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6:20 PM ET, December 6, 2009

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apple's Game Changer, Downloading Now  —  IAN LYNCH SMITH, a shaggy-haired ball of energy in his late 30s, beams as he ticks off some of the games that Freeverse, his little Brooklyn software company, has landed on the iPhone App Store's coveted (and ever-changing) list of best-selling downloads …
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
What's On Phil Schiller's iPhone?  —  Growing up, I begged my parents for a Swiss Army knife.  I envisioned myself heroically whipping it out to cut away tangled shoelaces and whittle hunks of wood into neat little figures.  They refused — what if I poked the dog's eye out, or worse, my own?
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Takes out 3,000 word ad on the front page of the Sunday NY Times Biz section  —  Two things we love: The New York Times and Apple.  However, today's gushing front page Business Section App Store article reads more like a PR piece than actual information.  Let's keep it real here.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and PC World
Jenny Davey / Times of London:
Amazon in secret plan to open high street shops  —  AMAZON, the world's biggest online retailer and scourge of bookshops everywhere, is planning a surprise invasion of the British high street.  —  Property landlords said that the American company, which has a market value of $59.1 billion …
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
Book Learning — Questions for Jeffrey P. Bezos  —  The Kindle, an electronic reader brought out by Amazon two years ago, has become your company's best-selling product and a great success story.  But several rival e-readers are coming out in time for Christmas.  What do you think of the Nook, for instance, from Barnes & Noble?
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TBIResearch:   Kindle Fantasies Are Running Wild — But, For Now, Amazon Is Losing Its Shirt
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Motorola's Opus One: first iDEN Android handset?  —  We're a little light on details at the moment, but we've just received a couple photographs of what we're told is Motorola's first Android iDEN handset, codenamed the Opus One.  Original, huh?  While these images come from a new connect …
Aaron / The EtherPad Blog:
EtherPad is Back Online Until Open Sourced  —  Many of you were not super thrilled with the transition plan we announced in our last blog post, which I guess is really quite flattering.  We have worked with Google and the Google Wave team to make the following changes to the plan, which I think you will appreciate:
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Europeans shy away from Google Android phones  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Operators pushed market share of cellphones running Google's software a little higher in September quarter in Western Europe, but consumers showed little interest toward them, research firm IDC said on Saturday.
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and CrunchGear
Patrick Lightbody / The BrowserMob Blog:
Google Public DNS vs OpenDNS vs Your ISP's DNS - measuring performance  —  Like many in the industry, we were surprised and intrigued by the announcement yesterday that Google would be entering the DNS business.  The basic logic was clear: Google has a vested interest in the internet being fast …
Discussion: eWeek
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Devices to Take Textbooks Beyond Text  —  NEWSPAPERS and novels are moving briskly from paper to pixels, but textbooks have yet to find the perfect electronic home.  They are readable on laptops and smartphones, but the displays can be eye-taxing.  Even dedicated e-readers …
Discussion: TeleRead
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Larrabee Project a Casualty of Intel's Legal Battles  —  Intel announced that its initial foray into standalone graphics chips—the Larrabee Project—is delayed indefinitely.  Intel cited developmental setbacks, but its hard not to connect the dots between the demise of the Larrabee Project and Intel's ongoing legal woes.
Discussion: CNET News
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
$10 USB power outlet leaves no plug behind  —  Don't freak out or anything.  But all that time you spent building a DIY in-wall USB charger may have been for naught.  Of course, you've gained a useful learning experience and potentially gotten a lesson in the dangers of electricity …
Discussion: Mobile Whack
 
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Shane Snow / Gizmodo:
A Romance Flowchart: When Is It Inappropriate to Use Your iPhone?
Discussion: Geekologie and App Advice
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
MediaNet could power the online music revolution
Discussion: Download Squad
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Hollywood plans to keep prices up as movies go online
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The Big Portals' Battle For Local
Thanks:atul
ABC News:
MIT wins social networking balloon contest
Discussion: Digits
Guardian:
Memories of a paywall pioneer
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Officially Launching Chrome Extensions Next Week
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Erictric, Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Traffic Plummets After Going ‘Legal’
Discussion: Download Squad and Erictric
CW31:
‘Accidental’ Download Sending Man To Prison
Discussion: Pulse2 and Mashable!
David Sasaki / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Democratizing the Geography of Information
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Does Google Even Understand What News Is?
Discussion: WebProNews and broadstuff, Thanks:atul