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7:15 AM ET, December 3, 2009

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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
Lucas Mast / Yodel Anecdotal:
Update once to share with many on Yahoo! and Facebook
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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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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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.
Discussion: Slate
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.
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: Brainstorm Tech
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.
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 …
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.
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: Financial Times
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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, CrunchGear and Kotaku, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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 …
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
 
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Mike Collett-White / Reuters:
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Ariel Schwartz / Fast Company:
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Julie Sohn / Google LatLong:
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gawker Media Has 400 Million Monthly Pageviews
Rick Broida / The Download Blog:
Print Magic for iPhone: Simple wireless printing
Wall Street Journal:
Start-up Visas Can Jump-Start the Economy
Thanks:atul
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Launches Times Skimmer
Discussion: The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb