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2:45 PM ET, December 2, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's “Project Rushmore” Begins With Massive Facebook Connect Deployment Across Internet Giant  —  A few weeks ago, several sources at Yahoo begin telling BoomTown about a mysterious “Project Rushmore,” which was described as a massive integration of major social networking sites across the giant Internet portal.
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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! …
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: PC World and NBC Bay Area
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 …
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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Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Same Protocol, More Options for News Publishers
Discussion: paidContent and Allen Weiner, Thanks:atul
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Googlebot-News User Agent To Allow Blocking Google News
Search Blog:
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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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:   New Bing Mobile & Bing Maps Silverlight beta available
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.”
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 …
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 …
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Nokia Sees Stagnant Market Share in 2010 as IPhone Spearheads Apple's Gain  —  Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj, the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, expects its share of the global handset market to remain flat next year, amid mounting competition from Apple Inc.'s iPhone and lower-end Chinese devices.
Discussion: Digital Daily and FierceWireless
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia's 2010 Goals: Fix the Symbian UI, release Maemo 6, and make more money
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Yahoo, Verizon: Our Spy Capabilities Would ‘Shock’, ‘Confuse’ Consumers  —  Want to know how much phone companies and internet service providers charge to funnel your private communications or records to U.S. law enforcement and spy agencies?  —  That's the question muckraker …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Macworld, Engadget and TUAW
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: iPhone Savior
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
Videos on TV With a Flip of a Channel  —  Remember when families used to gather around the television to watch home videos?  The process sounds old fashioned now that we spend so much time watching videos on our computer screens.  The company that introduced the popular Flip hand-held video cameras …
Howard Lindzon:
Stocktwits Raises $3 million in Funding...A Win for Discovery and Filtering  —  We are happy to announce that StockTwits has closed a 3 million Series B financing round led by Foundry Group and returning investor True Ventures.  —  Since launching a year ago, we have been moving very quickly …
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 …
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Digg Bets Big On A New API  —  The social media company aims to make developing for its platform easier.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Digg.com, the Internet fire hose of interesting stories on the Web, is about to up the pressure.  —  On Wednesday, the San Francisco-based content-sharing site …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
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 …
Alex Petcherski / The Official Google Blog:
Show me the pictures: better format for image results  —  I love when I get images back in my Google search results.  There's no better way to quickly understand the difference between an ocelot and a clouded leopard.  But sometimes I want to see more images to really make sure I've identified the right jungle cat.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Manufacturers redirecting R&D on declining GPS device orders?  —  If you enjoy the decimation of an industry as much as Google does then you're going to love the latest rumor sourced from DigiTimes' manufacturing moles.  According to the Taiwanese rumor rag, personal navigation device R&D teams …
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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Google Mobile Blog:
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Discussion: Phone Scoop
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Samsung Omnia II Now Available at Verizon: $199.99 on 2-Year Contract
Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Fails to Get U.S. Judge to Reject Google Digital Book Agreement
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Offerpal Media launches new reward system for gamers
Discussion: Fast Company
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee uncovers riskiest domains
Discussion: eWeek and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
HipLogic Raises $7 Million To Bring Apps To Feature Phones
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Sony Pictures Bringing Online Video to Boxee
Discussion: Boxee Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
E-Readers May Hold More Surprises
Discussion: Digits and TeleRead
Piyush Prahladka / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Region Tags in Google Search Results
Discussion: Softpedia News and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Spring Design denied injunction on sales of Barnes & Noble Nook
Discussion: CNET News, SlashGear and Android and Me
Mark Day / YouTube Blog:
Count Down Memorable Videos of the Year
Discussion: Podcasting News and MediaMemo
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Patent Reveals Data Center Innovations
Thanks:atul