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2:05 PM ET, December 4, 2009

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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google quietly rolls out Dictionary [Updated]  —  What does “googling” mean?  Google can tell you.  —  The search giant has quietly rolled out Google Dictionary, which presents definitions and synonyms.  Exactly what you'd expect from a dictionary.  —  In addition to Google's own database …
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John Leyden / The Register:
Spyware threat haunts squeaky-clean iPhones  —  Research finds rogue app privacy risks to regulation models  —  Apple's line that iPhone users who toe the line and resist any temptation to jailbreak, unlock or otherwise desecrate their smartphone are protected from threats has been called into question by new research.
Discussion: MacNN, The Next Web and Pocket-lint.com
Patrick Hoge / bizjournals:
CrunchPad partner plans media event  —  The man whom TechCrunch blog network founder and editor Michael Arrington blamed for killing his CrunchPad hardware project has scheduled a video call with reporters and industry analysts for Monday, according to a Silicon Valley public relations firm.
Andre Lebedev / The Official Google Blog:
Now on Google Finance: streaming news  —  Ever since we launched real-time and streaming quotes on Google Finance last year, we've heard from users how vital that up-to-date information has been.  Especially in today's volatile financial environment, current information can be the difference between …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft is making progress on search: You noticed Bing's glitch  —  It's a happy day for Microsoft's search team.  Bing had a half hour outage late Thursday and a few folks actually noticed.  —  Bing went down for a half hour between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. PST over a configuration glitch.
Discussion: LiveSide
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Vendors to launch Atom N450-based netbooks on January 11, 2010  —  Asustek Computer, Acer, Lenovo and even Micro-Star International (MSI), which originally planned to launch in December, are all set to launch their Atom N450-based netbooks on January 11, 2010, complying with their agreement …
Leland / Twitter Blog:
Takeout dogfood  —  Hi all, this is @leland, user experience lead on the @twittermobile team.  I wanted to share a little bit of what we've been working on and thinking about.  —  It's probably no secret that Twitter has an active developer community, using our APIs to create fantastically innovative apps.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple sued for infringing digital camera patent with iPhone  —  St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming the company is violating several of its digital camera patents.  —  Filed in the United States District Court in Delaware …
Matt Wilson / L.A. Daily News:
Apple clears first hurdle in bid for new Cupertino campus  —  Apple Inc. is one step closer to building a second campus in Cupertino after waiting eight months for city planners to rezone its 7.78-acre property on Pruneridge Avenue to allow office use.  —  The planning commission …
Randy Abrams / ThreatBlog:
PayPal Admits to Phishing Users  —  Yes, it is true, I am not making this up.  I do not believe that PayPal has stolen anything from users, but they have told me that their own email is phishing.  —  Here's what happened.  I sent them one of their own legitimate emails and told …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple announces free iTunes Christmas give-aways for Europe  —  Apple UK has announced the ‘iTunes 12 Days of Christmas’ promotion, offering free songs, music videos, apps, TV episodes and films on a daily basis during the promotion.  —  The promotion run from December 26 to January 6.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Geez, Google Wants to Take Over DNS, Too  —  Google now wants to be your browser's phone book, launching a DNS service Thursday in hopes that users will let the ad and search giant take over yet another part of their net experience.  —  Browsers ask Domain Name System (DNS) …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
New Droid ad: iPhone is ‘digitally clueless’  —  Perhaps you have already become used to Verizon's Droid tossing names at the iPhone like an 8-year-old boy behind his teacher's back.  —  However, the latest ill feelings directed at Apple's little cutey seem beyond even anything heard in an elementary school.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Oracle Denies Report About Offering Compromise on MySQL to Quell EC  —  The company denies a New York Post story claiming that CEO Larry Ellison is now willing to create a separate entity within a combined Oracle-Sun that houses Sun's MySQL open database software business in order …
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Five Years of Digg...and counting  —  Five years ago today, Digg.com went live.  What started as a simple idea has certainly come a long way.  From a vision of a new way to surface news, and a team of three, to 40+ million monthly visitors and 80+ passionate employees...well, suffice it to say that I'm very proud of what we've become.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Friendster to be sold by month's end -source  —  * More than half of Friendster's 100 mln users from Asia  —  * Industry blog values Friendster at $210 million (Adds background, details)  —  Friendster, one of the world's earliest social networking sites, will be sold to an Asian buyer …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
FCC Wants to Know Why Verizon Increased Termination Fees  —  The Federal Communications Commission wants to know why Verizon decided to double its early termination fee (ETF) for new customers who sign on to the wireless service using advanced devices...longhand for smartphones.
Discussion: eWeek, Post Tech, DSLreports and Epicenter
iSuppli:
Acer Takes No.-2 PC Rank in Q3; Market Returns to Annual Growth  —  Marking a major milestone in the history of the computer industry, an Asian OEM has captured the No.-2 position in the global PC market on a quarterly basis for the first time, according to iSuppli Corp.
Jamie Lendino / AppScout:
Verizon VZ Navigator Developer Gets Acquired  —  TeleCommunication Systems, a messaging and location-based service provider, has agreed to acquire Networks in Motion, the company behind Verizon's $9.99-per-month VZ Navigator GPS app, for $170 million.  —  Network In Motion's board has accepted …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
An In-Depth Look At Pivot, Microsoft's Newest Data Visualization Tool  —  At Microsoft's PDC event a few weeks ago, Microsoft Live Labs introduced a new technology, called Pivot, to make sense of interconnectedness between objects on the web.  The underlying premise of Pivot is to view relationships between …
Discussion: Microsoft
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Adds 3.33 GHz Quad-Core Option to Mac Pro [Updated: Xserve]  —  Apple has quietly upgraded its Mac Pro offerings, adding the option of a 3.33 GHz quad-core processor and adding the ability to configure both the quad-core and 8-core models with 2 TB hard drives …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC admits CableCARD a failure, vows to try something else  —  The Genachowski-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seems to delight in dropping bombshells on a weekly basis, but we didn't see this one coming: the FCC admits that its CableCARD mandate has been an abysmal failure.
Discussion: Bits
David Kaplan / paidContent:
With Redesign, Reuters.com Goes After Consumer Audience  —  With the general business magazines that are still in existence trying to keep their heads above water, Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI) believes this is a good time for a major overhaul of its consumer-facing website.
 
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Visual Search Coming for Android Phones
Nathan Becker / Dow Jones Newswires:
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
AdMob Launches Beta Ads For Palm WebOS
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
MySpace Launches New Mobile Website with Built-in IM
Discussion: MySpace Press Room and Erictric
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Amazon and Vente-Privee in talks over 2 billion Euro acquisition, say sources
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Star That Tweet! Favit Launches in iTunes App Store
Discussion: The Next Web and TUAW
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome Extension Gallery treads lightly on copyright issues
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Defense Dept. pulls software over privacy issues
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas: Changes At Google to Increase Ad Spends
Dan Macsai / Fast Company:
G-Railed: Why Did Google Bury the Web's Oldest Entertainment Publication?
Discussion: IMDb and digiday:DAILY
Alaska Miller / Silicon Alley Insider:
EBay Founder Invests $1.4 Million Into Emergency Alert System