometer and a voice recorder too...and it's available today.  Details:  —  • Video camera (640x480)  —  • NO STILL CAMERA
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPod nano 5G with camera first hands-on!  —  We came and we saw... but there's not much to say.  It's exactly the same save for that new coating, bigger screen (which does help), and tiny little camera around back.  Video quality looked decent, but you really can't tell on the small screen.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Steve Jobs says iPod touch didn't get a camera because “it's a great game machine”  —  Wondering why Apple chose to add a camera to the iPod nano, but not the revised iPod touch?  You're not alone, but one Mr. Steven P. Jobs has an answer for you: it's because the touch is a game machine, you see.
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AppleInsider:
Apple unveils 64GB iPod touch with faster processor for $399  —  With a library huge library of titles, Apple pushed the iPod touch and iPhone as the definitive mobile gaming platform Wednesday as it announced a new 64GB iPod touch priced at $399.  —  In addition, a 32GB offering will be available for $299, and an 8GB option for $199.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:   Why There Is No Camera In the iPod Touch and Why That Sucks
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
Now S-U-P-E-R-sized!  —  Search, that is.  For us, search has always been our focus.  And, starting today, you'll notice on our homepage and on our search results pages, our search box is growing in size.  Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Rolls Out The Mother Of All Updates: A Larger Search Box
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Voice, Skype Are on a VOIP Collision Course  —  News Analysis: Why would Google want to acquire Skype when it already has a VOIP application?  The fact is, Google Voice and Skype are not yet direct competitors, but Google is enriching its application and could put it on a collision course with Skype.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple Approves Real's Rhapsody iPhone App; First Look  —  Maybe it was the anti-trust patrol looking over Apple's shoulder or the memory of the RealNetwork settlement with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), but the Rhapsody iPhone/iTouch app—the first in the U.S. to offer on-demand streaming music …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bing Loves The Porn Hounds  —  Bing is an excellent search engine.  For one thing the surprising early reviews probably forced Yahoo's hand as they entered into one of the dumber corporate transactions I've ever seen.  So, kudos to Bing.  Golf clap.  Etc.
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Apple Takes Over Gaming  —  Apple continues to set its sights on the gaming industry, touting its massive, low-cost game selection as a reason to buy an iPod touch (or iPhone) instead of a Sony PSP or Nintendo DS.  —  During today's iPod event, Apple showed off this chart.
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Arnold Kim / macrumors.com:
Apple's Focus on Games: Madden NFL 10, Nova, Assassin's Creed, Riddim Ribbon
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Dell Adamo XPS: Half As Thick As Air  —  What happens when Dell's Adamo and XPS laptops get set up on a date, have a few too many drinks and end up rocking the bed?  The 9.99mm-thin Dell Adamo XPS.  That's about half as thin as the MacBook Air.  —  Here's the math: 9.99 mm is about 0.39 inches.
Marcelo Calbucci / TweepML:
Announcing TweepML, the Open Standard format to share groups of Twitter users  —  This is a first post on this blog and as such, I want to keep it short.  TweepML is an Open Standard Extensible format to share groups of Twitter users.  That description makes it sound much more complicated than it is.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Experimental Desktop Notifications App For Mac Is Very, Very Slick  —  If you're on a Mac and you use Facebook frequently, you're going to love this.  We've stumbled across a new experimental application being developed in-house at Facebook that's called “Desktop Notifications”.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:thinkmantra
AT&T:
AT&T to Make Faster 3G Technology Available in Six Major Cities This Year  —  Rollout of New Technology - HSPA 7.2 - Matched by Backhaul Deployment to Cell Sites to Support Surging Mobile Broadband Demand Throughout Evolution to 4G
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
Pandora for Android  —  When we set out building Pandora four years ago we knew that our work wouldn't be done until we'd found a great way to unlock the service from the PC.  Just over a year ago the iPhone let us take the first compelling step in that direction and the year since has been filled …
Discussion: Mashable! and AppScout
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sprint Any Mobile: Unlimited Calls to All Mobile Numbers  —  We hear Sprint Any Mobile is a new calling feature with unlimited calls to all mobile numbers, true to the name.  Which, we suspect, is the big “game changing” announcement Sprint's teasing for tomorrow's Sprint Connection Newsletter.
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook pushed past MySpace with Connect  —  Social networking has continued to be one of the most activities online with online users, second only to search (and likely to surpass soon).  The Social Networking category has experienced a resurgence of growth as websites like Facebook and Twitter have increased in popularity.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft helps Best Buy employees troll Mac users, too  —  After our coverage from yesterday regarding Microsoft training material for Best Buy employees that not only makes Linux look bad, but is also full of inaccuracies, one of our faithful readers wrote in and said he could show us that Redmond was doing the same thing for Apple.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pirate Bay buyer ‘misled’ investors, booted off exchange  —  A Swedish stock exchange has banned Global Gaming Factory X from offering its shares there after concluding the company “misled” investors about its ability to purchase The Pirate Bay.  —  AktieTorget, the Swedish stock market …
Discussion: paidContent and TorrentFreak
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
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CBS News:
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