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7:15 PM ET, December 2, 2009

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Satya Nadella / 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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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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The Official Google Blog:
Now you see it, now you don't  —  You may have noticed that our homepage is sporting a new look.  Today we're excited to be releasing a new version of our classic homepage.  The main feature of the new homepage is that it “fades in” — when the page first loads, it shows only our logo, the search box and the buttons.
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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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.
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.
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Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
MySpace hopes high as launches music site in UK
Discussion: Music Ally and MySpace
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Game On: Time Inc. Shows Off a Tabletized Sports Illustrated  —  Last month, Condé Nast played show-and-tell with its concept of a digitized magazine.  Today it's Time Inc.'s turn: The publisher is demoing a concept version of Sports Illustrated it says will be able to run on whatever tablet Apple …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Lu Wang / Bloomberg:
GameStop Falls Most in S&P 500 After Walmart Cuts Game Prices  —  Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) — GameStop Corp. fell the most in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index on concern the world's largest video- game retailer may be forced to lower prices after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. offered discounts on its top video games.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ariel Schwartz / Fast Company:
California Will Be First State to Test Chevy Volt  —  What will happen to the Chevy Volt now that CEO Fritz Henderson has been ousted?  Apparently, not too much.  The electric vehicle is set to be released in a 100-vehicle rollout in California next year in a partnership with three local utilities.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel shows off experimental chip with 48 brains for cloud computing  —  Intel showed off an experimental version of a 48-core microprocessor today that the company called a “single chip cloud computer.”  —  With 48 cores, or processing brains, the single chip has 10 to 20 times the number …
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 …
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast OnDemand Online Becoming Xfinity  —  Consumer moniker of authentication play to be “Fancast Xfinity TV”  —  Comcast appears ready to launch its authentication-based online video initiative under the new moniker of Fancast Xfinity TV, according to promotional materials obtained by B&C …
Discussion: paidContent
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gawker Media Has 400 Million Monthly Pageviews  —  Gawker Media doesn't have a single property in its stable with less than 20 million pageviews according to its overlord, Nick Denton.  —  In an email to his editors, grabbed by Poynter, Denton says:  —  Just a shade off 400m pageviews in November.
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 …
Room for Debate:
Where Google Goes From Here, Part 1  —  Google's dominance in Internet search has earned it billions in profits and has allowed it to expand its ambitions far beyond search and advertising to all other aspects of the online world, including publishing.  Next year, it will challenge Microsoft Windows …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will iPhone Force Carriers To Adopt Metered Data Pricing?
Discussion: Macsimum News
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Razorfish And Digitas To Share Support Operations; Denuo CEO …
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Foursquare Looks to Capitalize on Mobile-Social Buzz
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Julie Sohn / Google LatLong:
More Street View updates: See the sea, see the world
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Reuters:
IAC's Diller says rebuffed suitors for Ask.com
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Offerpal Media launches new reward system for gamers
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
McAfee uncovers riskiest domains
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and eWeek
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
HipLogic Raises $7 Million To Bring Apps To Feature Phones
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype for SIP Beta now open to all Businesses
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Digg Bets Big On A New API