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11:50 PM ET, December 6, 2009

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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?
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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 …
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica:
Why Apple's App Store Is So Important  —  Article in the New York Times helped solidify a thought rolling around in my head over the past few weeks.  —  Google envisions a future where people increasingly spend more time in the browser.  They're confident enough of this to propose a browser based operating system.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Takes out 3,000 word ad on the front page of the Sunday NY Times Biz section
Discussion: App Advice
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Aardvark Mulls Over A $30+ Million Offer From Google  —  Social search service Aardvark is considering accepting a $30+ million offer by Google, say multiple sources close to the companies (one source says it's $40 million).  The company, which was founded by ex-Googlers, has raised around $6 million in venture capital to date.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
All Hail The iPod Touch  —  As the competition for smart phone domination starts to heat up, it is becoming increasingly clear that the iPod Touch is Apple's ace-up-its-sleeve, and according to a report by Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics company, 24 million iPod Touches represent …
Discussion: blog.flurry.com and VentureBeat
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC's 2010 roadmap goes on display?  —  Those among us with minds like steel traps might recall that HTC's 2009 was leaked with shocking accuracy way back in January of this year, which lends some credibility to this already-believable series of slides we have seemingly showing off …
Boy Genius Report:
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 …
Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook to Enhance User Safety Through Formation of Global Advisory Board  —  Collaboration with five leading Internet safety organizations from North America and Europe will begin by building new online library of materials for educators, parents and teens
Discussion: All Facebook, Mashable! and Reuters
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Local Governments Offer Data to Miners  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A big pile of city crime reports is not all that useful.  But what if you could combine that data with information on bars, sidewalks and subway stations to find the safest route home after a night out?
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.
 
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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Devices to Take Textbooks Beyond Text
Discussion: TeleRead
Shane Snow / Gizmodo:
A Romance Flowchart: When Is It Inappropriate to Use Your iPhone?
Discussion: Geekologie and App Advice
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
$10 USB power outlet leaves no plug behind
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Mobile Whack
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
MediaNet could power the online music revolution
Discussion: Download Squad
Patrick Lightbody / The BrowserMob Blog:
Google Public DNS vs OpenDNS vs Your ISP's DNS - measuring performance
Discussion: InformationWeek
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Hollywood plans to keep prices up as movies go online
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The Big Portals' Battle For Local
Thanks:atul
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Europeans shy away from Google Android phones
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and CrunchGear
ABC News:
MIT wins social networking balloon contest
Discussion: Mashable!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Officially Launching Chrome Extensions Next Week
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Erictric, Thanks:atul