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9:20 AM ET, December 3, 2009

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Eric Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
How Google Can Help Newspapers  —  Video didn't kill the radio star, and the Internet won't destroy news organizations.  It will foster a new, digital business model.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It's the year 2015.  The compact device in my hand delivers me the world, one news story at a time.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Identity Wars: Google & Yahoo! Bow to Facebook & Twitter  —  Yahoo! announced this morning that it is adding Facebook Connect across many of its properties.  This afternoon Google Friend Connect announced the inclusion of Twitter as a top-level log-in option.
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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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Google Embraces Twitter, Some More.  In a Non Facebook Kinda Way.  —  From the Google Social Web Blog (I have to admit it's hard for me to see those four words together without busting out a silly grin): Today, we're bringing Twitter and Friend Connect even closer together.
Discussion: SortiPreneur
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.
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.
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New York Times:
In Secret Meetings, Comcast Wooed G.E. and Won NBC  —  The secret meeting was set for an early July afternoon in a condominium along the ninth hole of a golf course in Sun Valley, Idaho.  Jeffrey R. Immelt, General Electric's chief executive, arrived first, taking care to avoid being spotted …
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 …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
What the “Black screen of death” story says about tech journalism  —  I've spent the better part of the last 48 hours looking into the colossal fiasco that is the “Black Screen of Death” story.  It's a near-perfect case study in how Internet-driven tech journalism and rewards sloppy reporting …
Discussion: Glass House
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
For 2010, IDC Predicts an Apple iPad and Battles in the Cloud  —  Apple brings out an iPad digital tablet.  Netbooks move upscale.  And I.B.M. buys Juniper Networks.  —  Those predictions for next year, and others, are being presented on Thursday by the technology research firm IDC.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
IDC: 300,000 iPhone apps before 2011
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
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
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.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Anti-Social-Network Social Network  —  Facebook and LinkedIn are great for connecting with friends and business associates you already know.  But what if you want to expand your social circle and meet new people?  —  For that, there's By/Association, a still-tiny site that is a new twist …
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.
Discussion: IntoMobile and MarketingVOX
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Jack Dorsey's Square Going After the Wrong Customers?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AOL's New Strategy Is To Fill The Internet With Crap?  —  Remember how AOL first became “famous”?  It cluttered the world (and our garbage dumps) with millions upon millions of CD-ROMs offering “try AOL for free!”  It seems that pollution is in AOL's genes, and it just can't get away from it.
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.
Telegraph:
Google considers plans for British property portal  —  Google is considering plans to launch an online property portal in Britain which experts say could threaten existing websites and listings in local newspapers.  —  The US search engine giant is reportedly in talks with British estate agents …
Discussion: The Register and Financial Times
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
World's first iPhone orchestra performs live on December 9  —  Given that the iPhone offers more processing power than the original iMac, this next story had to happen: December 9 will see a live performance by an orchestra, each and every one of whom will be using an iPhone to make the music happen.
Discussion: PhysOrg.com, textually.org and Reuters
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen relinquishes board seat at Charter Communications  —  Charter Communications emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week.  But there's a familiar face who will no longer be in the cable company's board room: Paul Allen.  The Microsoft co-founder — who previously held …
Discussion: Multichannel News and paidContent
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft escalates war on piracy with 300 cases around the world  —  Microsoft is launching a large, coordinated attack against software piracy on Thursday — saying it's working with government agencies, law enforcement officials and others on more than 300 civil and criminal actions against alleged counterfeiters in 70 countries.
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: CrunchGear, Technologizer and Kotaku, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
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.
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.
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
JP Morgan: AOL Will Hold Back Its Ad Inventory From Advertising.com
Discussion: watchmojo.com
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
What Really Happened When Sprint Fed Customer Data to Cops?
Discussion: Engadget and eWeek
Venture Hacks:
Just Say No: VC terms that can really hurt
Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
MySpace hopes high as launches music site in UK
Discussion: Music Ally and nma.co.uk
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will iPhone Force Carriers To Adopt Metered Data Pricing?
Discussion: Macsimum News
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast OnDemand Online Becoming Xfinity
Room for Debate:
Where Google Goes From Here, Part 1
Discussion: A VC, Thanks:jen_mcfadden
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel shows off experimental chip with 48 brains for cloud computing
Julie Sohn / Google LatLong:
More Street View updates: See the sea, see the world
Rick Broida / The Download Blog:
Print Magic for iPhone: Simple wireless printing
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Launches Times Skimmer
Discussion: The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb