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11:55 PM ET, December 2, 2009

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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.
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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Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Bing Introduces 3-D Photosynth Maps  —  In an effort to beat Google at mapping, Microsoft Bing will use crowd-sourced photos to create a 3D virtual worlds in its Maps application, the company has told FastCompany.com.  The 3D models will eventually be knitted into Bing Maps' existing aerial …
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Square Credit Payment System Could be the End of Cash  —  Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is on a mission to kill cash.  He likes money, just not actual cash transactions.  Dorsey's new venture, Square, could help businesses—large and small—, and even consumers eliminate the need to carry cash.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Jack Dorsey's Square Going After the Wrong Customers?  —  Yesterday's official launch of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's new mobile payment system was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm.  Not everybody agrees that Square's business model is viable, however.
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 …
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
How fast is your site?  —  We've just launched Site Performance, an experimental feature in Webmaster Tools that shows you information about the speed of your site and suggestions for making it faster.  —  This is a small step in our larger effort to make the web faster.
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.
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! …
Venture Hacks:
Just Say No: VC terms that can really hurt  —  Thanks to Atlas Venture for supporting Venture Hacks this month.  This post is by Fred Destin, one of Atlas' general partners.  If you like it, check out Fred's blog and tweets @fdestin.  And if you want an intro to Atlas, send me an email.
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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
ZumoDrive Service Is a Silver Lining In ‘Cloud’ Storage  —  As people acquire multiple digital devices, including tiny netbooks and super-smart phones, it becomes harder to coordinate all their documents, music and photos so they have access to them from whichever device they're using at the moment.
Thanks:ollirums
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.”
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 …
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.
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.
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Redbox talking with video game makers  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Redbox is talking with video game developers about offering their products in its DVD kiosks and hopes to avoid the kind of resistance it encountered from some Hollywood studios, Redbox's president said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Technologizer and CrunchGear, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!:
Google and Twitter Hook Up On 9 Million Sites  —  Hot on the heels of Yahoo integrating Facebook Connect comes more big news in the digital identity space: Google Friend Connect is now integrating Twitter.  In other words, you'll be able to log in to any site that supports Google Friend Connect with your Twitter account.
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 …
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
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 …
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
What Really Happened When Sprint Fed Customer Data to Cops?  —  Nothing gets buzz flowing like a security scare.  A tape recording suggesting that Sprint provided law enforcement agencies with customer location data over 8 million times in one year has been made public, Ars Technica and others reported yesterday.
Discussion: Engadget and eWeek
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.
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay CEO Plans to Expand Classified Ad Business as Craigslist Trial Looms  —  Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) — EBay Inc., facing a strained relationship with partner Craigslist Inc., is talking to other sites around the world in a bid to get more revenue from classified listings.
Discussion: Reuters
David Kaplan / paidContent:
JP Morgan: AOL Will Hold Back Its Ad Inventory From Advertising.com  —  JP Morgan analyst Imran Khan first floated the idea that AOL (NYSE: TWX) should remove its inventory from the company's Advertising.com and concentrate on selling premium only as a way to reverse its revenue declines.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Real VP's amazing saga of getting his band's royalties  —  Warner Bros. messed with the wrong guy when it sent muddled royalty statements to Tim Quirk, singer for Too Much Joy, a pop band that had some traction in the 1980s and early 1990s and still sells a few downloads.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will iPhone Force Carriers To Adopt Metered Data Pricing?  —  One by one, all the free lunches are going away.  —  Free newspaper content on the Web?  Rupert Murdoch and other newspaper chieftains are plotting a new plan.  —  Free TV shows on the Web?
Discussion: Macsimum News
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel sees rush to Netbook app store  —  As Intel and PC makers prepare to launch an app store for Netbooks in 2010, the emphasis is on speed.  —  “We have a lot of developers right now jumping all over this and writing apps and getting them ready,” Scott Apeland, director of Intel's Developer Network, told CNET Wednesday.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Court Refuses To Order Shutdown of OpenBitTorrent  —  Earlier this year a new BitTorrent tracker was launched.  Due to its public nature, OpenBitTorrent (OBT) was seen by some as a possible replacement for The Pirate Bay tracker, which has recently closed down for good.
Discussion: Techdirt and Threat Level
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.
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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Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
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Ariel Schwartz / Fast Company:
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Discussion: lalawag
Julie Sohn / Google LatLong:
More Street View updates: See the sea, see the world
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
Reuters:
IAC's Diller says rebuffed suitors for Ask.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Start-up Visas Can Jump-Start the Economy
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Web giants oppose copyright plans
Discussion: Techdirt and Wired.co.uk
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
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