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11:10 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.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google's Schmidt: ‘Frustrated Newspaper Execs Just Looking For Someone To Blame’
Discussion: paidContent
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.
Discussion: SortiPreneur
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
IDC: 300,000 iPhone apps before 2011  —  A research firm looks into the near future and sees ... an Apple “iPad” next year  —  Apple (AAPL) figures prominently in IDC's top 10 predictions for the coming year, released Thursday and available here (registration required).  The relevant bullet points:
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Comcast Gets NBC From G.E. in Deal That Reshapes TV  —  After nearly nine months of negotiations, Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, finally reached an agreement on Thursday to acquire NBC Universal from the General Electric Company.  —  The deal valued NBC Universal at about $30 billion.
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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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Watchdog Group EFF Sues Government Regarding Social Media Surveillance Tactics  —  Consumer watchdog group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has initiated a lawsuit against multiple U.S. government agencies for failure to disclose their policies regarding the use of social media for surveillance.
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.
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 …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
3 ways Bing is ahead of Google  —  This morning, Microsoft employees demonstrated a long list of enhancements to their Bing search engine at a press event at the company's San Francisco office.  —  That office is next door to the city's newest, splashiest, most expensive shopping center …
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Satya Nadella / Search Blog:
Bing: Connecting People, Places and Things
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 …
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Two Weeks, 5 IPhones Sold in Chinese Online Store  —  China Unicom has sold just five iPhones through a big online retail site in the two weeks since it opened the virtual store, the latest sign that the handset is suffering in China from its high price and lack of Wi-Fi.
Discussion: Mashable!
Matthew Rivera / Digits:
Coke Tries Facial-Recognition on Facebook  —  Coca-Cola wants you to know that Coke Zero is a lot like Coca-Cola Classic.  It believes this so strongly that it's willing to do something unusual to drive the point home, like introducing you to your own doppelganger. … Enter the Facial Profiler.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: /Message
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.
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.
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.
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Tony Bradley / PC World:
Square Credit Payment System Could be the End of Cash
Discussion: BlackBerry Leaks and IntoMobile
Nigel Whitfield / The Register:
Freeview HD goes live  —  Technical details emerge as DVB-T2 service activated  —  With the launch today of the Freeview HD service, the UK can claim to be at the forefront of digital television - though most punters won't be able to receive the service until spring 2010.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Friendster Gets A Major Makeover, Calls Other Social Networks Plain And Boring  —  Log on to Friendster today and you'll see a background image that says 'Watch this face! ...  on December 4′.  Turns out the pioneering social network is in for a major revamp tomorrow, including a new logo …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
10 Things We Love And Hate About The Droid  —  Google's Android operating system is on the way to getting huge, especially with Motorola's Droid and HTC's Droid Eris handsets available through Verizon this holiday season.  —  But are they any good?  We've played around with both phones …
 
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
China online game revs to hit $11 bln in 3 yrs -research
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft escalates war on piracy with 300 cases around the world
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen relinquishes board seat at Charter Communications
Discussion: Multichannel News and paidContent
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Court Refuses To Order Shutdown of OpenBitTorrent
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
ZumoDrive Service Is a Silver Lining In ‘Cloud’ Storage
Thanks:ollirums
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Redbox talking with video game makers
Discussion: CrunchGear, Technologizer and Kotaku, Thanks:mrinaldesai
David Kaplan / paidContent:
JP Morgan: AOL Will Hold Back Its Ad Inventory From Advertising.com
Discussion: watchmojo.com
 Earlier Items: 
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
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 and Bits, Thanks:jen_mcfadden
Julie Sohn / Google LatLong:
More Street View updates: See the sea, see the world