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5:30 PM ET, December 2, 2009

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Bing: Connecting People, Places and Things  —  When we launched Bing last June, we began a journey that had at its core a simple idea - that as the web and our usage of it have evolved, keyword search has remained a relatively static experience.  It was still valuable for quick …
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Lucas Mast / Yodel Anecdotal:
Update once to share with many on Yahoo! and Facebook  —  We have good news to share with everyone who uses Yahoo! and Facebook - in the first half of 2010 we will open the door between two of the Internet's largest online communities.  You will be able to see your Facebook friends' activities on Yahoo! …
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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg  —  It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected.  Thanks to your help, more than 350 million people around the world are using Facebook to share their lives online.  —  To make this possible …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Roll Out New Privacy Controls To Its 350 Million Users …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Google and paid content  —  As newspapers consider charging for access to their online content, some publishers have asked: Should we put up pay walls or keep our articles in Google News and Google Search?  In fact, they can do both - the two aren't mutually exclusive.
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DigiTimes:
Acer to launch Chrome OS netbook in 2H10  —  Acer plans to launch a Google Chrome operating system-based netbook, which the company has been developing since mid-2009 in the second half of 2010, according to industry sources.  —  Acer chairman JT Wang also expressed his confidence …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Sholes Tablet gets pictured  —  Man is our Mandarin rusty!  Our friends over at Mobile Android China seem to have of the first live photos of the Motorola Sholes Tablet (codename).  The specs that we've been given to mull over are pretty impressive: 550MHz OMAP TI 3430 processor …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple tablet rumored to be ‘shockingly’ inexpensive  —  Internet and television personality Alex Albrecht claimed to have insight on the price of Apple's rumored tablet during the latest episode of Diggnation, which also featured actor John Hodgman from Apple's “Get a Mac” commercials.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Complicated’ Verizon iPhone deal said to be unlikely in 2010  —  Though Apple striking a deal with the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., Verizon, would be ideal, competitors T-Mobile and Sprint are more likely to carry the iPhone in 2010, one analyst believes.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T And Verizon Stop Suing Each Other Over ‘Map’ Commercials  —  AT&T and Verizon have agreed to drop lawsuits against each other over Verizon's “There's A Map For That” commercials.  —  AT&T filed suit last month over allegedly “misleading” Verizon ads supposedly causing AT&T to suffer “irreparable harm.”
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Web giants oppose copyright plans  —  Some of the biggest names on the web have written to Peter Mandelson to express “grave concerns” about elements of the Digital Economy Bill.  —  Four firms including Facebook and Google object to clause 17 of the bill, which could give government the power to amend copyright law in the future.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MOG Launches All Access, Sets New Standard For Online Music  —  MOG's much anticipated All Access music service launches today for anyone to come and give it a try.  I've been using the service for the last few weeks and, despite my initial skepticism over the fact that users must pay for the service, I've been impressed.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Launches Times Skimmer  —  The New York Times announced today the release of Times Skimmer (http://www.nytimes.com/timesskimmer/ ), a new application for NYTimes.com that provides online readers with the layout and experience of paging through a newspaper …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple iPhone streaming is ‘patent infringement’, Israeli firm claims  —  Apple has been accused of abusing another's patent within the live streaming technology used by the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  Israel-based firm Emblaze this morning confirmed it has hit Apple with a patent infringement lawsuit accusing …
Discussion: MacNN
Google Mobile Blog:
Keep your starred items in sync with Google Maps  —  (cross-posted with Google LatLong Blog)  —  Google Maps for mobile has long allowed you to add stars on a map to mark your favorite places.  You may have noticed a few months ago that Google Maps for desktop browsers introduced the ability to star places as well.
Victoria Gallagher / theBookseller.com:
Bookseller Survey: Cheaper e-books needed to drive digital growth  —  Cheaper e-books and the emergence of an Apple e-reader will be the main factors in driving digital publishing forward, according to a landmark survey of more than 1,000 book trade professionals conducted ahead …
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
E-Readers May Hold More Surprises
Discussion: Digits and TeleRead
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Full Integration With Google Docs  —  Zoho is undoubtedly the lesser known name and an underdog in the productivity suite race with Google and Microsoft.  But the startup has a compelling strategy: Zoho continuously launches integrations …
Rick Broida / The Download Blog:
Print Magic for iPhone: Simple wireless printing  —  The App Store offers a handful of solutions for transporting data from iPhone to printer, but few work as easily as Print Magic.  —  The $6.99 app makes it a cinch to print text, Web pages, and photos, all without wires …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Gets A Hefty $30 Million From Accel For Local Offers Service  —  Chicago based Groupon, which was formerly known as ThePoint, has raised a hefty Series B financing - $30 million - from new investor Accel Partners and existing investor New Enterprise Associates.
Liane Cassavoy / NewTeeVee:
RedEye Turns Your iPhone Into an (Awkward) Universal Remote  —  Everyone keeps saying that the iPhone will replace many of the gadgets we use today, like GPS devices, MP3 players, digital cameras, and pocket-sized video cams.  After testing out ThinkFlood's new RedEye Universal Remote Control System …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Psystar stops selling Mac clones with Apple's OS  —  Agrees to pay Apple $2.7M if appeal doesn't work out, but will stay in business by selling knock-offs and do-it-yourself clone software  —  Computerworld - Mac clone maker Psystar has agreed to pay Apple nearly $2.7 million …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Microsoft Sells Part Of Fast Search To Rocket Software  —  Almost two years after purchasing Norwegian enterprise search firm Fast Search & Transfer for $1.23 billion, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is unloading a small part of the business.  Microsoft is selling Fast's Folio and NXT businesses to Rocket Software …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype for SIP Beta now open to all Businesses  —  Ten thousand businesses asked for Skype for SIP when it launched in March.  Eight months later the SFS Beta is now open to all users with business Skype names.  Anyone with a business control panel, a corporate Skype name subject …
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
New iPod Touch POS May Go Commercial  —  Just weeks after rolling out a ground-breaking iPod touch point-of-sale system (POS), Apple may be preparing to commercialize the system and generate some revenue from its creation.  Coincidentally, the move comes on the same day that the founder …
Wall Street Journal:
Start-up Visas Can Jump-Start the Economy  —  Immigrant entrepreneurs are an engine of jobs and growth.  We need more of them.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  While fast-growing companies have long been the main source of new jobs and innovation, this country makes it outrageously difficult …
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Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Groom updates Twitter, Facebook at the altar  —  You know that apocalypse thing we're always being told might be just around the corner?  Well, do you feel the chilling breeze?  Do you feel the troubled twittering in the trees?  —  For here is a tale that I know you will discuss with your loved ones …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Mashable! and NBC Bay Area
Reuters:
IAC's Diller says rebuffed suitors for Ask.com  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) CEO Barry Diller said he has been approached by various parties about purchasing Ask.com, but he is less interested in divesting the search engine …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee uncovers riskiest domains  —  You may want to think twice if you hit a site with a .cm extension.  That belongs to Cameroon, pegged by McAfee as the world's riskiest domain.  —  McAfee's third annual “Mapping the Mal Web” report, released Wednesday, looks at riskiest and safest domains across the globe.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and eWeek
 
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